City NHS to recruit 180 nurses
Bosses at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust are launching their biggest- ever drive to recruit nurses.
They are hosting a special open day in a campaign to fill more than 180 nursing vacancies. The extra posts follow a review of staffing levels last year.
The review looked at 100 wards across the trust and found there were shortfalls in staffing in a number of areas.
It was decided to allocate £2million to fund extra posts to care for patients – particularly those who are frail and elderly .
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Carole Ribbins, director of nursing at Leicester's hospitals, said: "This is very exciting time. This is the first time we have ever tried to recruit such a large number of nurses in one go.
"Anyone who comes along will be able to meet some of our nurses from across a variety of areas and hear why they think it is one of the best places to work in the country.
"There will be tours around both Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital and nurses will be able to tell visitors about the development and learning opportunities as well as the benefits we offer at Leicester's hospitals."
The trust is looking for nurses to work in a range of departments, including surgery, theatres, the children's hospital, cancer, medicine, renal, haematology, accident and emergency and on wards where patients have heart and breathing problems.
The open day will be held on Saturday, January 26, from 10am to 2pm in the boardroom of the Victoria Building, at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Clinical Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital.
Those interested can go to either location.