British nurses with desirable high specialty skills such as A&E and Intensive Care should cash in on their opportunity. Travelling a few miles or even a few hours could boost earnings considerably. The employer benefits from knowledge of training quality, probity, professionalism and communications skills – as this is often absent for long periods if these nurses are not appointed. It also applies to doctors at both consultant and junior level. Are YOU, a potential long term patient (even a politician?)with multiple chronic diseases, confident of YOUR future care, or would you rather bury your head? It is the staff who spend time and identify with you who you really remember. The Health visitor for a mother, the psychologist in depression, the physiotherapist after an injury or stroke. It is not only Nurses, but also the softer specialities of the Health Services that are really thin and unable to sustain quality. A change in funding, philosophy and patient expectation is needed..
It is “distracting, frustrating and expensive” to have to recruit large numbers of nurses from overseas, the head of a leading NHS hospital says.
Dr Keith McNeil, who runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, urged officials to “figure out” what resources were needed and improve UK recruitment.
Around 7,500 nurses from countries such as Spain, Romania and Italy registered to work in the UK last year.
Health Education England said national training places had increased.
Figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show the recruitment of overseas staff to the UK is growing.
The number of nurses coming here from other parts of the EU has risen steadily during the past six years – now making up the vast majority of new overseas recruits – while the number of foreign nurses from beyond Europe has dropped…..
Third round of GP trainee recruitment cost £113,000 to fill 72 posts (and now you wonder why locums cost so much!)