Date of release: Thursday 12th November, 2015
A six-strong team from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust travels to the Philippines next week (Friday November 20) to recruit 200 much-needed nurses to work across its three sites.
The aim is to provide more nurses across all specialities. The Trust has to look overseas because too few nurses are graduating nationally from training and education in the UK.
Costs of the two week trip are covered by a private recruitment agency and the Trust only pays a fee for each nurse it recruits.
Nurses recruited during the visit are expected to start work at the Trust in April or May 2016 at New Cross Hospital and West Park Hospital in Wolverhampton and Cannock Chase Hospital.
RWT, which has not recruited in the Philippines for over 10 years, is taking advantage of a temporary lifting of immigration restrictions which prevented some overseas nursing recruitment.
In recent years the Trust has had a successful track record of finding nurses from Europe, bringing 97 staff from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2014/15.
All overseas nurses who come to work at the Trust are given intensive induction and support to enable them to integrate with teams and provide a top class service to patients and their families.
RWT Head of Workforce Daniela Locke said: "The challenge to fill vacancies because of predicted turnover of nursing staff across our three sites is one faced by every Trust in the UK.
"Here at RWT we have a successful track record in recruiting and integrating overseas nurses to help us provide the highest levels of care.
"We cannot recruit the nurses we need in the UK as there are simply not enough of them coming out of education and we have a job for every nurse graduating and returning to work."
RWT's success in recruiting overseas nurses was recognised when it was chosen by Health Education West Midlands to be the lead host for the Regional Overseas Recruitment Hub to specialise in finding nurses and bringing them to the UK. The recruitment hub is being led by Joanne Broome who is an experienced Resourcing Manager.
Led by Resourcing Manager Joanne Broom, who is joined on next week's trip to the Philippines by five nurses, the Trust has recruited 77 nurses in the last few months with trips to Europe.
Joanne said: "RWT agreed to host the hub because of our successful track record in recruiting much-needed nursing staff. The project has been a big success and has benefitted other Trusts as well as RWT."
Maria Tan came from the Philippines to work at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton in 2003.
She started as a supervised nurse and is now a Senior Sister.
Maria said: "I was one of the nurses who came over in February 2003. I had a dream that I could make a better life for me and my family. It was daunting but it was exciting. Coming here was the best decision I ever made.
"When I arrived it was snowing and it was so cold but what I remember most is the warmth with which me and my colleagues were received by patients, staff at the hospital and the people of Wolverhampton.
"RWT offered me the opportunity to progress and I am now a Senior Sister. All through my time here I have been supported by colleagues at the Trust and by patients who have always appreciated that I have travelled so far to provide high quality safe care.
"I am going over with the recruitment team and I can offer my experiences to any of the nurses who are looking to come over here. Wolverhampton may not have the bright lights of London or the beaches of the South but the city and its people and RWT and its staff and patients are one big community, one big family."
For further information please contact Richard Radcliffe, tel. 01902 307999.