Lincolnshire hospitals recruit 45 foreign nurses
Around 45 nurses who have been recruited in Spain and Portugal are due to start work in Lincolnshire hospitals in a few weeks’ time.
They should be starting in November and will be fully operational in December after a month-long induction to ensure they know their way around and understand United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust protocols.
The recruitment team is heading to the Greek capital Athens on October 8 with a view to recruiting another 50 nurses.
Staffing levels at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust were criticised in Sir Bruce Keogh’s review of hospitals with high mortality rates and by the Care Quality Commission.
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CQC inspectors who visited Lincoln County Hospital and Boston Pilgrim Hospital in June and found low staffing levels had an impact across the hospitals including in the care and treatment of patients, communication between clinical staff, the maintenance of patient records and access to staff training and appraisals.
Staff could not always respond to the needs of patients, not all care needs were assessed or planned on a timely way and there were concerns surrounding the documentation and decision making about whether to resuscitate patients.
Since April, 165 UK-based nurses have joined the trust and 87 newly qualified nurses who trained in-house were due to start work next week.
Foreign nurses must pass a rigorous selection process, including an English language test, before being appointed.