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Nearly 180 new nurses to join Shropshire hospitals

Nearly 180 new nurses have been recruited by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) Credit: PA

Nearly 180 new nurses have been recruited by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

They will be working across its two hospitals - The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

They have been recruited from India and will start to arrive from December.

The Trust has looked to overseas recruitment - through Health Education England’s Global Learners programme - to help fill gaps in its nursing and midwifery workforce.

Rhia Boyode, Acting Workforce Director at SaTH, said: “Our teams are working incredibly hard to boost our workforce and we are now planning for an intake of 176 nurses from India to help boost our substantive nursing workforce and reduce the reliance on agency staff."

“The HEE programme was implemented to meet the shortfall of over 270 Band 5 nursing and midwifery vacancies in the Trust and these appointments will help to improve the care we give to our patients."

“HEE’s Global Health Exchange is working with healthcare providers globally to improve the quality and volume of the NHS workforce through global education and workplace exchanges."

“Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council, the community and our other partners have also been fundamental to the success of this project, and we are very grateful for their contributions.”

“Whilst we are not yet fully staffed with nurses at PRH or RSH, we do have a number of other campaigns that we are promoting within the Trust, and we are also continuing to recruit from within the UK and Ireland, most recently with a campaign in Dublin.”

– Rhia Boyode

Barbara Beal, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at SaTH, added: "This is extremely good news for our patients and our staff, so it [is] very important that our nurses feel welcome and we are doing everything we can to ensure they feel at home when they arrive."

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