Comes eight months after threat of industrial action
Amid what it calls intense global competition for Registered Nurses, Manx Care says it has a 'pipeline of international recruits joining the team over the next four months to boost the number of nurses in front line care.
Meanwhile the Royal College of Nursing is currently surveying its Isle of Man members over Manx Care's latest and final pay offer. It comes eight months after 55 per cent of the RCN's local membership said they would be willing to take industrial action.
The new offer would see staff offered a further two per cent pay increase in addition to the four per cent applied to their October 2022 salaries.
Manx Care says it recognises the challenges of attracting new staff, despite offering pay it claims is competitive with UK salaries. Nurse training bursaries have been raised to £10,000 to increase uptake and Manx Care has committed to doubling the intake of trainees this year.
Other initiatives to boost staffing levels include the development of new roles to support Registered Nurses, such as maternity care assistants and nursing associate positions. These Manx Care says are highly skilled, very rewarding roles that make a massive contribution to patient care.
Meanwhile, the RCN says it won't make any recommendation to its Isle of Man membership on the latest pay offer. The union's Senior Negotiating Officer for the Island, Mary-Anne Parkinson, says it's up to the members to decide.