The Indian Nurses in King’s Lynn (INK) Network is celebrating its first anniversary today.
Based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, the network was created to improve the welcoming process and pastoral care for Indian nurses transitioning into working at Team QEH after moving from India.
Since its launch in March 2020, INK has grown into a 180-strong network of nurses and clinical professionals.
The network has already made great strides in giving tailored and personal support. This includes setting up communications before the new colleagues leave their home country, assisting with finding accommodation and, throughout the pandemic, providing welcome packages while they are in quarantine which contains familiar items.
The network also supports the nurses through the process of undergoing the required complete objective clinical examinations (OSCEs), by connecting new recruits with previous cohorts through a buddy system to help with exam preparation and academic support.
The network has also organised a counselling support system and mentoring to help recruits cope with the stresses of moving countries and the pressures of starting a new job.
INK is an important part of the Trust’s recruitment processes, by increasing retention of staff in the long term, helping colleagues settle into a new culture and job and helping to integrate them into the local community. The network also works closely with the British Indian Nursing Association (BINA) and the Filipino Association of West Norfolk (FAWN) to support other international colleagues at Team QEH.
Caroline Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at QEH said: “Our staff who travel from overseas are highly valued members of Team QEH; I am immensely proud of the diversity of our workforce at QEH and the way we come together to provide the highest standard of care for our local community. We know that travelling to a different country for work can be daunting, and its important that we take steps to ensure everybody feels welcomed and cared for when making the transition.
“A huge thank you to Samuel Jude and Julie Sherwood for getting the network off the ground and for making it such a successful first year.”
If you would like to get in touch with the network please contact: Samuel Jude and Julie Sherwood, co-chairs of the INK [Indian Nurses in Kings Lynn] network firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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