Spanish armada of nurses to aid NHS

Malvern Gazette: Spanish armada of nurses to aid NHS Spanish armada of nurses to aid NHS

HOSPITAL bosses are looking abroad to tackle staffing shortages that have seen hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on expensive temporary workers.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust is shipping in a number of experienced Spanish nurses, with 20 set to start work over the next few weeks. The trust has also recruited 40 newly-qualified nurses from closer to home as it bids to tackle a monthly nursing wage bill that soared to £7.5 million in September – £350,000 more than even the busiest winter months last year, when hospitals were full to capacity.

The recruitment drive has already slashed the nursing wage bill by more than £30,000 a week and cut the use of agency nurses – which often cost three or four times as much as their NHS equivalents – by more than half.

While it has no difficulty recruiting newly-trained nurses, the trust says it has been having real difficulties in attracting experienced staff. Chief executive Penny Venables said: “In the two years that I have been here this is the first time that we have been abroad for nurses, although it is something that we have done in the past.

“With what is happening across Europe there is a lot of interest from Spain and Greece and countries where there are economic challenges.” Mrs Venables said all nursing applicants have to pass thorough tests proving their grasp of English.

“It is something that every trust is doing and we would not rule out doing it again in areas where we have difficulties recruiting.”

The trust has not encountered the same difficulties when it comes to recruiting junior nurses, with Mrs Venables citing its “excellent links” with the University of Worcester. “I don’t think we have as much of a problem with recruitment here in Worcestershire as they do elsewhere, for instance in the bigger cities where there are several different hospitals,” she said. “I am confident that the majority of nursing and midwifery students trained locally come to us.” The acute trust still has about 50 nursing vacancies, which new chief nursing officer Lindsey Webb said is a normal position for it to be in.Director of human resources and organisational development, Bev Edgar, welcomed the new arrivals.

“The overseas supply will start to eradicate our dependency on agency staff over the busy winter months, which is where we wanted to be,” she said.

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11:09pm Sat 2 Nov 13

i-cycle says...

Really WN this 'sensational' 'headline is beneath you. It s certainly not what we expect as objective journalism.

The impression you give is that we are being 'invaded' by Spanish nurses.

I'm sure there as some who will exploit your comments to further their own political prejudices and xenophobia, but we need to deal with the real issues.

Either our local NHS isn't offering attractive enough employment terms and conditions to attract local people to apply or local people don't find the nursing profession attractive enough as a career. That is the essence of the problem.

If either is the case WN should certainly not be implying that the recruitment of overseas nationals is an 'invasion'.

I'm sure your readers expect the NHS to provide them with the support they need. If the staff, for what ever reason, can't be found locally why are you implying that we are being 'invaded' by foreign workers.

It does you no credit as a responsible newspaper and only panders to those who may wish to exploit the situation politically.

I'm sure all your readers are concerned about is that the NHS locally can meet their needs. If they can't find the staff locally then you should be complimenting them on finding others that are willing and able to fulfil that role.
Really WN this 'sensational' 'headline is beneath you. It s certainly not what we expect as objective journalism. The impression you give is that we are being 'invaded' by Spanish nurses. I'm sure there as some who will exploit your comments to further their own political prejudices and xenophobia, but we need to deal with the real issues. Either our local NHS isn't offering attractive enough employment terms and conditions to attract local people to apply or local people don't find the nursing profession attractive enough as a career. That is the essence of the problem. If either is the case WN should certainly not be implying that the recruitment of overseas nationals is an 'invasion'. I'm sure your readers expect the NHS to provide them with the support they need. If the staff, for what ever reason, can't be found locally why are you implying that we are being 'invaded' by foreign workers. It does you no credit as a responsible newspaper and only panders to those who may wish to exploit the situation politically. I'm sure all your readers are concerned about is that the NHS locally can meet their needs. If they can't find the staff locally then you should be complimenting them on finding others that are willing and able to fulfil that role. i-cycle

9:56am Sun 3 Nov 13

Worcester Chaplain says...

