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Broadmoor to recruit 100 nurses after report criticises care standards

Broadmoor Hospital is recruiting up to 100 extra nurses, a month after a damning report labelled it ‘totally unfit for purpose’.

West London Mental Health Trust, which runs the high security hospital, is holding an open day for registered nurses to tour the facilities and discuss employment conditions and benefits.

The trust has secured funding to improve staffing levels after a Care Quality Commission investigation heavily criticised the service in a report last month.

Clinical director Kevin Murray said: “The hospital would like to increase the staff to patient ratio on the wards.

“We are hoping to recruit nursing staff with a mixed skill set to give patients the therapeutic support they require.”

The hospital provides mental health services for men from London and the south of England.

It is one of only three high security psychiatric hospitals in the country and accommodates around 260 patients. The average stay is about eight years.

Most patients suffer from severe mental illness and many also have personality disorders.

Broadmoor is also one of four sites nationally providing a dangerous and severe personality disorder service for men.

There are plans to overhaul the entire site by 2016 and discussions with the Department of Health and NHS London are expected to reach a conclusion within the coming months.

The open day is being held on Saturday 12 September between 9am and 5pm. Interested nurses will need to confirm a place by emailing tracy.duke@wlmht.nhs.uk or phoning 01344 754 901.

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