A group of 13 Filipino nurses have arrived to take up staff nurse positions at Eastbourne DGH and Conquest Hastings.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the two hospitals, will welcome them into the organisation over the course of a week-long induction.
They will then start working on the wards and will initially be unregistered nurses, whilst they undertake training to pass the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) exam for their full NMC registration, which they should achieve in May.
Alice Webster, Director of Nursing said, “We are really delighted to have the first of the Philippine nurse cohort arrive with us, and we hope that they will quickly settle in and enjoy the experience of working in the Trust. They represent part of our commitment to increase the number of registered nurses in the Trust, and you will very soon see them on the wards and in departments delivering care to our patients.”
Another 22 nurses will arrive by June 2016 and the Trust is returning to the Philippines for another recruitment drive in May. As well as nurses recruited from the Philippines, another 9 have been recruited from Europe and started work last month, with a further 11 arriving during April and May. An additional 23 jobs have been offered to qualified nurses from Croatia, who are expected to begin work in May.