A nursing recruitment drive is being launched at The James Cook University Hospital in support of extra beds being opened to meet patient demand.
In the last six months the trust has been exceptionally busy – particularly during the winter period – and the numbers of patients coming into hospital as emergencies continues to grow year-on-year.
In a move to help alleviate the situation – and as part of our planning for this winter – plans are in place to open up 28 additional beds in a new acute medical ward.
Extra beds are also planned in other medical, surgical and trauma specialties which means the trust is looking to recruit over 100 new staff including consultants and nurses.
As part of its campaign, two nurse open days are being held in the next fortnight, with the first being held on Thursday (30 May) on the orthopaedic ward (ward 36) between 7.30am and 7.30pm.
The following week – Tuesday 4 June – nursing staff from acute medicine and surgery will be available in the main atrium from 9am to 1pm to talk about job opportunities in their areas.
Chief executive Tricia Hart said: “A priority issue we have to address is how we deal with the mismatch of capacity and patient demand, particularly on the James Cook site.
“We don’t want our patients having to be moved into other wards because of the pressure on beds or having to cancel operations at the last minute. Our staff are great and have coped incredibly well but we need to put some investment in this now.
“The trust is still in a challenging financial climate so it may seem like we are going against the trend but by taking action, we hope this will alleviate some of that pressure. Part of our emerging winter plans will also address issues at the Friarage and our community services.”
The trust is particularly keen to attract experienced staff nurses to the open days. Sylvia Wilson, ward manager on ward 36 which is holding the first open day, said: “Nursing can be demanding but I’ve been a nurse for 40 years and love my job here – I’ve no intention of retiring!
“This is a busy ward so we’re looking for nurses who can work under pressure and like a challenge but the rewards and job satisfaction is great.”
Anyone who is unable to attend the open days but would like further information about the nursing vacancies should contact:
- Sylvia Wilson, orthopaedics 01642 854536
- Iona Gibbon, ward 10, acute medicine 01642 854512
- Claire Evenden, surgery 01642 854320
For other job opportunities available in the trust please go to jobs.nhs.uk and search for current vacancies at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.