Nurses will be among newly recruited NHS workers offered short-term accommodation by their employer at a trust in Cornwall.
The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has outlined plans to provide six two-bedroom ‘zed pod’ flats on what is currently a car park at its Tolvean House site in Redruth.
“One of the key pieces of feedback from our staff is the challenge of securing affordable local housing”
The pods are manufactured off-site, then delivered ready-built, and will be fully furnished, meaning staff can move in immediately.
They will be available to health workers who move to the area for their job and will be paid for by the trust for up to three months while they find longer-term accommodation.
The manufacturers of the pods say they are highly energy efficient, and very cheap to build because they can be installed above existing hard-standing areas, such as car parks.
Each of the six flats will have room to study in the bedrooms and will have solar panels on the roof to contribute towards electricity provision.
The trust’s chief executive, Debbie Richards, said: “We are keen to attract people to the trust and health and social care careers in Cornwall.
“One of the key pieces of feedback from our existing and new staff is the challenge of securing affordable local housing.
“I hope by providing some of our new starters with short-term accommodation, we will enable them to settle into their new role, without having to worry about where they’ll live too, especially if they are new to the area.”
She added that the trust was working with the local authority and the Royal Cornwall Hospital trust to provide more key worker accommodation across the county.
The pods are expected to welcome their first residents towards the end of this year.