ALMOST 50 newly qualified nurses have been recruited by Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a bid to ease staffing pressures at its three hospitals.
A group of 36 nurses are already settling in at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital and community hospitals in Lichfield and Tamworth, and the final 12 are due to take up their posts next month, bringing the total number of new recruits to 48.
The new staff, who are taking up positions across the board, have come to post following concerns raised in the high-profile Keogh report that the trust was having difficulty recruiting and retaining permanent staff.
Brendan Brown, director of nursing for the trust, said practices had changed to ensure this was no longer an issue.
“We recognise that we have made mistakes in the past. As a Trust we are working harder on improving communication between staff, managers and the executive team which will help us make all our staff – clinical and non-clinical – feel valued and understand how we are working to improve things at our three hospitals,” he added.
The new recruits already have experience working within the trust, as many of them have trained in the three hospitals.
Mr Brown stressed that support was in place to help them make the transition from student to staff – including a change in communication within the trust, which was another issue raised by the Keogh panel during the investigation earlier this year.
A reorganisation in the roles of ward managers will also have an impact, he said. Staff in this position, who will now be called ward supervisors, have been removed from many clinical responsibilities to provide more time to support and work with the new staff.
Mr Brown said: “Our wards are busy, and that can be intimidating, but our emphasis is now on giving both staff and patients the best experience possible.
“Staff retention is important to us, and we believe that the trust’s emphasis on continued professional development offers a great opportunity to committed and ambitious new staff.”