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NHS trusts, must stop all active recruitment of health and social care personnel from Kenya to the UK with immediate effect

The Department of Health and Social Care has added Kenya to the amber list of countries on the Code of Practice
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced today (Thursday 11 November) that Kenya has been added to the amber list of countries in the Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of Health and Social Care Personnel in England.
This means employers and recruitment agencies, including NHS trusts, must stop all active recruitment of health and social care personnel from Kenya to the UK with immediate effect.
If employers have already given conditional offers to nurses or other health or social care personnel from Kenya on, or prior to Thursday 11 November 2021, the recruitment process can continue. This recognises the investment which has already been made to get the candidate to this stage and will ensure candidates who are fully expecting to be able to move to the UK to work are treated fairly.
The UK and Kenya signed a bilateral agreement in July 2021 to provide a framework for future international recruitment. Detailed guidelines for how employers and agencies will be able to ethically recruit health and social care personnel to the UK are currently being developed and will be published in due course.
In the meantime, updates have been made to resources hosted by NHS Employers to support understanding of these changes. You can access these via the following links:
UK Code of Practice for International Recruitment
Code of Practice: A Quick Guide
Code of Practice: FAQs
Code of Practice: developing countries
Code of Practice: top tips for working with agencies
Further information will be provided once available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need further support, please contact Workforcesupply@nhsemployers.org

Background:

The DHSC has published a Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of Health and Social Care Personnel in England. The Code sets out the UK’s approach and safeguards against active recruitment from countries with the greatest Universal Health Coverage related health and care workforce vulnerability. Active international recruitment of health and social care professionals from amber list countries is not permitted unless it complies with the terms of a government-to-government agreement.
While Kenya is not on the WHO Health Workforce Support & Safeguards List, it remains a country with significant health workforce challenges. Adding Kenya to the amber list in the Code will protect Kenya from unmanaged international recruitment which could exacerbate existing health and social care workforce shortages. it remains a country with significant health workforce challenges. Adding Kenya to the amber list in the Code will protect Kenya from unmanaged international recruitment which could exacerbate existing health and social care workforce shortages. – nhsemployers.org