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London trust to recruit extra mental health nurses

A mental health trust in London has announced it is investing £2.1m in recruiting more nursing staff.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust said the extra posts would ensure it could provide the “best possible” quality of care to service users by ensuring it had “sufficient numbers of qualified, permanent staff to look after them”.

A spokeswoman for the trust told Nursing Times the investment would mean a real terms increase of between 55 to 65 nurses on wards across all trust inpatient services per day.

In a statement, trust chief executive David Bradley said: “Following a comprehensive review of all our inpatient nursing services we decided to invest an additional £2.1m into the nursing workforce across all inpatient services this year and on an ongoing basis. 

“This investment will increase both the numbers of permanent staff on duty and the number of qualified nurses on these wards and gives us one of the best ratios of staff to patients and qualified to unqualified staff across London mental health trusts,” he added.

Director of nursing Andrew Dean added: “I am absolutely delighted that the board has supported the proposal to invest in providing these additional nursing posts.”

The trust said recruitment for the new posts had already begun.

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