A NEW nursing and midwifery recruitment campaign has been designed to attract the best nurses and midwives to Sussex.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust was judged “outstanding for caring” by the Care Quality Commission earlier this month.

In the face of a national shortage of highly qualified nurses and midwives, the trust has launched a new recruitment campaign based around four elements it believes make it stand out as a place to work.

Trust chief nurse Nicola Ranger said: “This is a fantastic place to be a nurse or a midwife.

“There are real opportunities to get ahead in your career here – whether you are a newly qualified nurse wanting the support of our unique preceptorship programme, want real influence as a ward leader or are a nurse consultant.

“I am proud of everything that our nurses and midwives achieve, and I am looking forward to recruiting new colleagues who will help us to continue offering outstanding care to our patients.”

To support the campaign, the trust has launched a series of short video clips on a website to help nurses and midwives looking for their next role get a feel for the organisation.

Nurses and midwives interested in finding out more about life at the trust are also invited to speak directly to a senior nursing leader through a dedicated recruitment hotline.

In the coming weeks, the trust will also be holding a series of open days and events at its hospitals.

These will give nurses and midwives keen to learn more about life at the trust an opportunity to speak to senior nursing leaders, discuss the opportunities on offer and start the application process.

Nursing and midwifery colleagues stepped in front of the camera to explain what nurses and midwives benefit from.

This is what some staff said:

l Better career development – “This is a trust where massive learning curves are well supported” Grace Masters, staff nurse

l Better opportunities for career progression – “The range of care provided by the Trust gives nurses and midwives significant opportunities to experience many difference areas of practice” Zingy Thetho, ward manager

l Better balance through flexible working – “Flexible working is on offer to help nurses and midwives create the lives they want outside of work” Mark Roche, senior charge nurse

l A better location – “Brighton and Haywards Heath are great places to live and work” Sarah Fry, senior practice development nurse.

Full details of the campaign can be found on the website www.NursingBrighton.org.uk.