Category Archives: Health

Friday Featured Vacancy: Paediatric Occupational Therapist based in Central Lancashire or Merseyside

Shine Therapy Services - Paediatric OT 01 07 16Shine Therapy Services are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated occupational therapist in the early years of their career to join them in September 2016. They are particularly keen to hear from recent graduates with a specific interest in paediatrics, and also therapists with one to years relevant employment experience.

Shine Therapy Services is a multi –disciplinary private consultancy offering occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy for children and young people throughout the North West.

The role will involve working in mainstream and specialist education settings with individuals that have varied clinical needs. They  specialise in Sensory Integration, so experience or an interest in this field of work is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake further study to become a qualified Sensory Integration practitioner.

The post would be suitable for those based in, or around, Central Lancashire or Merseyside. Access to personal transport is essential.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have HCPC and BAOT registration (or have membership applications pending). They will also be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.

The post is offered on a full time, term time only basis. We offer a competitive salary (dependent upon experience), paid holidays, clinical supervision and training.

For an informal discussion please contact Lisa Hamer on 07854845590. To apply please email to request an application form.

Closing date: 22nd July 2016



Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Scottish Ambulance Service


 Stations throughout Scotland

The Scottish Ambulance Service is the frontline of the NHS in Scotland, providing an emergency Ambulance Service to a population of over 5 million people, across the mainland and island communities.

We always welcome enquiries and applications from individuals already qualified as HCPC Registered Paramedics for vacancies at one of our 100 stations across Scotland.

To be successful, you will need to undergo our usual selection process and may be subject to educational and clinical assessments to ensure that your qualifications and experience meets the required standard of the Scottish Ambulance Service. You will also need to hold C1 driving license and satisfactorily complete various pre-employment checks including an occupational health assessment and membership of the PVG scheme.

If you would like to investigate joining the Scottish Ambulance Service further or would like to speak to someone about possible vacancies in your area, please email Heather Watson, HR & Recruitment Administrator at


Friday featured vacancy – join an established occupational health team based at the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith

cumbria county councilAn  established Occupational Health Team based at the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith are looking to recruit to the following roles:

  • Occupational Health Advisor (£34,746 to £35,662) – A registered nurse, with post graduate specialist qualification to degree or diploma level and ideally be registered on part 3 of the NMC register with relevant experience in the delivery of occupational health activities.
  • Part-time Occupational Health Nurse (£27,123 to £27,924) – A registered nurse, who would ideally have some experience in the delivery of occupational health activities, or who is currently going through or willing to undertake an occupational health qualification.

As valued members of our multidisciplinary occupational health team, you will play an important role in the undertaking of manager referrals, pre-employment health screening and medicals, health surveillance, immunisations and the delivery of health promotion programmes.  You will assist the Occupational Health Service Manager and other members in the team in the on-going provision of a comprehensive and pro-active Occupational Health Service to our customers.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established occupational health team based at the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith, however work locations may be flexible.

The successful candidates will benefit from the flexible working opportunity offered which acknowledges that flexible working and work-life balance is important to employees and the organisation.  We would welcome full-time or part-time applications.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sharon McAdam on 01768 812557.

Closing date 5pm on 22 April 2016.




Employer Focus: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


At Sussex Partnership we have a number of nursing vacancies across our services in both mental health and Learning disabilities, we want to offer University of Cumbria students who are graduating this year the opportunity to come and join us!

Who are we?

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is 5,000 passionate and dedicated clinicians, support staff and managers, working hand in hand with partners in the community to care for and support vulnerable people.

Together, we provide mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and prison healthcare throughout Sussex, along with a range of specialist services across the south east of England and beyond. We’re now one of the most influential and most well respected mental health trusts in the country and, as a teaching trust of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, we’re developing a national reputation for leading-edge research.

We are optimistic about the future for the NHS and social care, and our place in that future. Join us!

Nursing at Sussex

As a Sussex Partnership Nurse, you will be part of a nursing workforce of over two and a half thousand. Our services as I am sure you know are provided right across Sussex, with specialist services in Hampshire, Kent and Medway and Lewisham. We pride ourselves on being a Teaching Trust; and value our nurses by encouraging them to continue their training and development by;

  1. Supporting completion of a structured preceptorship period for newly qualified staff
  2. Funding short and longer programmes of study including brief courses, internal and external conferences and postgraduate study.
  3. Developing new roles and career paths including non-medical prescribing, non-medical approved clinicians and clinical academic posts.
  4. Providing opportunities to engage in research through membership of the Sussex Partnership research network

What can we offer?

We currently have a number of Band 5 Nursing opportunities available across our services.

Salary for Band 5 Staff nurses:
Band 5 (£21,478 – £27,901) in addition we are paying our nurses a £2000 Golden Hello (retention clause applies)

Relocation support?
We will pay £500 towards helping you relocate to Sussex

View our current vacancies: NHS Jobs website

Visit our website for more information about the Trust:

Relocting to Sussex:


Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 09/01/2015


Halliwell Homes is currently seeking Trainee Therapeutic Parents to join us in Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Lancashire.

