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One of the UK’s biggest teaching hospitals opens its doors to nurses

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University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is among the largest teaching hospitals in the nation. It is also one of the busiest.

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Every team across the trust’s three hospital sites shares a commitment to ‘Deliver Caring At Its Best.’ This is reflected in their ‘Everybody Counts’ ethos, which is all about ensuring that patients, their families and staff are equally valued.

The model of patient-focussed care in Leicester is based on building ‘a team around the patient.’ Now, in response to how busy it is, the trust is keen to expand a number of its own nursing teams.

A wide range of career opportunities

According to Chief Nurse, Julie Smith, roles have been created in a host of different areas.

“Nursing offers a vast array of exciting and rewarding opportunities,” she explains. “With so many specialities in our trust, there is something for everyone.”

Registered nurses are needed across three sites: The Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital. There are also vacancies in Intensive Paediatric Care and the Children’s Hospital.

An Open Day with plenty of perks

Each of the three sites boasts a Clinical Education Centre. On Saturday 13 January, from 10am - 2pm, all Centres welcome prospective candidates to a Nursing Recruitment Open Day.

The concept behind the Open Day is to give first-hand insight into working at the trust. It is open to all kinds of nurses, with all kinds of specialities, and all levels of experience - from trainees, to experienced registered nurses seeking a rewarding change.

The Nursing and Education Team will be on hand to offer a warm welcome, with free tea and cake. There will be insightful ward tours and plenty of opportunities for informal chats with staff.

Those who decide they are keen to take up a role will have the chance to interview on the day. It will be possible to head home with the offer of a new position, pending references.

A great deal to offer nurses

Julie Smith is confident that Leicester offers career moves that are well worth making.

“Leicester is a great city to work and live in,” she says. “Our nursing staff have the chance to provide high quality care to a diverse community of over one million patients.”

There is never a dull day at the trust, which typically treats over 4,500 patients every 24 hours. 601 emergency patients are admitted; almost 300 operations are carried out; and 28 babies are born.

In recognition of how many lives it affects, the trust is committed to continual improvement of patient care. This begins by encouraging and supporting staff to develop and progress.

As you might expect from a major teaching trust with Clinical Education Centres on every site, training is taken very seriously. Nurses benefit from opportunities to gain new skills and hone existing ones throughout their careers.

There is a dedicated Learning Academy at Glenfield Hospital, and the trust has forged strong research links with DeMontford University. So, in addition to skills training, nurses can get involved in research with access to ground-breaking technologies and techniques.

The rewards and benefits package is also impressive, with the NHS Pension Scheme including Life Assurance, together with various retail discounts, plus generous annual leave entitlement. There are a number of salary sacrifice schemes, family friendly policies, and support for flexible working. Nurses’ own wellbeing is taken care of in a variety of ways - from emotional resilience workshops to healthy eating cookery classes. There is also scope for high performers to be recognised in the Caring At Its Best awards.

As Julie Smith says, “Visit us for a few hours on our Open Day and I’m confident you’ll want to return as a member of our brilliant team.”

For more information about the Open Day, and to register interest, visit: http://www.jobsatleicestershospitals.nhs.uk/teams/nursing-midwifery/nursing-recruitment-open-day/

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