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Nurses at Sherwood Forest Hospitals have joined a major campaign urging new recruits to join them at the NHS trust.


They will be helping to bring trainees and registered nurses to the Trust by telling them what makes it so special.

Chief Nurse Suzanne Banks said: “We have tried to bring the campaign to life by using our own staff to give it a voice and let people know how great it is to work here.

“After being rated by the Care Quality Commission as ‘good’ for both safety and care provided, the Trust is now determined to further improve to become outstanding.”

The Trust, which runs King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield; Newark Hospital; and services based at Mansfield Community Hospital and Ashfield Health Village in Kirkby, is already performing strongly in many areas, such as the four-hour standard for urgent care, sepsis management and infection control.

Suzanne added: “It is an excellent time to be joining the Trust. We are looking for nurses with the right skills, experience and values to join our team and help make our vision – Dedicated to outstanding care – a reality.

“We are taking a different approach and rather than advertising individual nursing vacancies, we now have a range of assessment days lined up, which are designed to make joining our team as easy as possible for the nursing specialities that each applicant is interested in.

“Once you have applied, you will be invited to an assessment day, where you will be able to meet the team who you will be working with and also gain an overview of our hospitals. Candidates will also be interviewed on the day. We hope that this will make the process easier and encourage more nursing staff to apply for our exciting and challenging vacancies.”

Nurse Specialist, Theresa Colley, who is one of the nurses featured in the campaign said: “I’m really pleased to have been part of the campaign, it’s a brilliant Trust to work for and I would encourage people to come and work here, as there are so many opportunities to learn and develop. I never expected to be on posters and adverts promoting the hospital, but I hope it works and encourages people to come and work with us.”

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Julie Bacon, said: “This is certainly a campaign with a difference and nothing like we have ever done before.

“We hope that this approach will encourage people to apply for the jobs we have at the Trust. We are a friendly team and our hospitals are easy to access from a number of central locations.  Come to one of our assessment days and see for yourselves, you’ll be surprised at the number of development opportunities that we offer.”

A dedicated recruitment website has been set up and can be found at sfhjobs.co.uk. The next assessment day is on 25 April, applicants can apply via sfhjobs.co.uk  

Useful links

NHS Careers - Midwifery
Royal College of Midwives
NHS Careers - Nursing
Royal College of Nursing