Bassetlaw: Hospital begins nursing recruitment drive

w70117-5b'Bassetlaw Hospital, Carlton Road, Worksop.
w70117-5b'Bassetlaw Hospital, Carlton Road, Worksop.

AFTER £7 million was poured into extra bed capacity and additional nursing staff, a recruitment drive has been launched at Bassetlaw Hospital.

By creating new nursing posts and increasing the number of beds, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals trust is bucking the trend across the region.

The drive comes just weeks after the trust’s annual report revealed cases of superbug C difficile were 33 per cent up on last year.

It had also missed targets on hospital waiting times, falls, and patients developing pressure ulcers.

Trust chief executive Mike Pinkerton said the public would see improvements in the year ahead, guided by the much publicised Francis Report into failings at Mid Staffordshire hospitals.

Now the trust has announced it is looking for ‘a number of talented and compassionate nurses’ to take on a ‘wide range of new and existing posts’.

Recruitment began earlier this summer, but the hospital trust has just announced another ‘wave of permanent posts’ are to be recruited at Worksop’s Blyth Road hospital to ‘ensure that patients receive the very best care’.

A spokesman for the trust said the roles covered a wide range of areas, including the inpatient medical wards. And that there were opportunities for healthcare assistants, newly-qualified and experienced staff nurses, sisters and charge nurses, and a band seven ward manager.

“There are also posts available for nurses working across the A&E departments at Bassetlaw Hospital and Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and a couple of posts in the intensive care unit.”

Tracy Campbell, a matron for general and acute medicine at Bassetlaw Hospital, said that the hospital trust was “particularly looking for people who enjoy working as part of a team”, who “went into nursing because they care about patients, and who have a passion for learning and continually improving services.”

She added: “Bassetlaw Hospital is a fantastic place to work.”

“We are really proud to serve the local community and want every patient to leave hospital feeling they have received excellent care from warm, friendly, expert staff who treated them with respect and dignity.”

“We’re investing in additional bed capacity and appointing permanent staff where previously we might have used temporary nurses.”

“That, combined with natural turnover as people retire or move to other parts of the country, means we now have a number of opportunities for talented nurses to join a great team in a hospital with a great ethos of caring and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.”

Hayley Farmer, meanwhile, moved from Doncaster Royal Infirmary earlier this year to work as a Sister in the assessment and treatment centre at Bassetlaw Hospital.

She said: “Bassetlaw is smaller than some of the other surrounding hospitals, but it has a vast and diverse patient population, enabling me to improve my clinical development on a daily basis within a friendly, caring culture.”

“From my first day I could see there was a culture throughout the hospital where everyone is treated and respected as an individual.”

“Patients and visitors are cared for in a friendly, personal way and every member of the team is valued.”

“The people I work with are all totally engaged in providing excellent care and always looking for innovations that will further improve that care.”

“The leadership and management are also excellent, leading by example and providing support to staff, both clinically and with education, training and professional development.”

Full details of the posts and how to apply can be found on the NHS website.

By creating new nursing posts and increasing the number of beds at the hospital, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals trust is bucking the trend across the region.