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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to invest £5m in frontline nursing staff

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Today, Wednesday 19th February 2014, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has announced a £5million investment programme aimed at creating an additional 150 nursing posts across the Trust. Part of the investment will enable senior staff to spend more time supporting and developing nursing practice.

Chief Nurse, Professor Lynne Swiatczak explained: “We want to deliver the best possible care for all our patients. This additional investment in our nursing workforce will mean that we have above the recommended number. I know that having more nurses on the ward will ease the pressure on our hardworking staff so that they can spend more time delivering the compassionate aspects of care.”

The £5m investment package will fund these additional posts on an ongoing basis ensuring that the Trust relies less heavily on agency staff and more staff can be recruited on a permanent basis.

Lynne added: “We are committed to attracting and retaining the best nursing talent and are actively recruiting to fill these new nursing posts. Before Christmas, we recruited 70 nurses and a further 97 nurses will be starting employment with the Trust by April.”

The Trust is holding a number of recruitment days over the coming months to attract nursing talent to Buckinghamshire. The Trust is also working closely with local Universities. Open days for nurses interested in joining the Trust are taking place Stoke Mandeville hospital and Wycombe hospital on the following dates:

Saturday 22 February Staff nurse open day, post graduate centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital 10am – 3pm

Monday 24 February Treatment centre open day, Chilterns Medical Education Centre, Wycombe Hospital 10am – 3pm

Saturday 1 March Medical wards open day, post graduate centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital 10am – 3pm

Thursday 13 March Theatres open day, Wycombe Hospital 10am – 3pm

Further information can be found on the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust website.

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