Spanish nurses helping staff at West hospital
Nurses from Spain are helping a West Country hospital beat the national shortage of nursing staff.
Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare is welcoming a team of around 40 staff recruited directly from Spain. They are part of a regional and national recruitment drive by Weston Area Health NHS Trust to increase its numbers of nurses. Chosen for their nursing, clinical and communication skills the nurses come from both medical and surgical backgrounds.
Director of Nursing for Weston Area Health NHS Trust, Chris Perry said: "We already have a very dedicated and highly skilled nursing team at Weston and the nurses from Spain add real value to our patient care. Recruiting nurses from Weston and the South West is still our priority, but because there's a national shortage of nurses, we decided to search internationally.
"The nurses from Spain have all embraced this opportunity. They've settled in incredibly quickly, are delivering professional and compassionate care and are fast becoming popular members of the nursing team. Some have already brought partners and pets to settle with them in Weston."
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Madrid was the venue for the recruitment drive that took place in June and attracted more than 100 applicants from different cities and regions including Seville and Malaga. A human resources manager, two ward managers and a matron, all from Weston Area Health NHS Trust, made up the recruitment team.
Matron Louise Carman, of Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said: "Alongside excellent clinical and communication skills we were looking for nurses who had passion and enthusiasm for their work and empathy for patients."
"We set a very strict criteria and a demanding interview programme for candidates.
"They were set an English and Maths test, a drugs chart and personal interaction test and were each then interviewed."