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Weekend Diagnosis: Nursing recruitment

Published: 27 April 2016

Jane Viner, Chief NurseThis Weekend Diagnosis is from Jane Viner, our Chief Nurse

Recruitment and retention of good nurses has always been a top priority for our Trust. As a nurse myself, I am incredibly proud to work not only for the NHS but for a Trust that that actively supports our nursing staff in their ongoing training and development.

Whilst it has been well documented that nationally there is a shortage of nurses, resulting in more vacancies than candidates, we continually work hard to ensure that we are recruiting and filling any nursing vacancies we do have with well trained, expert nursing staff.

As part of this commitment, final year adult nursing students, registered adult nurses and those looking to return to practice have been invited to our Trust’s nursing recruitment open day which is taking place today (Wednesday 27 April). We are looking for nurses who want to contribute to our vision of providing compassionate nursing and a commitment to quality of care – which are two of our Trust’s key values.

The event will give nurses a chance to find out more about the opportunities available within our organisation. We are currently looking to recruit experienced and newly qualified nurses across our acute hospital (Torbay Hospital), community hospitals and our community services. We currently have various permanent and bank opportunities available. Working for our Trust offers a diverse range of career paths – we are always keen to offer support and development opportunities to help our staff in their career choices.

Attendees of our open day will get the opportunity to chat with staff about what it’s like to work at the Trust and learn more about the facilities and benefits on offer. They will also have the chance to undertake an interview and potentially receive a job offer on the day.

I truly believe in the importance of nurturing and supporting those just entering the profession. At our Trust, for adult student nurses who are looking for their first job, we provide an outstanding preceptorship programme, with support from a mentor and supervisor. There will also be many opportunities for further training and development in their role in an innovative and supportive environment.

Like many other NHS Trusts, we have also looked to the overseas market for nursing recruitment. We recognise the very valuable and important contribution that nurses from abroad make in providing high quality care to our patients. Our overseas recruitment campaign last year ensured nurses were personally selected to match our local patient group and our organisation. It was a highly successful campaign with all of the nurses recruited proving very popular with our patients, and we intend to recruit from overseas again very soon.

If you have missed today’s event and are interested in joining our Trust as a nurse, do get in touch with our recruitment team to find out more about the fantastic opportunities available within our organisation.

Alternatively, all of our vacancies are advertised on NHS jobs via