150 new medical staff taken on by Shropshire hospitals trust
More than 150 new medical recruits have taken up jobs with the county's two major hospitals.
Since the start of the year 14 consultants, 51 staff nurses, 89 health care assistants, six biomedical scientists and three clinical nurse educators have been appointed by Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust – which manages both Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital Telford.
Also 17 middle grade doctors have been offered jobs following a recruitment trip to Dubai and India, while a trust team recently returned from Dublin where a further nine job offers were made to registered nurses.
The trust's workforce director Victoria Rankin said: “Whilst our efforts to recruit never stops, we are really starting to see those efforts come to fruition. We are delighted that we are seeing new people joining our hardworking and committed teams in all areas of our hospitals.
“We know nationally that there is a shortage of staff coming into the NHS, but we are hopeful that the plans to transform both our hospitals will continue to help us on our recruitment journey. We know that increased staffing levels will also help further recruitment and this can only be of benefit to our patients.”
The recruits are working in departments including A&E, paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology.
In addition, the trust board's new medical director Dr Arne Rose will take up his role in June. He is the current associate medical director for integration and transformation at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
While Barbara Beal as been appointed as the interim director of nursing. Efforts are being made to recruit two deputy directors of nursing and a head of midwifery.