Drive to recruit Spanish nurses

Worthing hospital

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HOSPITAL bosses are going back to the continent to hire more nurses.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust is returning to Spain following a successful recruitment campaign for specialist nurses in the country earlier this year.

And this time managers are extending the hunt to include Portugal in a bid to encourage medical nurses to come over to Sussex.

The trust runs Worthing Hospital, St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham.

Sandie Ellard, deputy director of nursing, said: “Over the last five years we have invested heavily, and significantly increased the number of nurses and healthcare assistants on our wards, and our staffing numbers compare well with other hospitals.

“The trust regularly advertises for nurses in the UK but it is not possible to meet demand only from nurses trained here.

“Getting even more permanent, experienced nursing staff is good news for patients, who will benefit from greater consistency of care, and from being looked after by staff who are able to get to know them over time.”

Demand on services has increased at the trust, putting extra pressure on existing staff.

Bosses have been forced to use temporary agency staff or from its own pool of workers, to help provide cover when staff are sick, on holiday or on maternity leave.

The campaign earlier this year led to more than 50 new nurses joining the trust and bosses are aiming for about the same number this time around.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, among others, has recently held a successful recruitment campaign in the UK.

However it also has plans to look further afield in the future.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest in St Leonards, said it had no plans at this stage to recruit from abroad.

Other countries approached by hospitals in Sussex in the past have included the Philippines and Ireland.

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6:25am Mon 11 Aug 14

Sir Prised says...

It's just wrong, that firstly we don't train sufficient nurses and two, then deprive other countries of theirs. When people are in hospital, not feeling great, do they really want to be treated by foreign nurses? I'm sure it's all very convenient for the authoritities, to import hospital-ready staff but it's not good for employment, nor the 'customer'.
It's just wrong, that firstly we don't train sufficient nurses and two, then deprive other countries of theirs. When people are in hospital, not feeling great, do they really want to be treated by foreign nurses? I'm sure it's all very convenient for the authoritities, to import hospital-ready staff but it's not good for employment, nor the 'customer'. Sir Prised
  • Score: 9

8:16am Mon 11 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?
Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions? Goldenwight
  • Score: 12

8:20am Mon 11 Aug 14

rogerthefish says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?
Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?[/p][/quote]Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you! rogerthefish
  • Score: 0

8:21am Mon 11 Aug 14

rogerthefish says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?
Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?[/p][/quote]Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you! rogerthefish
  • Score: 5

10:02am Mon 11 Aug 14

cookie_brighton says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Goldenwight wrote:
Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?
Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you!
they choose foreign nurses because they can get them cheaper..they should introduce a package that will atract more of our school leavers to take up a career in nursing.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?[/p][/quote]Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you![/p][/quote]they choose foreign nurses because they can get them cheaper..they should introduce a package that will atract more of our school leavers to take up a career in nursing. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 8

10:04am Mon 11 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Goldenwight wrote:
Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?
Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you!
Roger, I at least appreciate that your post was in jest. So no negative rec from me.

But you make a very valuable and important point- or at least reinforce my own. We have a large mass of bodies sitting doing nothing useful. True, but do I really trust them with my survival? Probably not. Could we have done better 30 years ago educating these people to become useful members of our society rather that parietal lepers scrounging off us all?

I'm a liberal, and will do all I can to keep civilization on the straight and narrow but would be interested to hear other views. Discuss?
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Might the money not be better spent establishing WHY we are not able to recruit nurses in the UK from a jobless pool of 3 millions?[/p][/quote]Maybe our unemployed are unemployable through being fat and lazy...there's a lot of work available so the ones left are generally not capable of looking after themselves not the ones that you want to look after you![/p][/quote]Roger, I at least appreciate that your post was in jest. So no negative rec from me. But you make a very valuable and important point- or at least reinforce my own. We have a large mass of bodies sitting doing nothing useful. True, but do I really trust them with my survival? Probably not. Could we have done better 30 years ago educating these people to become useful members of our society rather that parietal lepers scrounging off us all? I'm a liberal, and will do all I can to keep civilization on the straight and narrow but would be interested to hear other views. Discuss? Goldenwight
  • Score: 3

10:50am Mon 11 Aug 14

localboy78 says...

Absolutely disgusting. There are plenty of experienced and graduate nurses available for work in this country. The only reason why they are looking to recruit overseas is because they will accept lower wages than a UK nurse. Yet another reason for us to leave the EU!
Absolutely disgusting. There are plenty of experienced and graduate nurses available for work in this country. The only reason why they are looking to recruit overseas is because they will accept lower wages than a UK nurse. Yet another reason for us to leave the EU! localboy78
  • Score: 1

11:35am Mon 11 Aug 14

mhaiti says...

