Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust has announced that it is preparing to welcome 20 Spanish nurses onto wards in Scunthorpe next week.
It represents a second wave of recruitment from the Mediterranean, following the recent arrival of 22 Spanish nurses at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.
Trust chief nurse Dr Karen Dunderdale said: “We are delighted with our recruitment drive overseas. We will continue to try to attract nurses in the UK through our local and national recruitment campaigns.”
Following the Francis report NHS trusts are planning for 3,700 extra nurses this year, according to the government – but many report a shortage in the number available.
As a result, an increasing number of trusts are now looking abroad for staff due to a national and local shortage of nurses in the UK.
A recent investigation by Nursing Times revealed that at least 40 trusts have recruited nurses from overseas in the past 12 months.
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