Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been joined by over 100 nurses this month, after a successful overseas recruitment drive.
Many of the nurses have been recruited from the Philippines, with 72 flying in from Asia last Thursday.
Earlier in January, seven nurses joined from the EU. They were followed last week by another group of 25 nurses from Spain and Italy.
“We are working hard to recruit additional nurses in the midst of a national nursing shortage”
The recruitment drive came as a result of a nursing and midwifery resourcing taskforce formed in early 2014 after shortages were identified.
The new nursing staff are the second cohort of overseas nurses to arrive at the trust. The first arrived last September.
In total, nearly 200 nurses have been recruited from outside the UK since August last year, the trust said.
Trust chief nurse Ann-Marie Ingle said: “Like many trusts across England, we are working hard to recruit additional nurses in the midst of a national nursing shortage.
“We are making steady progress and it’s fantastic to welcome over 100 nurses this month,” she said. “We are hugely appreciative that they have made the decision to join us.”
She added: “This is part of our overall recruitment strategy at CUH and goes a long way to addressing the shortage of nurses that we and most hospitals are experiencing.”
Ward manager Ana Maria Sapon, who joined the trust from the Philippines 14 years ago, greeted the latest intake of nurses on their arrival.
She said: “It’s a lifetime opportunity for people from the Philippines – the opportunity to travel, the opportunity to develop your career and for your families back home.”
She added: “Having this new intake of staff will undoubtedly help patient care at Addenbrooke’s and will also improve the morale of all the staff.”