A Teesside health care trust has asked the local population to consider the NHS as a career after what it describes as an ‘landscape changing’ year for the sector.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have released a campaign to recruit staff to support their busy wards and department during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the added pressures they face during the winter months.
The NHS is a wonderful home for those with the compassion to care for people. As we work towards our ambitions of focusing on a healthier outlook for Teesside, we expect these roles will become vital.
The ‘team support worker’ post has been created at pace by a task force within the organisation to respond directly to staff who say they need additional hands to keep the standards of the care they deliver high.
The Trust says they are looking to hear from people across Teesside who want make a difference to their patients and families.
Lindsey Robertson, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Safety and Quality, said of the recruitment drive ‘this year has been so unique, and that’s probably a bit of an understatement. The way we work has had to change so much. Our staff have been absolutely outstanding, and we cannot thank them enough. We know they have been scared, and they have worked through the absolute unknown. They’re tired, but they are relentless in their dedication. This work to recruit additional team members for the workforce is our way of acknowledging that they need extra support’.
The Trust are hosting a number of recruitment days across the region and are hoping to speak with potential recruits about the opportunities a career in the NHS can offer.
Jean Angus, Head of Nursing Education and Placements explains more ‘choosing the NHS, in particular North Tees and Hartlepool is a real investment for someone thinking of a new career. These roles are a really unique opportunity to get involved at grass roots level and really think about what they can currently offer with the opportunity of a long-term career within one of the world’s most cherished and respected health care providers.’
The roles are described as ‘enabling’ positions, helping patients to achieve independence and to ‘make the most of every day’.
Although the roles are not qualified clinical positions, the post holders will report to a health care professional and in most instances be working in patient-facing environments.
Jean summarises ‘these positions are great for people who have considered a career in the NHS but have perhaps had barriers previously in terms of education or relevant experience. Our trust is so supportive in helping staff achieve their potential, now really is an ideal time to join us, we want Teesside to choose the NHS – to choose North Tees and Hartlepool”.
If you are interested in attending one of the North Tees and Hartlepool recruitment centre events visit this page where you can find out more about the roles and book in to one of our recruitment events.