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Recruitment drive sees results for Sherwood Forest Hospitals

May 26, 20177110 Linkedin image V22

A month on since the launch of Sherwood Forest Hospital’s major campaign to recruit more nursing staff and the Trust has seen some promising results.

The first assessment day was held on 25 April and had a 100% success rate, with all candidates being placed in roles across the Trust.

Since the launch, 11 permanent nurses have been recruited and more than 50 nurses (both internal and external candidates) have joined the hospitals Bank staff (an in-house rota system which fills vacant shifts that need to be covered).

Chief Nurse Suzanne Banks said: “The campaign is really working. We have certainly seen an increase in the number of people viewing our nursing recruitment adverts and applying for jobs. I would encourage anyone who is looking for the opportunity to work with dedicated, friendly staff to come and have a chat with us and see what we have to offer here at the Trust. Many people have been surprised at the range of opportunities we have available.

“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. 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. On the day applicants will be assessed for the nursing specialties that they are interested in. The assessments often only take half a day and we can be flexible to accommodate people’s schedules. So if you can’t make a full day don’t worry, still apply and we will work around you.

“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.”

A dedicated recruitment website has been set up and can be found at The next assessment day is on 8 June, applicants can apply via