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Recruitment Special

Nurses from across the world have been flocking to University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS

Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

Recruitment has been successful locally, nationally and internationally in recent months.

In 2017-18 the Trust set itself a target to recruit more nurses - due to the number of vacancies the Trust

had, and the number it knew would leave their employment and the number either on or who the Trust

knew would be going on maternity leave.

In the financial year 2017-18, 129 whole time

equivalent (WTE) nurses started in post with the

Trust. In addition a further 42 WTEs were in the

pipeline, bringing the total recruited to 171.

Among the successes during the year was that in

September 2017 we had our biggest cohort of

preceptorship nurses and for September 2018 we

have currently recruited 42 preceptorship nurses

and 12.8 WTE preceptorship midwives.

Since April 2017 11 international nurses have

joined the Trust. Further cohorts of international

nurses are also set to join the Trust - 12 by the

end of July with a total of 26 by the end of August.

Since April 2018 a further 9.75 WTE nurses have joined us and of those nurses and midwives who retired

in 2017 - 17 agreed to return to practice

Jessica Gaite - a nurse working on Ward Six at FGH - said: "I came to work at the Trust last October.

Everyone at the Trust has been very supportive, both with my examinations and personally to help me get

settled locally. I come from the Philippines and there's a number of nurses from my country working at the

Trust so we are able to support each other, which is great. I was formerly a city girl but I am loving living in

this area - travel is very accessible and it's a great place to live."

Sue Smith, UHMBT Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive, added: "Our strategy is to ensure

that our wards and departments are staffed safely, and that where possible we recruit staff to be employed

directly by us, reducing our need to bring in expensive agency staff."

Trust sees success across the world in

recruiting nurses

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