We take the hassle out of international recruitment

Streamlined, seamless international recruitment for nursing homes and the NHS

We bring clarity to international healthcare recruitment, with a step-by-step process for hiring international candidates with valuable knowledge and expertise. One that builds on our tried-and-tested process for successfully resettling European nursing staff into UK care homes and the NHS for almost a decade.

Success is all about retention – given the complexity, time and effort required to recruit internationally. So respect for individuals committed to relocating their entire life abroad remains at the heart of our process. We devote ourselves to preparing people for work in the UK, caring for our most vulnerable patients.

We strictly pre-screen all applicants’ nursing experience, qualifications, references, criminal record and English communication skills before accepting them.

We supply the following:

Our International healthcare professionals criteria:


Our candidates have a relevant qualification and work experience in their country of origin


Our candidates have passed either the IELTS or OET language exam


Our candidates have passed/are prepared for the NMC computer based test (CBT)


Our team are on-hand to prepare and guide the nurse for the OSCE exam

We can also assist with the following, if required...


Our team can assist the nurse in applying for the correct visa


Our team can assist with arranging the nurse's travel to the UK


Our team can assist the nurse in finding local accommodation

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International healthcare professionals contribute greatly to the every day running of NHS hospitals and private nursing homes throughout the UK.

The industry benefits greatly from this expertise and the different approaches they bring. In return, they are provided a pathway to career progression, along with all the support they need to develop their skills and qualifications.

The Government has confirmed that the UK needs to increase its workforce to achieve the targets set out in the Long Term Plan and to meet the needs of the population.

Avanta Care adheres to the Department of Health Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of Healthcare Professionals.

We are currently in the process of opening our own training academy in Kochi, India.

The academy will focus on preparing nurses for the following tests: OSCE, IELTS, CBT.


Most frequent questions and answers:

There has been a sharp rise in demand for international healthcare professionals as a result of an ageing population, an ageing workforce and an increased focus on the quality of healthcare in the UK.

And due to Brexit, there is now an uncertain political environment, which means the supply of nurses and midwives from the EU dropped by a third last year. 

Hiring healthcare professionals on a permanent basis can significantly reduce agency costs. Plus, permanent employees continue the care consistency that can be interrupted by Temporary staff.

Non-EEA (European Economic Area) recruits tend to complete a minimum 3 year contract.

It is preferred that the healthcare establishments do have a sponsor licence.

However, our team may be able to assist with this if required.

NHS frameworks help different and diverse organisations work together towards a common goal – in this case staffing and recruitment. They set clear expectations and standards about how that happens.

Every supplier or agency on a framework agrees to meet the same criteria. So no matter who you choose as your recruitment partner, you can be sure that each element of the hiring process is taken care of.

Staffing frameworks give you peace of mind too. Because agencies like Avanta Care have proven to the NHS they’re up to the job of providing high-quality candidates, in areas like operational efficiency, safety and competitiveness on price.

Avanta Care is a trusted supplier on the HealthTrust Europe framework (HTE). To achieve this, we had to apply through the rigorous HTE tender process and share detailed information about the way we run our business.

That means we’ve been successfully audited by the HTE framework body, and we’re on their list of vetted and compliant agencies who can safely supply permanent staff to NHS clients.

The main benefit to you of choosing an NHS framework agency like Avanta Care (over a non-framework one) comes down to volume and variety. At Avanta Care we’ve proven we can supply a greater number of staff, from a broader range of healthcare roles – often at shorter notice.  

Another benefit of choosing a recruitment partner like Avanta Care, is that our fees are in line with those defined by NHS staffing frameworks like HealthTrust Europe. That means better value for money for you (and for tax-payers), as well as more consistent quality in the candidate healthcare professionals we recruit on your behalf.

You also gain:

  • Staff who comply with NHS Employers standards
  • Savings by staying in control of your commissioning fees
  • Service level agreements like fill rates and response times
  • Easier recruitment of care staff and nurses with specialisms
  • Automatic revalidation of full-time healthcare professionals
  • Competitive rates of pay and fairer chargeable fees
  • Regular audit and regulatory checks on our financial stability, policies and procedures


Accreditations & Memberships

Avanta Care Ltd is an Awarded supplier of Healthcare Professionals on the HealthTrust Europe framework

HealthTrust Europe hold a strong and long-standing relationship with the NHS, and take a partnership approach to improve healthcare performance. They are committed to developing and delivering solutions that support the needs of public sector healthcare providers

Junction House, Waver Green, Leeds LS28 7BG

+44113 827 2347

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Step 1

You contact us with your requirements

The first step is to let our team know how many nurses you need

Step 1

Step 2

Talent Insight

We will send you CVs, along with introduction videos of some suitable candidates for interview, matched to your requirements

Step 2

Step 3

Video interview

Once you have selected somebody you are interested in hiring, we will organise a video interview between yourself and the candidate

Step 3

Step 4

Offer of employment

If you are happy with the candidate, you will issue them with a conditional offer of employment

*This is subject to the candidate’s successful NMC registration and visa application

Step 4

Step 5

Issue the CoS

Once the candidate receives the NMC decision letter, you can issue the CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship)

Step 5

Step 6

Candidate relocates to UK

Once the visa is approved (Usually 3 year Tier 2) the candidates arrives in the UK

Step 6

Step 7

Candidate begins work

The candidate can now work as a PRN (Pre-registered Nurse) or a Senior Carer, whilst awating the OSCE test

Step 7

Step 8

OSCE test and NMC Pin

The candidate sits the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). Upon passing, the NMC issue the Pin

Step 8