More than 150 new clinical members of staff have joined the Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals in the last three months.
Targeted recruitment drives and specialist overseas trips have bolstered the clinical workforce at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) which runs the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
Since January, SaTH has seen new consultants, nurses – including some who have returned – healthcare assistants and scientists join, as well as training current staff to take on new roles such as Nursing Associates to bridge gaps in the workforce.
The Trust has offered 17 Middle Grade Doctors positions at the Trust following a successful recruitment trip to Dubai and India. A team has just returned from Dublin having made a further nine job offers to registered nurses.
The Trust Board will see the arrival of a new Medical Director – Dr Arne Rose – in June. Dr Rose is the current Associate Medical Director for Integration and Transformation at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. SaTH has just appointed Barbara Beal as interim Director of Nursing, with two Deputy Directors of Nursing and a Head of Midwifery also being recruited.
Victoria Rankin, Workforce Director at SaTH, said: “Whilst our efforts to recruit to the Trust never stop, we are really starting to see those efforts come to fruition. We are delighted that we are seeing new people joining our hardworking and committed teams in all areas of our hospitals.
“We know nationally that there is a shortage of staff coming into the NHS, but we are hopeful that the plans to transform both our hospitals will continue to help us on our recruitment journey.
“We know that increased staffing levels will also help further recruitment – and this can only be of benefit to our patients.”