More than 130 new nurses have been recruited from the Phillipines in a bid to fill in the staff shortages at United Lincolnshire’s Hospitals Trust (ULHT).
Deputy chief nurse at the trust Jennie Negus confirmed it had been out recruiting in the country – and said that, taking into account changed minds and changes in circumstance, the trust expected around 100 will end up at the trust.
The new nurses are expected to be on the wards by December – following a period of training.
Mrs Negus is confident the latest batch will stay in the area.She said there was already an ex-pat community who were waiting to welcome the nurses and who had already interacted with them through social media.
She also added: “From my experience, coming from that far, it’s not as easy to change your mind and go home.”
She added that the new nurses seemed thankful for the opportunity and said there was a “certain element of loyalty there”.
It follows the arrival of a new cohort of Eastern European nurses recently.
Mrs Negus said: “They’re amazing, they’re all settling in really well and we have seen them out and about.”
She said the new nurses had been challenged to go to new locations, and take selfies to encourage them to settle them in.
Mrs Negus defended the trust’s efforts at recruiting abroad, reconfirming that the local employment pool was “so shallow nationally”.
Financially, she said it worked out cheaper to employ this way than rely on agency nurses.
The trust is also looking to India for new staff. Mrs Negus said any push for staff abroad was well-researched by the trust and its partner agencies to ensure staff were available before heading to any country.
She added that the Trust was making ground in developing ‘home grown’ health care staff with officers visiting local schools and careers fairs in an attempt to engage young people.