That’s the message from Dewsbury and District Hospital as it launches its campaign to recruit more nurses, and Health Care Assistants (HCA’s).
The recruitment drive will focus on the local labour market and undergraduates from universities across the region.
David Melia, Director of Nursing and Quality at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We want to hear from anyone who’s interested in working for us as a Registered Nurse or Health Care Assistant.
“We are excited by the opportunities for recruiting more nurses and HCA’s at Dewsbury and I am sure colleagues across the Trust will give a warm and supportive welcome.
“Our recruitment drive is in response to a number of things including feedback from staff about nursing levels on our wards at Dewsbury Hospital.
“There are also fewer nurses entering the profession as a result of reduced training places within universities which came into effect a few years ago. Given that all NHS Trusts are facing similar issues, we are finding that the labour market is very competitive.”
Hours that suit, less travel, generous holiday entitlement and being able to do a job she performs so well, have convinced Dewsbury Ward Manager and Registered Nurse Charlotte Evans that Dewsbury Hospital is the place to work.
Charlotte worked as a HCA at Dewsbury Hospital over 9 years ago before training to become a registered nurse just over 4 years later. After several years at Pinderfields Hospital she moved to Dewsbury Hospital to become a Ward Manager on Ward 2.
Charlotte said of life at Dewsbury Hospital; “I feel extremely lucky to work with such a fantastic team of staff and I can genuinely say I feel like part of a close knit family. My team and I have great relationships with all departments here at Dewsbury and we always feel strongly supported by all of the staff here.”
The Trust is planning to spend £2.5 million pounds a year investing in the modernisation and rationalisation of Dewsbury Hospital, for each of the next several years.
According to the Trust, the number of jobs at Dewsbury Hospital, both clinical and non-clinical, will remain virtually identical to the number of roles the Trust currently has. The precise details of the new funded establishments for the new wards at Dewsbury Hospital will be finalised this month.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is holding an open day for interested band 5 Registered nurses and HCA’s on Saturday 3 June at the Oakwell Centre, Dewsbury and District Hospital, from 10am to 4pm.
Anyone interested in working for the Trust can apply online at www.jobs.nhs.uk .