Health drive to take on more nurses

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HEALTH officials have launched a recruitment drive to take on more than 30 new registered nurses.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is planning a £700,000 investment in nursing care to help elderly patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

More than 30 healthcare assistants are also being recruited to work in the trust’s community hospitals and on elderly care wards at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The investment means every elderly care ward across the trust’s hospitals will now have extra nursing staff on duty every day to help during busy meal times and deliver more one-to-one personalised nursing care.

The new nursing roles include an additional ward sister, fully qualified registered nurses and several district nursing staff who will work across many of the trust’s main hospital sites on surgical, medical as well as elderly care wards.

Debbie Reape, deputy director of nursing at the trust, said: “Delivering high quality elderly care is an absolute priority.

“We’re delighted to be able to make this investment to create more nursing jobs right here in the north east.

“Our staff are amongst the best in the country and we’re now looking for more experiences nurses to join us.”

Nurses looking for more information about the new elderly care roles should visit or

Closing dates for all applications is Friday.

In addition, the trust has four existing opportunities for senior community-based matrons in Cramlington, Hexham, North Tyneside and Wooler. A senior paediatric matron post is also currently available.