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Welcome

Welcome to the website of Reache North West

Here you will find information about Reache North West and the courses and support we offer to refugee and asylum-seeking health professionals (RHPs).

Reache North West has won awards for the training which we provide, the most recent being the Health Stream Sanctuary Award from City of Sanctuary in January 2014. As of January 2014 we have helped 196 refugee healthcare professionals back to their professions in the UK.

 

In April 2017, Dr Ann Smalldridge, GP and tutor at REACHE NW did a podcast about the work at REACHE NW for Ockham Healthcare. You can listen to the podcast by following this link.

 


 

Important information for RHPs

Reache North West will help refugee health professionals who live in the North West. However, we will use our resources where they are most likely to get a positive result. This depends partly on the job situation for the professions. We do not feel it is good use of our resources to get someone through an examination if they have only a small chance of getting registration or a job.
The prospects for different health care professions varies a lot. The best situation is probably for doctors. Doctors who complete their requalification examinations have a good chance of getting a post as a doctor, even if it might not be in the area of their preference. Dentists probably have the worst prospects. For dentists, the current employment situation is poor, because of the large numbers of UK graduates and of European dentists in the UK.

Overview of support available

Doctors

  • Advice and guidance
  • CVs and job/volunteering applications
  • English classes
  • Placements
  • Adaptation to the NHS
  • PLAB examination preparation
  • Registration applications
  • First NHS medical post

Nurses

  • Advice and guidance
  • CVs and job/volunteering applications
  • English classes
  • Preparation for nursing registration examinations
  • Placements
  • Adaptation to the NHS
  • Entry level posts, such as Health Care Worker, Support Worker

Dentists

REACHE is not currently taking on new refugee dentists and does not currently support refugee dentists with preparation for the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE). This includes IELTS. This is because there is currently extremely high competition for Dental posts and enormous difficulty in finding a supervisor to undertake Vocational (Foundation) Training or Vocational Training Equivalence.
We have had discussions with Dental Deaneries and the General Dental Council to see if there can be a way to help refugee dentists and will continue to look for solutions. In the meantime, if a refugee dentist came to us with a written undertaking from a trained supervisor stating that they will provide the refugee with a Vocational Training place upon completion of the ORE, then we would consider taking on that dentist.

Pharmacists

  • Advice and guidance
  • CVs and job/volunteering applications
  • English classes
  • Placements
  • Adaptation to the NHS
  • Registration applications
  • OSPAP applications

Biomedical scientists, Clinical scientists

REACHE is not currently taking on new refugee scientists due to the poor employment prospects and difficulties in obtaining a placement.

  • Advice and guidance
  • CVs and job/volunteering applications
  • English classes
  • Placements
  • Adaptation to the NHS
  • Registration applications
Note:
The job situation for scientists in the NHS is difficult and very competitive. It is likely to be necessary to enter employment at a lower grade than you would expect from your experience.

Physiotherapists

  • Advice and guidance
  • CVs and job/volunteering applications
  • English classes
  • Placements
  • Adaptation to the NHS
  • Entry level posts, such as Physiotherapy Assistant, Support Worker
Note:
The job situation even for UK trained physiotherapists is difficult. We would not expect to find physiotherapists a qualified physiotherapy post on registration. However, any experience gained in a physiotherapy assistant post will provide valuable experience which will help to make a physiotherapist more employable.

Radiographers

  • Advice and guidance
  • CVs and job/volunteering applications
  • English classes
  • Placements
  • Adaptation to the NHS
  • Entry level posts, such as Radiography Assistant, Support Worker

Arts therapists, chiropodists / podiatrists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners (ODPs), orthoptists, paramedics, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, social workers in England, speech and language therapists.

Note:
We have had no experience of helping members of these professions. If a refugee with one of these professions contacts us, we will find out at that time their prospects of gaining registration and work in the UK and advise and offer support as appropriate.
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