A hospital trust in Cambridgeshire is seeking to recruit nearly 150 extra nurses in order to reduce its reliance on agency staff.
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced it will be holding six recruitment days through the year in order to try and attract 140 nurses. Like many other trusts, it will also be sending recruitment teams to Europe due to the growing shortage of nurses in the UK.
The trust currently employs around 1,000 nurses and midwives and said it was looking to recruit a further 140 qualified nurses to reduce its use of agency nursing staff.
However, it noted that nationally there was a shortage of nurses and highlighted that “in Cambridgeshire in particular, vacancy levels are amongst the highest”.
Joanna Cousins, the trust’s deputy director of human resources and organisational development, said: “We were really pleased with the numbers of qualified nurses that attended the last two open days and made a number of job offers as a result.
“However, we still have nursing posts to recruit to and by opening our doors to potential employees we would like to show them what a fantastic facility we have to offer here at Peterborough.”
The trust is also working closely with Anglia Ruskin University and around 30 student nurses have been given conditional offers of permanent positions once they have qualified this summer.
But the trust warned these initiatives were “unlikely to fill the substantive positions currently available”, forcing it to “look further afield”. As a result, a team will be travelling to Portugal and Italy to recruit around 50 staff nurses to start in May and June 2014.
Ms Cousins said: “We will also be recruiting nurses from Portugal and Italy and will be working closely with the Portuguese and Italian communities in the city to ensure that they are made to feel welcome.”
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