Health trust takes on largest intake of nurses

Seventy new nurses and midwives have joined Northumbria Healthcare.
Seventy new nurses and midwives have joined Northumbria Healthcare.

Health chiefs have taken on their largest-ever intake of new nurses and midwives.

A total of 70 new nurses and midwives have joined Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s preceptorship programme.

The Trust has been running a series of initiatives to increase the number of nurses joining over the last two years, including developing staff to become nurses in 18 months, running programmes to enable people who have previously worked as qualified nurses to return to the profession and developing even closer links with its student nurses.

In addition, they have held a number of recruitment events.

Elaine Henderson, director of nursing for delivery at the Trust, said: “Like every NHS organisation in the country, we continue to face real recruitment pressures and must always look at innovative ways to attract nurses to our organisation.”

“As a trust, we have an unparalleled track record of devising our own tailor-made solutions to fit our needs and bring benefits for our patients and we are delighted that our efforts are bearing fruit.

“However with many of our nurses due to retire within the next few years, we must continue our efforts in this area to secure our future nursing workforce.”

For nursing vacancies at Northumbria visit www.jobs.nhs.uk