Overseas nurses to start work at Kettering Hospital

Kettering Hospital has recruited more than 20 overseas nurses to address recruitment issues
Kettering Hospital has recruited more than 20 overseas nurses to address recruitment issues

Kettering Hospital has recruited 25 overseas nurses who will start work at the trust on February 10.

The hospital says it will enable it to strengthen its full time local nursing teams and address recruitment issues caused by a national shortage of trained nurses.

The 25 nurses are made up of 20 nurses originally from Spain, one from Portugal, one from Italy, and three from Romania.

All are either fully qualified nurses, some with several years of experience, or have done nursing degrees and are keen to launch their careers in the UK.

Kettering Hospital’s deputy director of nursing and quality, Leanne Hackshall, has been organising the recruitment process.

She said: “I am thrilled to have recruited such an enthusiastic and ambitious group of nurses to work at Kettering and I am sure they will do a very good job for us.

“Competition for qualified nursing staff is extremely fierce in the UK and there are simply not enough British nurses to fill all the posts available in our hospitals.

“We recruit very actively locally, and across the UK, but even then have vacancy levels of about 100 nurses out of our total nursing work force of 1,000.

“As a result we have to employ temporary agency staff and, in addition to being more expensive, it is less satisfactory to have temporary staff because they have less invested in the KGH department they work for and its patients.”

While most are relatively newly qualified the hospital says the 25 have a total of 60 years of experience in nursing between them – including experience in geriatrics, accident and emergency, obstetrics and gynaecology, intensive care, general medicine, surgery, and palliative care.

The hospital recruited the nurses using a UK recruitment agency and carried out individual interviews with the candidates to ascertain their language skills and work experience.

Leanne said: “The nurses will do four weeks of induction training at KGH and will be registered with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council before working on our wards.

“They are very keen and enthusiastic about working here and we are sure they will integrate well with our teams and provide some outstanding patient care for local people.”

Among the new nurses is Gustavo Nieves, 41, from the Canary Islands, who has 19 years of experience in A&E, and obstetrics and gynaecology and said he is very much looking forward to working in a medium sized UK hospital.

He added: “I think many of us wanted to work in a medium sized hospital because it is friendly and you get to meet and know more people than you would in a city. I think that is one of the attractions – particularly when you want to develop your English to a high level.”