The recruitment challenges faced by the NHS have been well documented and we face similar difficulties to other hospitals in filling some of our medical, nursing and therapy vacancies.
Our dedicated recruitment team have come up with new and innovative ways to attract the right people to Team ASPH, both here and overseas. They’ve undertaken successful recruitment trips to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland and India and organised a range of recruitment events – both at University career fairs and the Trust.
Recruiting the next generation of doctors from India
Last year a small group of staff, comprising Medical Director Dr David Fluck, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Ashwin Unnithan and Workforce Resourcing Manager Elaine Beaumont, visited Kerala in India to encourage junior doctors to come to England and complete their foundation year training (a two year programme to bridge the gap between medical school and general or specialist practice).
The trip proved to be hugely successful; they visited 13 universities and colleges and gave a total of 13 seminars, with around 600 attendees in total.
Dr Unnithan said: “It was a really positive recruitment trip and over 100 doctors expressed an interest in coming to the UK. We currently have three already working with us and another nine starting attachments from February to April, with a plan to offer them a job starting in May. Coming to the UK is one thing but it takes a lot of work, behind the scenes, to help these new doctors feel settled. Thank you to our Postgraduate team for doing such a great job in arranging the placements and supporting our new starters.”