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My journey as an international mental health nurse - Arthur Sibanda

Photograph with Arthur in NELFT nurse uniform, with NELFT sign and NELFT logos right hand side

Arthur Sibanda, moved to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2022 and now works as a Clinical Facilitator with the Practice Experience and Programmes Team at Goodmayes Hospital.

Arthur has over a decade’s experience as a mental health nurse and in current role at NELFT he supports rotational nurses and associate nurse apprentices during their placement. He also supports newly registered professionals to go through preceptorship, as they gain their professional autonomy in their adjustment to their new job role.

Arthur said:

“I came to the UK because of the opportunities for career progression, and better prospects for my family, my wife, and now-nine-year-old daughter.”

He trained at the biggest mental health hospital in Zimbabwe, as he’s always been fascinated by mental health.

Photograph of Arthur in Nurses uniform in Zimbabwe

Photograph: Arthur in Zimbabwe

On his current role, Arthur said:

“My role pushes me out of my comfort zone, as there is always more to learn. I am very fortunate to have tremendous support from my team"

“Making a difference to patients’ lives is what I love about my job, as well as having the opportunity to have a positive impact to other staff members as they map their career paths in healthcare.”

While applying for a job with NELFT Arthur received support to prepare for the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) that “helped me to settle in well and I have noticed that support has improved with each successive group recruited.”

“I feel that the wealth of work experience, which internationally trained nurses bring is recognised at NELFT. For example, where appropriate, we are supported with career progression and transition into senior roles, where our valuable skills are utilised. This support not only helps with staff retention but it also positively impacts the quality of care we provide to our patients.”

Arthur recently met the King at a Buckingham Palace reception for international nurses. He said:

It was such an honour and privilege to represent the Trust at the Reception of International Nurses and Midwives at Buckingham Palace on King Charles’ 75th birthday. I met international nurses from across the UK, who were also delighted to grace this occasion. We were all overwhelmed with emotion to have this opportunity presented to us. I am looking forward to what 2024 brings and continuing my international adventure here at NELFT.”

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