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North Cumbria's hospitals enjoys a recruitment boost

Posted on Friday 26th April 2013
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Dr Louise Buchanan, Interventional Cardiologist

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is entering an exciting time of change as it continues to focus on improving quality of care for patients.

The Trust is currently going through a period of recruitment and has already appointed six new permanent consultants since the beginning of 2013, including Dr Louise Buchanan, a new interventional cardiologist who has recently joined the team at The Heart Centre in the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle as they prepare for the centre opening 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the coming months.

The other new consultants who have been welcomed to the Trust this year are:

  •  Dr Catherine Rossiter, respiratory consultant
  •  Dr Paul Plant, respiratory consultant
  •  Mr Paul Counter, ENT consultant
  •  Mrs Amita Gupta, consultant anaesthetist
  •  Dr Andrew Russell, consultant rheumatologist

This new team of permanent consultants has brought years of skills and experience to the Trust and are helping to shape the future development of specialist services across North Cumbria whilst also helping to reduce costs of locum doctors which the Trust has historically had to incur.  

In addition, six new consultant acute physicians in acute medicine are also being recruited to provide senior clinical presence on the wards from 8.00am until 10.00pm, seven days a week and ensure a more consistent approach to the management of medical emergency patients. 

In the past, the Trust has had difficulty attracting new consultants to North Cumbria, particularly to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, mainly due to the geographically remote location but also due to wider historical challenges faced by the organisation. 

Now, as the acquisition by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust moves closer, more senior clinicians from across the country are being attracted by the prospect of working for a top performing NHS foundation trust.

Working in close partnership with Northumbria Healthcare as integration of services takes shape; North Cumbria has already been able to implement a series of changes to further improve services with new consultants bringing a wealth of new ideas and expertise.

Mike Walker, Medical Director for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are currently increasing the number of senior doctors in our hospitals and recruitment is going well with some excellent appointments being made. In the past we have employed a number of locum medical staff to help keep our vital services running effectively for all our patients. However, as the recruitment programme moves forward, the number of locum doctors will reduce as the newly appointed permanent consultants take up their new roles. One of our safety and quality priorities for this year is to reduce the number of locums we employ by 50%.”  

Ian Gordon, Chairman of the Trust, said: “We are embarking on a more intensive period of recruitment and I regard this as one of the proverbial ‘green shoots of recovery’ as we work to secure a more stable consultant workforce for the longer term. This is a very exciting time to be joining our organisation.”

Anyone interested in new consultant roles at North Cumbria should contact our medical staffing department on 01228 523444.