Thirteen new midwives have been recruited to work in east Kent as part of the hospitals trust’s latest recruitment drive.
Many of those who will work for it had previously trained with the organisation and said they wished to return in a full working capacity.
Chief nurse and director of quality Sally Smith said: “All of the candidates had an awareness of our Birthing Excellence Success through Teamwork transformation programme and told us that the reason they had applied was due to the positive feedback they’d received about maternity services and the trust.
“For our staff receiving such positive feedback from these new midwives demonstrates the hard work and commitment in supporting our future midwives.
“Each day they strive to make east Kent hospitals a great place to work.”
Many of the recruits were students who had trained within the trust and who praised the support and mentoring they had received throughout their training and the “preceptorship programme”.
A preceptorship is a structured period of transition for the newly qualified nurse, midwife or allied health professional when they start employment in the NHS.
East Kent’s head of midwifery Ursula Marsh added: “I’m pleased to welcome the new midwives to the maternity team.
“They will be embarking on a wonderful career working with exceptional individuals and teams. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our students and newly-qualified midwives.
“This makes a significant impact on their experiences and for our future recruitment of new staff.”