Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust has launched a major nurse recruitment drive.
The trust, which runs Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals, said it was seeking both experienced and newly-qualified nurses, and also those wanting to return to the profession.
A spokesman said the organisation was seeking around 165 additional nurses and that the increase in establishment formed part of a long-term strategy to meet “growing patient demand”.
He added that the recruitment drive would take place in two phases during the summer.
As reported by Nursing Times, the trust announced in May that it planned to invest £1m on nurse recruitment over the next 12 months, which would fund 24 whole-time quivalent posts.
The spokesman said the trust had now “mapped out” the additional posts that it would need to support additional capacity over the coming winter, a new isolation ward that opens on 31 October, and staff turnover.
This, together with the previous 24 posts, equated to 165 posts in total, he told Nursing Times.
The foundation trust is hoping to sell itself to potential recruits through its focus on direct patient care and ambitions for introducing time-saving technology.
Gaynor Westray, the trust’s deputy chief nurse, said: “We believe that nurses should be able to concentrate on what brought them into this great profession in the first place – to provide compassionate care to everyone that needs it, whatever they need.
“We’re aiming to be one of the first UK trusts to have a fully digital patient record system,” she said. “This technology will provide our nurses the freedom to spend even more time caring for our patients.”
Dave Byrne, a theatre staff nurse at Arrowe Park Hospital, added: “We are a very busy hospital trust, so the recruitment of more nurses will have a really positive impact for both our patients and staff.”
The trust is Wirral’s biggest employer, with a current workforce of around 5,600.