Free holiday offer launched to attract nurses

A Scarborough nursing home is offering free holidays in a bid to attract new nurses.

St Cecilia’s Nursing Home in Scarborough is offering nurse recruits a free holiday before they start work as it seeks to offset a national recruitment crisis.

Managing director Mike Padgham said: “Recruiting good nursing staff is extremely tough at the moment – the hardest it has been in living memory – and you have to go the extra mile if you want to attract good applicants.”

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As well as a holiday, St Cecilia’s is offering a car, a £31,000 a year salary and other benefits in a welcome package for new registered nurses.

A Health Select Committee report highlighted the nursing recruitment crisis in January this year (see MPs highlight social care nursing crisis).

The report by MPs found 8,000 nurses had left social care since 2012-13 with the CQC reporting a 4,000 drop in nursing beds over the last two years, despite rising levels of demand and complexity of need.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “The nursing workforce within social care settings is often overlooked by that of the NHS. A national workforce strategy needs to respond to the workforce pressures in social care as well as those within the NHS.

“There is evidence to show that the social care sector is facing significant challenges in retaining and recruiting registered nurses particularly as a consequence of competition with the NHS as the report acknowledges  This fall in numbers is also replicated in the number of nursing home beds since the start of austerity measures.”

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