Northamptonshire NHS is on a summer recruitment drive for various nursing and doctor roles at NHS Trusts across the county, as part of the ongoing ‘Best of Both Worlds’ recruitment campaign.
Roles include a Registered Nurse in trauma and orthopaedics, Registered Nurse within the surgery division on an acute surgical ward and Deputy Sister/Deputy Charge Nurse at Kettering General Hospital (KGH), a community hospital renowned for its friendly and supportive atmosphere. Other roles at KGH include Bank Nurses within the family health division, Registered Nurse in orthopaedics and Bank Nursing Associates.
There are also several nursing and doctor roles at St Andrew’s Healthcare an award-winning, highly specialised, mental health charity providing care for people with complex needs and at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust which provides over 100 different services on over 50 sites – delivering many outside the hospital within the community.
The ‘Best of Both Worlds’ campaign brings together leading NHS healthcare providers Northamptonshire in partnership with the University of Northampton to jointly attract doctors and nurses to relocate to live and work in Northamptonshire.
The campaign aims to highlight the diverse career opportunities in the county and benefits of working and living in Northamptonshire, which is just one hour from London, Oxford and Birmingham; including the good schools, the great lifestyle, affordable housing, easy commuting and great transport links.
Ward Sister Gamu Mhizha relocated to live and work in Kettering eleven years ago and says it’s been a great move for family and career.
Gamu says, “Kettering General Hospital is such a friendly place, where everyone knows each other – from the doctors to the porters, directors and housekeepers. There is a great atmosphere of collaboration and culturally, it is very diverse.”
Gamu’s first role at Kettering General Hospital was in medicine, an area where she has excelled. Gamu says, “Working in medicine is very fast paced. I always say you need dancing shoes to work here. It can be tough at times, with a high turnover of patients as I work on a short stay urgent care ward, but I love it, it suits my personality.”
Gamu is passionate about learning, education and teaching others. In 2008, she moved into medical education – becoming a clinical skills and stimulation facilitator. During this period, she also did a degree in practice education. As a clinical skills facilitator Gamu focused on teaching, educating and giving motivational talks to doctors, nurses and midwives at the hospital to ensure that all staff had the skills and knowledge to practice safely. She also became an examiner for medical students at Leicester Medical School.
After three years of providing help to the staff of Kettering General through a facilitator role, Gamu applied for the ward sister role to provide her insight and knowledge back to the wards.
Summing up working at Kettering, Gamu says, “Kettering General Hospital offers an environment where the staff are like family and it is very rare not to find staff smiling at all times however their day is going. There are also fantastic career opportunities here – if people want to progress, they are given the support to do so. I believe, people can do anything if they set their minds to it.”
“Kettering General Hospital is leading the way in recruiting international nurses from around the world. We are the only hospital in the country with a hundred per cent pass rate for international nurses undertaking their mandatory practical skill exams. Our diverse, international staff are one of the major reasons why Kettering is so unique.”
To find out about vacancies across Northamptonshire visit http://bestofbothworlds.uk.net/