We face the same problems as many other parts of the NHS:
- Finances are tight
- Demand is increasing
- We have an ageing population with people living for longer with more complex conditions that require regular care
- Challenges in recruiting specialists in areas where there is a national shortage – paediatric consultants, anaesthetists, stroke consultants and Accident and Energency specialists.
But for us it can be even tougher. Because we are seen as being remote and rural, we aren’t close to a teaching hospital or a specialist centre it means we have to be more creative about the type of jobs we offer where we know there is a lot of competition.
We have had some success, but we must be good at sharing our successes and vision for the future.