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RCN launches health care careers programme for displaced people in Wales

14 Dec 2023

It’s an opportunity for people in Wales who are refugees or asylum seekers to get practical experience and knowledge.

Holding hands A new RCN programme will give refugees and asylum seekers in Wales an insight into health care, with the aim of opening the door to careers in the NHS.  

This pilot, funded by Health Education and Improvement Wales, is open to residents in Wales who have at some point been displaced, with options to study online or in person. 

The scheme aims to give participants an understanding of resilience, teamworking and communication while promoting awareness of careers available in the health sector in Wales.  

It will include practical sessions, such as basic life support, manual handling, infection control and observational work experience. It will also provide coaching for, and experience of, a simulated health care interview and support in drafting personal statements and CVs. 

Professor Dave Clarke, head of the RCN scheme, said: “It's important that our NHS has people from all communities working in it and I hope this project will help displaced people in Wales consider a career in health care. This is an opportunity to gain an insight into the NHS, learn new skills and get support to apply for a role in the NHS.” 

Applications close on 14 January with work experience starting in March. To apply, email 

Page last updated - 14/12/2023