UK entices care workers from Nigeria with £20,480 salary

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Because of the growing effect of Covid-19 and workers shortage, the United Kingdom government is desperately searching from anywhere in the world ‘care assistants and nursing home staff’ with little or no professional training, to come in for a minimum £20,480 salary per year.

The UK Department of Health and Social Care announced in a statement plans to expand the Health and Care visa scheme to recruit care workers.

The Health and Care Worker visa was unveiled in August 2020 and it permits medical professionals “to come to UK and work with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care,” part of the statement said.

The Visa offers 50 per cent visa fee reduction, an exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge and a speedier decision following application.

The offer is open to “care assistant, care worker, carer, home care assistant, home carer and support worker (nursing home).”


The decision was taken as part of efforts to tackle the pandemic challenges.

“Thousands of additional care workers could be recruited to boost the adult social care workforce following temporary changes to the health and care visa to make social care workers, care assistants and home care workers eligible for a 12-month period.

“This will make it quicker, cheaper and easier for social care employers to recruit eligible workers to fill vital gaps.

“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a range of staff shortages within the social care sector, placing pressures on the existing workforce, despite the incredible and tireless efforts of social care staff.

“This boost follows the recommendation from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to make care workers and home carers eligible for the Health and Care visa and add the occupation to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

“Inclusion on the Shortage Occupation List will stipulate an annual salary minimum of £20,480 for carers to qualify for the Health and Care visa.

“The UK is committed to becoming a high-skilled, high-wage economy and minimum salaries must reflect the professional skills that are required to provide quality care.

“The Health and Care visa will allow applicants and their dependents to benefit from fast-track processing, dedicated resources in processing applications and reduced visa fees.

“The temporary measures are expected to come into effect early next year and will be in place for a minimum of 12 months, providing a much-needed staffing boost while the sector deals with the additional pressures of the pandemic, at which point they will be reviewed.”

On Visa sponsorship, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said, “It is vital we continue to do all we can to protect the social care sector during the pandemic and beyond.

“These measures, together with the series of support packages announced since September, will help us ensure short term sustainability and success for our long-term vision to build social care back better.



“I also urge all care staff yet to do so to come forward to Get Boosted Now to protect themselves and those they care for.

“Care providers who do not already hold a sponsor licence in the Skilled Worker route can prepare to take advantage of the offer by registering for a sponsorship licence ahead of implementation.

“Providers who are new to visa sponsorship will be supported through the process through a series of engagement activities in January and February, to introduce them to the system and find out how to act as a visa sponsor.

“Care workers and carers recruited to the UK will be able to bring their dependents, including partner and children, with the Health and Care visa offering a pathway to settlement should they remain employed and wish to remain in the UK.

On Immigration new plan, Home Secretary Priti Patel MP said, “The care sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges prompted by the pandemic and the changes we’ve made to the health and care visa will bolster the workforce and helping alleviate some of the pressures currently being experienced.

“This is our New Plan for Immigration in action, delivering our commitment to support the NHS and the wider health and care sector by making it easier for health professionals to live and work in the UK.

“The move follows an investment of £465.2 million in supporting recruitment and retention of social care staff through the challenging winter period.

“This is on top of the £500 million for workforce training, qualifications and wellbeing announced as part of the Health and Social Care Levy.

“This funding is in addition to £6 billion committed to councils through un-ringfenced grants to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on their services, including adult social care, with total funding for adult social care over the pandemic coming to over £2.5 billion.

“This follows wider plans to improve social care and fulfil the ten-year vision set out in the adult social care reform white paper – ‘People at the Heart of Care’, which provided details on how over £1 billion for system reform will be spent over the next three years to improve the lives of those who receive care – as well as their families and carers.

“Further details on integration will follow early next year.”

To apply https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/joba ... 12-21-7191
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Apply from outside the UK
You must apply online for a Health and Care Worker visa.

Check which documents you’ll need to apply.

Your partner or children will need to apply separately.

Proving your identity and providing supporting documents
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity. How you do this depends on where you’re from and what type of passport you have.

You’ll either:

have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre - this is to get a biometric residence permit
use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document - you’ll also create or sign into your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account
You’ll be told what you need to do when you apply.

If you do need an appointment:

the centre may need to keep your passport and documents while they process your application
you may have to travel to get to your nearest visa application centre (this could be in another country)


Apply for a Health and Care Worker visa
Apply for a Skilled Worker visa. You’ll be asked if you’re applying for a Health and Care Worker visa as part of your application - make sure you choose ‘yes’.

Once you’ve started your application, you can save your form and complete it later.

