Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Nurse at bedside

Calling all nurses!

Monday February 22, 2016

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding more Open and Selection Days to attract new and practicing nurses to work at its hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham.

The next of these will take place on:

  • Wednesday 6 April 2016 at Worthing Hospital

To attend the next open day, you need to apply online. The closing date for the next open and selection day is Sunday 20 march 2016.

The special events are the latest in a series of recruitment initiatives designed to ensure the Trust’s acute hospitals in West Sussex are well-staffed, despite a national shortfall of 20,000 qualified nurses.

Following a chance to meet the Trust’s senior nursing team and take various assessments, successful applicants will finish the day with a firm job offer and starting date fixed.

Whether newly-qualified, experienced, or looking to return to nursing, the Trust is confident all nurses interested in a new role could find a rewarding position in one of its three hospitals.

Those newly-qualified will benefit from a highly-regarded year-long education and support programme and could enjoy working across many specialties on the Trust’s rotational programme.

Opportunities are available in accident and emergency, acute medicine, elderly care, general medicine, theatres, intensive care, general surgery and orthopaedics, with a range of contracts on offer – permanent, temporary, full and part-time.

The Trust offers flexible working to ensure a healthy work life balance is maintained, ideal for parents and those with family commitments, factors in the past that have led some nurses to stop practicing.

Now, those wishing to return to the profession can be supported through a seamless period of updating their skills and knowledge in order to become re-registered.

Amanda Parker, Director of Nursing, said: “High-quality nursing is essential to providing excellent care and we expect this special recruitment day will help us increase our numbers of both experienced and newly-qualified nurses.

“In recent years we have significantly reduced the number of agency and temporary staff we use and this will be another important step in building stable nursing teams who know their patients and can deliver the consistency of care that makes a really positive impact on outcomes and recoveries.

“By recruiting to all our available posts at one time we can give people the opportunity to explore all their options and make sure we get the right nurses in the right roles. It’s also a more informal and less stressful process for candidates and a more efficient one for our medical staffing teams.”

Any experienced or newly-qualified nurses interested in attending the recruitment day can find more details via the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust website www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/recruitment.

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