In the run up to International Nurses Day on 12th May[i] four leading NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire, who are part of the Best of Both Worlds recruitment campaign focused on attracting nurses to live and work in Northamptonshire, are highlighting nursing career opportunities, as nursing grows in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, it was reported that the pandemic has inspired people to become nurses with UCAS figures showing that a third more were applying to study nursing at university with applications for nursing degrees reaching more than 60,000[ii]. The following NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire have nursing vacancies for experienced nurses looking for their next new career move.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, provides mental health and physical support in the community and in hospital settings for adults and children. They are recruiting a Community Health Nurse to provide care for patients and support for family members to encourage patients to receive the care they need in their own home. The closing date for applications is 2nd May 2021.

Kettering General Hospital covers a large part of the Northamptonshire area, with outpatient clinics in Corby, Wellingborough and Rushden, and Kettering General itself. The hospital employs around 4,000 staff and is one of the largest employers in Northamptonshire.  They are recruiting a Band 5 Registered Nurse to work in the clinical operations team as a transfer nurse supporting the safe transfer and movement of patients through the hospital. The closing date for applications is 5th May 2021.

Northampton General Hospital provides acute care services and has two gynaecology theatres and two obstetric theatres that are open 24/7. The hospital recently invested in new facilities, including an emergency centre and a new chemotherapy suite. They are recruiting a Band 5 Staff Nurse to join the emergency department, which offers a wide range of education and development opportunities and excellent support from a mentor and senior nursing team. The closing date for applications is 5th May 2021.

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with some of the most challenging mental health needs in the UK, with their headquarters and largest site in Northampton. They are recruiting a Senior Staff Nurse with in-depth experience of working with challenging patients in a mental health service. The closing date for applications is the 30th May 2021.

It’s also International Day of the Midwife on 5th May[iii]. Northampton General Hospital (NGH) is recruiting for Band 5/6 Midwives to work with a caseload of 36 women per year in a flexible role that enables them to have protected days off and make a difference to the outcomes of women in their care. There is also a role for a midwife in the maternity day unit to play an active role in the day to day running of the unit.

The current delivery rate at NGH is 4,700 births and the hospital has ambitious plans for transforming maternity services to be better aligned with the Better Births recommendations made in an NHS England maternity review in 2016[iv]. Now is an excellent time to join the Maternity Service and to work within a dedicated team, delivering high quality care to women in Northamptonshire.

For students considering nursing or existing nurses looking to upskill or return to practice the University of Northampton offers a wide range of pre-registration and post-registration programmes in nursing and midwifery, which are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The ‘Best of Both Worlds’ recruitment campaign brings together the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital (KGH), St Andrew’s Healthcare and Northants GP and aims to recruit nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals to live and work in Northamptonshire.


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