Working for us

We welcome staff from all corners of the world

A personal message from Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of HR

Oonagh Fitzgerald 160The EU referendum result has caused some uncertainty and as discussions continue nationally, I want to assure anyone thinking of starting a career with us that we continue to welcome new members of staff from all over the world, with the skills, experience and values we need.

As well as our home grown talent, our workforce includes highly skilled staff from India, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the Philippines among other countries and we continue to explore international recruitment opportunities, both within the EU, elsewhere in Europe and further afield.

All of our staff are invaluable to this organisation, whether caring for patients or providing support behind the scenes.

Wherever we are from - I'm from Ireland and enjoy a fantastic career with this Trust - we are all working towards the same goal: to provide our patients with the best possible outcome, through compassionate care and we'd love you to join us!

We are one of the biggest employers in the south west and are proud to have a team of 5,200 highly skilled, kind and compassionate staff. 

We are a high performing, ambitious and progressive Foundation Trust, committed to providing safe, effective and high quality healthcare to around 1.4 million people a year.

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon is our best known hospital, but we also provide community healthcare services and healthcare in people's homes across Swindon.

There is no doubt it's a challenging time for the NHS, but it's also an exciting time to join us because we're changing how we do things to meet the demands of an ageing and growing population. 

There is a diverse range of opportunities both in hospital and in the community, open to anyone who is as passionate about healthcare as we are. 

Whichever area you join, you will become part of a talented and passionate team, committed to providing the very best care to patients.


Being one of us means you'll also benefit from: 

  • 27 days' annual leave
  • A generous pension
  • Flexible working
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Exclusive NHS discounts
  • An on-site nursery
  • 30 hours of free childcare per week through early access to new council-led scheme

How we'll look after you

Once you're with us, we'll work with you to maximize your potential.

All we ask in return is that you live by our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect.

We will invest in your training and development, and support you to pursue a successful and fulfilling career in healthcare.

We've signed up to the Mindful Employers charter which represents our commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our staff.

All staff are offered free sessions of counselling, stress management and a whole range of therapies to support their mental wellbeing.

As an NHS employer we offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered by any company in the UK. 

On top of your basic salary, you will receive at least 27 days' holiday each year and a generous pension, plus a range of other benefits including flexible working options and exclusive discounts.

We are one of the first employers in the country to offer 30 hours of free childcare a week, as part of a new government scheme.

There is also a nursery at the Great Western Hospital. 

Current vacancies

Our current vacancies are published on NHS Jobs ( > Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).

Career paths

Whether you've just left school or university, are thinking about returning to work, or want to switch career, this section explains how to get into a job in the NHS, and what to expect when you get here.

For more details please see Routes into NHS careers.

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