NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have just recruited a record breaking 458 newly qualified nurse graduates from Scottish and English universities.
The vast majority of the newly qualified graduates are joining the Board from West of Scotland based universities with the remainder coming from other Scottish universities and England.
Commenting on this hugely successful recruitment drive Nurse Director Dr Margaret McGuire said it was “incredibly encouraging that NHSGGC continues to be seen by graduates as a desirable employer where they can grow their careers”.
The 458 new recruits will join the board’s existing 12,300 qualified nurses to deliver patient centred care to more than a million people both in hospitals and in the community.
More than 80 of the new recruits will specialise in mental health services.
Dr McGuire added: ““As a Board, it is always a great privilege for us to be able to support the development of newly qualified nurses. We are perfectly placed to give them a wide range of opportunities to put their talents to use in delivering high standards of care for our patients and communities.
“I firmly believe that by recruiting such a high number of graduate nurses and continuing their learning and development we are building on an already highly skilled workforce and ultimately ensuring high quality care for our patients.”
With an ageing workforce it is essential to be able to drive up levels of recruitment – especially of newly qualified graduates. Our senior nursing team praised the board’s Human Resources team for delivering a dynamic and engaging recruitment programme that attracted so many to choose Glasgow and Clyde as the place to develop their skills and deliver their professional and compassionate care. HR teams met with graduates at the stage prior to exams when they were starting to plan a nursing career after University. This meant that the worry of where to go next was taken out of the equation allowing focusing on finishing courses. The NHSGGC recruitment team met with students on campus and outlined the strengths of NHSGGC as an employer and as a positive environment to start their nursing career.
We have seen an increase of over 150 new graduates signing up from last year.
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