WORKFORCE: Western Sussex Hospitals Trust has improved its success in recruiting nurses but it continues to be an area of risk.

Latest board papers from March said the trust had “recently increased its success rate in recruiting new staff, particularly nurses, but it remained a challenge to keep pace with the requirement for the staff needed to match activity levels”.

Further work was required to plan in advance the profile of staffing required across the year, the trust said, as well as ensuring the staff recruited “had the skills, experience and correct cultural and behavioural approach required by the organisation”.

“It was recognised that nurse recruitment continued to be a risk for the organisation; this was likely to be exacerbated by the longer training periods for nurses being introduced in response to the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry recommendations,” the board papers stated.