Trust looks home and abroad to recruit high calibre nurses

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Trust looks home and abroad to recruit high calibre nurses
23 April 2015

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest Trusts in the country, is learning from the success of other Trusts across Greater Manchester and nationally in recruiting highly qualified nurses from Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Philippines.

In June this year, the Trust will be looking to fill its nurse vacancies and strengthen its 4,000 nursing workforce across a number clinical specialties including A&E, medicine, respiratory, elderly care, trauma and orthopaedics, and in theatres.  

This is just one part of the Pennine Acute Trust’s new 3 Steps to Excellence nurse recruitment campaign to attract the best nurses locally and across the world to come and work at its four main hospitals at North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and Rochdale Infirmary.

The campaign kicked off this year with a successful newly qualified UK nurse recruitment event which was held on 19 March at Fairfield General Hospital. This focused on opportunities the Trust currently has for newly qualified nurses in its Medicine and Surgery specialties across its hospitals and community services, including offering nurses who have been out or nursing for some time to return back to their career. There are currently preceptorship opportunities available in both of these specialties, which offer additional support to help newly qualified nurses develop confidence and support their continued learning.

The Trust is also holding an open day in May 2015 to recruit A&E nurses, as well as a large event for Health Care Support Workers which is planned for May/early June this year.

Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, Deputy Chief Nurse at the Trust, said:

“We currently have over 4,000 nurses and midwives who work across our four hospital sites and in our community services. We currently have 216 qualified nursing post vacancies.

“In the last six months we have held two successful events for newly qualified nurses. Despite this, and like many of the Trusts across the NHS, we still have vacancies across our nursing workforce which is why we find it necessary to undertake international recruitment to help us find high calibre qualified nurses to join our team. In line with other NHS Trusts and to further support our recruitment we have embarked on a campaign to recruit nurses to the Trust that share our values from overseas in Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Philippines as well as in the UK.

“During a previous recruitment event in the Philippines, we successfully recruited a number of experienced nurses many of whom are still working with us today. On the back of this success and to aid in recruiting nurses we are intending to the return to Philippines on June 14th.

“Our nurses and midwives have all made a commitment to provide the best possible patient care following the launch last year of our new nursing strategy called the ‘Three Steps to Excellence’ and as part of this strategy there is a large focus on our workforce development. The three year strategy seeks to enable the delivery of the very highest standards of nursing and midwifery care on our wards and across our services.”

Over the last two years the Trust has invested millions of pounds in its services across all of its sites and has played a major part in the redesign of clinical services in the north-east sector of Greater Manchester and beyond.

Newly qualified nurses interested in working for the Trust or those who are wishing to return to nursing should contact Jessica Hindle via email as soon as possible: Jessica.hindle@pat.nhs.uk

To find out more about the Trust and working for the organisation visit: www.pat.nhs.uk