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How COVID-19 transformed healthcare recruitment

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A look at how MPA Recruitment has embraced digitalisation in the pandemic.

One of the most consistent challenges of COVID-19 has been the shortage of healthcare workers. As healthcare facilities reach maximum capacity, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers have experienced an urgent need for additional help and backup staff

Northern Ireland-based MPA Recruitment’s Director Mark Canning told Omnia Health Insights: “COVID-19 has brought a range of challenges, none less than the restrictions in the global mobility of candidates and borders closing to travellers. For the past number of years, MPA has been moving to digitalise many of our services and COVID-19 has forced many of us to embrace video technology as a core communication method. We have found there to be a much greater uptake in our video interview services with many organisations integrating this into their hiring process more readily than before.”

Staffing is one of the greatest challenges faced, he highlighted, and the gap between supply and demand is widening in some key skill sets. Some of these are Directors & Corporate Management staff, Consultants and Physicians, Nurses, OT’s, Physios and Therapists, Psychiatrists & Psychologists, L&D and Training Coordinators, Compliance, Quality, Legal and Finance, among others.

Established in 1997, MPA Recruitment has evolved into the leading healthcare recruitment provider in Northern Ireland and have partnered with businesses and candidates across the globe.

Canning elaborated: “We promote world-class recruitment practices internally and externally and our client and candidate relationships extend throughout Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions. MPA has won several leading industry awards and our commitment to providing an industry-leading service to our clients and candidates is at the heart of everything that we do. We were named in Recruiter magazine’s Fast 50 for a second consecutive year as well as being recognised as 1 of the 1,000 Companies ‘Inspiring Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange. At MPA, we work towards one common goal: world-class continuity of care for our clients and for their clients.”

At the upcoming ‘Northern Ireland: Providing innovative solutions to the world’s healthcare challenges’ webinar, MPA Recruitment will give an insight into how to use video interview technology to streamline hiring process and how organisations can position themselves as an employer of choice and market themselves appropriately, Canning added.

When asked about what some of the healthcare trends are to watch out for in 2021, he said: “The further digitalisation of processes across all areas of the sector, the increase in demand for key skill sets that are already in high demand with a restricted supply, and the recruitment process becoming a marketing exercise for organisations to promote themselves as an employer of choice in attracting the right talent.”

Join the webinar: Northern Ireland: Providing innovative solutions to the world’s healthcare challenges
Tuesday 9th February – 3PM GST

You can hear more from MPA Recruitment at this webinar hosted by Invest Northern Ireland, the economic development agency for Northern Ireland, UK. With expertise across a range of specialisms, including respiratory products, diagnostics, medical devices, e-health and medtech, companies from Northern Ireland are enabling treatments that transform lives across the globe.

Register for free >>

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