Capacity challenge sparks nurse recruitment drive at James Cook hospital
A nursing recruitment drive is being launched at James Cook University Hospital in support of extra beds being opened to meet patient demand.
South Tees NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said it had been “exceptionally busy” over the last six months and patient numbers coming into hospital as emergencies continues to grow year-on-year.
As a result, it has announced plans to open up 28 additional beds in a new acute medical ward as well as extra beds planned for other medical, surgical and trauma specialties.
To coincide with the extra bed capacity the trust is looking to recruit over 100 new staff, including nurses and in particular those with experience.
Trust chief executive Tricia Hart said: “A priority issue we have to address is how we deal with the mismatch of capacity and patient demand, particularly on the James Cook site.
“Our staff are great and have coped incredibly well, but we need to put some investment in this now.”
She added: “The trust is still in a challenging financial climate so it may seem like we are going against the trend but by taking action, we hope this will alleviate some of that pressure.”
A series of open days are planned for potential nursing recruits on 30 May and 4 June.