£3million to recruit nurses

The trust which runs Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital is to create around 80 new nursing posts.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says the new jobs are necessary to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients.

It follows a major Trust-wide review into nurse staffing levels, led by the interim director of nursing Eiri Jones.

More and more patients who need to be admitted to hospital are elderly, frail and with more than one serious health condition, meaning they often require more intensive levels of care.

As a result, the Trust board has committed to investing £3million to recruit more nurses, saying it strongly believes “excellent care is delivered through the right staff, doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right place”.

The investment will be used to increase staffing at night, enable all ward sisters to focus on their supervisory role and to provide extra nurses on wards with the greatest clinical demands.

Eiri Jones said: “This is a very important commitment to the safety and quality of care we deliver to our patients and is our top priority,”

The trust is currently one of 14 across the country where patient death rates are being reviewed following the mid-Staffordshire hospitals scandal.