Bloody foreigners, coming over here and helping to support our society by looking after our ill people...
Bloody foreigners, coming over here and helping to support our society by looking after our ill people... mhaiti
  • Score: 12

11:39am Mon 11 Aug 14

mhaiti says...

By the way, is there any evidence that they'll accept lower wages than native brits? Or, does the NHS (being public sector) have a rigid pay structure irrespective of where you are from.

That's my assumption, happy to accept I am wrong if anyone has evidence to support the opposite. These are specialist nurses, not fruit pickers that are coming over to live 10 to a house.

Completely agree that we should be training up an appropriate amount of nurses in this country but if we're not, what else are they supposed to do??
By the way, is there any evidence that they'll accept lower wages than native brits? Or, does the NHS (being public sector) have a rigid pay structure irrespective of where you are from. That's my assumption, happy to accept I am wrong if anyone has evidence to support the opposite. These are specialist nurses, not fruit pickers that are coming over to live 10 to a house. Completely agree that we should be training up an appropriate amount of nurses in this country but if we're not, what else are they supposed to do?? mhaiti
  • Score: 11

1:20pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

localboy78 wrote:
Absolutely disgusting. There are plenty of experienced and graduate nurses available for work in this country. The only reason why they are looking to recruit overseas is because they will accept lower wages than a UK nurse. Yet another reason for us to leave the EU!
Some years ago, in the 1930s AJ Cronin (best known for 'Dr Finlay') wrote a book called 'The Citadel' about the medical establishment at that time. It is a fine book, and well worth a read if you can get hold of a copy.

What causes me to mention it here is that he makes a specific statement about nurses- about how they are poorly paid and undervalued, and how medicine is held back by this.

80 years later, we don't seem to have learned the lesson he sought to teach us, do we?

And it isn't just nurses. Each year our hospitals struggle to find junior doctors- because we simply do not train enough for our own needs.

But for the benefit of all UKIP voters, think on this. Migrants tend to press their children into higher education so that they can better themselves- perhaps in 30 years we will be exporting medics to Eastern Europe... If they will take them.
[quote][p][bold]localboy78[/bold] wrote: Absolutely disgusting. There are plenty of experienced and graduate nurses available for work in this country. The only reason why they are looking to recruit overseas is because they will accept lower wages than a UK nurse. Yet another reason for us to leave the EU![/p][/quote]Some years ago, in the 1930s AJ Cronin (best known for 'Dr Finlay') wrote a book called 'The Citadel' about the medical establishment at that time. It is a fine book, and well worth a read if you can get hold of a copy. What causes me to mention it here is that he makes a specific statement about nurses- about how they are poorly paid and undervalued, and how medicine is held back by this. 80 years later, we don't seem to have learned the lesson he sought to teach us, do we? And it isn't just nurses. Each year our hospitals struggle to find junior doctors- because we simply do not train enough for our own needs. But for the benefit of all UKIP voters, think on this. Migrants tend to press their children into higher education so that they can better themselves- perhaps in 30 years we will be exporting medics to Eastern Europe... If they will take them. Goldenwight
  • Score: 2

10:37pm Mon 11 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

"But for the benefit of all UKIP voters, think on this. Migrants tend to press their children into higher education so that they can better themselves- perhaps in 30 years we will be exporting medics to Eastern Europe... If they will take them."

Stupid Comment Of The Week.

Immigrants to this country generally tend to settle for minimum wage and benefits, especially those from the poorer countries.

And why have the immigrants who came to this country 40 years ago been unable to supply these alleged brilliant workers you're claiming they are producing?

Oh, and UKIP isn't the only party with a border policy.
"But for the benefit of all UKIP voters, think on this. Migrants tend to press their children into higher education so that they can better themselves- perhaps in 30 years we will be exporting medics to Eastern Europe... If they will take them." Stupid Comment Of The Week. Immigrants to this country generally tend to settle for minimum wage and benefits, especially those from the poorer countries. And why have the immigrants who came to this country 40 years ago been unable to supply these alleged brilliant workers you're claiming they are producing? Oh, and UKIP isn't the only party with a border policy. stevo!!
  • Score: 1

10:57pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Roundbill says...

Guys, you're gonna have to help me out here: is this a pro-immigration story or an anti-immigration story? I don't know what I'm meant to think.
Guys, you're gonna have to help me out here: is this a pro-immigration story or an anti-immigration story? I don't know what I'm meant to think. Roundbill
  • Score: 0

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