NEW recruits from Europe are heading to work in Sussex hospitals, after an overseas recruitment drive.
So far 64 nurses have accepted offers to work for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – most of them from Spain – and are due to start work in the next few weeks.
They have been given permanent jobs working on inpatient wards at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and at Worthing hospitals run by the trust.
Last year it decided to spend £500,000 to increase staffing levels at night, and improve staff-to-patient ratios.
Sandie Ellard, deputy director of nursing, said: ‘We’re delighted so many new colleagues will be joining us, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them.
‘Over the past five years we have invested heavily, and significantly increased the number of nurses and healthcare assistants on our wards.
‘Our staffing numbers compare well with other hospitals, but we can still do more – our new colleagues will mean that we will have more permanent staff.’