Medway NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed a contingent of overseas nurses to boost its recruitment numbers and to reduce the reliance on costly agency staff.
The Trust - like many other NHS Trusts in the country – faces a shortage of nurses, and therefore has had to rely on the provision of agency staff to maintain safe staffing levels for patients.
The Trust has been running a proactive recruitment drive to attract more permanent nurses both locally and further afield. Alejandro Ferrera and Angela Cayon recently joined the Trust from Spain and are the first wave of new recruits to be allocated the new on-site accommodation.
The nursing accommodation quarters have capacity to accommodate up to 25 members of staff at any one time. While the much-improved facilities are being used as an incentive in the Trust’s efforts to recruit nurses from overseas, they are also available to other clinical staff working on site.
Alejandro said, “Medway is an excellent place to work and develop my skill-set, as well as a place to contribute my existing skills and knowledge too. I was nervous about moving my whole life here, but I already feel like a very valued member of the team. The new accommodation and the people I get to work with on a daily basis here are great.”
Accelerating recruitment is one of the main public commitments the Trust has pledged to deliver following the recent Care Quality Commission Report.
Karen McIntyre, Deputy Director of Nursing for Women and Children’s Services said: “We were delighted to open our newly-refurbished nursing accommodation recently, and are even more delighted to now welcome our first wave of new nurses this year.
“We recognise that we need to recruit more nurses – a situation faced by many other NHS Trusts. What is essential is that we have the right benefits in place to help us retain our nursing staff.
“We are offering many incentives and opportunities, such as flexible working, which helps our nurses who have family commitments, as well as the option to specialise in their desired area of practice, ensuring that our nurses have a career path specially tailored for them.
“With our local open days and the recruitment of our excellent overseas nurses, we are confident that we are building the nursing workforce we need - which is great news for both the Trust and the patients we serve across Medway and Swale.”
The Trust is hosting its next open day for all nursing and midwifery professionals at Medway Maritime Hospital between 10.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday, 27 February.
To register for this event, please call recruitment on 01643 833399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the range of career opportunities currently available at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, please visit http://jobs.medway.nhs.uk