Keeping nurses interested

July 17, 2017

New figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have revealed that more nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in the UK than joining it for the first time on record, with the number departing having risen by 51% in just four years.

Earlier this year the Health Service Journal reported that 96% of hospitals in the UK have nursing shortages.

In Northamptonshire, a new joined up recruitment campaign entitled the Best of Both Worlds from four healthcare providers in partnership with the University of Northampton is addressing this problem.

The campaign unites the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital and St Andrew’s Healthcare, a leading charity providing specialist mental healthcare, in a joint bid to solve their recruitment needs.

The campaign highlights the diverse career opportunities offered by the providers, and the excellent quality of life people can achieve by relocating to the county, with its excellent schools, affordable housing, easy commuting and great transport links. The career opportunities are endless for medical professionals at all stages.

Student nurses can study at the University of Northampton, one of the UK’s leading universities for nursing training. They can choose to work at one of several hospitals or NHS community sites across the county.

We all offer a range of opportunities and each have our own unique elements.

At Northampton General Hospital, staff here work as one team, everyone believes they can make a difference. It is an inspirational workplace. A key focus for us is the education, training and development of nurses and doctors and the career opportunities are outstanding.

We provide acute care services for 380,000 people and we’re an accredited cancer centre, with a recently opened new chemotherapy suite and wonderful clinical and non-clinical training facilities for doctors and nurses.

We are leading the way in nursing excellence and training. Led by Carolyn Fox, our Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Services and Board Director, we were the first UK hospital to sign up to the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center scheme, ‘Pathway to Excellence ®’. This programme seeks to raise nursing standards and boost nursing recognition. In the USA, they really celebrate the work of their nurses and we are emulating that here.

Read the full article here.

Written by Andrew Belcher, Clinical Resource Planning Manager, Northampton General Hospital.