Nurses and doctors arrived with very different levels of experience. Some were already specialists in their field. Others came for postgraduate qualification, or to begin their training from scratch.
Although many new arrivals had prior knowledge and connections, the experience of arrival was still often a shock. Many intended to come for training and further qualifications and did not intend to stay. Others did not come to the UK with the intention of working in healthcare – but ended up finding roles within the NHS upon arrival.