Advice sessions to help new hospital staff

A group of young people

New staff and their partners at the event

An advice and support event was held at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to help the families of newly recruited staff.

Advisors from Blackpool Council, Coastal Housing and Blackpool and The Fylde College attended the session to help answer questions about accommodation, courses and jobs.

The drop-in event was well attended with new starters and their partners able to access advice in a one-stop-shop environment.

Practice Development Sister, Sharon Vickers, said: “In order to look after our staff we want to ensure their families are well supported too. This event  will help us with staff retention and ensure we have a happy, well-adjusted workforce.

“The event was open to anyone who recently started working for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals,” she added.

A man and a woman sitting together

Toaber Gheorghita Cristinel, whose wife has recently started nursing at Victoria Hospital, discusses English courses with Janet Asiliskender from Blackpool and The Fylde College

“For overseas staff the event offered help with cultural changes as well as practical advice about English classes, accommodation and education. But we hope the session was useful for all new starters who are locating to this area and may need advice about accessing support services in the area.”

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