A Midlands hospital trust has announced its “biggest” ever recruitment drive for registered nurses.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said it wants to fill over 180 bands 5 and 6 nurse vacancies across its three hospitals, as part of ongoing efforts to improve staffing levels to cope with increased patient acuity.
There are vacancies in surgery (general and specialist), theatres, renal, cardio respiratory, medicine, cancer and haematology, the emergency department, children’s hospital and musculoskeletal.
A recruitment day is scheduled to take place on 26 January.
Carole Ribbins, director of nursing at the trust, said: “This is very exciting time. This is the first time that we’ve ever tried to recruit such a large number of nurses in one go.”
The recruitment drive is the latest following two workforce reviews last year.
The reviews, carried out in March and September, found potential nursing shortages across the trust, but particularly in musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, cancer, and women’s and children’s services.
As Nursing Times reported in December, 79 additional registered nurses were due to start work this month. It follows the recruitment in August of 102 extra healthcare assistants and 16 midwives in November.
The trust is spending around £2m on recruitment to give the trust a skill mix of at least 60:40 qualified to unqualified staff on every ward.