Before the negatives start...this is a fantastic initiative. Will make a difference to the hospital and shows vision from the Executive Team. Skilled and experienced nurses from other parts have always had a significant impact in the NHS of the UK and long may it continue. I look forward to encouraging the local church communities and others to welcoming our new colleagues.
Before the negatives start...this is a fantastic initiative. Will make a difference to the hospital and shows vision from the Executive Team. Skilled and experienced nurses from other parts have always had a significant impact in the NHS of the UK and long may it continue. I look forward to encouraging the local church communities and others to welcoming our new colleagues. Worcester Chaplain

11:00am Sun 3 Nov 13

brooksider says...

Worcester Chaplain wrote:
Before the negatives start...this is a fantastic initiative. Will make a difference to the hospital and shows vision from the Executive Team. Skilled and experienced nurses from other parts have always had a significant impact in the NHS of the UK and long may it continue. I look forward to encouraging the local church communities and others to welcoming our new colleagues.
Hardly initiative, this is the result of deliberate financial restriction on the recruitment and training of nurses on top of reducing the number of nursing staff in the NHS.
The number of trained nurses has decreased whilst demand and population has increased.
The result is the UK is having to recruit from overseas whilst blocking UK applicants from seeking a career in nursing.
Crazy short term thinking.
[quote][p][bold]Worcester Chaplain[/bold] wrote: Before the negatives start...this is a fantastic initiative. Will make a difference to the hospital and shows vision from the Executive Team. Skilled and experienced nurses from other parts have always had a significant impact in the NHS of the UK and long may it continue. I look forward to encouraging the local church communities and others to welcoming our new colleagues.[/p][/quote]Hardly initiative, this is the result of deliberate financial restriction on the recruitment and training of nurses on top of reducing the number of nursing staff in the NHS. The number of trained nurses has decreased whilst demand and population has increased. The result is the UK is having to recruit from overseas whilst blocking UK applicants from seeking a career in nursing. Crazy short term thinking. brooksider

12:27am Mon 4 Nov 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

What, no UKIP supporters with anything to say?
What, no UKIP supporters with anything to say? Brummagem Bertie

1:53pm Mon 4 Nov 13

pinkfluff says...

i-cycle wrote:
Really WN this 'sensational' 'headline is beneath you. It s certainly not what we expect as objective journalism.

The impression you give is that we are being 'invaded' by Spanish nurses.

I'm sure there as some who will exploit your comments to further their own political prejudices and xenophobia, but we need to deal with the real issues.

Either our local NHS isn't offering attractive enough employment terms and conditions to attract local people to apply or local people don't find the nursing profession attractive enough as a career. That is the essence of the problem.

If either is the case WN should certainly not be implying that the recruitment of overseas nationals is an 'invasion'.

I'm sure your readers expect the NHS to provide them with the support they need. If the staff, for what ever reason, can't be found locally why are you implying that we are being 'invaded' by foreign workers.

It does you no credit as a responsible newspaper and only panders to those who may wish to exploit the situation politically.

I'm sure all your readers are concerned about is that the NHS locally can meet their needs. If they can't find the staff locally then you should be complimenting them on finding others that are willing and able to fulfil that role.
Well said....exactly my thought's too. It's embarrassing imo. Sometimes I'm am so ashamed to be British.
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: Really WN this 'sensational' 'headline is beneath you. It s certainly not what we expect as objective journalism. The impression you give is that we are being 'invaded' by Spanish nurses. I'm sure there as some who will exploit your comments to further their own political prejudices and xenophobia, but we need to deal with the real issues. Either our local NHS isn't offering attractive enough employment terms and conditions to attract local people to apply or local people don't find the nursing profession attractive enough as a career. That is the essence of the problem. If either is the case WN should certainly not be implying that the recruitment of overseas nationals is an 'invasion'. I'm sure your readers expect the NHS to provide them with the support they need. If the staff, for what ever reason, can't be found locally why are you implying that we are being 'invaded' by foreign workers. It does you no credit as a responsible newspaper and only panders to those who may wish to exploit the situation politically. I'm sure all your readers are concerned about is that the NHS locally can meet their needs. If they can't find the staff locally then you should be complimenting them on finding others that are willing and able to fulfil that role.[/p][/quote]Well said....exactly my thought's too. It's embarrassing imo. Sometimes I'm am so ashamed to be British. pinkfluff
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