Best of Both Worlds

New recruitment campaign urges nurses and doctors to relocate to Northamptonshire

More nurses and midwives in the UK are leaving the profession than joining for the first time on record according to recent figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), with the number of nurses departing having risen by 51% in just four years.

To solve the nursing shortage across Northamptonshire a new joined up recruitment campaign entitled the Best of Both Worlds has been launched by four leading healthcare providers in partnership with the University of Northampton.

The campaign brings together the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital (KGH) and St Andrew’s Healthcare, a leading charity providing specialist mental health care, in a joint bid to solve their recruitment needs.

Together, we want to highlight the wide range of career opportunities offered across the county, and the excellent quality of life people can achieve, with its great schools, affordable housing, easy commuting and great transport links. We believe the career opportunities are endless for medical professionals at all stages.

At Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) for instance, we provide 130 different services at over 50 sites, delivering many outside the hospital within the community. We have a diverse workforce and there are interesting vacancies at all levels, including community nursing, mental health and disabilities services.

Rather than a one size fits all approach, the Trust offers scope for promotion no matter what direction people want to go in. Some choose to go down the clinical skills route, others prefer to develop managerially. The Trust supports people whatever career pathway they choose.

The Trust has a strong learning culture with many opportunities for staff to train and develop. There is an innovative in-house leadership and management development programme, as well as access to external training days, when appropriate.

We run a personal development programme called GROW for all our staff, plus a ‘Leadership Matters’ programme, which started in 2016 and which has already been nominated for Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development award – the Best Public Sector in L&D.

We are a very forward-looking and pioneering Trust, and many sites offer treatments that are not available at other Trusts. For example, at Berrywood Hospital a treatment for depression call RTMS if offered, which only two Trusts in the country provide.

We also place importance on the well-being of our staff. There are opportunities to work flexibly, which is a big attraction for nursing staff balancing a career with family life.

Across the county there are many other career opportunities. Northampton General Hospital requires nurses, consultants and trust grade doctors across radiology, A&E, oncology, respiratory and orthopaedic wards, as well as theatres and surgery wards.

This hospital provides acute care services for 380,000 people and has an accredited cancer centre, with a recently opened chemotherapy suite and wonderful clinical and non-clinical training facilities for doctors and nurses.

It was the first UK hospital to sign up to the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center scheme, ‘Pathway to Excellence®’. This programme seeks to raise nursing standards and boost nursing recognition.

Kettering General Hospital has vacancies for 50 nurses and 50 consultants, and St Andrew’s Healthcare needs to recruit up to 130 nurses this year, including mental health and learning disability specialists and RGNs.

A key part of the Best of Both Worlds campaign is to encourage student nurses to build their careers in Northamptonshire and the University of Northampton is one of the UK’s leading universities for nursing training and was recently awarded a Gold mark, the highest possible rating for teaching excellence, from the government.

And for nurses looking to return to work after a career break both Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital run a Return to Professional Practice (RtP) course for qualified nurses who have had a break from practice to enhance their skills so they can confidently return to professional practice.

We hope the Best of Both World’s campaign will show people what fantastic career options there are in Northamptonshire and the scope for training and development across the region, as well as what an excellent quality of life the county offers, just an hour from both London and Birmingham.

For more information on the campaign visit the Best of Both Worlds.

This is a guest article by Stephen Iles, Recruitment Manager at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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