Wednesday, 07 October 2015

(Reported by Nicola Merrifield on 5 October 2015 -

He pointed specifically to new rules that mean overseas nurses will have to leave the country unless they earn at least £35,000 a year.

Speaking today in London at the Institute of Directors’ annual convention, which represents company directors and senior business leaders, Mr Stevens said “most hospitals” believed the policy “clearly needs a rethink”.

The new legislation, which comes into effect from April, requires migrant workers from outside the European Economic Area to have a salary of at least £35,000 after five years of working in the UK if they want to remain in the country.

“Most hospitals tell me the idea that we would seriously consider deporting some of our most experienced nurses solely because they’re not earning £35,000 clearly needs a rethink” - Simon Stevens

“Understandably we’re having a national discussion about how to get immigration right,” said Mr Stevens.

“My responsibility is to point out that, at a time when the need for nurses is growing, when publicly funded UK nurse  training places will take several years to expand, and when agency staff costs are driving hospital overspends right now, we need to better join up the dots on immigration policy and the NHS,” he stated.

To Read full article: 


Back to news

Why register?

  • Apply for jobs online
  • Save jobs and specific job searches
  • Receive email alerts when new jobs are listed in your criteria
  • Refer a friend scheme

What people are saying about ENS

I feel I would like to give a positive review on working for ENS in any care capacity. I joined at the start of December 2015 and have been offered enough work to fit around my own needs and other commitments. The work has been varied and I received good information prior to the visit. The excellent dedicated back office support staff and they clearly understand their clients’ needs which are aligned to the qualities of the Support Workers, this helps builds the relationship.

While there is a need for help at short notice to meet the company needs I have been further impressed to have good notice of most of the work intended. My role has been largely Community Support but I have worked with our Residential team and clearly there is plentiful work again with helpful support.

In my dealings with the company I have found the ENS team to be helpful and approachable and need to reiterate how impressed I have been. Thank you to all involved.


A big thank you to you and all of the booking team that have put up with me over the months and helped me get an amazing full time job, Thank you :)


Maria Meddle (ENS Senior Recruitment & Compliance Officer), I would like to use this opportunity to say a big thank you for taking your good time in dealing with my application. Thank you Maria once again for helping me get out of unemployment, I sincerely appreciate all the effort and support you gave me during this period.