Jobs boost at hospital which serves Isle of Axholme

Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Scunthorpe General Hospital.

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New nurses and healthcare assistants are to be recruited at the hospital which serves residents in the Isle of Axholme.

A total of 13.76 whole time equivalent staff nurses and 14.18 healthcare assistants will be recruited across hospitals run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including Scunthorpe General Hospital.

The recruitment drive is being supported by a £450, 000 investment programme by the trust following a comprehensive review of all hospital wards.

Chief nurse Dr Karen Dunderdale said: “The review clearly demonstrated that the acuity, dependency and complexity of patients being nursed on our wards has changed. People being admitted to hospital are more acutely ill and this requires more intensive nursing support.

“We have started the recruitment process and are already putting people into posts. I want to ensure we have the right staff in place to provide the best quality care possible for our patients.”

A ‘triangulation’ approach was adopted for the review. This included input from each ward manager, heads of nursing and the matrons who together reviewed the nurse numbers, skill mix, acuity and dependency of patients along with what patients told us about their care.

Health chiefs say the extra nursing staff will enable ward managers to provide enhanced support and leadership to their teams ensuring they supervise clinical care, oversee and maintain nursing care standards, teach clinical practice and procedures.

They will also be able to better oversee the ward environment and assume high visibility as the nurse leader of the ward.

Dr Dunderdale added: “Care quality and a good patient experience is at the heart of this investment as ward managers are vital in managing their ward teams and ward environment.”