International Social Workers
If you’re keen to progress your social work career within the UK, we have extensive experience of supporting candidates throughout the entire process of starting a new role. We work closely with local authorities, charities and private sector organisations across the country to give you the greatest variety of permanent social work jobs.
As one of the UK’s largest health and social care recruiters, we can help you secure your ideal role.
Discover more about the English language tests you will need to pass and how we can help.
Enjoy a smooth and seamless relocation to the UK with our wraparound support service.
Simply upload your CV and our we’ll start the process of matching you to your perfect social work role.
I want to thank you for the unwavering support I received throughout my journey to finding a social work job here in the UK. As an overseas candidate, working with you has been an exciting experience.
When I first sent my CV to Sanctuary International, I received a prompt response and then follow-up calls; all were very informative about the application process that was the come. I faced a few challenges with my HCPC registration process, but my dedicated consultant was a force to be reckoned with and supported me by tracking my application until I was registered. The interview experience was made easier due to the help I received; my consultant ensured I fully understood the process and even did interview prep with me leading up to it.
Throughout the relocation stage, I was supported with payment of UK Naric, my visa, flights, transport from the airport, accommodation, food and clothing. Moving to the UK was a big decision, but with the help of Sanctuary International it was a dream come true.
I’m now a Senior Practitioner, following my dreams in the UK social care sector – I’m forever grateful.
Sanctuary International has been a huge help since I started the process. When my application for the first position didn’t go through, they immediately found a second one. Luckily, I was accepted.
The International team were responsive to my queries and concerns. They were especially helpful and patient when I was completing my visa application forms. Whenever I had a question, they would answer them ASAP. Now, they’re helping me with the last step - a seminar in the Philippines - by connecting me to their local partner.
Sanctuary International have been excellent throughout my recruitment process; their hard work and brilliant communication skills have kept me at ease the whole time. They really did help me secure my dream role as a Social Worker in the UK.
My family and I are so grateful for all they’ve done. Not only did they greet us as we arrived into the UK, but they secured us a flat and went above and beyond (even helping us get the essentials we needed for our new home). We were blown away by how humble, supportive and helpful the International team have been.
We are forever grateful for the work they’ve done. Thank you.
It’s with great enthusiasm that I’m writing to recommend the service of Dan Halls, who works for Sanctuary International. He was able to secure me an interview in a London borough, which I was successful in. Getting a job in the UK is one of the very first stages of the process to relocate to the UK; there are lots of other issues that need attention. This process, without any guidance, would’ve been very stressful, however it was made so much easier by Dan who was always responsive to my enquiries.
Visa application centres reopen in UK and overseas
In March 2020, immigration into the UK was suspended when the Home Office made the decision to close all UK visa application centres in-light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Now, months on, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is beginning to resume its services, reopening some UK and overseas visa application centres. On 1 June 2020, ‘Phase One’ was launched, and on 22 June 2020 UKVI transitioned into ‘Phase Two’ with the reopening of additional overseas UK visa application centres (where local conditions allowed). ‘Phase Three’ is now underway, with UK visa application centres opening again in four Middle Eastern countries – including Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – on 28 June 2020. A full list of visa application centres that have reopened or are due to reopen. UK visa application centres are only giving appointments to those who had one booked before the centre closed, and subsequently had it postponed. The Home Office is still attempting to process and clear the backlog of applications that were put on hold. It’s important to remember that those who are submitting applications now are likely to face delays in getting an appointment. More information on visa application centres.Regarding visa application centres outside the UK, some are only rebooking appointments for existing applicants. We advise checking the latest information for the country where you’re submitting your application. Application centres both in the UK and overseas won’t be offering priority or super priority services to process applications at this time. VIP mobile appointments – where the biometrics team come to an applicant’s home or office – have also not yet resumed. The Home Office are making changes on a daily basis. For more information or advice, get in touch with the Sanctuary International team.
