HSE - Galway University Hospitals


Galway University Hospitals provide for 664 beds, comprising of University Hospital Galway (UHG) and Merlin Park University Hospital (MPUH). The hospital group provides a comprehensive range of services to emergency and elective patients on an inpatient, outpatient and day care basis across the two sites. UHG is a Model 4 hospital providing 24/7 acute surgery, acute medicine, and critical care.

The Emergency Department at UHG is the regional centre for accident and emergency services in the Health Service Executive West and supports a large urban and rural population. Within University Hospital Galway, Medical Manpower are tasked with the recruitment of all doctors, NCHDs and Consultants.

The Challenge

There is a worldwide shortage of emergency department doctors and in July 2019, UHG found that they were in urgent need of three emergency department Registrars. FRS Recruitment was required to source candidates from around the world and quickly!

These were time sensitive roles and candidates needed to be identified internationally and brought through an extensive screening and compliance process within tight deadlines.


FRS Recruitment put together a specialist team to support this including their Senior Doctors Recruitment team, their Marketing team and a Medical specialist compliance manager. A campaign to source ED Registrars commenced within 6 hours of receiving the instructions from the Hospitals Medical Manpower Team.

An international recruitment marketing strategy and campaign was agreed, which involved a digital marketing campaign to promote the hospital and the location, along with an extensive search and screen campaign across thousands of Doctor candidates previously registered with FRS Recruitment from around the globe, to identify the best and most suited to relocate to Galway.

The Result

FRS Recruitment successfully placed the three Emergency Department Registrars, ensuring continuity of essential emergency department services in Galway.

By placing doctors on long term contracts, directly on HSE payroll this saved the hospital on substantial locum Doctor spend which would have otherwise been required to fill the gaps (that is if locums were available)

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