Trust creating 40 new nursing roles

A recruitment drive has begun for theatre nurses to join a hospital trust.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is investing more than £700,000 in the creation of more than 40 new nursing and technical theatre jobs in preparation for the opening of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington, in 2015.

Emergency surgery will take place at the new hospital from 2015, with all planned operations at Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham general hospitals.

Theatre nurses will help prepare patients for operations, look after them during their procedure, work closely with anaesthetists and surgeons, as well as looking after patients in recovery.

Two recruitment days are being held with the trust’s theatre nurses, consultant surgeons and HR team on hand to talk to interested candidates.

They will take place at Northumbria House, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, on Wednesday, February 12, from 5.30pm to 7pm, and in the education centre at Hexham General Hospital on Saturday, February 15, from 10am to 2pm.

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Dr Eliot Sykes, consultant anaesthetist and clinical director of emergency surgery and elective care at the trust, said: “Now is a very exciting time to join our organisation as we prepare for the opening of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital and the development of our general hospitals as specialised centres of excellence for planned care.

“Our surgical teams play a really important part in the overall patient journey – both for emergency patients and those choosing Northumbria for planned 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.

“Our new model of emergency care is leading the way nationally in the NHS and we are very proud of the changes we are making to build our services around the needs of our patients.

“By separating out emergency care we will have even more options to extend our seven day working to give patients even more choice about where and when they have their planned surgery in future.”