New app to make international health and social care recruitment simpler
Sanctuary International is excited to introduce MigrateHR; a new international staffing platform that enables UK hospitals to access a global network of candidates, allowing them to recruit high-quality health and social care workers in a transparent and cost-effective way. The work that health and social care professionals do to help patients and vulnerable people is more important now than ever before. Sanctuary International, part of Sanctuary Personnel, is passionate about supporting overseas health and social care workers. MigrateHR will provide candidates with a virtual ‘community space’ to communicate on a local and global scale with other workers, and to share resources and best practice.Although the official launch date of the app is due to be 2021, Sanctuary International is using the software in its current development state, along with its global network, as a way to offer crucial support to overseas workers now, in-light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee Emmett, Director at Sanctuary International said:“As the recruitment industry continues to evolve, MigrateHR gives the health and social care sectors the ability to leap forward and engage with local and global communities. Health and social care workers from around the world, who want to progress their careers in the UK, can use our platform to connect with other likeminded professionals, and get the support they need to find their ideal role.”If you are an overseas health or social care worker, looking to relocate to the UK, sign up to MigrateHR today. For more information, please get in touch with the Sanctuary International team via email at email@example.com or by phone on 0333 7000 020.
Sanctuary International: Meet the team
Since 2018, the International division of Sanctuary Personnel has been working hard to support overseas health and social care candidates who want to relocate to the UK. The team believe that hiring globally brings a wealth of skills and knowledge that only enhances the first-rate care people receive here. But they go above and beyond just recruitment; they’re passionate about finding people their ideal roles at the NHS and UK councils, and making the relocation experience as smooth as possible. Here, you can get to know the team, who have a plethora of experience and enthusiasm for the work they do. Lee Emmett, Director What’s a typical day like?I wake up at 6:00am and after a strong coffee and do a bit of cycling. I’m usually in the office for 8:30am ready for my next coffee! I then prioritise my day, go through emails and catch-up with the team. I work through tasks including operational and business development, client enquiries and updates. I’m spending a lot of time working on the launch of our new software platform – more information coming soon!Once I get home it’s dinner and unwinding with the family before an early night. I try to do something social at least once a week in the evenings. Weekends are spent with my two boys.Which values drive you?Integrity and honesty are key to being successful at anything, whether it’s business or relationships. These are qualities that aren’t regarded as highly as they used to be, which is a shame. Finally, resilience and being grateful – hugely important.What’s your favourite book?It changes by the hour. I’m really enjoying ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, which is my favourite book by Ernest Hemingway.Paul Hayward, Head of NursingWhat’s your background?I joined Sanctuary Personnel in 2012 and worked my way up to become Manager of the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) team before moving to the International division in 2018 as Head of Nursing.I enjoy helping nurses achieve their dreams of working in the UK, supporting them to change theirs and their families’ lives.What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?Be honest with yourself and others will be honest with you in return.Dan Halls, Head of Social Work and AHPWhat was your first ever experience of sales?I grew up in Ipswich and when I was around 13 years old, I had the idea to start knocking on doors in my local area, offering to wash cars. I charged £5 per car and made a little business out of it. The experience taught me about hard work and delivering a good service. I’ve worked in sales ever since!Which three items would you take with you to a deserted island, and why? Firstly, I would take a photo of my wife, daughter and two dogs, Ron and Reg, to give me hope. I would also bring an axe; handy for all jobs I assume there are on an island? A logical choice! Finally, I’d take a magnifying glass with me to create fire.Keith Pilkington, Operations Manager What do you like most about your job?I like helping and supporting candidates to achieve their goal of working in the UK as a nurse. Placing them in roles here also helps the NHS, which means it can maintain the excellent standards set to provide the best health care possible to UK patients.Which values do you admire most in people?There are a few: honesty, passion, being caring and happy, and commitment.Louis Holley, Software Manager What’s your background? I was born in Ipswich and studied Computer Science at the University of Bristol for four years. I then decided to move to London and worked for an NHS Innovation start-up company.The best thing about this role is…?I like the consistent, novel challenges that arise because it forces you to come up with creative solutions. And then you can say, ‘I’m a creative’! What’s your favourite film? David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive’. Amy Bramwell, Marketing Account Manager What do you enjoy most about your job?I like the excitement of reaching out to new and existing candidates and sharing information about what we do and why we do it. There’s a lot of variety too; from one day to the next I could be writing a blog, measuring social media engagement, creating web content and compiling information for a branded presentation.What’s your favourite film?