Anyone interested in working as a nurse or midwife in south-east London can get a proper flavour of what it’s like to work there at open days being staged by two hospitals in the coming days.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has three recruitment open days coming up: a children’s nursing recruitment day on Thursday February 22, and two general nursing/midwifery recruitment days on Saturday February 24 and Saturday March 3.
Go along to find out about job opportunities for registered nurses, health care assistants, operating department practitioners and apprentices.
The trust has vacancies in all areas of the hospital, including theatres, maternity, community and medical wards, with flexible shift patterns and opportunities to progress.
There will also be information on training programmes and the new nursing associate role.
The recruitment team will be holding interviews on the day, so please register your interest in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org specifying which day you’ll be attending. Remember to bring along ID such as a passport or driving licence.
RECRUITMENT OPEN DAYS
Children’s nursing recruitment day
Date: Thursday 22 February
Venues: Children’s inpatient ward, University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham High Street, London SE13
Dolphin Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Stadium Road, London SE18 4QH.
General nursing and midwifery recruitment days
Date: 24 February 2018
Venue: Education Centre, and theatres department for people who are interested in scrub nurse and
anaesthetic/recovery nurse opportunities, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Stadium Road, London SE18 4QH.
If you are interested in scrub nurse and anaesthetic/recovery nurse roles at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, please contact Cathy Francis, Manda Dunne or Donna White on 020 8836 6000, extension 4309.
Date: 3 March 2018
Venue: Owen Centre, University Hospital Lewisham. Please report to main reception on the day.
There will be opportunities to chat to staff over tea, coffee and cakes to find out more about the roles available.
“It’s such a friendly place to work”
Jade Rankine is a preceptorship clinical support midwife at the Trust. She said: “I qualified as a midwife in 2012 – I trained at the University of Greenwich and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). After that I worked in Australia for a few months, which was a great experience, but I missed south east London and had to come back! I was born and brought up in the area, so QEH feels like home to me.
“Before I started in midwifery I didn’t know much about it but I knew I wanted to be involved. The first time I observed a birth I was really nervous but seeing mum and dad with their new baby just made my nerves disappear. Every woman’s experience is different, and every baby is special.
“My role is to support newly qualified midwives throughout their first year, although I’m still a working midwife and still deliver babies. I observe the newly qualified midwives and help them develop their skills. I also go along to the University of Greenwich one day a week to assist with teaching practical skills.
“Midwifery is very advanced in the UK. We are advocates for women and put them at the centre of care. We have midwife-led birth centres at both hospitals (QEH and University Hospital Lewisham), where women with uncomplicated pregnancies can have as natural a birth as possible, and the feedback we get is really positive.
“I really do enjoy my job, and this is such a friendly place to work. Everyone is very supportive – there’s always someone I can go to for advice – and I’ve been able to go on lots of training courses to progress in my career. With midwifery there are lots of different avenues you can go down – it’s an ever evolving area.”