Kenyan nurses in UK are doing well – Council CEO
By Wanja waweru
The first group of nurses who traveled from Kenya to the UK in June of last year are doing well, according to Edna Tallam, CEO of the Nursing Council of Kenya.
On Thursday, Tallam stated that indications from the UK indicate that the carers have so far gone through induction and are “happy.”
“The reports which I have received say that they are onboarded very well, they are happy; they have been taken through the induction processes and they are a team and a community,” she said.
“Because of the bilateral labour agreement between the government of Kenya and UK, they are really ensuring their safety and welfare are taken care of,” Tallam added.
In July 2021, the governments of the UK and Kenya inked a bilateral agreement on the cooperation of the health workforce.
According to an agreement signed between the two nations when former President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the UK in July 2021, Kenya is supposed to deploy at least 20,000 nurses to the UK in three years.
According to the UK’s code of practice on international recruiting and the WHO Global code of practice on the international recruitment of health people, the agreement makes it easier to deploy qualified but unemployed Kenyan nurses to the UK National Health Service.
The agreement enables the National Health Service (NHS) to hire Kenyan healthcare personnel.