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Overseas recruitment trip success as more than 30 doctors are offered posts in county hospitals

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3 August 2017

A recent trip to India to recruit new doctors to work in Worcestershire’s hospitals has been hailed a success, with more than 30 doctors offered posts.

The week-long trip to New Delhi and Bangalore, which took place in July, was a key part of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s medical recruitment strategy focussed on filling consultant and middle-grade vacancies at the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals.

Recruitment to both medical and nursing vacancies is one of the Trust’s top priorities as it is critical to improving both the quality and safety of patient care, as well as driving down spend on locum and agency staff.

Di Pugh, Deputy Director of Human Resources at the Trust, travelled to India as part of a team including medical and surgical Consultant colleagues and recruitment specialists from HCL Clarity to carry out the interviews. She said:

“We carried out 53 interviews and are absolutely delighted that we have been able to make 34 offers across a range of medical and surgical specialties – including respiratory, neurology, trauma and orthopaedics and general surgery. The calibre of the candidates we interviewed was exceptional and we are now preparing for the new recruits – both consultants and clinical fellows – to join us.”

Dr Sally Millett, Consultant Anaesthetist, said: “The trip to India was a first for the Trust. We had three full days of interviewing doctors from all over India including some Skype interviews with those from even further afield. It is a real win-win – it provides our organisation with much needed doctors to fill vacancies whilst enabling those doctors to come and develop their skills and experience within the NHS.”

Dr David Jenkins, Consultant Physician at the Trust, added: “We met many highly-motivated and able doctors who had clearly achieved great things for their patients.”

The new doctors will participate in a full induction programme at the Trust when they arrive, which includes access to a mentor and ‘buddy’ who will work to ensure they settle in as quickly as possible.

A combination of factors – including national shortages of medical staff in certain specialties as well as a prolonged period of uncertainty at the Trust – has impacted on the Trust’s ability to recruit doctors and nurses.

A range of recruitment strategies are underway. These include the strengthening of relationships with local universities to maximise outcomes through undergraduate placement programmes and improving training opportunities. The Trust is already seeing the benefits of these, with medical vacancies reducing from 153 to 110 since May. The addition of an extra 34 doctors will reduce this even further.

The Trust has also recently launched a series of recruitment films which have been watched by more than 26,000 people, and a ‘Work for us Wednesday’ social media campaign which is reaching up to 40,000 people every week. A number of recruitment events are also being held both locally and regionally to promote the Trust and the county as a great place to live and work.

All current opportunities available across our three hospitals are available at www.jobs.nhs.uk by searching for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.