NHS mental health Trust launches ‘refer a friend’ scheme to recruit more nurses

Staff at Sussex Partnership are being encouraged to refer a nursing friend as part of the Trust's national recruitment drive.

Sussex Partnership, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services for all ages in Sussex as well as services for children and young people in Hampshire, has re-launched its Refer a Friend scheme, similar to those used by retailers.

Existing members of staff will be paid up to £1000 if they are able to call on their friends to help fill nursing roles which are traditionally difficult to recruit to. 

Under the terms of the scheme, the referring member of staff receives £500 if the friend or relative they have recommended is successfully recruited and a further £500 if that person stays in post for more than a year.

The scheme is part of the Trust’s successful national nurse recruitment campaign – called #NotJustAJob – which features its own nurses.

Over the last 2 years, Sussex Partnership has recruited more than 150 new nurses but more are always needed.

Acosia Nyanin,  Chief Nursing Officer, said: “I am delighted that we have had such success with our national Not Just A Job nurse recruitment campaign and we are lucky to have welcomed so many new and fantastic nurses into roles across our services in the last couple of years.

“However, we are always in need of new nurses and, like every other NHS organisation across the country, we want to attract the best candidates and I do believe that our own staff really are our very best advocates."

The trust has a number of vacancies for nurses across its services in Sussex and Hampshire and offers flexible working as well as a golden hello welcome of £2,000 for all new Band5 and Band 6 nurses.

For more information about nursing at Sussex Partnership and current nursing vacancies visit www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/join-us.