BROMSGROVE'S community hospital has launched a nurse recruitment drive.

The Princess of Wales Community Hospital, in Stourbridge Road, is run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust - the county's main provider of community and mental health NHS services.

The trust has plans to strengthen the hospital's role in the delivery of local health services, which includes ensuring it is equipped with the necessary skills to care for and treat people with more complex health issues.

This is part of the trust's drive to provide more care and support closer to peoples’ homes.

This means the hospital will be well placed to meet new staffing level requirements, following the recent Francis Inquiry.

The site's Cottage and Lickey wards are in need of more registered qualified nurses to support the patients who are admitted.

Potential new recruits can find out more at two recruitment days that have been organised, giving interested people the chance to have a look around the hospital and to learn more about the role and development plans.

Phil Shakeshaft, matron at the Princess of Wales, said: “The recruitment days will give you a chance to find out more about the hospital's development plans, as well as the services currently provided, and will give you a chance to see if you have the skills and passion to be a part of the hospital's future.

"You will learn about the trust's commitment to on-going training and development of its staff, hear more about the nursing roles we are recruiting for and have a tour of the Lickey and Cottage Wards where successful applicants will be working on.”

The recruitment days are being held from 2pm until 4pm on Thursday, March 6, and from 10am until noon on Saturday, March 8.

Attendance is free.

Anyone interested in attending needs to register ahead of the event.

To register call 01905 681548 or complete a short online form on the trust's website,

Applications will be accepted through the NHS Jobs website,

For more details call Phil on 07918695282.