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Career progression for overseas nurses: how to overcome barriers

Racial diversity in senior nurse roles continues to elude the NHS, extensive data show. So it’s no surprise this inequality is affecting nurses recruited abroad

Racial diversity in senior nurse roles continues to elude the NHS, extensive data show. So it’s no surprise this inequality is affecting nurses recruited abroad

Nurses from minority ethnic backgrounds make up a large proportion of the UK workforce, but evidence continues to suggest they struggle to progress in their careers.

The latest NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report shows that rather than improvements being achieved, the situation is actually getting worse. And this certainly applies to those who trained overseas, many of whom were attracted to the UK by international recruitment campaigns.

In almost all trusts in England (98.6%), staff from a black or minority ethnic background were less likely to believe their employer provides equal opportunities for career

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