Mental health trust’s recruitment pledge

Andrew Hopkins, acting chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Andrew Hopkins, acting chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
12:58 PM

A mental health trust, which has cut hundreds of jobs over the past year, is looking to launch a recruitment campaign overseas to help fill vacancies, it has emerged.

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Bosses at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) admitted that they have 505 vacancies at the organisation, which is in the midst of a major overhaul of services. As part of a new recruitment strategy, the mental health trust is looking into the possibility of hiring new staff from Ireland and Portugal.

Campaigners last night spoke of their surprise at the move, which comes after around 400 jobs were cut as part of a radical redesign of NSFT to reduce the trust’s budget by 20pc. Officials from the organisation said they were actively recruiting 361 of the 505 vacancies.

Andrew Hopkins, acting chief executive, said a number of vacancies had been kept open during the restructure and some staff had decided against moving across the organisation’s five areas. However, the trust had just recruited nine consultants and an overseas campaign was more of a long-term solution.

“It is one of many options. Portugal has been a favourite for a number of trusts, but a large part of the strategy is looking across the UK. Ireland is more favourable and Portugal less likely.”

In a report to directors, Jane Marshall-Robb, director of workforce, said the trust was facing “unprecedented” challenges around recruitment, meaning a “more creative approach” was needed.

However, union officials spoke of their concern that experienced and skilled staff had left the NHS trust.

Carol Briggs, Unison branch secretary, said: “We are concerned at the cost of recruiting staff externally, and question the timing when there is no indication how many staff will be transferring back to Norfolk County Council as a result of the Section 75 agreement being revoked.”

Members of the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk will be demonstrating outside Hellesdon Hospital, in Norwich, at 10am today over a lack of beds.

What are your experiences of mental health services? Email adam.gretton@archant.co.uk

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5 comments

  • Mental Health issues whas and will effect many more people. it's ok passing the buck stating it's not organisation's it's the councilit's the cuts bla bla. it don't take a long to talk to someone in distress. better to do that than conciquences if you don't. people are alway's scared of the unkown. when there is something different just listen to the person, they are not allians they don't spit green blood they are humanbeing's who need some time.

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    betseyharp.com

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • The EDP has been castigated for its hidden agenda and flusy reporting on its own letters page, by no othere then the Norwich and Norfolk festival organisers. Either it is the journo who writes this article or the press release was written as convaluted as the article. But thye buck stops with Nigel Pickover, he says what gets printed and how. The trust sacked many who did not want to agree to a different contract, now they are looking for cheap replacements that can make mental health a profitable private concern for shareholders and owners of companies, many who have seats in the Houses of Parlaiment.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Mental Health issues whas and will effect many more people. it's ok passing the buck stating it's not organisation's it's the councilit's the cuts bla bla. it don't take a long to talk to someone in distress. better to do that than conciquences if you don't. people are alway's scared of the unkown. when there is something different just listen to the person, they are not allians they don't spit green blood they are humanbeing's who need some time. there are people with empathy out there what happened to the idea that people who have and are going through these problems CAN BE TRAINED FOR THEY ARE BEST people to help.

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    betseyharp.com

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • From this article, it is hard to work out where the 'recruitment problem' really lies. Are the vacancies for support staff and nurses as well as clinicians? Is the problem that they can't get suitable people to apply for the jobs that need to be filled? Or that we are not training enough people? Or has the Trust shed too many jobs so it now need to compensate? EDP - time for some investigative journalism of your own to find out more about "what's up" with this key service for Norfolk people.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Mental Health issues whas and will effect many more people. it's ok passing the buck stating it's not organisation's it's the councilit's the cuts bla bla. it don't take a long to talk to someone in distress. better to do that than conciquences if you don't. people are alway's scared of the unkown. when there is something different just listen to the person, they are not allians they don't spit green blood they are humanbeing's who need some time.

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    betseyharp.com

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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