Chichester hospital hires more than 60 nurses from overseas in recruitment drive

Hospital hires more than 60 nurses from overseas in recruitment drive

Hospital hires more than 60 nurses from overseas in recruitment drive

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A total of 64 foreign nurses have been taken on to work in hospitals in Sussex.

The new recruits from across Europe will arrive in Sussex over the next few weeks to work in St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and Worthing Hospital.

The nurses, mostly from Spain, have accepted permanent offers to work for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on in-patient wards in the two hospitals.

Bosses at the trust say the new recruits are all highly experienced nurses who have been carefully assessed not just for their professional skills, but also for their ability to communicate.


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It is hoped the overseas recruitment drive will mean patients are given better care and cash will be saved on hiring agency staff.

Sandie Ellard, deputy director of nursing at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Over the last five years we have invested heavily and significantly increased the number of nurses and healthcare assistants on our wards.

“Our staffing numbers compare well with other hospitals, but we can still do more – our new colleagues will mean that we will have even more permanent staff, able to give patients the best possible care, and the trust will be able to spend less on temporary staff.

“Our last really big overseas recruitment drive was more than 10 years ago now, in the Philippines, and many of those people are still with us today, having developed their skills and progressed their careers.”

East Sussex Healthcare Trusts said it did not have plans to recruit overseas nurses.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which looks after the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, said it was also recruiting overseas staff.

A spokesman said: “We are actively seeking recruitment of nurses from Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy.”

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11:31am Fri 7 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

Because unemployed locals just don't want to work, innit.
Because unemployed locals just don't want to work, innit. rogerthefish
  • Score: 3

11:33am Fri 7 Mar 14

brighton bluenose says...

Haven't the government just told us that immigrants aren't taking jobs that British workers could do?!
As these are permanent positions why are we not employing British nurses on permanent contracts rather than using expensive agency nurses on an ad hoc basis?!
Haven't the government just told us that immigrants aren't taking jobs that British workers could do?! As these are permanent positions why are we not employing British nurses on permanent contracts rather than using expensive agency nurses on an ad hoc basis?! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 9

12:34pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Libertarian Patriot says...

The result of dumbed down politically correct education over the last 20 years or so. Brits too fat and ignorant to work in skilled areas.

Its time to boot Libabcon out for their failure to stand up for Britain and get our infrastructure right. UKIP will bring back grammar schools and skilled technical schools and end the one size fits all "comprehensive" approach to education that ignores diversity and the fact that some people are better at some things than others.

Love Britain and lets get behind the 3 Brighton area UKIP Parliamentary candidates and shake the old establishment Liblabcon parties to the core.
The result of dumbed down politically correct education over the last 20 years or so. Brits too fat and ignorant to work in skilled areas. Its time to boot Libabcon out for their failure to stand up for Britain and get our infrastructure right. UKIP will bring back grammar schools and skilled technical schools and end the one size fits all "comprehensive" approach to education that ignores diversity and the fact that some people are better at some things than others. Love Britain and lets get behind the 3 Brighton area UKIP Parliamentary candidates and shake the old establishment Liblabcon parties to the core. Libertarian Patriot
  • Score: -1

12:35pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Libertarian Patriot says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Haven't the government just told us that immigrants aren't taking jobs that British workers could do?!
As these are permanent positions why are we not employing British nurses on permanent contracts rather than using expensive agency nurses on an ad hoc basis?!
They lied. They do it all the time.
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: Haven't the government just told us that immigrants aren't taking jobs that British workers could do?! As these are permanent positions why are we not employing British nurses on permanent contracts rather than using expensive agency nurses on an ad hoc basis?![/p][/quote]They lied. They do it all the time. Libertarian Patriot
  • Score: 8

1:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mhaiti says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Haven't the government just told us that immigrants aren't taking jobs that British workers could do?! As these are permanent positions why are we not employing British nurses on permanent contracts rather than using expensive agency nurses on an ad hoc basis?!
I think the key word from the above posts is 'could'. British people could do those jobs if they had the inclination and ambition to go through the same training.

