We are the NHS

Posted: September 19, 2019

The Trust has over 1,500 dedicated nursing and midwifery staff

NHS England have launched a national NHS recruitment campaign this week, aimed at recruiting more nurses into the NHS, encouraging nurses that have left the profession to return and improving the retention of existing staff.

'We are the NHS' showcases nursing as a highly skilled, technical and rewarding career. Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in Swindon, currently has 1,502 nursing and midwifery staff working across the Trust; in the acute hospital and out in the community.

This budding workforce accounts for 31 per cent of the Trust's entire staff network, as well as a number of students who are training to become registered nurses.

For students currently looking to apply to university, the campaign seeks to encourage them to consider a career in nursing. Great Western Hospital is always on the look-out for skilled, passionate nurses to join its team, in an occupation that really does open the door to so many opportunities in patient care.

Not only are there lots of benefits in working for the NHS, from a strong pension to NHS discount in a variety of shops, restaurants and holiday booking companies, but Swindon too has lots to offer as a growing town that thrives to be ahead of its game in healthcare.

Over the next few years, Swindon will look to create a multi-disciplinary healthcare service that ties together acute and community services through joined-up and approachable care. With £30million of government funding, the Trust is in the process of creating a hospital environment that will completely meet the needs of Swindon's growing population in the years to come.

Currently, nursing staff at Great Western Hospital treat 1.2 million patient contacts a year, and midwifery staff deliver over 4,000 babies.

"There has never been a better or more rewarding time to join the NHS," said Great Western Hospital's Chief Nurse, Julie Marshman.

"To be a nurse today means working in a role with real purpose that can make a difference to people's lives. Nursing thrives from passion, and the desire to help others. I have worked for the NHS for 36 years, from a student nurse through to my current role as Chief Nurse, and I truly believe that there is no more a fulfilling career than one for our healthcare service.

"Great Western Hospital has so much to offer, from working at the bedside to visiting patients out in their own homes.

"The Trust also offers so many routes in nursing, and supports its students throughout their years of study. We will soon be joined by 62 new students who will be on placement with us in November as they work towards a degree in nursing.

"We also have a number of trainee nurses who have returned to practice after some time off, and have a dedicated team who work hard to ensure our trainees are getting the most out of their time here; learning on the job and getting hands-on with patient care.

"This is not to forget our valued nurses from oversees, and I am always thrilled and encouraged by just how many nurses of foreign nationality chose Great Western as their place of work."

Recently, 13 teams were nominated for the Student Placement Awards, as areas of outstanding support and learning for their students. Many were highly commended for their performance. These rewarding nominations follow the Walk-in Centre team, who won the Student Placement Awards for the south west last year.

The students on placement at Great Western Hospital are often studying for a degree at Oxford Brookes University; meaning they can have both hands-on practical learning at the bedside, and academic study.

Dr Astrid Schloerscheidt, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University, said: "We are proud to teach the next generation of nurses and the fact that so many of our fantastic graduates go on to care for people locally.

"Our nursing students gain invaluable practical experience through health care placements such as those at the Great Western Hospital. Our latest cohort of nursing students will join those who have already successfully gained the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in caring for patients.

"I would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a nurse to find out more about our teaching and placements which will prepare you for this most rewarding of professions."  

This phase of the 'We are the NHS' campaign is focused on UCAS applications for 2020 entry, and any students interested in a career at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust should visit /working-for-us/ for more information.

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