A second group of LPT’s internationally educated nurses received their competency certificates at a special ceremony this week.

They were presented with their OSCE paperwork by Duncan Burton, NHSE’s deputy chief nurse and head of international recruitment, at Leicester’s City Hall.

He also presented the LPT international recruitment team with a certificate recognising the pastoral support given to our recent recruits from overseas.

Mr Burton, who earlier visited LPT’s Stewart House, said: “International colleagues have been part of the NHS from Day One.

“We have assembled here today to honour you and your achievements.

“It is important for you to grow your career. Aim high and be ambitious. I am hoping there is somebody in this room who may become a chief nurse or deputy. Embrace the opportunities that are available to you in the NHS.”

Mr Burton said he also recognised that supporting international staff to settle into a new country was not a 9-5 job. “Colleagues have gone over and above consistently to provide that support.”

Angela Hillery, LPT’s chief executive, added: “Today is a celebration of each of you and an opportunity to extend our thanks for the difference you are making.

“Relocating to another country is a daunting experience and we are indebted to you for taking that step.”

Cathy Ellis was presented with flowers to thank her for supporting international recruitment on her last day as LPT’s chair.