The fact that they are going on a recruitment drive overseas implies that there is a fundamental problem with the amount of Brits going into the nursing game.

This isn't a new issue either, as the article states, the last recruitment drive was in the Philipines 10 years ago. We have been souricing medical professionals from overseas since WW2. They aren't coming here and stealing jobs, they are coming here and doing jobs that need to be filled.

What would UKIP suggest? Ignore a skills gap and manage with what we have, we'd all soon complain when NHS waiting time trebled or people started dying.

As this has been going on for so long it's obviosuly not down to the current cost of a nursing degree as this was an issue long before (when on the job training was in place)....
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: Haven't the government just told us that immigrants aren't taking jobs that British workers could do?! As these are permanent positions why are we not employing British nurses on permanent contracts rather than using expensive agency nurses on an ad hoc basis?![/p][/quote]I think the key word from the above posts is 'could'. British people could do those jobs if they had the inclination and ambition to go through the same training. The fact that they are going on a recruitment drive overseas implies that there is a fundamental problem with the amount of Brits going into the nursing game. This isn't a new issue either, as the article states, the last recruitment drive was in the Philipines 10 years ago. We have been souricing medical professionals from overseas since WW2. They aren't coming here and stealing jobs, they are coming here and doing jobs that need to be filled. What would UKIP suggest? Ignore a skills gap and manage with what we have, we'd all soon complain when NHS waiting time trebled or people started dying. As this has been going on for so long it's obviosuly not down to the current cost of a nursing degree as this was an issue long before (when on the job training was in place).... mhaiti
  • Score: 4

3:40pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Brighton Living says...

classis case of more driving down wages and increasing house prices.

Great just what we need.....
classis case of more driving down wages and increasing house prices. Great just what we need..... Brighton Living
  • Score: 2

4:23pm Fri 7 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

Libertarian Patriot wrote:
The result of dumbed down politically correct education over the last 20 years or so. Brits too fat and ignorant to work in skilled areas. Its time to boot Libabcon out for their failure to stand up for Britain and get our infrastructure right. UKIP will bring back grammar schools and skilled technical schools and end the one size fits all "comprehensive" approach to education that ignores diversity and the fact that some people are better at some things than others. Love Britain and lets get behind the 3 Brighton area UKIP Parliamentary candidates and shake the old establishment Liblabcon parties to the core.
What rubbish. Who is going to support the extension of a system that creams off the top performing 20% and condems the remaining 80% to be second class. Dream on!

There are two major reasons why there are insufficient numbers of British nurses. Firstly, lack of investment in training, secondly, not making the job sufficiently attractive. A major British issue is that companies and other organisations simply will not invest sufficiently in training and skills, either because they preffer to poach, or in the case of the public sector, becuase they are being starved of funds.

The untold story of recruiting foreign nurses and other foreign professionals is that we are often taking vital people away from poorer countries that have far greater need of them and we have not paid one bean towards their training.
[quote][p][bold]Libertarian Patriot[/bold] wrote: The result of dumbed down politically correct education over the last 20 years or so. Brits too fat and ignorant to work in skilled areas. Its time to boot Libabcon out for their failure to stand up for Britain and get our infrastructure right. UKIP will bring back grammar schools and skilled technical schools and end the one size fits all "comprehensive" approach to education that ignores diversity and the fact that some people are better at some things than others. Love Britain and lets get behind the 3 Brighton area UKIP Parliamentary candidates and shake the old establishment Liblabcon parties to the core.[/p][/quote]What rubbish. Who is going to support the extension of a system that creams off the top performing 20% and condems the remaining 80% to be second class. Dream on! There are two major reasons why there are insufficient numbers of British nurses. Firstly, lack of investment in training, secondly, not making the job sufficiently attractive. A major British issue is that companies and other organisations simply will not invest sufficiently in training and skills, either because they preffer to poach, or in the case of the public sector, becuase they are being starved of funds. The untold story of recruiting foreign nurses and other foreign professionals is that we are often taking vital people away from poorer countries that have far greater need of them and we have not paid one bean towards their training. HJarrs
  • Score: 7

6:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

leftysmellbags says...

