Trust focuses on mums in staffing crisisOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article An NHS trust in Cumbria has appointed two working mothers in a co-ordinatorjob-share to improve childcare for staff and help get mothers back into work. The North Cumbria Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Trust hascreated the new position to help develop childcare provision for its 6,000staff. The trust’s director of HR, Shirley Chipperfield, explained the new role wasdesigned to combat a rise in staff shortages and cut hiring costs byencouraging more women to return to work after maternity leave. “In one hospital we had 60 staff on maternity leave and it was causingstaffing problems and high costs in agency fees. Many staff leave and don’t come back, but hopefully this will provide apoint of contact for all issues around childcare,” she explained. The co-ordinators will compile a database of local childcare for NHS staff,liaise with private and local authority nurseries and maintain a dialogue withstaff to ensure their needs are being met. Chipperfield said: “The two ladies appointed have babies so theyunderstand the problems facing staff with children. We are an isolated countyand finding nurseries can be difficult.” The scheme received fundingfrom the NHS Executive and Chipperfield believesit will save the trust money in the long term. “Even if we can get a handful of staff back to work, the project willbe worth it. By getting just two physios back after maternity we will have paidfor the whole thing,” she said.