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Kent hospital embarks on massive nurse recruitment drive

Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) is seeking to employ 250 new nurses as result of a £3.5m investment in extra nursing staff.

The troubled hospital in Orpington, Kent, was taken over by King’s College Foundation Trust, after South London Healthcare Trust was disbanded in October last year.

King’s said the investment in staff was part of efforts to drive up standards.

Princess Royal University Hospital

Princess Royal University Hospital

A report on PRUH published by England’s chief inspector of hospitals in February this year identified “significant failings in a number of areas”, especially the management of patient records.

The report found King’s had already taken steps to tackle long-standing problems but said there was “still more to do”.

Managers said they were keen to recruit qualified staff nurses, as well as sisters and matrons.

“A vital element of a high performing hospital is excellent nursing staff. Our desire to recruit 250 new nurses was part of our plan when we took over the running of the PRUH,” said Paula Townsend, the hospital’s deputy director of nursing.

“We are looking for talented and enthusiastic nurses who are committed to delivering high quality, compassionate care to our patients. We want to tap into the talent we have locally and show them that the PRUH is a great place to work.”

The trust is staging a recruitment day at PRUH on April 26 including the chance to meet current nursing staff to find out what it’s like working at the organisation.

The trust is also recruiting a small number of new nursing staff to work at nearby Orpington Hospital.

Details of both recruitment campaigns can be found at the King’s website.

Readers' comments (4)

  • michael stone

    Recruiting more staff seems the commonest reaction to 'a hospital in crisis' - where [long-term] is the money coming from for these extra staff [what are they 'cutting' ?]. It isn't as if the goverment is throwing stacks of extra cash at hospitals at present.

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  • Good luck with finding 250 "talented and enthusiastic" nurses.

    If they are out there, why are they not already working??????

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  • Taking on more nurses can only be a good thingh. It is even more important though, that nurse managers/matrons are good, fair, intelligent and able to work just as hard as their staff nurses.

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  • Well said TT!!!-Poor Deluded Paula

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