Category Archives: nursing

Employer Focus: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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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: http://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/

Relocting to Sussex: http://www.sussextourism.org.uk/

 

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 careers@cumbria.ac.uk 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

Nursing Employability Conference

Nurse in hospital environment

Tomorrow (8 May) the University of Cumbria are holding a Nursing Employability Conference at the Fusehill Street campus from 9.30 am.

If you are currently studying nursing you can come along for the opportunity to meet various organisations including the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, the Glenmore Trust, West House and Randstad among others. There will be various presentations in the morning with a chance to visit stands and network over lunch.

In the afternoon you will have a choice of four different employability workshops, such as interview skills, application forms and CVs, CPD and career development.

Registration starts at 9.30 am in the Learning Gateway, so please pop along and say hello tomorrow! See you there!

A Nursing Success Story!

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How beneficial do you think mock interviews are? When Vikki, one of our nursing students, was recently invited for her dream job on a critical care unit, she asked the careers team for a mock interview to ensure that she was fully prepared.

Of course the careers team were more than happy to help!

Vikki came in for her mock interview, which was set up just like a real interview, where she was asked some typical nursing interview questions and given feedback on her performance.

A few weeks later and the careers team received an email from Vikki saying that she had been offered the job! Congrats Vikki!!

Vikki kindly passed on some of the questions she was asked at interview, so if you are going for an interview soon, these may help:

1- What’s the biggest change you have experienced so far?

2- Can you give an example of when you helped a new member to the team?

3- can you give an example of a busy time and how you balanced your time?

4- What attracted you to the post and why do you want it?

5-  Give an example of a time where you went over and above to give compassionate care.

6- Give an example of when you used your communication skills to tell someone something important and how you did it.  

We hope that these questions will help you in your future interviews. If you have had an interview recently, why not leave your favourite questions in the comments, or you can tweet them to us @UoCCareers

Major Children and Young People Recruitment Campaign Launched

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A major recruitment campaign has been launched for staff to support Children and Young People’s services across University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
The campaign, which aims to recruit the equivalent of 21.48 full-time staff, is aimed at both registered children’s nurses and support workers.

The advertisement reads: “Looking for a new career path in one of the most picturesque parts of the country? Are you a student looking to take up your first post? Then Morecambe Bay is just the place for you, offering the beautiful Lake District on your doorstep and within easy reaching distance of the City of Lancaster which offers excellent transport links to the main cities in the UK.

“Our Trust is recruiting enthusiastic, highly motivated nurses and clinical support staff, to join our dynamic, dedicated, forward thinking professional team which serves a wide geographical area with rural and urban communities.

“You will be reliable, flexible, motivated, have excellent clinical skills, a commitment to ongoing learning and development, a commitment to delivering high quality care, and be willing and open to embracing positive change and transformation in order to meet the demands of the community we serve.

“If this sounds like you, then we want to hear from you!”

Paula Evans, Assistant Chief Nurse for Children and Young People at the Trust said: “We are looking for a mixture of staff across our children’s services. “This will include registered children’s nurses as well other professionals such as play specialists, or clinical support workers to support our nursing teams on either the wards, in outpatient clinics or in our assessment rooms. This is a major campaign to recruit the extra staff we need to continue the improvements we have implemented in our children’s services.”

Advertisements have been placed and the campaign is featured in the April edition of the Royal College of Nurses Journal.

Interviews for the posts will be held on 19 May for nursing staff and for the support worker posts on 20 May at Royal Lancaster Infirmary and on 21 May at Furness General Hospital.
Anyone interested in the posts can find out more about the Children’s Services by visiting http://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/work-with-us/children-and-young-people/

The job advertisements and application forms can be accessed by visiting www.jobs.nhs.uk or http://jobs.uhmb.nhs.uk/select_sector

Anyone wishing to find out more about the types of roles available should contact the ward managers for the Children’s wards on either site:
Royal Lancaster Infirmary – John Gosling – 01524 583468
or
Furness General Hospital – Heather Wood – 01229 491090.

NHS Trusts To Ringfence Posts For Local Graduates?

This may be good news for Health graduates who have so far not found jobs.

We have had sight of a recent email sent to North West NHS Trusts encouraging them to make the NHS Jobs Newly Qualified Profile Pool the ‘first port of call’ when undertaking major recruitment exercises.

In other words, it may give you a head start to register on the pool if you have not already done so.

According to a more detailed advisory document, employers can contact registered candidates to advise them of a particular advert that is about to be placed on the system or ask them for more information.

The Profile Pool system requires candidates to answer the following:

  • Have you received notification from the Exam Board that you have
    qualified as a nurse, midwife, allied healthcare professional or as a
    healthcare scientist? (Yes/No)
  • Have you qualified from an English Higher Education Institution in the UK?
    (Yes/No)
  • When did you qualify? ( 2010, 2011, 2012, Other)
  • Do you have the right, under UK immigration rules, to live and work in the
    UK and without restriction? (Yes/No)
  • Please select your profession? (from identified list but includes all nursing disciplines, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, radiography)
  • Please select your area of specialty? (from identified list)
  • Please specify which Higher Education Institution you completed your professional qualification? (Lists those Higher Education Institutions that the SHA commissioned and funded)

N.b. however that providing incorrect information will prevent the candidate from re-registering within the pool for a period of 12 weeks.

Also, candidates will still be expected to submit individual applications to specific vacancies.

Preparing for Band 5 Nursing Interviews

The NHS is currently placing a big stress on patient safety issues and it was suggested that applicants for Band 5 Nursing posts would do well to familiarise themselves with a number of resulting national initiatives.  These are:

  • Safety Express – concerning the reduction of possible “occurrences of harm” (e.g. falls, embolisms, bedsores, urinary tract infections) as audited through the monthly “Safety Thermometer
  • Productive Services – about improving efficiency to find time for caring, e.g. by standardising ward layouts and equipment locations
  • Leading Improvements in Patient Safety – reviewing case notes to check for possible risks of harm.
  • Energising for Excellence (E4E) – reviewing appropriateness of staffing levels related to patients’ levels of dependency

If you are being interviewed for a Band 5 vacancy shortly, it might also be worth familiarising yourself with any additional local initiatives on patient safety and avoidance of harm.