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Bucks' hospital Trust welcome increased staff numbers

In April they saw dozens of new staff join during the first peak of coronavirus.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:56am 31st July 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks' hospital Trust welcome increased staff numbers

Dozens of people joined the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS team in April. 

New figures reveal that Bucks Trust gained dozens of employees in April, at the first peak of the coronavirus outbreak. 

NHS workforce figures show there were 28 more employees in April compared to during March. 

Director of Workforce for Bucks Trust Bridget O'Kelly told Mix96 what this meant for local services:

"We've had people at the start of their career, people at the end of their careers and people volunteering.

"Their help has made practical difference and given a real boost to all of our teams, it's been amazing. 

"By providing direct clinical care where that is appropriate. Lot's of the additional support as well, talking to patients and their families. And the additional work like PPE buddies and the swabbing teams."

The biggest increase in workers was among those in clinical support roles, where staffing numbers rose from 2,014 to 2,035.

This included 18 workers who were directly supporting doctors and nurses.

Bridget wanted to highlight these figures were made up of not only retired members of staff returning but student nurses and doctors who were fast tracked into employment. 

She also wanted to showcase the community spirit from Buckinghamshire residents when it comes to volunteering. 

With many regular volunteers being forced to shield, the hundreds of new ones who've stepped for along with organisation like St Johns Ambulance made a huge difference. 

Bridget explains how much the show of support meant to existing staff:

"We were doing the clap for careers on the Thursday evening and that was hugely emotional. And then to see people as well come forward and say 'Here is a skill that I've got, how can I help?' has been absolutely fantastic. 

"That feeling that here at BHT we are part of the community, and our colleagues are part of the community... It has been hugely challenging, but reall really humbling to see the response from our neighbours and friends in Buckinghamshire."

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