HSE offers a €4,000 relocation grant to encourage expatriate health workers to work here

The HSE is offering relocation packages of more than €4,000 to healthcare workers working abroad to persuade them to come and work here.

The relocation package offered to healthcare workers in the EU includes up to €3,910 housing benefit for the first month in Ireland and a flat-rate flight allowance of up to €250.

For applicants from non-EU countries, the funding includes a flat-rate flight allowance of up to 800 euros. Candidates are also eligible for top-up payments to cover other expenses – such as registration fees for regulatory bodies such as the Medical Association, visa fees and eligibility costs, and other levies.

An HSE spokesman said the “exact cost will depend on where the candidate is relocating from and the specialty of the job”.

It comes as the healthcare sector is trying to find ways to overcome difficulties in recruiting key personnel in order to reduce waiting lists and provide a full range of services.

Department of Health Secretary-General Robert Watt told the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday that the HSE “developed and implemented a globally competitive relocation package to attract international recruits to the Irish Health Service”.

He said: “As of this writing, we expect the full-time equivalent (WTE or full-time equivalent) increase this year to be around 4,600.”

“By the end of August, year-to-date headcount shows a total growth of 2,600 WTE. All workforce categories have seen year-to-date growth, with the largest WTE increase seen in nurses and midwives, at more than 1,104.

“All Nursing and Midwifery graduates from the class of 2022 have and will be offered permanent opportunities within the Irish publicly funded health services.

“To complement the national pool, the HSE has made significant efforts to source nurses and midwives from the international market.

“As you have seen from research recently published by my department, to reduce our reliance on such international recruitment, we need to dramatically increase the number of nurses and midwives we train.

“This incremental increase has started over the past three years with an additional 344 undergraduate positions for nurses and midwives.

“The HSE has similarly reached out directly to all 2022 Health and Social Care Professionals graduates from Ireland’s colleges and these applicants will be interviewed and offered positions from October. In addition to the national pool, international campaigns for nutritionists, physiotherapists and speech therapists were launched.

“The Department of Health is working with the Department for Further Education and Higher Education to increase the number of these students in Irish colleges with an initial enrollment of 10 per cent this year and a 50 per cent increase over three years.”

He said recruitment capacity had been significantly increased within the Public Appointment Service to support recruitment of medical consultants and the HSE was also developing targeted marketing initiatives to expand the pool of candidates.

The initiative particularly focuses on “difficult-to-fill” vacancies.

Recognizing the magnitude of global competition for healthcare professionals, the HSE has designed and implemented a globally competitive relocation package to attract international recruits to the Irish healthcare service.

He said that, as with other health professions, the number of Irish and EU medical graduates we are producing is well below current needs.

“We must continue to meet the requirements of the healthcare system in the future. As we make strides in recruitment and reform, we must accelerate to meet emerging and increasing demand,” he added.

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