Sheffield acute trust to invest £1.5m on recruiting 130 nurses
More than 130 new nurses are to be recruited by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to meet rising demand.
An additional £1.5m has also been approved by the trust’s board to ensure the appropriate level of care in the face of rising demand for services and increased patient acuity.
The new nursing staff will be joining the trust’s wards this autumn. It currently employs over 6,000 nurses and midwives.
Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “For many years we have regularly monitored the number of nurses we think we need to care for patients based on these factors.
“The £1.5million investment is part of this planning to ensure we provide the right level of nursing care, in the right place and at the right time,” she said.
“We work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield to help train new nurses, which means we have a pool of newly qualified nurses to recruit from, but we also attract more experienced nurses from right across the NHS,” Professor Chapman said.
She added the trust had recently also recruited an additional 50 healthcare assistants.