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Right Arrow NHS trust recruits 110 staff to boost patient care
23 September 2013 at 16:54

A NHS trust is recruiting more than 100 staff following the announcement of £4m of extra government funding.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will use the additional staff to focus on:

• Maintaining the quality of care, safety and dignity of patients in hospital over the busy winter period
• Care that supports people to stay in their own homes

Recruitment of the 110 mostly permanent staff began on Monday (23 September) and includes positions for nurses, medical staff, radiologists, sonographers, pharmacists and therapists.

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive, said: “We saw an unprecedented rise in people needing urgent care last winter, particularly older people attending Southport hospital.

“The successful funding bid, which was announced earlier this month to support the health care of people in north Sefton and West Lancashire, was backed by our colleagues in the local NHS and local government. I believe it recognises the benefits of working together and the strength of our plans.”

Director of Nursing Liz Yates said the additional staff would also embed a longer-term programme, Care Closer to Home, focusing on better care for people at greatest risk of needing urgent hospital treatment.

“In practice this means acting promptly to treat patients with long-term conditions, such as respiratory illnesses, at home who are otherwise at risk of being admitted to hospital.

“At the same time we will monitor patients who have been discharged from hospital, acting where necessary to ensure they stay fit and so reducing the risk of them being readmitted.”

All the posts are advertised on the NHS Jobs website. Applications close next week.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494


Notes for editors

1. The Trust saw a 35% rise in ambulance attendances at Southport hospital in December and a 20% increase in March. During the fortnight of Christmas and New Year alone, 248 more patients than expected were brought by ambulance of which more than a third needed a bed. These patients were increasingly older, sicker and frailer with 40% aged between 80 and 89 years-old. Frailer patients need more care when they are in hospital and often need extra help putting in place before they can go home safely. This, in turn, reduces the number of beds available to new patients.

2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.