Whipps Cross Hospital turns to Facebook to hire the country's top nurses - hospital determined to slash reliance on 'expensive' agency nurses

By Suzi Muston in Health

WHIPSS Cross Hospital has turned to Facebook to hire the country’s top nurses.

The move is part of Barts Health NHS Trust’s drive to hire more permanent staff to care, as well as slash its reliance on expensive agency workers.

Staffing at Barts Health is now at 89.3 per cent against a target of 95 per cent, with 100 extra staff recruited at Whipps Cross in the last year.

The Trust also used Facebook to invite nurses from all over the country to an open day on Saturday where they were assessed, interviewed and hired on the spot.

Scores of nurses were hired on the day, although the exact figure is not yet known.

Staff were able to tour the hospital’s facilities and learn about training and development opportunities.

Chris Pinch, lead nurse in older peoples and stroke care, said: “Our recent staff survey results show that more staff recommend Whipps Cross as a place to work, are able to contribute to improvements and believe that they’re provided equal opportunities for career progression or promotion.

“At Whipps Cross we are passionate around the care of our older community. There is a real sense of team working to ensure that our patients have the best possible outcomes and are able to adapt to the ever changing challenges of growing older and chronic illness. Care of the older person is a diverse and exciting speciality, requiring many differing nursing abilities and skills.

“A permanent workforce leads to better quality care for our patients as our staff are more engaged, loyal and familiar with how we do things.”

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