Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We’ve listed some of the most Frequently Asked Questions below.
What are the rates of pay?
When you work directly for Health Professionals through our temps service for nurses, you will receive a competitive rate of pay. Simply call us to discuss as the rate of hourly pay will depend on your experience, area of practice and location.
In the UK rates of pay are standard between Health Authorities. All now use a band system, and within each band there are increments based on nursing experience.
On top of your basic salary, you will also receive 'London Weighting' (this is an extra amount added for working in Central London), a London allowance (5% of annual salary, also for working in London) and "lead" payments depending on your nursing speciality.
Private Hospitals will negotiate salaries according to their own remuneration scales. Our experience provides us with a good idea of what will be possible in a negotiation situation and it’s our business to ensure that you’re offered a package that is in keeping with your skills.
On Tax and NI (tax that contributes to health care/pensions provision), we will advise you further on application. As a rough guide 20% of your total earnings go to the UK Government in taxes. We will be in a position to advise on your exact earnings once we reach the stage of negotiating salaries. Salaries range for registered nurses from "Band 4 " grade to "Band 7/8 " grade within the NHS Pay system. The private hospital system typically offers higher pay and each hospital will have their own pay structure.
We are here to advise you on the best possible package for your skills and experience.
We will also be in a position to advise on other benefits available, such as holiday entitlement (up to 6 weeks within a NHS Hospital).
What education and courses will be provided to me?
The UK nursing profession places ongoing education in high priority which means that the UK has the highest quality health professionals - maintaining the reputation of UK hospitals and nurses the world over.
Health Professionals is involved in innovative schemes that enable nurses to gain experience and education in other specialist areas. Such training, for example, could result in moving from a general qualification to say a paediatric registration or a degree or masters award.
Do I need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)?
In most cases, yes, we ask that you are registered with the NMC. You will need this in order to practice as a Registered Nurse in the UK.
Can you help me open a UK Bank Account?
We will advise you on the exact steps you need to follow, what documentation is required and can usually have you set up with a bank account on the same day that you visit us.
Are your services free?
Absolutely. Our clients meet the expense of your relocation so you don't have to worry about payment to us. We are committed to a managed support programme which hosts regular Health Professionals social events and provides support to you once living and working in the UK.
What kind of service can I expect from Health Professionals?
First class, we promise. Our application process – whether you’re based in the UK or overseas – is simple, fast and effective. You can expect a high level of expertise and experience of dealing with professionals throughout the nursing sectors and your application will be handled by someone who is familiar with your background and skills.
What qualifications do I need to work as a homecare nurse or carer?
As a nurse, you will need previous experience of home care, preferably supported by current training and knowledge. Carers will need a minimum of two years homecare experience.