Why recruit with SGH Recruitment?

SGH Recruitment is one of the fastest growing healthcare recruitment agencies deploy staff from mainly the Philippines to public & private hospitals, nursing homes and pharmaceutical companies in the UK, Middle East and Asia. Our Mission is to become the largest provider.

This publicly listed company builds relationships to help these organisations build a stable and sustainable permanent healthcare workforce.

The scope of our activity extends to candidates across all areas including surgical & medical wards, theatres, critical care, A&E, oncology, pediatrics, outpatients, radiography/imaging, radiology, fertility, midwifery, clinical practice development.

We have highly skilled candidates
Our large pool of candidates are fully qualified to work overseas, with OET and CBT qualifications. Support is given to all candidates during the OSCE process and our pass rate is an unsurpassed 100%. You can be confident that you’re hiring quality staff who are able to integrate within clinical teams to immediately offer excellent patient care.  

Ethical recruitment
At SGH Recruitment we follow a truly ethical approach to overseas recruitment. Our decision to focus on sourcing quality candidates from the Philippines and other selected geographies is taken because we know there is a sustainable supply of quality staff and their recruitment to overseas posts will not cause a problem for the local healthcare system. We do not charge our candidates for applications, placements or our services.

Full relocation support for your new staff
We give our candidates full support to complete their relocation steps and start work with you as fast as possible. This is why our success rate during the deployment process is exceptional and our OSCE pass rate is the highest in the industry.

Employers FAQs

What nationality are the nurses?

We source candidates mainly from the Philippines as we know there is a sustainable supply of healthcare workers wishing to relocate abroad. We do however also deploy candidates from other parts of the world who have applied to us including India, the Caribbean etc. We constantly seek to resource nurses from other geographies ensuring compliance with the UK’s NMC guidelines and principles of ethical recruitment.

How long will the process take from start to finish?
The process of deployment varies, and therefore so does the time it takes. Our average deployment time in over the last 18 months was 243 days from the day of job acceptance.

What qualifications do the nurses have?
Our nurses are highly qualified, have a degree in nursing, have passed either the Academic IELTS test with a band score of 7.0 or the OET at grade B, and have at least 1 years’ experience in a hospital setting. Also, some nurses are offered for interview having already passed the CBT exam, which allows for faster deployment.

What is a simple step by step guide from start to finish?
Job Order > Recruitment > Screening > Short listing > Interviews > Job Offer > Education & Registration > Deployment > Starting Work. We are able to support hospitals who have taken the decision to undertake international recruitment for the first time and can supply references from our clients who have done this with us.

What is a Job Order?
It is a document needed by the Philippine government to allow the deployment of Filipino nurses to the UK. It contains the number and type of nurses required, including the package. This is registered with the Philippines Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

Who helps the nurse arrive in the UK?
SGH Recruitment supports the candidate from the application stage irrespective of where they are currently based right through to starting work in the UK – one seamless process. On arrival we transfer nurses to their new accommodation and facilitate their initial orientation. We stay in contact with our candidates for the first few months supporting them in settling in to their new roles and particularly during the period where they are studying for their OSCE exams.

What happens if the candidate arrives and is not happy or up to standard?
If the candidate is not performing or wants to leave for whatever reason, SGH Recruitment will offer a free replacement within the 1st month. We will work with the candidate to understand the issues and will only support any redeployment after agreement with the Employer.


Who chooses the candidates for short listing?
All of our recruiters are medically trained themselves, they know how health services work which is why we can find the right candidates for the right roles.


Where are interviews conducted?
SGH Recruitment offers the option of either conducting interviews via skype (either on-site at the hospital or off-site at a convenient location) or in person in either the Philippines, India or the UAE if a large recruitment campaign is desired. SGH Recruitment would contribute to the cost of such a trip.


What is the structure of the interview?
SGH Recruitment works to the employer’s specification. Most interviews are usually 10-15 mins and may be accompanied by a test. We will schedule a whole day of interviews with a 30 minute lunch break. The candidate is contacted 4 hrs prior to make sure there are no scheduling/technical issues. The team in the Philippines maintain sms/skype contact with the SGH Recruitment coordinator in the UK to ensure smooth running.


How many nurses can we provide a month?
We work with the relevant facility to establish requirements taking consideration of the whole deployment process including availability of local licenses, ability to deploy numbers within the hospital, scheduling of on-boarding training etc. We seek to ensure all elements are scheduled to ensure a smooth process. We have experience of delivering Job Orders for ranging from single appointments to hundreds.