Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals to encourage more nurses back into the profession

Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by KCFM

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A new recruitment drive is taking place at Hull Royal Infirmary today to entice more nurses to join their hospitals.

“Come to Care at HEY” hopes to encourage more registered nurses to work in one of their hospitals by experiencing a hands-on virtual ward environment and talking with existing clinical staff about the demands of working in a busy hospital.

Simon Nearny, director of Workforce at Hull and East Riding hospitals, says it’s mainly for people who’ve left the profession previously:

“This is about saying to the local community if you’ve been a qualified registered nurse and you feel, for whatever reason, you may have brought up a family or you may have drifted away from the profession, but maybe thinking about how you can get back in; We would like to hear from those people.

He explains what nurses could expect:

“Working with the Trust, working with Hull University in a twelve month programme with four week placements, you would get supervision from this trust as well so you’d have a mentor to work with, and it’s just a route back into full time employment, back into a really rewarding career.”

Head of Corporate HR Services for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Helen Knowles, says:

“Being a nurse isn’t always easy, but it is an incredibly varied and rewarding career, and one that we’re keen to promote here in Hull. By offering people who may have been out of clinical practice for a while or not worked in a hospital before the chance to get hands-on in a virtual care environment, we’re hoping to both inspire and excited people about a career in nursing with us.

“In the past, there have been concerns noted about nursing and midwifery staffing levels here at the Trust. I am pleased to say that we have had some success in terms of recruiting over recent months, but we’re still looking to recruit more qualified nurses to our teams to enable us to continue delivering the high quality nursing care people expect.

“Increasing our complement of nursing staff will also help us to plan for the future and the increase in demand for care we’re likely to see as result of our growing elderly population.”

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Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by KCFM

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