We are a social enterprise that offers a clinically informed practice encompassing educational, fostering and residential care services. Our objective is to enhance the psychological wellbeing of young people within the care system through our restorative parenting recovery programme. We are the UK’s leading practitioner of the Pillars of Parenting: Authentic Warmth model of professional childcare.

To further expand and develop our psychological model of care, Halliwell are looking to recruit Trainee Therapeutic Parents to join our practice team working in our residential homes.

We are looking for graduate candidates with a relevant degree such as psychology and preferably with childcare experience who are prepared to study towards a post-graduate qualification through the Halliwell training and development programme.

As our Trainee Therapeutic Parents you need to be passionate about delivering real psychological recovery for children within the looked after system.

For more information and to apply, email or visit

How to deal with employability anxiety

Are you panicking about finding a job once you graduate? You’re not alone – and there is help available!

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Everyone worries – from everyday stresses and strains to full on panic attacks it’s something that we will all experience in our lives about many different things. But students have that one worry that creeps back time and time again – what if I can’t find a job when I leave uni?

Leaving university and finding a job is a scary thing, no matter how many employability articles you read: “I am still a year away from graduation, but unemployment is something I worry about on a daily basis,” says Madalina Ciobanu, a journalism and public relations student at the University of the West England, Bristol.

An NUS survey found that for 26% of students, graduate employment was a major trigger of mental distress. Worrying about getting a job is making many students unhappy.

It is absolutely normal to worry about your future, but it is important that you know you are not alone – your peers and classmates are probably feeling the same way! Natalie Wheeler, a counselling student, says: “It can be very scary to think about. The fear and worry of the future can make me upset and at times angry with others who have jobs – even though I know it’s not their fault.”

Sophie Blumental is a geography student at the University of Brighton and says: “Often I worry that not getting into a top 20 university will affect my chances when applying for jobs.”

The pressure can be even harder on final-year students as Gemma Naylor, a final-year English literature student at the University of East Anglia says: “It feels like having a ticking time bomb over your head – you feel like if you haven’t got something sorted for when you graduate you’re in trouble.”

Having anxieties about this are ok, but they can have an impact on your studies if you don’t address these feelings. “In my first term this year I felt so overwhelmed that I ended up not doing anything about my employability. But I’d say that’s the worst thing you can do. Being proactive really helps.”

Dr Rachel Andrew, a clinical psychologist, says: “When you feel overwhelmed by anxiety you can be frozen into inaction. So try taking a step back, maybe making a list of the things that might help you, and be sure to talk to others.”

There are lots of things you can do – why not talk to some of your friends or your course tutor? If you have a mentor scheme (like the University of Cumbria’s Cumbria Mentor scheme) you could chat to your mentor about your worries. And your University’s careers service is here to help you tackle your employment worries and woes!

Engaging with your careers service to improve your employability can really help deal with the feelings of worry about the future. We would recommend attending careers talks and events, and you could also have a go at volunteering and carrying out some work experience, which can make you feel more confident about your CV, and your future.

There is so much support and advice available to you through your student services teams, so make the most of it! If your anxieties are becoming serious, it’s important to seek help. Here’s a really useful booklet showing you some of the options available to you through the University’s student services: Help is at Hand

Look out for the signs of anxiety that go beyond normal worries. Beth Murphy, head of information at mental health charity Mind, says: “If you’ve been feeling anxious in a way that’s stopping you from doing the things you would normally do, if you’re not going to lectures, if you’re not socialising, and if you’ve been feeling that way for more than just a couple of bad days – that’s the point when you might want to see somebody.”

Your university’s counselling service, your GP and organisations like Nightline can help if you’re feeling really overwhelmed.

Thinking about the future and the prospect of job-hunting can be daunting, but the support is available to help you deal with the emotional and practical sides of finding a job. Don’t be afraid to seek it – because you certainly won’t be the first person coming through the door saying that you’re worried about the future.

This blog post is adapted from a article (source)

Careers in Healthcare – where to look! (Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 09/05/2014)

Looking for your first job can be quite a daunting prospect, but don’t worry, the University of Cumbria Careers Team are here to help!

Our Health Professions pages will help you find a wealth of information and resources related to working in the health and well-being sector.

In addition to this every year there are a number of events and fairs at the University which will allow you to meet the professionals and get advice directly from them.

Once you have had a look at all the resources available online, if you still need some help and support, email the careers service and we can help point you in the direction!

Applying for posts

All NHS trusts use the NHS careers website. You can search by type of job or location. You can also subscribe to receive updates.

Private sector posts are listed on a number of sites

Guide to applying for your first nursing post (pdf)
Guide to applying for your first nursing post (word doc)

UoC Careers Service  Guides to specific careers paths

Useful links

NHS Careers website

Nursing Standard  publication  of the Royal College of Nursing

Nursing Times – professional and clinical articles for nurses