June 2014 Multicultural Job Environments in the UK

June 2014 SIETAR Kansai Presentation

“Multicultural Job Environments in the UK”


Speaker:        Ms. Sayuri Shiono 

                            (Instructor at Rakuwa Kyoto Kosei Nursing  School

Date:                  June 15, 2014 (Sunday)  16:00-18:00

                           (Dinner after the session at a Thai/Balinese restaurant. Reservations required by June 12.  Contact fujimotodonna@gmail.com)

Venue:             Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, 

                         3rd floorRoom 3
                (1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel.0726-85-3721

Fee:              Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language:      Japanese (questions and answers in Japanese and English)


Description of presentation:

Britain has been known as a multicultural nation especially after experiencing a large influx of immigrants from former British colonies after World War II. Since then there has been a serious shortage of nurses, and Britain commenced to admit overseas nurses in 2000. A large number of nurses have come to Britain, especially from the Philippines, and most of them are still working in NHS hospitals. However, they had a very difficult time in the beginning, since there were problems of discrimination or abuse.

Sayuri Shiono worked as a nurse in an NHS hospital from 2003. At first, she had to train in order to transfer her Japanese nursing license to a British one. Just like Filipino nurses, she faced discrimination, language barriers and cultural differences, and had a difficult time at work. Fortunately, with the support from friends, she managed to complete the training. Afterwards, she worked as a nurse in Britain for 7 years.

Ms. Shiono worked with people from all over the world, so there were naturally linguistic differences or religious boundaries, and people yet had to exist together. Ms. Shiono will introduce the situation of overseas nurses in the UK and that of their patients. She will present basic information, which shows the diversified backgrounds in the UK that cannot be experienced in Japan. By having to learn about the UK, she had the opportunity to learn much about her own country.

Profile of Presenter:

Ms. Sayuri Shiono is currently a Rakuwa Kyoto Kosei Nursing School Teacher of nursing. She is a 1985 graduate of Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine School of Nursing. She worked at University Hospital, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine and then left for the UK in 2001. From 2003, she worked at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College of London Hospital. Then she came back to Japan in 2010, working at Kyoto University Hospital and completed graduate school at Kyoto Tachibana University.