Southend Hospital to recruit nurses from overseas for the first time in eight years

Southend Hospital to recruit nurses from overseas

Southend Hospital to recruit nurses from overseas

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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 numbers.

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 May.

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3:00pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Idontknowy says...

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.

IThere is part of Agenda of Change (pay spine for NHS) which can remedy this. If particular staff are difficult to recruit the Trust involved can offer incentives and higher wages. Surely using this would be more cost effective than managers being paid to go abroad to recruit staff who possibly will not be understood by patients/will not be able to follow some instructions due to their limited English comprehension and all the extra money involved in training
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. IThere is part of Agenda of Change (pay spine for NHS) which can remedy this. If particular staff are difficult to recruit the Trust involved can offer incentives and higher wages. Surely using this would be more cost effective than managers being paid to go abroad to recruit staff who possibly will not be understood by patients/will not be able to follow some instructions due to their limited English comprehension and all the extra money involved in training Idontknowy
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3:42pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Great idea -many people from Australia and New Zealand come to the UK on youth working visas. They keep much of London's education and NHS system afloat. They are fully trained, have year or two experience, some new ideas and are full of energy - just what the NHS and Schools need.

Why assume that OS recruits will not speak English? Far more cost effective to bring such people in from abroad for a couple of years each time. You can NOT pay more to local nurses as ALL your nurses will then nee to be paid that amount.
Great idea -many people from Australia and New Zealand come to the UK on youth working visas. They keep much of London's education and NHS system afloat. They are fully trained, have year or two experience, some new ideas and are full of energy - just what the NHS and Schools need. Why assume that OS recruits will not speak English? Far more cost effective to bring such people in from abroad for a couple of years each time. You can NOT pay more to local nurses as ALL your nurses will then nee to be paid that amount. Jack222
  • Score: -1

4:12pm Thu 27 Mar 14

runwellian says...

Why not recruit all the qualified nurses in Britain that are struggling to get jobs?

Barmy idea when so many nurses are unemployed.

I have a friend, qualified as a nurse, top of her group, currently working as a health care assistant because the jobs for qualified staff aren't there!
Why not recruit all the qualified nurses in Britain that are struggling to get jobs? Barmy idea when so many nurses are unemployed. I have a friend, qualified as a nurse, top of her group, currently working as a health care assistant because the jobs for qualified staff aren't there! runwellian
  • Score: 2

4:46pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

You could do with recruiting a few cleaners as well.
You could do with recruiting a few cleaners as well. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

It's funny how the most opinionated on immigration issues on this site haven't come out to play on this story.
It's funny how the most opinionated on immigration issues on this site haven't come out to play on this story. Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Hope they recruit some stern faced Eastern European Matrons...
Hope they recruit some stern faced Eastern European Matrons... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

8:12pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
It's funny how the most opinionated on immigration issues on this site haven't come out to play on this story.
Ga-Ga Gandy springs to mind..
[quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: It's funny how the most opinionated on immigration issues on this site haven't come out to play on this story.[/p][/quote]Ga-Ga Gandy springs to mind.. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Chabuddy G says...

So, once again - instead of addressing the real issues (ie low pay and even lower morale), they just go for the shot term fix of importing nurses from countries who are already at breaking point with their own staff shortages.
So, once again - instead of addressing the real issues (ie low pay and even lower morale), they just go for the shot term fix of importing nurses from countries who are already at breaking point with their own staff shortages. Chabuddy G
  • Score: 6

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