216 Filipino Nurses Hired for Lincolnshire Hospitals

A total of 216 Filipino nurses have been recruited by the group which runs hospitals in England’s Lincolnshire county.

A major recruitment drive has been conducted to hire nurses from the Philippines, Poland and Romania, according to Lincolnshire Echo.

Hospital bosses traveled to the Philippines at the start of the year where the standard of nurses was said to have been very high.

Michelle Rhodes, director of nursing for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, said: “As with most NHS trusts in the UK, we are experiencing a shortage of registered nurses.

“We are considering a number of different ways of providing safe staffing to ensure that patients receive good quality care. International recruitment is one way of increasing the number of registered nurses in the trust.

“The standard of registered nurses our recruitment teams found in the Philippines was extremely high and I am delighted to say that after two visits there we have offered 216 nurses from the Philippines posts across all specialties at Grantham, Pilgrim and Lincoln.

“There is a significant process that the nurses have to go through before they can register to practice in the UK so this takes some time.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the new international nurses to the Trust, the first of whom will be starting with us in September.”