Find your future career with Western Sussex Hospitals

Tuesday September 20, 2016

Whether you’re a trained and experienced healthcare professional or just a hard worker who’s looking for a rewarding job with great colleagues, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust could be the perfect place for your next career move.

With vacancies across all departments and at all levels, Western Sussex Hospitals is hosting two recruitment and careers days to find new people to join its “outstanding” team.

On 1 October at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and on 8 October at Worthing hospital the Trust will be providing a wealth of information and advice about current job opportunities and long term career prospects within the organisation.

Jennie Shore, Deputy Director of Human Resources for the Trust said: “We pride ourselves on helping our staff achieve all their career goals. There are people who arrived here as a stop gap; a first job out of university or after caring for children or family members, but who have stayed and developed rewarding careers with the Trust. We’re looking for people to fill all kinds of roles. In return for your hard work we can provide the training and support you need to fulfil your dreams.”

The Trust currently has a wide variety of vacancies, from junior to senior positons, including medical secretaries, cardiac physiotherapists, eye surgeons, biomedical scientists, admin clerks and nurses in a number of specialisms. A full list of vacancies is available at: http://www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/your-trust/careers/vacancies/.

Sarah Harrison has worked for the Trust for 13 years, she joined as a healthcare assistant. The Trust supported Sarah to complete a nursing degree through the Open University through course funding and work placements. Now Sarah is a staff nurse working in the Eye Clinic. Sarah said: “I’ve stayed so long here because the Trust really cares about its patients. I was a healthcare assistant for about nine years before I saw the advert inviting staff to take up training. My line manager encouraged me to go for it and was very supportive. I’m here for the patients.

“Today I received a thank you card from a patient. It made me cry. It means everything to be a part of the community and to be able to make a difference to people when they need our help.

“At the moment, I’m enjoying being newly qualified, but I already know that I want to become a nurse practitioner. I’m really looking forward to the new eye centre at Southlands hospital opening and moving over there. It’s going to be a great place to learn and work. I definitely feel as though I’ve found my niche and I’m going to take every opportunity that comes along.”

Among the 7,000 people working for Western Sussex Hospitals, there are many who have stories similar to Sarah’s. This year, 42 employees are celebrating 30 years’ service and another nine are celebrating 40 years with the Trust.

For those at the very beginning of their working lives or who are looking for a complete career change (apprenticeships are available for those aged up to 65), the Trust is also looking to fill 20 apprenticeship vacancies this year and many more in 2017.

The Recruitment and Careers days start at 10am with registration. At 10:30 there will be a short presentation describing the Trust and what it’s like to work here. From 11, visitors will be encouraged to browse our exhibition stands and talk to colleagues about career opportunities.

There will also be a limited number of department tours available.

  • The Chichester event on 1 October will be held in the Chichester Medical Education Centre (CMEC) at St Richard’s Hospital, for directions and a map of the hospital click here.
  • The Worthing event on 8 October will be held in the Worthing Health Education Centre (WHEC) at Worthing Hospital, for directions and a map of the hospital click here

For more information or to register your interest, please email westernsussex.careers@nhs.net.

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