£3m recruitment drive to sign up 80 new nurses

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Hospital bosses have announced a big recruitment drive in a bid to sign up 80 new nurses to help care for ‘complex’ patient needs.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust will invest £3m to recruit the new nurses in 2013/14.

A spokesman said it was too early to say how many of the new staff will be posted to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

The interim director of nursing Eiri Jones has led a major trust-wide review into nurse staffing levels and the extra positions are said to be help the ‘growing complexity’ of patient’s needs – with more people being admitted with more than one serious condition – which is increasing demand on wards.

The new nurses will be used to boost staff numbers at night as well as to free up ward sisters and increase numbers on wards with highest clinical demand.

Mr Jones said: “This is a very important commitment to the safety and quality of care we deliver to our patients and is our top priority.

“The additional posts will enable us to build on the excellent improvements in care we have already made, at a time when the acuity and dependency of very sick patients is increasing. We believe that by supporting staff we will be able to meet the needs of our patients.”

Hospital chiefs say they will make the investment despite needing to save more than £20m in 2013/14 to balance the budget.

They also revealed that they want to invest in more new nurses in 2014/15.

Bosses hope the recruitment drive improves staff satisfaction and reduces sickness absence.