IRISH nurses are in huge demand to fill positions in hospitals in the UK.
A Health Trust within the National Health Service has begun a recruitment drive here to immediately fill 100 nursing vacancies.
The Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust (CHUFT) in Essex wants to recruit Irish nurses fo fill positions in all general medical specialties, especially in emergency medicine, care of the elderly and general medical services, as these are where the highest rates of vacancies are at the moment.
"We have a severe shortage of nursing staff in general in the UK and are very keen to recruit nurses from within Ireland because of the standard of training and experience they have," said Associate Director of Nursing for Medicine, Carole Broadbank.
"I have come across what I believe to be some of the very best examples of nursing care during my time working both in the HSE and the private sector in Ireland.
"Irish nurses are highly-qualified to very high standards, are motivated, caring and empathetic and are sought-after around the world.
"We have nursing posts at all grades available now and I can guarantee them they will be warmly welcomed and made to feel at home when they arrive."
The package on offer includes the provision of interim accommodation on arrival and 27 days' annual leave in addition to eight days of public holidays a year.
A special recruitment roadshow will get under way in Galway, Cork and Limerick next week.
Hundreds of Irish nurses are recruited by the NHS every year.
Recent figures showed that the number of foreign nurses going to Britain to work from other countries including Ireland has doubled in three years.
The number of nurses who registered to work in Britain after receiving their training abroad rose from 2,306 in 2009 to 4,251 last year.
Hospitals in the UK targeted 29 countries, with the highest number of nurses recruited from Portugal followed by Spain, Ireland and the Philippines.
Details of the recruitment roadshow for the Colchester team will be available at www.colchestrhospital.nhs.uk