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Details of the programme here
https://www.gov.uk/health-care-worker-v ... click here

For Health and Care visa: guidance for applicants, https://www.gov.uk/government/publicat ... click here
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Samuel Okafor

Attention! Attention!! Attention!!!
Please African Nurses Note :
No Doctor EVER says that they will work as a Nurse if they did not get the required bands in Academic Ielts Exams or OET Exams.
My fellow Nurses should STOP bringing themselves to the level of HCA due to Exams that other Nurses are passing! Is that not quackery?
Prepare very well for Academic Ielts Exams or OET Exams using the BEST Textbooks and materials. Enrol in very good tutorial classes and prepare for the exams like if YOUR life depends on the it, for it actually does! Your future and that of your progeny depends on your Actions today!
Please AVOID short cuts because in the long term, they are very very disastrous
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Oby Franca Onwuchekwa
To be fair I don't quite agree with this.
The HCA job is one of the easiest jobs to get in the UK, u don't need experience but I believe many who tow that line including doctors and nurses do so to be able to earn some money to support themselves and their families while still preparing for professional exams.
It will be silly to just sit and be writing ielts and others over and over again without passing when u can actually combine working as a HCA and switching once u get the required results.
These exams cost some good money you know.
Oyinlola Opedayo Abigail
Oby Franca Onwuchekwa God bless you sis, exactly my point, work as HCA while you’re trying OET because I learnt that IELTS is not easy to pass in UK. Or better you try NCLEX for US or Canada have access to center over there.
Perpetual Nwoye
Esther Badmus my dear, it's all about business, I believe there are so many ways to success.
Abeg na there business strategy be that.
Joy Nkem Onwubiko
Esther Badmus It's not easy to pass there especially as they use their accent to mark speaking
Joy Nkem Onwubiko
You are right. No one job is better. These people cannot afford to pay for the exam. They should get any job first and they be paying for the exams.
Treasure Adaobi
It is not bad for a nurse to choose to work as a HCA. Is only in Africa that we think one job is better than the other. Nurses are not better than HCA, and vise versa. No one is either too not even a Dr. All jobs are valued and as important as the other oversea. Let’s pls stop this Nigeria ideology
I mean I have seen nurses who started with HCA and are now RN now. In fact one just got her Pin this week.
Q Tee Jay
I thought we stopped comparing nurse to doctors a long time ago.
Then, what crime is there in working as a HCA if you're struggling to pass your exams? As a matter of fact, it gives you better experience of what your job as a nurse in the UK will be like.
Lastly, this is for you the poster. Doctors are living the country and working as HCAs until they pass their exams shey you hear. I know you are trying to motivate people but first let them get out of naija via HCA means if need be and they can ace their nursing exams later.
My 2 pence o!
Taiwo Towah
Q Tee Jay ,do you know there are conditions attached to the job offer?like unreasonable no of hrs and on top same pay others on full time job does, the stress of ielts is less than the stress of seeing your friends work as RN getting better pay and you being stuck on full time job, unreasonable hrs n pay, I heard that agencies are even requesting £1500 commitment fee. Even if one writes ielts 10 times, you wont spend £1500, Ielts or oet can be passed ,if we will study practise, practise and practise, Of the truth I have seen nurses, doctors who probably have patterns on tier 2 or 4 visas working as HCA but my dear, its not a full time contract, its either part time or agency and they can stop working when they like with no condition attached. Samuel is just advising on a lighter mode.
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Taiwo Towah, my duty as an elder is to advise. It is NOT my responsibility as to what people decide to do. I just want people to think about what they are getting into.
Some people may quarrel as usual or shout but in the end, I have done my part to move Nigerian Nurses in a much better direction, if they agree
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Bukola Olaleye-Makinde
I know at least 2 Drs from my school who wrote NCLEX and passed because they couldn't pass USMLE.
Don't waste all your money on ielts because you want to travel out, spend your money where you will see results.
Naomi Okonobo Endurance
Bukola Olaleye-Makinde which transcript did they use to register them as RNs after NCLEX
Bukola Olaleye-Makinde
Naomi Okonobo Endurance it means you have never heard of top up/adaptation programs in this life.
While you are there wondering, a physiotherapist is currently doing her CRNA (18 months) program in the USA.
Naomi Okonobo Endurance
Bukola Olaleye-Makinde I asked a question, I think all I deserved was just an answer not personal attack. Yes I haven't heard of it, thanks for the info though.
Naomi Okonobo Endurance
You presented it initially as if Nursing is a dumping ground for any MBBS holder who can't pass PLAB/USMLE
Bukola Olaleye-Makinde
Naomi Okonobo Endurance there is no dumping ground in professionalism, you go for a course with prospect that your strength and finances can handle.
There's no attack anywhere, you asked a question, I gave you an answer with example.
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Bukola Olaleye-Makinde alright thanks
Onuorah Ogechukwu Geraldine
Doctors work as support worker and HCA till they pass PLAB. Nobody should be misled. This is not a competition. It is an individual race.
Do what works for you. Some registered nurses in UK takes up HCA shift with agency to protect pin and it pays more than NHS.
Some people came to UK as carers, students or patner and worked their way to registering as a nurse. Again,Do what works for you.
Onuorah Ogechukwu Geraldine
I know many Drs working as HCA, some in supermarkets ,others in warehouse until exam is successful. What matters is that you are not idle. Whatever you do bring money home. There is dignity in labour in UK. Agency cleaners earn more than nurses. Guess what some Dr are there .
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Angela Ejidike Unachukwu
Pls pls pls all!!! I feel he is trying to encourage us all especially those that have written IELTS severally without success. They shouldn't relent but try acing it in order to get to their dream lands
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Angela Ejidike Unachukwu , thank you for seeing the message in the message. This is how people fail Summary and Comprehension! They get bogged down in the colourful words and language or illustrations and fail to get the message. Same thing happens in Academic IELTS Exams Reading section!
To some people, the summary of the post is the Doctor and Auxiliary Nurse comparison rather than the encouragement and recommendations on how to blast the Exams!
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"Changing how the world thinks about nursing".
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