Trust heads overseas for new nurses
28 March 2014
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to head overseas to recruit nurses for the first time in eight years.
Representatives from the trust will be heading to Spain and
Ireland to enable the hospital to strengthen its full time local
nursing teams and address recruitment issues caused by the national
shortage of trained nurses.
Sue Hardy, chief nurse said: "Competition for qualified nursing
staff is extremely fierce in the UK and there are simply not enough
nurses to fill all the posts available in our hospital.
"As a result we have to employ temporary agency staff which is
much more expensive and not sustainable in the longer term."
"We recruit very actively locally, and across the UK and having
reviewed our ward based nursing establishment and our current
vacancies we are now looking to recruit an extra 120 nurses.
Eight years ago the trust successfully recruited nursing staff
from the Philippines, many of whom remain as committed and valued
members of the workforce at Southend Hospital.
The trust is now aiming to welcome three new cohorts of overseas
staff over the next year to again boost its permanent staffing
The intake has been staggered to ensure the new nurses, who will
fill roles throughout the organisation, are fully supported to
adapt to life in Southend.
Sue continued: "We are working with agencies which carry out
checks and initial interviews on our behalf.
"We then interview those who have passed the selection process
to make sure they are suitably qualified and have the relevant
experience we require."
Following the first round of interviews in April, the trust
hopes to welcome the first cohort of 44 new nurses at the end of