Hospital to take on new nurses

FILE PIC - NHS story'2/3/07    A Nurse checks her fob watch  at  Leeds General Infirmary .
FILE PIC - NHS story'2/3/07 A Nurse checks her fob watch at Leeds General Infirmary .

HEALTH chiefs in North Tyneside have launched a recruitment drive for new nurses and healthcare assistants.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is planning a £700,000 investment in nursing care to improve its care for elderly patients in the borough and across Northumberland.

More than 30 registered nurses and another 30 healthcare assistants are being recruited to work in the trust’s community hospitals and on the elderly care wards at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The investment means every elderly care ward at the North Shields hospital, as well as those at the trust’s other hospitals, will have extra nursing staff on duty every day to help at meal times and to deliver more one-to-one care.

The new nursing roles include one for an extra ward sister and several district nursing staff to work on surgical and medical wards, as well as those caring for the elderly.

The trust is also looking to take on a senior community-based matron in North Tyneside.

Debbie Reape, deputy director of nursing at the trust, said: “Delivering high-quality elderly care is an absolute priority for us.

“We’re delighted to be able to make this investment to create more nursing jobs and to help the regional economy during such difficult financial times for everybody.

“Our staff are among the best in the country, and we’re now looking for more experienced nurses to join us and help provide first-class healthcare for each and every one of our elderly patients.”

Potential applicants wanting more details should visit or

The closing date for all applications is tomorrow.