A health trust is investing more than £700,000 to significantly expand its operating teams across the region.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is creating 40 new nursing and technical theatre jobs as the trust expands its workforce in preparation for the opening of a new hospital.
Next year, patients will have access to a specialist emergency care hospital in Cramlington, Northumberland, when it opens.
Scott Muller, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is fantastic that we are expanding our workforce at such an exciting time. It is an unusual opportunity to be recruiting this amount of people at once, but we need the staff in place before the new hospital opens. We are looking for the best staff who will help build and enhance our team.”
Operating theatre teams include consultant surgeons, anaesthetists, specialist theatre nurses, operating department practitioners, plaster technicians and surgeons’ assistants. The new roles will include opportunities to work across planned and emergency care and cover all aspects of surgery throughout the trust.
Dorothy Dickinson, modern matron for operating theatres, said: “We need the right services for patients, and the right people in the right place at the right time to deliver the best care.”
The new investment will mean that the trust will not have to rely upon agency and bank staff to work shifts, saving money in the long-term.
Northumbria Healthcare will separate its emergency care from the planned elective care being carried out at is general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck when the specialist hospital is up and running.
Theatre nurse Catherine Bainbridge has worked at Northumbria Healthcare since 2009 and is backing the major recruitment campaign.
She originally qualified as an operating department practitioner before training with the trust to become a surgeon’s assistant. Now Catherine specialises in looking after patients undergoing hip and knee replacements at Hexham General Hospital and provides skilled assistance to the operating surgeon.
The 34-year-old said: “This recruitment drive is a fantastic opportunity for nurses with a passion for theatre work to join a real forward-thinking organisation which is focused on keeping pace with change, using the latest surgical techniques and delivering services that exceed our patients’ want.”
Northumbria Healthcare will hold two recruitment open days this month and hopes to attract the highest quality nurses from across the country.
Dr Eliot Sykes, consultant anaesthetist and clinical director of emergency surgery and elective care at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Our surgical teams play a really important part in the overall patient journey – both for emergency patients and those choosing Northumbria for operations.
“We’re now hoping to attract the very best skilled theatre nurses from across the NHS to work together with our surgeons across all of our hospital sites.
“We would encourage any nurses interested in developing their career in theatres to come and meet us. We have a real variety of positions available for nurses to lead our theatre teams as well as those who are newly qualified.”
Visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/theatrenurses . Recruitment days take place at Northumbria House on the Cobalt Business Park on February 12, and at Hexham General Hospital on February 15.