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East and North Hertfordshire Trust

East and North Herts looks to recruit 50 EU nurses

Around 50 European Union nurses could soon be working at East and North Hertforshire Trust, which is working with NHS Professionals to recruit them on “flexible work contracts”.

The trust has been trying to reduce its overall agency spend with some success but has seen agency spending increase in the last couple of months.

The trust had agreed a trajectory of 20% reduction in agency spend for 2012-13 financial year, which ended on 31 March.

But it said agency nursing expenditure continued to be significant at £222,000 in February and £229,000 in January. This was higher than the average monthly expenditure of £109,000 for the first nine months of the 2012-13 financial year.

Board papers for March stated: “The trust is working in partnership with NHS Professionals to recruit 50wte nurses on flexible work contracts from relevant EU countries.”

Meanwhile, permanent recruitment activity is focused on band 5 nurses and clinical support workers. In the last 12 months the trust has recruited 555 whole time equivalent, but 533 have left.

In February, 24 registered nurse vacancies were advertised, but only seven candidates were invited to interview and five candidates appointed.

“This was mainly due to a reduction in the number of applications and the quality of the candidates,” the report said.

It added that 13.2 whole time equivalent registered nurses were due to start throughout March, and a further 10 in April or May. A further 14 whole time equivalent clinical support workers were due to start throughout March.

Readers' comments (6)

  • This "Trust" sounds like a management disaster area

    Is the DNS fit to remain on the register ?

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  • 555 -553 = +2---- So 553 vacancies !

    Then the wonderful "management" appoint 5 !

    So there must be 448 vacancies !

    Less the projected numbers of appointees ( most of whom maybe wont appear ?) leave an admitted vacancy factor of 410.8 ! (The 0.2wte is of course vitally important and will maintain all vital services ! )

    Sounds as if patients should stay well away from this trust.

    The "management" are clearly a bunch of overpaid incompetents who should be forced to pay back all bonuses before their services are found to be no longer required !

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  • one would imagine that CEOs would be good at maths. judging by the number whose heads have fallen this now appears not to be the case especially in banking as an example. nhs CEOs should be warned.

    heard on news yesterday, a company made a £15m loss and the CEO took a salary of £6,5m - can anybody explain?

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 11-Apr-2013 1:57 pm

    Yes. It is simple.

    The Board - all similarly well-paid, and also mates with the Renumeration Committee - argue that the CEO contributed to the reduction from the potential loss of £53m to the actual loss of £15m, thus saving the shareholders £38m. So they pay themselves about £18m of that £38m.

    For some reason, this obviously correct logic never applies to those staff in the lower ranks.

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  • DH Agent - as if ! | 11-Apr-2013 3:44 pm

    from Anonymous | 11-Apr-2013 1:57 pm


    many thanks for the clarification - obviously skills in logic are more important than any qualification in mathematics and ethics.

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 11-Apr-2013 4:50 pm

    I've an idea, that should have been remuneration - always have trouble, with that word.

    Ethics and Board - an interesting, and novel, idea.

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