Staffing levels at trust on the up

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Medical staffing levels at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT) are on the increase, according to Department of Health figures.

The figures were obtained by David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, in response to a written question to the Secretary of State for Health.

The number of professionally qualified and clinical staff in the trust has risen by 5.4 per cent since 2010, the number of doctors (non locum) and qualified nursing staff, midwives and health visitors has risen by 4.8 per cent over the same period.

Other figures show that the number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff has increased by 1.4 per cent since 2010, while the number of doctors (non locum) employed by the Trust has risen by 15.7 per cent.

Kirk Panter, staff side chair at UHMBT, said that he had definitely seen an increase in staff since the Care Quality Commission visited in 2013-14.

He added: “I do believe that over the last couple of years there has been an increase in front line staff.”

Mr Morris said: “It was fantastic to receive figures from the Department of Heath which show that clinical staff numbers in the Trust have increased in recent years.

“In 2010 staffing levels at the Trust were low and this was causing problems for the level of care that was able to be given. I am pleased to see that the Government have worked with the new team at the hospital to ensure the staffing levels for clinical staff have increased, this increase has shown in the vast improvements that have been made at the Trust.”

Dr David Walker, medical director, at UHMBT said: “The figures quoted indicate that we are increasingly being seen as an attractive and supportive place to work.

The increased recruitment of highly qualified staff is part of our commitment to provide high quality health care to our patients.

“We will continue to work hard to attract the best staff across all disciplines to come and work for us, and our commitment is demonstrated by our investment of an additional £3million in nursing staff.”

Registered nurses who have taken a break from practice and wish to re-register to return to a career in nursing are being encouraged to take part in a free course being run by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). See page 14 for further information.