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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Cumbrian hospitals scour world for new staff

A troubled hospital trust is scouring the globe for top talent in a bid to turn its fortunes around.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer photo
Dr Jeremy Rushmer

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT) has today launched a worldwide recruitment blitz.

The trust, which runs Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, hopes to bolster its ranks with the best consultants, doctors and nurses around. The recruitment drive is dubbed ‘looking for a fresh start’ – with the trust itself also undergoing major changes.

It is due to eventually be taken over by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust after being plunged into special measures.

NCUHT says the new recruits will get the chance to lead the improvements currently being worked on.

The drive is also aimed at showcasing the new £90m West Cumberland Hospital, due for completion in December, as well as promoting north Cumbria as a “fantastic place to live and work”.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Jason Gane, who recently joined the trust from London, said he decided to relocate his family for the quality of life and beautiful scenery. “When this position came up I actually brought my training forward by six months to enable me to take the job – it was exactly what I was looking for with more patient involvement in the role,” he added.

Dr Joanna Cox, a consultant in elderly care, is based at the West Cumberland Hospital with Dr Gane after moving from Newcastle.

She said: “Along with the team, I have huge ambitions for our services here. It may take some time to realise our ambitions but with the support of the local community and our health partners, we will get there.”

One of the key areas for expansion in north Cumbria is nursing, the trust says.

Hannah Godfrey, a latest nursing recruit, has moved to Carlisle from Edinburgh to work in emergency care.

She said: “Everybody has been very welcoming at north Cumbria and I am very excited to be joining the organisation at such an important time.”

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director at the trust, said: “The trust is entering a very exciting phase of development, delivering our safety and quality improvements and working very closely with our official buddy trust Northumbria Healthcare.

“There can be no denying the historical problems we have faced with recruitment but we are genuinely excited about the opportunities which lie ahead, especially with the new West Cumberland Hospital opening and the overall positive direction which the organisation is now taking.

“We are looking for people who share our values to put patients first and who pride themselves on delivering a safe, caring and responsive service for their patients every single day,” he added.

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