Northamptonshire hospitals target capital city nurses in a bid to plug recruitment gap

Northampton General Hospital
Northampton General Hospital

A recruitment day in London is being organised by hospitals in Northamptonshire in a bid to recruit more qualified nurses.

Kettering General Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) are showcasing career opportunities for nurses in the county.

GV of Kettering General Hospital (KGH) NNL-140703-114626001

GV of Kettering General Hospital (KGH) NNL-140703-114626001

Carolyn Fox, director of nursing, midwifery and patient services at Northampton General Hospital, said: “As the UK’s fastest-growing county, it’s a really exciting time to be part of the delivery of hospital and community health services in Northamptonshire.”

Julie Shepherd, director of nursing, allied health professionals and quality at NHFT, said: “There are lots of great opportunities to have a nursing career in Northamptonshire. I know that we and the other two local NHS providers are committed to ensuring that our nurses are given great opportunities for development and working with us to provide excellent care to our patient care. We are really looking forward to the day.”

Kettering General Hospital’s director of nursing and quality Leanne Hackshall said: “Northamptonshire is a fantastic place to live and work, and there are some excellent nursing opportunities in our local hospitals.

“Across the three Trusts we have some 3,500 full-time nurses but each year clearly we need to replace staff due to retirement, or career moves, and also we need to recruit to newly developed roles designed to enhance patient care.

“As a result recruitment to nursing posts is always ongoing, and it made a lot of sense for the three Trusts to us to get together to share recruitment ideas, costs and resources. For example, we have made a recruitment film together that shows the enthusiasm of our staff and the excellent opportunities on offer.

“It also allows us to make the case for why nursing – and Northamptonshire - go together so well.”

The recruitment day is being held from 10am-3pm on Saturday, November 28 at the Royal College of Nursing HQ in Cavendish Square, London.