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Leicester trust seeks over 180 nurses

A Midlands hospital trust has announced its “biggest” ever recruitment drive for registered nurses.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said it wants to fill over 180 bands 5 and 6 nurse vacancies across its three hospitals, as part of ongoing efforts to improve staffing levels to cope with increased patient acuity.

There are vacancies in surgery (general and specialist), theatres, renal, cardio respiratory, medicine, cancer and haematology, the emergency department, children’s hospital and musculoskeletal.

A recruitment day is scheduled to take place on 26 January.

Carole Ribbins, director of nursing at the trust, said: “This is very exciting time. This is the first time that we’ve ever tried to recruit such a large number of nurses in one go.”

The recruitment drive is the latest following two workforce reviews last year.

The reviews, carried out in March and September, found potential nursing shortages across the trust, but particularly in musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, cancer, and women’s and children’s services.

As Nursing Times reported in December, 79 additional registered nurses were due to start work this month. It follows the recruitment in August of 102 extra healthcare assistants and 16 midwives in November.

The trust is spending around £2m on recruitment to give the trust a skill mix of at least 60:40 qualified to unqualified staff on every ward.

Readers' comments (5)

  • This wouldn't be required if they hadn't let staffing levels drop to near dangerous levels.

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  • George Barnes

    It's a step in the right direction - even though the situation that led to a need to recruit 180 RNs should never have been allowed to happen in the first place.

    Recruiting RNs is the easy part of the equation... keeping them is another matter.

    The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust must have been treating their RNs badly in recent years to end up in the hole with a shortfall of 180.

    Not only must they recruit the RNs but they must treat them well and maybe they might stand a chance of not needing such an aggressive recruitment campaign in the future.

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  • There's more to this. Every hospital has a Board meeting once a month which is open to the public. There are 2 parts to it, one public, the other private. Private things like dismissals or salaries or something commercial or just sensitive is kept in Part 2. Everything else is in Part 1. Even Foundation Hospitals publish their minutes online, although some don't let the public attend (but they do have elected governors).
    But every single report about nursing or safety or performance or finance is marked confidential and not given on their website. I've never seen anything like it. Yes they are applying for Foundation Trust status and have consultants in helping them but all this just makes me think they must have some serious problems with safety and staffing. But at least they're recruiting nurses, I just hope they're enough and get looked after by their employer.

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  • I think we are like gold dust and its not just the UK who needs nurses. Nurses are ver powerful, I wish occasionally they would flex their muscles!

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  • The bigger the trust the harder it is to recruit, this will still take them up to 4 months to get recruits into post if they have a HR system like ours 'up the M1'. 60/40 skill mix, Ms ribbons needs to consider the latest evidence re outcome & skill mix, however, it is all about training. Support that will keep patients safe & staff in the posts. 70/30 is our basic ward skill mix in higher dependent ward areas it has become 50/50 using acuity tool based evidence & chief nurse who listens to the voices on the ground.....matrons & ward managers. Good luck UHL it is hard place to be, make sure that your hard to recruit wards have permanent rolling adverts & encourage over establishment of 1wte that reduces agency, buffers the problem of mat leave & inevitable sickness.

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