WORKFORCE: Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust is spending £0.5m to expend its nursing workforce.

The mental health trust is seeking to employ up to 19 new nurses. Following a national advertising drive, the trust received around 75 applications, leading to a specialist recruitment day in Bodmin last month.

The creation of the new posts follows the recruitment of 23 nurses to the trust in 2012 and the creation of 15 new posts for primary care dementia practitioners earlier this year to help people living with dementia.

Sharon Linter, executive nurse and director of quality and governance at CFT, said: “Our commitment to recruiting new nurses means we’re bringing fresh ideas and ways of thinking into the trust each year.

“This then has a positive impact on the quality of care our patients receive.”