A new Gastrointestinal (GI) Academy has been launched at St Thomas’ Hospital to help nurses expand their knowledge of digestive health and treatment.
The latest stage of a recruitment drive by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) is to attend the annual scientific conference of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The conference is taking place in Bournemouth, and the aim of the visit is to boost recruitment of A&E doctors. A team will be representing the trust to encourage doctors in the south to apply for vacancies at the trust. Consultants and doctors from all over the country will be attending the conference to find out about advances in emergency medicine and opportunities to further their careers.
At the present time, there is a shortage of doctors with the right skills and experience to work in A&E departments, and many trusts are experiencing the same recruitment problems. ULHT is not currently able to run all three A&E departments around the clock, and as a result, opening hours at Grantham A&E have been shortened, raising concerns from the public about the future of the department and also the future of the hospital.
The team will be attending a number of other events with the aim of boosting recruitment. They intend to promote Lincolnshire as a great place to live and work, and the team will be working with other local promoters, including Visit Lincoln. The trust is also working on an international recruitment programme and also has a scheme in place that will allow doctors to work part-time to allow for part-time study for a master’s degree or PhD at the same time.