Nearly 80 nurses are due to start work next year at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust as part of ongoing efforts to improve staffing levels to cope with increased patient acuity.
The trust is taking on 79 additional registered nurses in January. It follows the recruitment in August of 102 extra healthcare assistants and 16 midwives last month.
Two workforce 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.
Although the reviews recommended spending £2.8m on recruitment, only £2m has so far been released. But director of nursing Carole Ribbins said the investment would give the trust a skill mix of at least 60:40 qualified to unqualified staff on every ward.
She said: “Our admitted patients are older, frailer and more poorly than they were a few years ago and that means the nursing required is more intensive.
“These extra nurses will be deployed across wards in all three of our hospitals but predominantly in our medical wards where the pressures are most acute.”