Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed more than 50 nurses from abroad, as part of a recuitment drive to fill vacancies.
It has recruited 39 nurses from Spain and Portugal, plus 17 nurses and 13 midwives from Ireland, according to a report presented to the trust’s board meeting in September by chief executive Nerissa Vaughan.
The new joiners are the result of visits to Spain, Portugal and Ireland earlier this summer by a small tream of nurses from the trust who interviewed just over 100 nurses and midwives.
The report said the first cohort of six nurses joined on 16 September with the remainder of the new recruits arriving every two weeks in groups of 10 until the end of January 2014.
Each of the new starters has been issued with a welcome pack and the trust has also arranged accommodation for the new recruits for their first few weeks, the board meeting was told.
“All staff are being employed on the same terms and conditions as any other nurse, however we have arranged for four weeks accommodation for each of the nurses and are working with them to find permanent accommodation,” the report said.
Around a quarter of trusts are thought to have made attempts to fill staffing gaps by seeking nurses from countries such as Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
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