Southport Hospital says olá to Portuguese nurses!

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Hospital says olá to Portuguese nurses

Ten Portuguese nurses are joining the staff at Southport hospital to help care for local people.

The eight women and two men, who come from across Portugal, were recruited in its second city, Porto, by deputy director of nursing Angela Kelly and assistant matron for education Nicky Williams in May.

“We have 20 home-grown and newly-qualified nurses in training with the Trust, and more in the pipeline, but there is a national shortage of qualified nursing staff with experience,” said Angela.

“Each of the nurses joining us from Portugal has at least 12 months’ nursing experience. We were very particular about who was recruited and the successful candidates were whittled down from a shortlist of 20. They all have excellent English which was a pre-condition of interview.”

Seven of the nurses, two of whom have previously worked in the UK in Yorkshire, started work this week. The remaining three will take up their posts in September.

Sara Costa, one of the new recruits, said: “There are many nurses without work in Portugal so moving to Southport is a great opportunity to develop my career.”

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