QEH recruitment event attracts new staff

NHS recruitment drive in King's Lynn. Pictured is Adele Norris. Picture: Ian Burt

NHS recruitment drive in King's Lynn. Pictured is Adele Norris. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A west Norfolk hospital is continuing its ongoing nursing recruitment drive, and has held a special event in King's Lynn to attract new staff.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was placed in special measures in November 2013 after major concerns were raised in four areas, including staffing not being at the required level.

But a sustained recruitment drive, which has included employing nurses from Portugal, means it has now met the target on having one nurse to eight patients during the day and a one-to-11 ratio at night.

Yesterday's? event was a chance for people in the area to find out more about the wide range of opportunities available at the hospital, both for people with previous nursing experience and those with no nursing qualifications or experience, who are looking to start a new career.

Director of nursing, Val Newton, said: 'Since October we have been to Spain to recruit registered nurses who speak English, after Lincolnshire had success there – and we are also recruiting from the UEA in Norwich.

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'We are looking for nurses to join the nursing bank to take on different shifts at the hospital. We have also recruited from the Philippines.

'We are looking for 20 to 30 nurses at this event.'

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Tammy Codman, from Hunstanton, attended the event looking for a new career in nursing after years working as a bank manager.

She said: 'I'm new to nursing as I have worked in a bank since I was 17.

'I'm looking for a complete career change.

'Nursing is something I have always wanted to do.'

Ludmilla Kuckina, who lives in Lynn town centre, is a qualified nurse, originally from Vilnius in Lithuania.

She said: 'I'm looking for professional advice and how to get back into nursing here.'

The Gayton Road hospital was on internal 'black alert' – the most severe internal status level – yesterday, which means there is a shortage of beds and the A&E department is very busy.

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