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Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Pressures drive staff investment at Frimley Park


Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to recruit 30 more ward nurses, as part of a £1m investment in staff to cope with workload pressures.

Latest board papers from April note that the trust experienced a “very difficult winter”, with around 200 more general admissions in November, December and January than the monthly average.

This has been coupled with a worsening of length of stay of over half a day, mainly as a result of a greater number of high acuity patients, the papers said.

“The situation has placed pressures on staff at all levels across the hospital in what has been the most challenging winter for over a decade,” the board was told.

The extra workload has “heightened the need to enhance staffing” in a number of areas and the trust said it intended to invest around £1m in additional medical and nursing staff.

Key investments include 30 permanent ward nurses and strengthening of night nurse management with two band 7s. A range of medical specialists are also being sought.

A trust spokesman confirmed that the 30 posts were whole-time equivalent and added that the trust was holding a recruitment fair for nurses this Saturday.

“This is primarily aimed at some band 5 and 6 posts where we currently have vacancies, however we would be happy to welcome any other nursing professional who wanted to find out more about working Frimley Park Hospital in general,” he said.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • This is excellent news for all as patients will benefit from getting their health needs addressed more quickly. Hospital lengths of stay should be shortnend if wards take this opportunity to work more effectively to anticipate the needs of patients working with other partners. Let's hope the impact of investing more in nursing is evaluated and the results shared widely.

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  • this is happening all over the country - increased admissions and increased length of stay.

    nurses could have told you years ago this was inevitable, no-one listened then, people are only doing something about it now because of the Francis Report.

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  • Hope they can find the number of nurses they are hoping to recruit !!!!! Might be something of a challenge.

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