Shropshire emergency nurse numbers set to nearly double

The board at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has given a green light for an increase from 78 full-time nursing staff to 149 by 2020-21.

“This is the correct recognition of the nursing challenges we face”

Edwin Borman

Nursing staff will be based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital.

The news comes after the trust submitted an A&E Department Nursing Workforce Business Case report to its board, which asked for an increase in the number of full-time trained nursing staff, an enhanced volume of nurse leadership and a boost in the volume of senior nurses.

Following the board’s approval, the trust has said staff will feel supported not only to perform well in their current roles, but to gain skills and experiences allowing them to progress through their career and remain working at the trust.

In addition, the recruitment of more senior level nurses will help to shape the working environment and develop a culture that is collaborative and patient focused, the trust added.

Medical director at the trust, Dr Edwin Borman, said: “This is the correct recognition of the nursing challenges we face. It is the right thing to do for our nurses.”

Dr Edward Rysdale, consultant in emergency medicine, said: “Great news from the trust board today approving the investment in our nursing workforce in the emergency department. It’s going to be an exciting few years in emergency medicine.”

This news follows on from the recent announcement that the trust is investing £32m in improving quality across its hospital sites.