Unemployed nurses and health workers have a chance to work in the United Kingdom (UK) as part of a new health agreement between Kenya and the latter.
In a statement issued by the British High Commission in Nairobi, the scheme was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 29th, July 2021, during his visit to London.
The new scheme, which was requested by the Kenyan Government, will see Kenyan health professionals and health managers benefit from a special route to work in the UK, before returning to work in Kenya’s health sector.
Commenting on the new agreement, Jane Marriott, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, said,
“Our health partnership with Kenya is 30 years old and growing stronger by the month. This new agreement on health workers allows us to share skills and expertise even further, and is a fantastic opportunity for Kenyans to work in the UK
“From COVID-19 vaccines and genomic sequencing, to exchanges on cancer research and treatment to help Kenya treatment more cancer patients at home, the UK has a long and proud history of support for Kenya’s health sector. The signing of the Kenya-UK Health Alliance by President Kenyatta on his visit to the UK is the latest chapter in our flourishing partnership.”
UK Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Labour Cooperation, Simon Chelugi, signed the agreement on Kenyan recruitment into the UK’s National Health Service.
The agreement is open to Kenya’s surplus health workers who are qualified but unemployed.
The exact number of nurses and health workers who will go to the UK and the process for visas will be confirmed in the next three months.