Hospital bosses recruiting from Philippines and Europe

via burytimes.co.uk – BOSSES of Fairfield and three other Greater Manchester hospitals are flying staff 7,000 miles across the world to recruit nurses in the Philippines and Europe due to a staffing crisis.

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which also runs North Manchester General and The Royal Oldham hospitals, and Rochdale Infirmary, is sending senior nurses and human resources (HR) representative to recruit nurses from Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Philippines.

The trust currently has 216 nursing vacancies and says it hopes to recruit a ‘high calibre’ of nurses.

Despite Greater Manchester being home to three universities running large nursing degree courses, NHS bosses said a lack of experienced staff had forced them to make the 7,000 mile recruitment trip to Philippines.

Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, deputy chief nurse at the trust, said: “We currently have over 4,000 nurses and midwives who work across our four hospital sites and in our community services.

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