Hospitals serving South Holland residents say they are confident about recruitment techniques despite ICB concerns there is no silver bullet

Our hospitals have set out their vision for boosting staff recruitment and retention amid fears there is ‘no quick fix’ to our problems.

The three NHS trusts serving residents of South Holland have expressed confidence in their ability to attract promising healthcare workers.

National Workforce Reporting Service data from April this year showed there were 48% more ‘doctors in training’ in Lincolnshire in March 2022 than in March 2019 – but there are still concerns over to the attractiveness of the area as an option compared to larger city hospitals.

Peterborough City Hospital

A Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) spokesperson said there was “no quick fix to the attraction and recruitment challenge we face”.

They added: “Long-term sustainable solutions must be put in place to ensure that local health and care partners have effective staff.

“This means ensuring that careers in Lincolnshire’s health and care system are attractive and fulfilling, and that staff are properly supported, funded, paid and valued.”

Boston Pilgrims Hospital
Boston Pilgrims Hospital

However, Simon Behan – head of recruitment at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Boston Pilgrim Hospital – expressed no concerns about recruitment.

He said: “We no longer see Lincolnshire as such a difficult place to recruit. It is a great place to raise families and we are currently recruiting many doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from overseas.

“It’s about highlighting Lincolnshire’s attractiveness in the right way and using programs such as Be Lincolnshire and international recruitment, including the refugee doctor scheme.”

Louise Tibbert, director of human resources at the North West Anglia Trust – which runs Peterborough City Hospital – says its vacancy rate is currently below 10% – which she described as ‘favorable compared to others trusts”.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

She believes that incentives for staff members are an important factor for health services to consider.

She added: “As a trust, we offer specialist services, state-of-the-art facilities, strong research links and opportunities for you to develop your skills and experience. Add to that our proactive commitment to equality and diversity and a range of flexible work options – including part-time, job-sharing and compressed hours – and it’s easy to see why so many inspiring people choose to be here.

Jo Humphries, people manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, said the facility is ideally placed to “provide a different working life experience with the highly desirable countryside and seaside on our doorstep”.

Incentives at the hospital also include free parking for staff, a staff wellness service, evening hot meals for staff and half-price gym memberships.

“In addition, we are making many fantastic and exciting developments to modernize our estate, such as our new state-of-the-art endoscopy unit due to open this fall. This development – along with the prospect of securing a much-needed new hospital for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk – will inevitably attract new people and really improve the experience for all staff, which will no doubt encourage them to stay here long after they have left.

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