A CARE home owner from South Devon has extended a nurse recruitment campaign to Glasgow in a bid to get nurses to work and live in Torbay.
Tori Addy, operations director of GrayAreas Ltd who own Kingsmount Residential Home and Mount Olivet Nursing Home in Paignton and Torre House Nursing Home in Torquay, launched a campaign to draw more nurses to the area in June this year. With the backing of Torbay MP, Adrian Sanders, she underwent a 1,000-mile round trip to a jobs fair in Glasgow to flag-up job opportunities in Torbay.
Tori said: "There is an unprecedented shortfall of nurses here as many reach retirement age and there isn't a back log for the future.
"Everyone going to university now won't be qualified for three years and unfortunately they won't all be going into nursing homes. They'll likely be going on to paediatrics, or something similar, which is why it is so important we take proactive steps.
Skills4Nurses is an annual jobs fair specifically aimed at helping nurses looking for employment by putting them in front of prospective employees. Nursing jobs in South Devon were competing against opportunities in the NHS Trusts, The Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.
Tori said: "We are confident that we can attract nurses from one end of the country to relocate and live and work here. Devon, generally, has a very good reputation in terms of lifestyle and standards of living and we are hoping the leaflets supplied by the English Rivera Tourism Partnership will help seduce and attract nurses to the opportunities in South Devon and presented by nursing homes."
GrayAreas parted with several thousand pounds in order to attend the one-day job fair and Tori also flagged up opportunities on behalf of nursing homes in the Torbay Quality Care Forum.
Nick Meyer, owner of Three Corners Nursing Home on Greenway Road, Galmpton, said: "GrayAreas has been incredibly proactive in highlighting the cause and we hope Tori has been successful.
Although Mr Meyer said they didn't have a shortage of staff at Three Corners, he added: "In the past three years we have recruited from the West Midlands and we are hopeful nurses located in Glasgow will be receptive to a move to Devon."
Meanwhile, Mr Sanders has taken his concerns on the shortage of nurses in the area to Parliament.