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Trust welcomes new doctors into post

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has appointed 13 new doctors to help further improve the services which it delivers, while reducing its spending on temporary staff.

The group includes consultants, specialty doctors and specialty registrars. They will work in a variety of settings across both counties, including inpatient units at Wedgwood House in Bury St Edmunds and Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth, as well as the Norvic Clinic and Hellesdon Hospital, both in Norwich.

The new recruits will be based in the trust’s Children and Young People’s Service, Gender Clinic, Psychiatric Liaison, Integrated Delivery Teams and the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

They have all been appointed on permanent or fixed-term contracts to help increase the mix of skills available at NSFT, in turn boosting the services it provides, while also reducing the amount the trust spends on agency staff.

Dr Bohdan Solomka, Medical Director at the trust, said: “We are 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.

“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 £2.6m 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.”

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