Nurse Recruitment drive
The Isle of Wight Healthcare Trust, and the NHS in general, faces a tough challenge to recruit qualified nurses not only to sustain the current service but also to be able to staff additional beds to meet waiting times targets and improve patient facilities.
Whereas additional nurse training places have been created and ways to increase these further are being explored, the NHS will not see the benefit for a few years. Therefore a short term solution is needed now.
Overseas recruitment has been successfully undertaken by other Trusts on the mainland, and using the benefit of their experiences, the Trust has decided to recruit 20 - 25 nurses from the Philippines.
Other Trusts have found that the nurses are competent and experienced and within four weeks of arrival are valuable members of the team.
On arrival on the Island, each nurse will undertake a full adaptation training programme and upon successful completion they will be able to acquire full UKCC registration in the UK.
An induction programmed tailored to their specific needs will be provided and the nurses will receive supervised clinical placements in areas where a permanent post will be offered on completion of the programme. It is expected that two year contracts will be offered to successful recruits.
The skills of a specialist Agency will be used to assist with the overseas recruitment exercise and it is expected that the nurses will arrive in November/December of this year.
Graham Elderfield, Chief Executive, said "Recruitment will take place during August and we are looking forward to welcoming these new nurses to our team"
Issue date: 26 July 2001
For further information, please contact the Communications Department, Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust, St Marys Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG. Telephone number 01983-552003 (out of hours please contact the switchboard)