Five new Consultants who all completed their training at Walsall Healthcare are coming back to work for the Trust – eager to start in its new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre.
Miss Ruchi Joshi, Clinical Director – Acute and Emergency Services for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust said the specialty was “very difficult” to recruit into so this was a real coup for Walsall Manor Hospital’s Emergency Department.
She said: “We can’t wait to welcome our new Consultants to the Trust. They joined us as dynamic and enthusiastic trainees and now they want to start their careers with us, influenced by a number of factors.
“They are, understandably, really excited at the prospect of working in our new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre which will be fully functioning in the New Year and they have watched its progress with interest. But, just as important as a new physical environment, they like the culture of the Trust and the opportunities that creates.
“Recruitment into this specialty can be very difficult and our teams have worked so hard to sell Walsall as a great place to work so it’s encouraging to see this bring positive results.”
Chief Executive, Professor David Loughton told last month’s Trust Board: “I am very pleased we have been able to recruit such high calibre Consultants who will be fantastic additions to the team during a time when recruitment is very challenging. We are currently bucking the national trend with regards to recruitment – something I am very proud of.
“This is a great organisation to come and work at and I am glad the message is getting out there. I look forward to welcoming them to the team.”
The new multi-million pound Urgent and Emergency Care Centre includes an Urgent Treatment Centre, Emergency Department including Resus and Rapid Assessment and Treatment area, and Children’s ED, co-located Paediatric Assessment Unit, Acute Medical Unit, and provision for Ambulatory Emergency Care services in a future phase.
It also includes re-configuration of the current Emergency Department footprint, to incorporate improved Ambulatory Emergency Care and Imaging services.
Various specialist facilities are located throughout, such as an isolation room for infectious patients, bariatric provision and digital x-ray rooms. All areas have been designed specifically to enhance clinical staff efficiency, provide improved quality of care, improved patient experience, and a much-improved working environment for staff.