New nurses give hospital boost

Peterborough City Hospital exteriors EMN-141118-141223009
Peterborough City Hospital exteriors EMN-141118-141223009
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Dozens of new nurses will start at Peterborough City Hospital in the new year - after a successful campaign recruited them from thousands of miles away.

Recruiters from the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust have been in the Philippines as they look to bring more staff to the region’s hospitals.

The trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke, Stamford and Rutland hospitals alongside the Peterborough City Hospital - have had success bringing nurses in from overseas before.

The 45 new recruits who have already signed up will join existing staff in January.

Jo Bennis, Chief Nurse at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our team have, to date, made offers to 45 nurses and will be conducting more interviews before they return this weekend.

“We have had great success in recruiting from the Philippines in the past – in fact the first Filipino nurses arrived in Peterborough more than 30 years ago and have been a major bonus to our workforce.

“We have found that our overseas nurses settle better if there is an established culture and community and we can offer them that in Peterborough in particular.

“Like many hospital trusts, we look to the Philippines to recruit, as nurses there have a high calibre of education that is comparable with how nurses in the UK are trained.

“We also ensure they pass robust English language tests, for both spoken and written English, before an offer is made.”

The hospital also runs recruitment campaigns in Britain and the rest of Europe – although Jo said it was not clear what impact Brexit would have.

She said: “Our work to recruit nurses from Europe has now reduced following successful recruitment drives staged by many NHS Trusts in the past few years

“There is no proof that Brexit has affected recruitment from Europe, but there is a certain reticence at the moment about what it might mean for the future.”