‘Little Miss Sunshine’. I never get tired of it! The characters are warm and funny, and it’s just one of those simple yet brilliant movies that leaves you feeling a little happier then when you first sat down to watch it.Luke Johnson, Candidate Generation Manager What’s a normal day like for you in the office?I deal with queries via Skype, and guide candidates through the steps to becoming a nurse here in the UK. I also liaise regularly with the Global Learners Programme (GLP) – one of our biggest contracts – to arrange interview dates for our candidates.Which three items would you take to a deserted island, and why? A bottle of water, for obvious reasons! Also, a blanket to keep warm and finally an inflatable raft with oars so I can get out of there.Esa Miah, Resourcer Which value drives you the most?Trust; if you give people your word to help them you must follow it through. It makes you work harder, plus you want to go that extra mile to complete the task.What do you enjoy most about working in the International office?The team of people I work with are warm and very welcoming. Everyone works really hard, but we also have a great laugh together.What job would you be terrible at?A lifeguard because I can’t swim!Rochelle Scoulding, International Nurse ResourcerWhat do you like most about your job?I work with a great team of people! I also enjoy having clear responsibilities and helping candidates from different parts of the world. What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.Which values do you admire the most?Embracing diversity, personal growth and being respectful of others.To speak to the team about their current vacancies, or if you’re an organisation seeking support with your international recruitment needs, get in touch today.
UK Government structure
Having recently relocated to the UK, you may have some questions on the UK government. Here is a simple breakdown of the structure and their overarching responsibilities. Quick facts: Current Prime Minister: Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Current Secretary of State for Health and Social Care: Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP Current political party: Conservative General election: Held every four years Voting age: 18+ Who is the Head of State? The UK is a constitutional monarchy meaning that the head of state is Queen Elizabeth II. The government is formed in her name, although the reigning monarch cannot make any open political decisions. The role of the Prime Minister The government is led by the Prime Minister, who takes responsibility for all policies and decisions. He oversees the operation of the civil service/government agencies and appointments members of the government. The Cabinet Senior members of government form a ‘Cabinet’. They meet each week to discuss pressing matters. Generally, the Cabinet is formed from the various Secretary’s of State and other senior ministers. The role of Members of Parliament (MPs) MPs are democratically elected by UK constituents to represent their interests in Parliament. They can ask questions to the Prime Minister and other government ministers and debate issues. They can also ask the government to justify or explain decisions and policies. Members of the public are entitled to contact their local MP if they have an issue or concern. Local government Although laws and legislation are made nationally, local government play an important role in making and carrying out decisions on behalf of local services. County Councils are responsible for a variety of region-wide issues such as education, transport, social care and planning. Borough or City Councils are responsible for smaller issues such as rubbish collections, recycling, council tax and housing. To find your next UK role, please contact Paul Hayward.
Budget 2020 – how will it affect overseas workers looking for jobs in the UK?
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first budget on Wednesday 11 March. It covered a range of issues including infrastructure, putting more money in the public’s pocket, green priorities, supporting those in need and of course COVID-19. It set out a three-point plan designed to support the country through the coronavirus outbreak, assisting people unable to work, protecting jobs and businesses, and providing money for public services. If you’re overseas and looking for work in the UK health or social care sectors, you may be a little confused about how the new budget will affect you. Here are some key points we think will be most relevant and helpful to you: Hike to immigration health surchargeSunak announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which is paid annually by migrants living in Britain, will increase by £224. The IHS is required by EU and non-EU citizens. Statutory sick pay will be available to individuals self-isolatingThe budget outlined the financial support that will be available to those affected by coronavirus. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will now be offered to people diagnosed with