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Variety and opportunities for new recruits

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If you want to learn on the job, develop new skills and get a broad and varied understanding of nursing, BMI Healthcare could be a good place to start or continue your career

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bmi droitwich spa

“The best part about my job as an ODP (operating department practitioner) is the variety, ” says Andreé Connor who works at BMI’s Droitwich Spa Hospital near Worcester.

“You are not just assigned to one theatre, only dealing with one specialty day in day out, I may be working on a gynaecology list in the morning and in the afternoon I can be doing ophthalmic procedures or possibly minor orthopaedics or urology. There’s never any time to get bored.”

But being able to perform in that many different specialties requires Andreé to have a vast array of clinical skills and knowledge, as well as understand many pieces of theatre equipment needed for many surgical procedures - and that requires a lot of commitment to learning from her – and commitment from her employer.

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droitwich spa hospital

Their undertaking to that, never falters, she says “gaining knowledge in most areas of surgery is made easier because of the team I have around me.” “I work alongside more experienced staff with years of knowledge, so never feel unsupported. I have always got someone experienced with me and that’s great to help me understand all the equipment, the surgical instruments and processes involved, there’s always someone to explain and help you understand if necessary. The consultants and surgeons are approachable.”

Her experience mirrors that of all the BMI staff, who are encouraged to learn and develop their careers.

For example there are lots of nurses who have trained to assist anaesthetists and BMI has an internal theatre development programme where registered nurses are given the opportunity to train internally as a theatre practitioner.

Andreé has been at BMI just over a year and while she doesn’t feel ready to step up the career ladder just yet, she knows that when the time is right this is the organisation that will support her in her goals.

“I did a number of placements while on my ODP course, in some major well-known hospitals, however BMI Droitwich was the one place I really liked. I didn’t want to work in super hospitals but preferred the atmosphere of a smaller team and fewer theatres.”

Within the BMI group there are much larger hospitals – such as The Alexandra hospital in Cheadle, near Manchester, with seven theatres - but she preferred to work in this smaller one. “We have three theatres so I knew I’d get the variety I crave and feel proud to be part of hard-working supportive team. I have come on leaps and bounds in my first 12 months since qualified as an ODP.

“The opportunities to develop a career are there, you have to punch for it yourself and if the managers can see from you, then that are happy to send you on mentorship courses, for example. I have seen my colleagues do surgical assistant and mentorship courses here and that’s something I would like to do in the future at BMI, however at the moment I am still finding my feet.

So why does Andreé think people should work at BMI? ” I like the fact that it’s a small team and you feel supported, and that we do a good job for our patients. That gives me an immense amount of satisfaction. For me it gives you a good insight - a taster into all the specialties, then you can take whichever path you like, maybe becoming a theatre manager or go into specialist training. In that way it’s a fantastic grounding and gives you a good overall view of all kinds of opportunities and careers, for me that’s just the best thing.”

For more information about jobs, contact: Jo Payne, talent acquistion partner: jo.payne@bmihealthcare.co.uk or 07342 068709

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