A group of 11 nurses from Spain have been recruited to work in community-based services at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
The trust said it began a large scale recruitment drive late last year to increase numbers of full time nurses in its hospital and community services to ensure staff could spend more time with patients.
As recently reported by Nursing Times, board papers from January show a fifth of community nursing shifts were short staffed in December at the Yorkshire trust.
It announced on 16 February that it had recruited 11 qualified nurses with “directly transferable skills” who would undergo an “intensive” induction.
The trust noted that it was “far from being the first NHS organisation to seek overseas recruits” during the current shortage of UK nurses.
Managers from the nearby Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust have said they plan to go to India later this month with the aim of recruiting 70 nurses and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it had been joined by over 100 overseas nurses this month.
“Recruiting nurses is a challenge, due to a national shortage of qualified and experienced nurses”
However, this has been tempered by the fact that may hospital trusts are failing to keep hold of nurses recruited from abroad. An investigation by Nursing Times, published earlier this month, found that 13 trusts had lost at least half of the overseas nurses they actively recruited within two years of hiring them.
Speaking on the new recruits, Rotherham trust chief nurse Tracey McErlain-Burns said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new nurses and I hope they get a good Yorkshire welcome from our staff and our patients.
“Recruiting nurses is a challenge, due to a national shortage of qualified and experienced nurses,” she said. “All our nurses must sign up to our core values which were put forward and agreed by our staff – safe, compassion, together, right first time, responsible and respect.”
The trust added it was still looking to recruit more nurses and would welcome former nurses wanting to return to practice.