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SPANISH NURSES HUNTED BY THE NHS

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The reason for the Spanish recruitment campaign is said to be due to a struggle to fill nursing positions locally

Spanish nurses are being hunted down in the workplace, as a zealous recruitment drive in the UK as seeing them targeted with offers for work in the UK NHS.

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that a trip by three members of the hospital to Madrid last month has resulted in five new nurses being recruited for the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The reason for the Spanish recruitment campaign is said to be due to a struggle to fill nursing positions locally, and so a Human Resources Manager, accompanied by two nurse recruiters, jetted off to Spain, where they interviewed just 8 candidates, offering 5 of them a new job in the New Year.

With the offer of a relocation package that includes on-site accommodation, rotational experience around the hospital and in community and a training programme, as well as an attractive salary, it seems like the loss to the Spanish healthcare system is nothing but a gain to the NHS.

Earlier this year, the CHFT admitted that it needed around 70 full time nurses to meet the minimum staffing requirement at their hospitals, with staffing level figures revealing shortages in more than half the wards at the hospitals, with countless shifts in October seeing too few nurses available to cover the shifts determined by NHS guidelines.

The Trust has said that they hope to try to recruit more nurses locally, and have not ruled out another head-hunting trip to Spain soon.

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