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East Midlands trust launches recruitment drive for 140 nurses


Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced plans to recruit 140 nurses to help improve patient care and reduce its use of agency staff.

The Nottinghamshire trust said it was aiming to find nurses for its main hospital site in King’s Mill plus two smaller community hospitals in Newark and Mansfield.

“As a trust we know the challenges we face, but since the Keogh Review in 2013 our nurses have risen to those challenges”

Susan Bowler

It is specifically looking to recruit nurses in emergency care, as we all as geriatrics, gastroenterology and respiratory medicine.

The trust is currently in “special measures”. It was placed in the support framework for failing NHS organisations in July 2013 in the wake of the Keogh Review.

The review, led by NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, looked at 14 hospital trusts with a higher mortality rate than the average across the NHS in England.

In July last year, the Care Quality Commission ruled that it should remain in special measures after a follow up inspection, though it noted some improvements.  

Susan Bowler, executive director for nursing and quality at the trust, acknowledged that the organisation faced “challenges” as a result of Sir Bruce’s conclusions.  

But she the trust’s nurses had “risen to those challenges and made significant improvements”.

“We are really proud of the close-knit team spirit and the confidence our nurses have in each other to provide the best patient care,” she said.

She added: “High quality patient care is our primary aim and this recruitment campaign will allow us to increase the number of permanent nurses working within the trust, while maintaining safe staffing levels.

“Being able to employ nurses on permanent contracts allows us to train and develop our staff,” she said in a trust statement.

More than 50 nurses are already due to join the trust from Spain, Italy and Romania.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Trusts need to get creative and look at ways they recruit and retain staff. This means flexible working patterns and tailoring contracts to suit personal requirements. It is simply old fashioned and out of touch for managers to think they can get nurses to work on full time, internal rotational contracts nowadays with the cost of childcare and the amount of jobs available for nurses, not to mention agencies paying higher rates. Going abroad is a short term solution too. We need to start valuing the nurses we have as 2016 forecasts a 'perfect storm' of retiring nurses and not enough to plug the warned! Goodwill is running thin

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  • Anonymous | 14-Apr-2015 5:01 pm

    I agree with your comments.

    Our Trust had this recruitment drive of nurses from abroad. Once they (the majority) finished their contracted time, they returned home.

    A big problem with the nursing culture is that staff are made to feel that they unable to cope or are failing, if they don't fulfil everything that is thrown at them. Hence, the blame is laid at the feet of the staff and not the system, or the way people are treated, and therefore the cause never gets addressed, sadly. Until attitudes change, there will be no change.

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