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Portuguese nurses settle in well at Queen’s

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

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A TEAM of Portuguese workers who took over nursing positions at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have settled in well, bosses said.

The group of 19 nurses was drafted in to ease a staffing crisis at the Belvedere Road site at the end of last year.

Severe shortages in the amount of qualified nurses led to Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust looking outside the country to recruit to the positions.

Jose Torres, 27, has been a nurse for four years and works in the emergency department at Queen’s.

He said: “I’ve received a very warm welcome from everyone and am settling in well.

“It helps that there are other new nurses from Portugal who have arrived at the same time as me so we can support each other.”

Ines Rocha, 22, is a newly-qualified nurse working on ward 19.

She said: “I think my new job is exciting. It’s also an opportunity for me to challenge myself, progress and to use the skills and knowledge I have gained from my training.”

Chief executive Helen Ashley said: “We are delighted to welcome these nurses who are settling in well and making a really important contribution to high quality patient care and the patient experience.”

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