A team from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust has traveled to the Philippines in a bid to recruit more nurses for its hospitals.
The initiative is aimed at addressing a shortfall of nursing staff both at home and abroad, according to a report by The Argus.
Oevr the past year, the Trust has successfully hired 100 new members from both the Philippines and Europe. About 75 so far have taken their Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) competency to practice exams, and all of them have passed, compared to a nationwide average where nearly one in five overseas nurses fails to pass the mandatory test.
Locally, nearly 200 British nurses have also been offered posts after attending recent recruitment events run by the trust.
The Trust runs hospitals in Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, and is hoping its recent outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission will help encourage more staff to join.
Across the country, there is a significant shortfall of nurses, estimated to be around 20,000 vacancies and about 2,000 of these are in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
Pressure at work and low wages have reportedly led to many nurses leaving the profession and new recruits are unable to fill the gaps.
It has vacancies for 20 apprentices, with many more to launch in 2017, along with admin clerks, medical secretaries, pharmacists, therapists, eye surgeons and nurses across a range of specialities.
A recruitment day is taking place at Worthing Hospital on Saturday, October 8. For more details, visit westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk.