Migrant Nurses in the NHS – historical legacies and current challenges

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Room TM3-03, Third Floor, Roding Building, Yellow Zone, London Metropolitan University 166-220 Holloway Road London N7 8DB

Migrant Nurses in the NHS – historical legacies and current challenges

Since the inception of the NHS 75 years ago, in 1948, migrant nurses have played a crucial role. The active recruitment of overseas staff from countries near and far has been a defining feature of the health service. This conference brings together academic researchers and practitioners to explore the contribution of diverse groups of nurses over time – from the early decades of the NHS right up to the present day.

The conference is organised by Prof. Louise RyanGlobal Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre and Dr Julie MacLaren, Head of Nursing at London Metropolitan University.

This event is sponsored by the Burdett Trust for Nursing as part of the Irish Nurses in the NHS project led by Louise Ryan and Grainne McPolin.


Tuesday 12 July 2023

London Metropolitan University, Holloway Campus

Room: TM3 - 03

  • 2.00pm – welcome from Prof. Elizabeth Opara, Dean of School of Human Sciences and Kelly Cooper, Dean of School of Social Sciences and Professions
  • 2.10pm - 3.15pm

Prof Louise Ryan, London Metropolitan University, ‘Irish nurses in the NHS: an oral history

Dr Myrtle Emmanuel and Dr Leroi Henry, University of Greenwich, ‘The contribution of nurses from the Caribbean to the NHS’

  • 3.15pm - 3.45pm - Tea break
  • 3.45pm - 5.15pm

Anna Reyes, Senior Research Nurse Coordinator and Gladys Martir, University College London – results from a survey with Filipino nurses

Abigail Bernard, Independent Scholar – "The Black Frontline" - Oral history of Black nurses during COVID-19

Dr Joy Spiliopoulos, Lancaster University and Prof. Stephen Timmons, Nottingham University, - 'Migrant NHS nurses as 'tolerated' citizens post-Brexit'

  • 5.15pm - 5.30pm - comfort break
  • 5.30pm - 6.30pm– panel discussion chaired by Julie Maclaren with Nursing Associations (details forthcoming)
  • 6.30pm - 8.00pm reception and Irish nurses photographic exhibition

The event is free to attend but pre-booking is essential – booking deadline is 16th June 2023

This event is part of Migration: a public history festival, a series of lectures, exhibitions, workshops and walks around London, supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

The Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre is a home for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship that explores migration, diasporas, nations, regions and localities through the lenses of diversity and inequality.

If you are London Met staff or student, please use your London Met email address to register.

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