Media Release

QEH welcoming 81 new nurses to West Norfolk

More than 80 new nurses will be caring for patients in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital following a successful international recruitment campaign.

A total of 81 experienced nurses will be joining the Hospital’s medical and surgical wards before Christmas thanks to a recent registered nurse recruitment campaign in The Philippines.

The Hospital has 158 nurse vacancies and has been running successful international, national and local campaigns to fill these posts.

Chief Executive Caroline Shaw said: “We are really excited to be welcoming 81 experienced and compassionate nurses to the QEH before Christmas”.

“Our nursing recruitment team was incredibly impressed with the high standards they have witnessed during the interview process”.

“At this hospital, we know we are better together as we strive to make the changes which will improve care, improve outcomes and improve lives”.

“This influx of new nurses is not only going to make a difference to the lives of our patients but also our staff and the Hospital’s financial position as we reduce our agency staff bill.”

Acting Chief Nurse Val Newton, Recruitment and Retention Sister Debbie Frost, Clinical Educator Marentia De Villiers & Lead Nurse Merwyn Agcaoili were part of the recruitment team which headed out to The Philippines at the end of March.

Since January, the Hospital has also welcomed a further 26 international nurses to the team.

The QEH is also continuing with its Grow Your Own strategy by helping to develop existing staff along with working closely with the College of West Anglia.

Miss Newton said: “We are absolutely delighted and thrilled that the diverse international nurse community in the QEH is being expanded to care for the people of West Norfolk.”

If you would like to know more about a career in the NHS please contact career.info@qehkl.nhs.uk

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