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Calling European colleagues… TV opportunity?

BBC One is making a one hour special documentary called Our International NHS, presented by historian David Olusoga. The idea is to celebrate the immigrant workforce that has been the backbone of the NHS, from its inception 70 years ago to the current time.

They are now casting for individuals working in the NHS who migrated during the mid-2000s onwards from the EU and European Economic Area. The programme will explore subjects such as the decision to migrate, working for the NHS, why migrants have chosen to work in healthcare and the impact the service has had on their lives.

This is being done to a tight timetable with selection of participants by the end of March and filming in April.

The programme makers explained: “We're taking several precautions to ensure that filming prioritises the health and wellbeing of our interviewees. All filming takes place in a controlled environment, no on-site filming is required. Filming should take no longer than two hours.

“We'd primarily like to hear from people who are, firstly, happy to share their experience but who're also compelling, empathetic and honest. We aim to draw viewers into the history of the NHS through the stories of people who work for the service. It's also worth noting that we have already cast the majority of the documentary and are looking to portray a plethora of roles within the NHS. We have filmed with several nurses, midwives and doctors; we'd also like to hear more from roles such as paramedics, porters, pharmacists and healthcare assistants.”

If you think this is something you’d like to put yourself forward for, please email: Rebecca Beedie, DCHS media manager, on r.beedie@nhs.net