Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

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100% success rate for new Filipino nurses

Monday October 3, 2016

A unique 100% pass rate has been achieved by Filipino nurses recruited by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in their Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) competency to practice examinations.


The unrivalled success rate is a credit to the excellent calibre of nurses the trust is attracting as well as the quality of support they receive at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s in Chichester.

Amanda Parker, Director of Nursing, said: “We are very proud to be rated as an Outstanding organisation by the Care Quality Commission – an achievement that not only means our patients receive some of the best nursing care in the country, but also assures new colleagues that they will be cared for, supported, and listened to by a leading NHS trust committed to continuous improvement and developing its staff.”

Nearly 200 British nurses have also been offered posts after attending the trust’s innovative ‘one stop’ recruitment events in Worthing and Chichester.

More than 75 nurses have joined the trust from outside the UK in the past year, and every Filipino appointee has passed an Observed Structured Clinical Examination set by the NMC to enable them to work as a registered nurse in this country. This 100% success rate compares to a nationwide average where nearly one in five overseas nurses fails to pass the mandatory test.

Across the country, there is a significant shortfall of nurses, estimated to be around 20,000 vacancies – 2,000 of which are in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. As a result, Western Sussex Hospitals has been running a major nursing recruitment campaign, both at home and abroad.

A further 50 Filipino nurses are expected to be offered posts this month and nearly 200 British nurses have also been offered posts after attending the trust’s innovative ‘one stop’ recruitment events in Worthing and Chichester.

The trust employs 6,500 people in West Sussex and with demand for its services continuing to rise the organisation announced the launch of its biggest ever recruitment drive last week.

The trust is recruiting in all departments and at all levels. It has vacancies for 20 apprentices, with many more to launch in 2017, along with admin clerks, medical secretaries, pharmacists, therapists, eye surgeons and nurses across a range of specialities.

Anyone interested can attend a Recruitment and Career Day at Worthing Hospital Education Centre on Saturday 8 October or email westernsussex.careers@nhs.net.

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