Oh lets not forget that these nurses will also bring their husbands and kids and once here will have as many kids as they can and relatives who will of course be able to stay due to family ties. So the real figure for these nurse imports is more like 300 - 400. The NHS only imports these nurses as no English nurse is willing to put up with the abuse/neglect and low pay.
Oh lets not forget that these nurses will also bring their husbands and kids and once here will have as many kids as they can and relatives who will of course be able to stay due to family ties. So the real figure for these nurse imports is more like 300 - 400. The NHS only imports these nurses as no English nurse is willing to put up with the abuse/neglect and low pay. leftysmellbags
  • Score: -2

8:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

whatevernext2013 says...

leftysmellbags wrote:
Oh lets not forget that these nurses will also bring their husbands and kids and once here will have as many kids as they can and relatives who will of course be able to stay due to family ties. So the real figure for these nurse imports is more like 300 - 400. The NHS only imports these nurses as no English nurse is willing to put up with the abuse/neglect and low pay.
as they are from the EU they can/could come over if they wanted with out a job
[quote][p][bold]leftysmellbags[/bold] wrote: Oh lets not forget that these nurses will also bring their husbands and kids and once here will have as many kids as they can and relatives who will of course be able to stay due to family ties. So the real figure for these nurse imports is more like 300 - 400. The NHS only imports these nurses as no English nurse is willing to put up with the abuse/neglect and low pay.[/p][/quote]as they are from the EU they can/could come over if they wanted with out a job whatevernext2013
  • Score: 3

9:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

angrymonkey says...

maybe ukip will sort out all the lazy people happy to take hand-outs so will have to step up learn something and go out and work for a living like others do then we will not need to go over seas to get staff.
walking round Brighton all you see and hear is people from over seas spending money in shops sure not all are tourists .
wish I could go over sea get free money to live and shop but who be as silly as us outside the EU?.
maybe ukip will sort out all the lazy people happy to take hand-outs so will have to step up learn something and go out and work for a living like others do then we will not need to go over seas to get staff. walking round Brighton all you see and hear is people from over seas spending money in shops sure not all are tourists . wish I could go over sea get free money to live and shop but who be as silly as us outside the EU?. angrymonkey
  • Score: -4

1:33am Sat 8 Mar 14

KarenT says...

There is a shortage of British people becoming nurses because they can't study AND spend days in the queues at X-Factor.
There is a shortage of British people becoming nurses because they can't study AND spend days in the queues at X-Factor. KarenT
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

leftysmellbags wrote:
Oh lets not forget that these nurses will also bring their husbands and kids and once here will have as many kids as they can and relatives who will of course be able to stay due to family ties. So the real figure for these nurse imports is more like 300 - 400. The NHS only imports these nurses as no English nurse is willing to put up with the abuse/neglect and low pay.
Given that, as you say, they're on a low salary, it's doubtful any of them who take up the offer would have husbands or children: don't get me wrong, West Sussex is lovely, but for a woman who has kids to fork out for, it just wouldn't be that appealing. At least. not for the wage on offer.

Actually, thinking about it, this means loads of single, Spanish nurses are moving to West Sussex! Can anyone recommend a good estate agent in either Chichester or Worthing?
[quote][p][bold]leftysmellbags[/bold] wrote: Oh lets not forget that these nurses will also bring their husbands and kids and once here will have as many kids as they can and relatives who will of course be able to stay due to family ties. So the real figure for these nurse imports is more like 300 - 400. The NHS only imports these nurses as no English nurse is willing to put up with the abuse/neglect and low pay.[/p][/quote]Given that, as you say, they're on a low salary, it's doubtful any of them who take up the offer would have husbands or children: don't get me wrong, West Sussex is lovely, but for a woman who has kids to fork out for, it just wouldn't be that appealing. At least. not for the wage on offer. Actually, thinking about it, this means loads of single, Spanish nurses are moving to West Sussex! Can anyone recommend a good estate agent in either Chichester or Worthing? Roundbill
  • Score: 0

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