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New nurses number 100 at Cornish hospital

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: November 25, 2013

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New nurse Jo Jones, one of 100 to join the Royal Cornwall Hospital

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A Cornish hospital has recruited 100 extra nurses as it pledged to publish ward staffing data ahead of a national roll-out next year.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) says a series of highly successful recruitment events held since the summer has already seen almost 60 nurses take up new roles.

A further 40 have been offered posts and are going through employment checks before they start work in the coming weeks.

The RCHT’s nurse executive, Andrew MacCallum said it was great news for patients and staff.

“We made a firm commitment earlier this year to ensure staffing levels on our wards are safe and allow nurses to provide the quality of care we would want for our own families and friends,” he said.

“I’m delighted we have been able to welcome so many new members to our team and have been able to select from high calibre candidates, both experienced and newly qualified nurses, including our own students from Plymouth University.”

He welcomed proposals formulated as a response to the Francis Report on the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital scandal, that would oblige hospital to publish all their ward staffing figures.

The RCHT will be publishing its staffing data ahead of the April start date, he added.

“Openly publishing nurse staffing levels will give confidence to patients and relatives,” he said.

“At RCHT we will be looking start sooner than the April deadline and will add the data to the ‘How are we doing?’ information boards on all of our wards.”

The additional nursing staff are an important part of RCHT’s winter planning, said Mr MacCallum.

As the hospitals move into their busiest period the Trust will be opening the expansion to the trusts’s main emergency department at Truro and a new frailty admissions ward for the elderly.

Jo Jones, a newly recruited nurse who has been assigned on Wheal Agar ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, said she was looking forward to her new role.

“On a very busy and demanding ward the team are very supportive,” said Miss Jones, who recently qualified after completing her nurse education with Plymouth University at the Knowledge Spa.

“Even though it has been a bit daunting, they have all contributed to my learning and integration to the team.”

Helen Lewis, associate head of learning and development at RCHT, who has worked with recruitment team leader, Cath Crofts on the organisation of the events, said they had got some great nurses for the trust.

“There’s a lot of competition to recruit nurses right across the NHS at present, so we knew we needed to create the right impression to attract top class candidates to RCHT,” she said.

“Our recruitment days have been really successful and it’s been a delight to welcome so many new colleagues to join the caring and compassionate team at our hospitals.”

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