New community NHS staff recruited for North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent

living-independentlyStaffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust has recruited new community staff to work in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent following significant investment.
Sixty nine nurses have been recruited with 29 taking up post in Stoke-on-Trent and 37 across Newcastle and the Moorlands, following a planned recruitment programme during the last 12 months.

North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust are working collaboratively and the additional community nurses will improve the delivery of the service and care for our local population.
Siobhan Heafield, Director of Nursing and Quality for the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust said:

“We are pleased this significant investment is now having an impact on the service our community nurses provides to the people of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”
She added:

“A range of nursing staff have been recruited with roles depending on the specific skills as well as additional appointments to the community nursing Out of Hours team which works across Northern Staffordshire. These nurses will to ensure that the service continues to respond to the needs of patients and carers at night and early hours of the morning.”

Dr David Hughes, Clinical Accountable Officer for North Staffordshire, from Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“We have invested in community nursing to ensure the service remains of the highest quality and responsive to the needs of patients and carers while providing the best experience of health care. We will continue to work with Partnership colleagues to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. For me it is not just about securing a workforce it is also ensuring that that workforce works in an integrated and co-ordinated fashion with the wider community services and the GP practices. We, after all, share responsibility for patients and by working together we will get better outcomes for patients avoid duplication and we professionally will benefit from the support that multidisciplinary work provides.”

And Dr Andrew Bartlam, Clinical Accountable Officer for Stoke-on-Trent CCG added:

“District nurses perform a vital function allowing patients to continue to live in their own homes. We are delighted that this recruitment campaign has been so successful and is contributed to the wellbeing of many city patients.”

Sonia Stratford, of Congleton, made the move from intensive care staff nurse to district nurse at Biddulph Health Centre.

“I always wanted to be a community staff nurse, ever since qualifying. I absolutely loved my community placement and the rapport you can develop with patients but I wanted to build up a few years’ experience in a hospital environment before taking the step into community nursing. I knew it was going to be a fabulous job before I started and it really is. I see a variety of patients from as young as 18 years old to those in their 90s – all with a range of different needs such as dressings on leg ulcers, help to administer medication or to provide end of life care. It is so rewarding, and after coming from an intensive care unit, I love the chance I get to build a relationship with my patients and their families on every visit I make.”