Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has become the latest NHS employer to announce that it is extending its search for “caring, compassionate and dedicated nurses” to Europe.
The health board said it would be launching a dedicated overseas recruitment drive after failing to find enough nursing staff locally to fill posts.
Over the past few months, the board said it had focused its recruitment efforts on the UK and Ireland and had employed more than 110 staff. However, it said there were a “number of qualified nursing posts still to be filled”.
“Other NHS trusts and health boards have found international recruitment to be a successful way of recruiting staff”
As a consequence, like many other hospitals around the UK, the board said it would be looking to Europe and in particular Italy for nurse recruits to join its establishment.
It is currently seeking nurses in a number of specialties but mainly for medical/elderly care wards and intensive care units, where “there are most vacancies”.
Professor Rory Farrelly, the board’s director of nursing and patient experience, said: “We know how important it is both for staff and patients that we have a full strength nursing workforce.
“So we are taking our nurse recruitment campaign to a wider audience and holding an international campaign for more fantastic nurses, who share our values, to join our team from Italy and other European countries,” he said.
“Other NHS trusts and health boards have found international recruitment to be a successful way of recruiting staff and we hope to have the same, if not better, results,” he added.
The board is also looking for more healthcare assistants to work flexible shifts.
It will be holding a recruitment day next month at which the board said there would be “at least 50 bank posts” on offer for healthcare support workers.
The board has four acute hospitals providing a range of services – Singleton and Morriston hospitals in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot Hospital and the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.