The Royal Bolton Hospital is widening its search for nurses by taking its recruitment campaign to the Philippines.
There is a nationally recognised shortage of experienced nurses in the UK so although the hospital will continue to recruit nearer to home it is hoped to bring several experienced Filipino nurses to Bolton.
The Trust has been actively recruiting for experienced nurses in the UK market and has used a number of different approaches such as open days and social media campaigns. It has also been working closely with universities to ensure that we can offer jobs to newly qualified nurses, this includes a pioneering non-commissioned nurse training programme in partnership with the University of Bolton.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has a good track record of attracting and retaining nurses from the Philippines. In 2002 a cohort of over 40 arrived, and the majority of those recruits still work here and live in Bolton.
Trish Armstrong-Child, Director of Nursing, said many hospitals were going overseas to recruit due to the national shortages.
She said: “There will still be jobs here for “home grown” recruits, but we need more experienced nurses than are available. We and our staff value our existing Filipino nurses highly. They are very patient focussed, fit in well with the teams, and we enjoy having them here. We’re looking forward to welcoming more to Bolton.”
Two of the nurses who came from the Philippines in 2002 will be part of the team going to Manila later this month to assess and interview candidates. Harri Jadraque is part of our nursing team in Accident and Emergency and Noralyn Saulog is a nurse on our surgical ward.
Elmer Jimenez is a staff nurse in our theatres department, and joined the trust in 2010. He said: “Bolton is a great place to work. When I first started people here were incredibly supportive, and helped me to adapt culturally. I’ve been very grateful to everyone from my senior managers to my mentors in the department for their guidance. It’s an absolute pleasure working here.”
Elmer’s comments were echoed by his fellow staff nurses in theatres.
Gladys Ramos said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the new starters, and supporting them as we have been supported.”
Applicants will go through a rigorous selection process, which will include maths and written and verbal English tests as well as assessment of their nursing knowledge and interviews. It will take four days for all the candidates to be assessed and interviewed.
However it is expected that due to UK immigration and nursing registration regulations, those that are successful will start work in Bolton in around eight to 12 months.