Migration

Published on June 30th, 2016 | by john.weir

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New Zealand recruiting British sonographers

New Zealand is proactively recruiting qualified UK sonographers to bridge a shortage in this specific medical field. Already proving a popular migratory pattern for UK medics, the year to June 2016 has been a record year for sonographers migrating from the UK for a new life in New Zealand, both in terms of work and resident visas. British sonographers in New Zealand can expect all the perks of a better quality of life as well as job variety, flexibility and potential for career development.

The need for sonographers in New Zealand is growing with vacancies in small and large hospitals throughout the country in city and rural settings, giving UK migrants wide lifestyle choices. The pull factors for Brits moving to New Zealand are numerous, from a high quality of life, great career prospects, favourable climate and stunning scenery, all in a multi-cultural country that has a strong historical link with the UK.

Recent interviews with a group of British sonographers currently working in New Zealand focused on career development and longevity, which is considered stronger than in the UK. The variety of work was also a strong theme in the interviews, with sonographers performing a wide range of examinations including musculoskeletal, vascular, abdominal and obstetric. The group also noted that most hospitals have 30 minute appointment slots in New Zealand, which is longer than offered in the NHS. Overall, the group felt they had time to do their job and consult with colleagues when needed. There are also opportunities to supervise, train and support members of the immediate and wider team.

Hentie Cilliers, Chair of the national Sonographer Workforce Development Group said, “In New Zealand we’ve got a very active private and public sector, to the degree that we have more vacancies than sonographers. Sonographer vacancies range from trainee to fully experienced and we punch well above our weight in terms of technology.”

UK migrant, Liz Hunt, has been living in New Zealand for 16 years as a sonographer with her husband and four children. She comments, ‘We came for a year initially. On returning to the UK we couldn’t settle and we just craved the lifestyle we had in New Zealand. It’s the perfect place to raise children. I love coming home and my children are riding bikes in the paddock rather than on a Play Station. Everyone gets on well. It doesn’t matter what role within the department you have, whether you are a radiographer, student, orderly, radiologist, sonographer or nurse, everyone works together and we socialise together.”

Steve McGill, general manager at Immigration New Zealand said: “In the past year among the applications from sonographers for resident visas in New Zealand, 30% were from the UK. And in the last five years from the worldwide applications by sonographers for resident visas, the highest number has come from the UK at 39%. These figures show that migrating to New Zealand is already a popular career choice for British sonographers. We want to highlight that it’s not only sonographers that are needed in New Zealand but a wide range of medical roles from GPs to radiologists and anaesthetists.”

Kiwi Health Jobs is the largest dedicated health job board in New Zealand. It is owned and supported by the 20 District Health Boards (DHB’s) and New Zealand Blood Service with the latest sonographer vacancies just a click away. Details about working in New Zealand from a British sonographers perspective and registration information can be seen at: www.kiwihealthjobs.com/sonographer-campaign. Further details about working and living in New Zealand can be seen at: https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/

For sonographers looking to work and live in New Zealand either on a temporary or permanent basis there are various pathways to registration. One is to have a qualification from a university that has been assessed as equivalent to the New Zealand accredited qualification.*

Sonographers may be eligible to apply for a visa under the skilled migrant category, which under the Immigration New Zealand points system may make the applicant eligible for a resident visa, allowing the applicant to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services.

Kiwi Health Jobs is the largest dedicated health job board in New Zealand. It is owned and supported by the 20 District Health Boards (DHB’s) and New Zealand Blood Service with the latest sonographer vacancies just a click away. Details about working in New Zealand from a British sonographers perspective and registration information can be seen at: www.kiwihealthjobs.com/sonographer-campaign. Further details about working and living in New Zealand can be seen at: https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/

For sonographers looking to work and live in New Zealand either on a temporary or permanent basis there are various pathways to registration. One is to have a qualification from a university that has been assessed as equivalent to the New Zealand accredited qualification.*

If you are looking for a healthcare job in New Zealand, why not come to Down Under Live in London and Birmingham this October.

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