People interested in a career in Lincolnshire healthcare have been given the opportunity to ‘step into the NHS’ thanks to an innovative recruitment drive.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) along with NHS England and NHS Improvement has been working alongside the recruitment website Indeed to promote a range of healthcare support worker roles that are available to potential applicants during the pandemic – as well as encouraging them to apply for a role in an area of the NHS that best suits them.
A series of online recruitment events have been hosted during the past few weeks, and an impressive 249 job offers have now been made to new recruits.
Some of the new starters have already hit wards and departments at Grantham, Lincoln and Pilgrim (Boston) hospitals, with the rest hoping to begin their employment at the end of March.
ULHT’s Programme Director Adrian Tams, said the recruitment drive was a real boost for the Trust.
“The NHS is always looking for new and enthusiastic colleagues and this recruitment drive has proved that there is a real appetite for people wanting to start their careers in the NHS,” said Adrian.
“People have watched how the pandemic has affected the NHS over the past year and they rightly want to step up, take part and make a difference – it’s been tremendous to see.
“The great thing about this campaign is that ideally we’re looking for people with no previous healthcare or NHS experience.
“There is so much opportunity to progress and develop your career at ULHT and we have everything you need to flourish and feel supported as you make your first steps into the NHS.”
Siobhan Heafield, the Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, said: “NHS workers have played a leading role in the fight against coronavirus, so it’s vital that we do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for more people to join the NHS and this new partnership with Indeed has made the application process much quicker.
“We are appealing especially to those people from the retail, hospitality and travel sector who have sadly been made redundant or lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic and could be a great asset to the NHS.
“The vacancies we’re advertising right now are for healthcare support worker roles, which are a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to begin a career in the NHS. It enables recruits to work in their choice of mental health, hospital, midwifery and other settings.”
ULHT was among the first trusts in the region to pilot the new fast-tracked recruitment process and further online recruitment events are planned in the next few months.
In the meantime, anyone interested in a career at ULHT can visit the NHS Jobs website and search for suitable jobs.