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Yorkshire trust to invest £1.2m in nurse recruitment

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has launched a £1.2m campaign to recruit 160 more nurses including bringing in over 50 new staff from Spain.

The trust said the recruitment drive was in response to staff feedback about nursing levels on the wards and the need to maintain safe staffing levels.

“We are finding that the labour market is very competitive, hence the need to also look overseas”

David Melia

The investment would help maintain a ratio of one registered nurse per eight patients, according to the trust.

It said it was looking to recruit nurses and undergraduates from across the region but would also seek to employ 60 Spanish nurses over the next six months.

Interim deputy chief nurse David Melia said it was necessary to look abroad for new nurses because of the UK shortage.

“Given that all NHS trusts are facing similar issues, we are finding that the labour market is very competitive, hence the need to also look overseas.” he said.

All recruits would go through a rigorous selection process that tests “professional and clinical skills of the applicants as well as their communication skills”, he added.

The trust is staging an open day for undergraduate nurses and those looking for new jobs on 24 June.

Readers' comments (8)

  • The Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust should consider recruiting nurses from Zambia where there are some excellent nurses. I know this because I trained many of them in one School of Nursing for two years and I continue to support them

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  • What a waste of resources! There are so many nurses already in the country who are under-utilised and struggling to find appropriate work. The Trust should instead identify why staff are leaving their Trust and why uptake of current posts is so poor.

    My feeling is that they would rather resort to bringing in "cannon-fodder" than sort out the more entrenched problems: poor working conditions, lack of flexibility for those with out of work commitments, unacceptable stress-levels, poor training opportunities and lack of mentorship/supervision, poor advancement prospects, lack of recognition and appreciation and finally POOR PAY!

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  • can anybody who speaks Spanish or Portuguese apply or do you have to have the passport?

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  • Anonymous | 24-Apr-2014 2:23 pm

    don't worry. if they are not well treated they won't stay. knowing how well qualified and what good and highly trained and professional workers many of them are they are fools to even apply and will probably be taken for a complete ride, although maybe they just want the opportunity to improve their English and earn while they are in financial crisis and where there may be a lack of jobs. maybe they will be able to teach and help raise nursing standards in the NHS.

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  • where has this 1.2 million come from...the mid yorks trust has been running millions in deficit for years!!!

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  • There is currently 1 advert for band 5 posts at mid yorks! . . . massive recruitment drive?!?!

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  • With 20yrs nursing experience, I can no longer work anywhere near me as health prevents me doing 12-hr shifts. You could save the relocation costs/costs of going to Portugal to recruit, then inducting them into the ways of the NHS if flexibility was offered to unemployed nurses here.

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  • Anonymous | 4-May-2014 11:08 pm

    you are right. if they looked after their own first they would have less need to seek further afield and would end up with a more consistent workforce..

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