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A RECRUITMENT drive for over 30 new registered nurses to work with elderly patients on hospital wards and out in the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside has been launched.
As part of an overall £700,000 investment in nursing care jobs Surrey by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, elderly patients are set to benefit from the cash boost which will see nursing numbers increase as part of its commitment to deliver world class healthcare and a world class patient experience.
Over 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 single elderly care ward across the trust’s hospitals will now have extra nursing staff on duty every single day to help during busy meal times and to deliver more one to one, personalised nursing care.
The new nursing roles include an additional ward sisters, fully qualified registered nurses and several district nursing staff who will work across many of the Trust’s main hospital sites – Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham, Morpeth, North Tyneside and Wansbeck – on surgical, medical as well as elderly care wards.
Debbie Reape, deputy director of nursing at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Delivering high quality elderly care is an absolute priority for us and we’re delighted to be able to make this investment to create more nursing jobs right here in the north east and to help the regional economy during such difficult financial times for everybody.
“Our staff are amongst the best in the country and we’re now looking for more experienced nurses to join us and help provide the first class healthcare, outcomes and experience for each and every one of our elderly patients – whether that be care in their own home, in the community or in one of our hospitals.”
In addition, the trust has four existing opportunities for senior community-based matrons in Wooler, Cramlington, Hexham and North Tyneside, where staff will work with vulnerable elderly patients in their own homes to help manage their complex health needs. A senior paediatric matron post is also currently available.
The new nursing roles are all permanent positions and the recruitment drive comes in the run up to winter – when the NHS always comes under increased pressure – when additional nursing staff are always needed to help cope with increased demand.