A Birmingham hospital trust has recruited a “record” 160 additional nurses to fill band five vacancies at the organisation.
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust said the extra staff would help to reduce the organisation’s use of temporary and agency workers.
Around a third of the new recruits, 41, have been recruited from the European Union, while the remainder are from the UK.
They will join from September and work at the trust’s Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals across wards and specialist areas, including theatres, endoscopy and radiology.
“Filling these vacancies will have a positive impact on staff morale and in turn on staff turnaround and sickness levels”
Despite this latest recruitment drive, the organisation said it would continue to look for more nurses, healthcare assistants and therapists over the coming six months.
The trust’s chief nurse, Sam Foster, said the organisation was working hard to recruit extra nurses amid the national shortage and against a backdrop of increasing pressure on hospital services.
“Filling these vacancies will also have a positive impact on staff morale and in turn on staff turnaround and sickness levels,” she said.“We are confident we have attracted the best talent to provide the best patient care and are hugely appreciative that they have made the decision to join us,” added Ms Foster.
Earlier this month, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust | recruited almost 270 nurses from India to help it plug gaps in its workforce.
Trust board papers revealed the organisation has 348 staff vacancies, about 15% of its band 5 establishment.
In the past few years overseas recruitment has become increasingly popular in the NHS, as trusts across the country have looked to fill rising numbers of posts.
However, as revealed by Nursing Times last month, research has found that despite recruitment drives, the majority of acute trusts are struggling to find enough trained nurses to fill their own staffing plans.