13 April 2018

Experienced new recruits are set to enjoy a £500 windfall after joining the ELFT family through the Trust’s Refer a Friend scheme.

Clinical practice lead Nidia Rovira and ward manager Michal Kulasik have joined the Bedfordshire and Luton adult mental health inpatient team after being encouraged to apply by modern matron Evri Anagnostara, who had worked alongside the pair in previous roles.

All three qualify for £500 through the Refer a Friend initiative, launched to help fill specific vacancies in Bedfordshire and Luton.

Evri, who joined the Trust eight months ago, said: “The Trust has gained two excellent clinicians who I have had the pleasure of working alongside in previous roles.

“I know the difference they can make and am delighted to have played a part in encouraging them to join ELFT.”

Staff are being encouraged to recommend the roles and the benefits of working for a CQC outstanding-rated NHS Trust to friends suitable for the available vacancies.

The member of staff receives £500 for each successful referral, as does their friend or colleague who joins.

The cash incentive is part of a wider recruitment campaign and saves the organisation money that would be spent on providing agency cover if the roles remained vacant.

The two new recruits said they jumped at the chance to join the Trust after being contacted by Evri.

Michal said the Trust’s outstanding CQC rating and its focus on continuous improvement through Quality Improvement (QI) were also key reasons in making the decision to join.

Director of Nursing, Claire McKenna, said: “Our staff set the highest standards, put patients at the centre of everything they do and know exactly what ‘outstanding’ looks like in delivering mental health and community healthcare.

“I can’t think of a better group of people I would trust more when it comes to suggesting new members to join the ELFT team.”

Refer a Friend
The Refer a Friend scheme is open for any staff members to recommend family or friends for the following Bedfordshire and Luton vacancies:

  • Band 5 & 6 nurses – inpatient and adult community teams
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioners
  • High intensity therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • CAMHS qualified professionals