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Morecambe Bay nursing director hails rise in workforce

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust says it now has 187 more nurses working on its wards than it did in October 2014.

The trust recently left the special measures support scheme for struggling healthcare providers, which it had been placed in following the national focus on its historic maternity care failings.

“We have had to think differently about how we recruit, getting away from just adverts and word of mouth”

Sue Smith

It put its nursing workforce increase over the last year down to “significant investment and recruitment campaigns”.

Since October 2014, the trust said its workforce and senior nursing teams had worked together closely to recruit staff in various different ways, including the launch of a new recruitment portal, recruitment fairs, recruitment days and international campaigns.

An international recruitment campaign has seen the trust attract over 75 new recruits from Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Singapore.

The trust’s nursing leaders said they would continue the campaign to attract overseas nurses this year.

Sue Smith, executive chief nurse at Morecambe Bay, said: “We have been working really hard not just to get more nurses working on our wards but also making sure they are the right people.

“We have been recruiting in a number of ways and have had to think differently about how we recruit, getting away from just placing adverts and word of mouth,” she said.

Sue Smith

Sue Smith

Sue Smith

Ms Smith noted that trust was also investing in a healthcare apprentice scheme, which allowed individuals to gain experience with four six-month placements in different areas such as washing, feeding, assessing and supporting mobility.

Ms Smith added that the trust was looking at ways to give unregistered staff the opportunities to develop and work towards becoming a qualified nurse if they wanted to.

“We are currently looking at how we can work with local universities to be able to offer nurse training to other groups of staff, and these opportunities are now being discussed with staff who would like to explore this further, such as healthcare support workers,” she said.


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