Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust recruits Portugese nurses after national shortage

The new Portugese nurses recruited by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

The new Portugese nurses recruited by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

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Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust recently welcomed 10 nurses from Portugal following a national struggle to staff wards.

The trust, which runs Woolwich’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Lewisham Hospital, has recruited 44 nurses from Portugal, Spain and Italy where it says there is a surplus of “good nurses”.

It comes after the Nursing Times recently reported at least a third of hospital trusts in England have had to venture overseas to fill a shortage in the NHS.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust deputy nurse director Claire O’Brien said: “All trusts in the country are finding it hard to recruit nurses at the moment so recently a team visited Portugal, Italy and Spain, where due to the economic situation there is a surplus of good nursing staff."

She went on to say the nurses all had telephone interviews plus English and Maths tests before a formal interview process.

New staff nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sara Pereira, said: “I am very excited about working here.

“I have heard it is a lovely area to live and very multicultural which I wanted when looking for a nursing job.

"One of the trust values which really stood out and was very important to me, was the trust puts patients first and straight away I knew this was the place for me to work.”

The trust says it is helping newly qualified nurses and midwives from the University of Greenwich and King’s College London to find employment at the two hospitals.

It is also helping former nurses back into the profession with a Return to Practice programme. To find out more contact nursing education and development lead Diane Cameron on 020 8836 5818 or email diane.cameron1@nhs.net

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4:53am Wed 30 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe" nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more.
Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it
Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe" nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more. Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it sarfflondonbird
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10:48am Wed 30 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Muito obrigado and bem vindo to you all.
Muito obrigado and bem vindo to you all. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 1

9:58am Thu 1 May 14

biscuit dunker says...

no wonder everyones boycotting the big main 3 political parties for other political parties, no diss to these people but shouldnt we train up british people to do these jobs rather than strip other countries staff?
no wonder everyones boycotting the big main 3 political parties for other political parties, no diss to these people but shouldnt we train up british people to do these jobs rather than strip other countries staff? biscuit dunker
  • Score: 14

4:45pm Thu 1 May 14

the wall says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe
" nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more.
Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it
How long does it take to train a nurse? They are needed now.


You say some very stupid things.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe " nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more. Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it[/p][/quote]How long does it take to train a nurse? They are needed now. You say some very stupid things. the wall
  • Score: -1

3:43pm Fri 2 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

the wall wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe

" nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more.
Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it
How long does it take to train a nurse? They are needed now.


You say some very stupid things.
Would you care to repeat that comment to biscuit dunker who has said the exact same thing as me? No. Thought not.
You really are a clod most of the time aren't you?
If the government were aware of shortage of nurses in this country, they only have themselves to blame, for all the cut backs/shut downs/cheap imported labour/unprofessiona
l staff from abroad and long unsociable hours that has attributed to the British worker not wanting to join this profession. Unless you are at the top table with a beneficial salary and obscene bonus pay outs awarded to yourself, then why commit to become a low paid dogs body to overstretched hospital numbers and free loading health tourist from abroad?
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe " nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more. Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it[/p][/quote]How long does it take to train a nurse? They are needed now. You say some very stupid things.[/p][/quote]Would you care to repeat that comment to biscuit dunker who has said the exact same thing as me? No. Thought not. You really are a clod most of the time aren't you? If the government were aware of shortage of nurses in this country, they only have themselves to blame, for all the cut backs/shut downs/cheap imported labour/unprofessiona l staff from abroad and long unsociable hours that has attributed to the British worker not wanting to join this profession. Unless you are at the top table with a beneficial salary and obscene bonus pay outs awarded to yourself, then why commit to become a low paid dogs body to overstretched hospital numbers and free loading health tourist from abroad? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Fri 2 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
the wall wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe


" nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more.
Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it
How long does it take to train a nurse? They are needed now.


You say some very stupid things.
Would you care to repeat that comment to biscuit dunker who has said the exact same thing as me? No. Thought not.
You really are a clod most of the time aren't you?
If the government were aware of shortage of nurses in this country, they only have themselves to blame, for all the cut backs/shut downs/cheap imported labour/unprofessiona

l staff from abroad and long unsociable hours that has attributed to the British worker not wanting to join this profession. Unless you are at the top table with a beneficial salary and obscene bonus pay outs awarded to yourself, then why commit to become a low paid dogs body to overstretched hospital numbers and free loading health tourist from abroad?
I am sure there are plenty of British people who would like to go into this profession, but where is the incentive? and why when the government are hell bent on bringing in foreign workers instead.
Instead of cut back to the departments and services itself they should cut back on all the pen pushing, fat cats at the top, and offer a decent liveable wage to our own people to train and work so that they can sustain a decent standard of living in this country
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Do they really know what they have let themselves in for? apart from free accommodation, benefits no doubt when it all goes t**ts up, and the chance to live in this wonderful multi cultural country? Is a shame all the money spent on the recruitment drive couldn't have been spent on training some British"wannabe " nurse s for the job instead. Would massage the govts unemployment figures even more. Anyway good luck to them, they're going to need it[/p][/quote]How long does it take to train a nurse? They are needed now. You say some very stupid things.[/p][/quote]Would you care to repeat that comment to biscuit dunker who has said the exact same thing as me? No. Thought not. You really are a clod most of the time aren't you? If the government were aware of shortage of nurses in this country, they only have themselves to blame, for all the cut backs/shut downs/cheap imported labour/unprofessiona l staff from abroad and long unsociable hours that has attributed to the British worker not wanting to join this profession. Unless you are at the top table with a beneficial salary and obscene bonus pay outs awarded to yourself, then why commit to become a low paid dogs body to overstretched hospital numbers and free loading health tourist from abroad?[/p][/quote]I am sure there are plenty of British people who would like to go into this profession, but where is the incentive? and why when the government are hell bent on bringing in foreign workers instead. Instead of cut back to the departments and services itself they should cut back on all the pen pushing, fat cats at the top, and offer a decent liveable wage to our own people to train and work so that they can sustain a decent standard of living in this country sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 0

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