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Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel, DHSC (updated 2nd August 2022)

Year of publication
Sets out the principles and best practice benchmarks health and social care employers and recruitment agencies must follow to ensure effective, ethical international recruitment.
  1. 2 August 2022

    Updated to strengthen best practice benchmarks including the setting of principles on the use of repayment clauses in employment contracts; set out the routes of escalation for concerns about exploitative recruitment or employment practices and breaches of the code; clarify how the code applies to different international recruitment models; and expand scenario examples on how the code applies in practice. The 'Agency list' has also been widened to include all organisations recruiting on behalf of another ​and renamed the 'Ethical recruiters list'.

  2. 11 November 2021

    Updated to reflect the decision to add Kenya to the 'amber' list of countries in the code of practice. Wording has been amended to make it clearer that an amber country is any country where managed international recruitment is permitted only on the terms of a government-to-government agreement.

Date added
Created by
Linda Hopwell
Published by
Current Awareness Service for Health