Mental health trust appoints 13 new doctors as it cuts agency costs

Wedgwood House, in Bury St Edmunds
Wedgwood House, in Bury St Edmunds
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A mental health trust has appointed 13 new doctors as it moves to cut spending on temporary staff from agencies which cost £24.9 million in 2014-15.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has taken on the extra consultants, speciality doctors and speciality registrars to work at a variety of settings including Wedgwood House, in Bury St Edmunds and Northgate Hospital, in Great Yarmouth.

They have all been appointed on permanent or fixed-term contracts to increase the mix of skills at the trust.

Dr Bohdan Solomka, medical director at the trust, said: We’re delighted that we have been able to welcome so many new colleagues to our trust over the past few months.

“They bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise which will be of great benefit to our service users, and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming months and years.

“Like many other NHS trusts across the country, we have struggled to recruit to posts due to a shortage of qualified staff coming through the system.

“This has meant we have had to rely on temporary staff to help us continue to deliver safe, effective services for people in Norfolk and Suffolk.”

In the past year, the trust has recruited 253 clinical staff including the new doctors.

Dr Solomka added: “Reducing our agency spend continues to be a key priority for the trust and we have a clear recruitment strategy in place, which has seen us invest £2.6 million in recruiting more staff for inpatient areas and £950,000 in additional community staff.

“This latest raft of new recruits shows that strategy is beginning to bear fruit and we look forward to welcoming more new faces in the near future.”