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Addenbrooke’s boosts establishment with 100 overseas nurses


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”

Ann-Marie Ingle

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.”


Readers' comments (5)

  • I hope Addenbrookes and other trusts will support these nurses, value the different skills and perspective they bring and understand the emotional strain of leaving families and often children behind. The track record so far has not been good.

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  • Six to nine months in, most of ours still don't have PIN numbers (though this is down to the NMC rather than anything else), and quite a few are leaving after 6 months at the trust after gaining experience. They are counting the nurses without PIN numbers in the nursing numbers so we actually run short most of the time.

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  • leaving after six months might teach the government, employers and the NMC a sharp lesson!

    Having worked in a wonderful health service from all aspects, including a far better quality of life than I could have ever have dreamt of in the UK and with a higher healthcare related UK degree, for over 20 years in Europe I would love to have brought my experiences (also on occasion as an inpatient) of high quality care and patient and staff satisfaction back to the UK but they are not in the least interested in the NHS in engaging British nurses with such experience who have been outside the NHS for so long. it would be too disruptive to their cosy status quo!

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  • I was at Addenbrookes when that 1st cohort of Filipino nurses arrived in c.1999-2000, amidst all the ethical debates about recruiting from countries where there were already nursing shortages. I have worked with several elsewhere as well. Huge numbers of them were an inspiration - hands on caring nurses who'd I be more than happy to find at my bedside as a patient. (Yes, there were things that they needed to 'adapt' to, but their care and compassion for patients and for their colleagues was great (although deference to me as a then E-grade more than I'd expect in UK culture). Having undergone their nurse training on English speaking courses, communication was generally not a problem, apart from some idioms.
    It's nice to see some are now ward sisters (there were F-grades by the time I moved away).
    In many ways they seem to be 'stayers' - coming to the UK to support their families back home rather than as a pathway to a US/Australian PIN.
    I do hope the ethical issues have now been addressed, but apart from that I wish them luck, and hope they stick to the '6Cs' that seem to come naturally to them. From my recent experiences as a patient (not at Addenbrookes) their attitude is a much needed role model for many others.

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  • Anonymous | 14-Feb-2015 1:42 am

    thank you for an interesting, informative and positive comment.

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