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International NHS Workers Day

Today marks Overseas NHS Workers' Day 

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board owes a great deal to the skilled healthcare professionals who come from all over the world to work here.  There are almost 50 different nationalities that make up the Health Board’s multicultural workforce, working at all levels and in a variety of different roles.

Not only does this allow us to increase our workforce but it also improves diversity and inclusion in the workplace, all of which has a positive impact on an individual's overall health and wellbeing, reduces health inequalities and improves patient outcomes.

Without the support of our international colleagues, we couldn’t run our services. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our internationally recruited colleagues for their continued dedication and commitment to delivering the best of care to the people of Gwent

We spoke to Internationally Educated Nurses, Selin and Regina, about their experiences as an overseas NHS worker and this is what they had to say:


Selin Thomas, Ward Sister for Care of the Elderly rehabilitation

“The reason I choose to work in ABUHB is because they value human rights principles, ensuring accountability, empowerment, participation, and non-discrimination. They're committed to creating a healthier community and aiming for excellence in all they do.

ABUHB is committed to promoting equality, human rights, and excellence in healthcare. They expect all staff to treat patients, families, the public, and colleagues with dignity and respect, maintaining a high standard of behaviour at all times.

Dedication to the NHS and its core values is essential for everyone within the organization. In addition to that, ABUHB's commitment to caring, compassion, active listening, excellence, and collaborative partnerships ensures that they provide the best possible care for their community. Their dedication to human rights principles aligns with their goal of creating a healthier community while striving for excellence in all aspects of their work.

As an internationally-educated nurse, we face several challenges when transitioning into new healthcare systems. Beyond well-documented credentialing issues, IENs may need considerable support in adapting to new social and health care environments.

However, we remember that each joy contributes to our growth as a nurse and enriches our professional journey. We cherish these moments and they are part of what makes nursing such a rewarding career.”


Regina Reyes, Clinical Research Nurse Specialist

I am thankful for the enormous support the Health Board has given me from the beginning of my nursing career. Working in a psychologically safe environment where inclusivity is highly promoted is something I am grateful for in my workplace.