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Successful recruitment event attracts nurses and midwives to Cumbria

Nurses and midwives from across the UK joined another successful recruitment event at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle earlier this month.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH), Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) and University of Cumbria hosted this joint event on Saturday 3 November. Nurses and midwives at all stages of their career attended, including those considering the professions.

Attendees were invited on tours of both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital (WCH), Whitehaven to see facilities first hand. On the WCH tour the group was joined by two members of the Recruitment & Retention group which includes members of the community who are supporting efforts to attract new staff and welcome them into our local communities.

18 interviews took place on the day for vacancies across the Trusts and a further 16 attendees were interested in studying at University of Cumbria. An additional 22 people dropped in and either joined in the activities or spoke to the nursing, midwifery or university staff.

Opportunities across acute, mental health and community services were all showcased on the day through talks, workshops and tours. As well as local attendance, people travelled from Dundee, Leeds, Manchester and Wales to attend the event.

Amanda Dunkley, Head of Attraction, said: “This was another fantastic event with our biggest turn out yet. We’re working hard to promote Cumbria as a great place to work and live and it’s clear by the number of people who came from outside the county that the message is being heard. We met some fantastic candidates and look forward to welcoming them in the near future.”

Those interested in studying nursing or midwifery had a unique opportunity to talk to current staff and visit the kind of services they’ll be training in.

Louise Nelson, Head of Nursing at the University of Cumbria, added: “It was great meeting up with so many of our current student nurses, potential nurses and nurses keen to work at both NCUH and CPFT. The day held a real buzz and sense of positivity. We are all working together to develop a wonderful health workforce for the future.  We look forward to welcoming all the new students to University of Cumbria later in the year.”

Candidate feedback was positive and included:

“Very good, informative, excellent recruitment day, felt very welcome.”

“Great event, everyone welcoming, good content and all my questions were answered.”

Further events will take place in 2019.

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