Recruitment drive goes Europe-wide

This Is Wiltshire: Nurse Alicia Hernandez, senior sister Stacey Cotter and staff nurse Caroline Windley. Picture: ALEX SKENNERTON Buy this photo Nurse Alicia Hernandez, senior sister Stacey Cotter and staff nurse Caroline Windley. Picture: ALEX SKENNERTON

A GROUP of 75 nurses and midwives from Ireland, Spain and Portugal have joined staff at the Great Western Hospital and healthcare teams across Swindon following a European-wide recruitment campaign.

Faced with a shortage of qualified nurses nationwide, health chiefs expanded their search across the Channel to boost staff numbers and ensure each employee can spend more time with each patient.

So far 36 nurses have started their new roles, some from abroad and others from England, and a further 39 nurses and midwives are due to begin their new roles later this month and in February.

Since a large-scale recruitment drive was launched last April, 270 nursing and midwifery staff have joined the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

There are now 96 extra nurses and midwives on wards and in the community, raising the number to 2,611, but the trust is still looking to recruit around 50 more.

Alicia Hernandez, 23, of Cordoba, Spain, was hired in September following an interview in Madrid. She is now a staff nurse on the Linnet Ward Acute Medical Unit.

She was surprised at the amount of supervision and support she received from the onset, something she never had working in her native country.

“There is always someone on the ward to help me because the language is different and the protocols and procedures are different,” she said. “But it’s all a lot more organised here and we have got a lot more support than in Spain. The training is very useful.

“I found it strange that a hospital in the UK was holding interviews in Spain. I went to an interview in Madrid with my sister and she also got a job at GWH. My ward is very busy and there are a lot of different pathologies.”

Her ward manager Stacey Cotter has so far trained five new overseas nurses. She said: “This investment in nursing staff is one of the biggest changes I’ve seen since I started 14 years ago. It’s the way forward to improve our patient care.

“It’s been a different way for us to look at recruitment. Nationally there is a shortage of qualified nurses and we’ve been looking at creative ways to recruit staff and really sell what we have got to offer.

“We have had to adapt the way we work to overseas nurses’ needs. They all work alongside a more senior nurse. They have moved away from home and that is why we want to support them and help them feel part of a team.”

The trust is looking to recruit nurses to work at the Great Western Hospital and in its community hospitals and healthcare services across Wiltshire. To apply, call the recruitment team on 01793 604983 or visit www.passionfornursing.org.

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9:34am Mon 27 Jan 14

Oik1 says...

While any extra or new staff at GWH are to be welcomed it still dosn't answer a very improtant question that perhaps the Swindon Advertiser should be asking the senior management at GWH, why are so many highly skilled, including High dependency Unit nurses and very experienced ward nurses who live in Swindon by-passing GWH to work in the John Radcliff and Churchill hospitals in Oxford?
Just what is so wrong with GWH when it can't be kept clean and it has to import nurses from europe to make up the numbers?
While any extra or new staff at GWH are to be welcomed it still dosn't answer a very improtant question that perhaps the Swindon Advertiser should be asking the senior management at GWH, why are so many highly skilled, including High dependency Unit nurses and very experienced ward nurses who live in Swindon by-passing GWH to work in the John Radcliff and Churchill hospitals in Oxford? Just what is so wrong with GWH when it can't be kept clean and it has to import nurses from europe to make up the numbers? Oik1
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9:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

It is interesting how people in this country who are unemployed, and many on the Left, always say, 'How can people get work when there are no jobs'... and yet large organisations have to physically go thousands of miles to other countries in order to secure staff.
It is interesting how people in this country who are unemployed, and many on the Left, always say, 'How can people get work when there are no jobs'... and yet large organisations have to physically go thousands of miles to other countries in order to secure staff. ChannelX
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10:20am Mon 27 Jan 14

adsinibiza says...

It also makes you wonder what would happen in the nhs if UKIP got their way and banned immigration
It also makes you wonder what would happen in the nhs if UKIP got their way and banned immigration adsinibiza
  • Score: 1

11:46am Mon 27 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now?
Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now? A.Baron-Cohen
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2:01pm Mon 27 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

adsinibiza wrote:
It also makes you wonder what would happen in the nhs if UKIP got their way and banned immigration
I don't think it is as black and white as that!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: It also makes you wonder what would happen in the nhs if UKIP got their way and banned immigration[/p][/quote]I don't think it is as black and white as that!!!!! house on the hill
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11:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

adsinibiza says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now?
Also w8rth remembering that GWH recruits a lot of doctors in India! Doubt UKIP voters will like that either. Obtaining health care must be an absolute nightmare for your average UKIP voter!
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now?[/p][/quote]Also w8rth remembering that GWH recruits a lot of doctors in India! Doubt UKIP voters will like that either. Obtaining health care must be an absolute nightmare for your average UKIP voter! adsinibiza
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8:31am Tue 28 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

adsinibiza wrote:
It also makes you wonder what would happen in the nhs if UKIP got their way and banned immigration
The unemployed would have to be trained to do the work and then go into employment.

I mean, just imagine.... THE HORROR!
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: It also makes you wonder what would happen in the nhs if UKIP got their way and banned immigration[/p][/quote]The unemployed would have to be trained to do the work and then go into employment. I mean, just imagine.... THE HORROR! ChannelX
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8:33am Tue 28 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now?
Why, is there a shortage of immigrants or something? Last I read there were still around 500,000 of you arriving each year.

Half a million immigrants a year still coming here, and the numbers are actually rising.

So, don't worry, you're not alone.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now?[/p][/quote]Why, is there a shortage of immigrants or something? Last I read there were still around 500,000 of you arriving each year. Half a million immigrants a year still coming here, and the numbers are actually rising. So, don't worry, you're not alone. ChannelX
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9:53am Tue 28 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

ChannelX wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now?
Why, is there a shortage of immigrants or something? Last I read there were still around 500,000 of you arriving each year.

Half a million immigrants a year still coming here, and the numbers are actually rising.

So, don't worry, you're not alone.
There is certainly a shortage of skills in the British population, so do not worry you are not alone :-)
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Swindon UKIP voters must be fuming, where are they going to get their healthcare from now?[/p][/quote]Why, is there a shortage of immigrants or something? Last I read there were still around 500,000 of you arriving each year. Half a million immigrants a year still coming here, and the numbers are actually rising. So, don't worry, you're not alone.[/p][/quote]There is certainly a shortage of skills in the British population, so do not worry you are not alone :-) A.Baron-Cohen
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