County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is welcoming
19 new nurses from Italy to join its workforce.
The nurses arrived in the region this month to take up posts at
hospitals across the Trust including University Hospital of North
Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital following a successful
recruitment drive in Italy.
Executive Director of Nursing for County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust, Noel Scanlon said: "We are delighted to welcome
our nursing colleagues from Italy. Like many NHS Trusts we have
been experiencing pressures on recruiting to our nursing vacancies.
We work very closely with local universities to recruit
newly-qualified nurses and we have a rolling programme of
recruitment within the UK, however difficulties recruiting and a
national shortages of qualified nurses has led us to look at
alternative ways for filling posts.
"Our priority is to deliver safe, quality care to our patients
and to do so in line with national recommendations for safe
staffing levels. In past years, we have achieved this with a
reliance on agency staffing. While agency staff provide us
with a valuable service we recognise the benefits in terms of
continuity of care for patients of having a more permanent
workforce and there are obviously significant financial
implications associated with using agency staff. All these factors
led us to consider recruiting internationally.
"We have successfully recruited 19 nurses who have now started
their induction and orientation with us and we will be welcoming
further Italian recruits over the next few months. Our first
group of nurses will work across different specialities and in
addition to complying with NMC regulations for working in the UK,
we are supporting them with an intensive four week induction
programme which covers NHS protocols, systems and clinical
governance as well as fire training, manual handling and care plans
and we are also working with Derwentside College to deliver a
supplementary language course."
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is the largest
integrated provider of hospital and community health services in
the North East. The Trust serves a population of 650,000 with a
workforce of 8,000 including 2814 registered nurses. Before
undertaking the international recruitment drive, the Trust had
nearly 200 nursing vacancies.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
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