Responding to the figures, James Buchan, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Health Foundation, said: Nurses trained outside the UK have long played a vital role in delivering NHS services.
“Today’s data from the NMC again shows that the NHS is turning to non-UK workers to plug large gaps in the nursing workforce.
Mr Buchan continued, “With nursing vacancies across the NHS remaining stubbornly high and staff under extreme pressure, the drive to recruit new nurses is positive. But international recruitment is very much a short-term quick fix solution that may come at the expense of long-term workforce planning and domestic supply and risks nurses not being recruited in the right places with the right skills.
The Health Foundation also warned that recruiting nurses from countries with their own shortages needs “significant consideration”.