Sarah Newton welcomes 100 extra nursing staff for RCHT

Sarah Newton has expressed her delight at the below news release from the Royal Cornwall Hospital:

With the recent addition of 100 extra nursing staff to the team at RCHT, news of plans to require all hospitals to routine publishing ward staffing levels, as part of the further response to the Francis Report, is being welcomed. A series of highly successful recruitment events since the summer has already seen almost 60 nurses take up new roles and 40 more have been offered posts and are going through employment checks before they start work in the coming weeks.

Nurse Executive, Andrew MacCallum said,

“We made a firm commitment earlier this year to ensure staffing levels on our wards are safe and allow nurses to provide the quality of care we would want for our own families and friends. I’m delighted we have been able to welcome so many new members to our team and have been able to select from high calibre candidates, both experienced and newly qualified nurses, including our own students from Plymouth University.” 

“Openly publishing nurse staffing levels will give confidence to patients and relatives. At RCHT we will be looking start sooner than the April deadline and will add the data to the ‘How are we doing?’ information boards on all of our wards.”

The additional nursing staff are an important part of RCHT’s winter planning, too. As the hospitals move into their busiest period the Trust will be opening the expansion to the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and a new Frailty Admissions ward for the elderly, both of which will play a key role in maintaining patient flow.

One of the new nursing team members is Jo Jones on Wheal Agar ward who recently qualified after completing her nurse education with Plymouth University at the Knowledge Spa.

On a very busy and demanding ward the team are very supportive,” says Jo. “Even though it has been a bit daunting, they have all contributed to my learning and integration to the team.” Since June this year the Trust has held three open recruitment events offering nurses interested in joining RCHT the opportunity to talk to current staff in an informal setting and find out more about working for the Trust, before formal interviews later in the day. The format has worked well and the recruitment team has received positive feedback from candidates, including: “A very well organised day and I found the experience to be less intimidating than individual interviews. The morning sessions were good and helped us all relax before the formal interview.” “The best interview experience I have had”. “The whole experience enabled personalities to shine through outside of interview nerves. A positive experience”. “Great experience! Thank you to all involved, everyone was very welcoming.”

Helen Lewis, Associate Head of Learning & Development, who has worked closely recruitment team leader, Cath Crofts and her team on the organisation of the events, said,

“There’s a lot of competition to recruit nurses right across the NHS at present, so we knew we needed to create the right impression to attract top class candidates to RCHT. Our recruitment days have been really successful and it’s been a delight to welcome so many new colleagues to join the caring and compassionate team at our hospitals.”