Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 14 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people. Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.
Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere in which we recognise that the importance of how we do things is just as important as what we do, and what we achieve. We strongly encourage behaviours that promote compassion and care between colleagues, supporting staff to be proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy. We are also an organisation which leads the way in challenging stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress. We relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% of staff feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users.
As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.
Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day - enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs.
There is more to working in our community hospital than meets the eye! The nursing care we provide is at the forefront of modern clinical nursing and providing excellent healthcare closer to home.
Based in Swanage and Wareham in Dorset we are busy, friendly hospitals offering a wide range of services including; day surgery, out-patient, minor injuries, as well as a 15 bedded ward, there are plenty of opportunities to retain or upskill your acute clinical experience, focused on acute admission avoidance we look after a range of patients with complex needs and discharge plans
With a supportive League of Friends, passionate about their local hospital, we have a generous training budget and an assigned bursary for staff training. As we strive to be better every day.
We have won national recognition for treating dying patients with dignity and compassion. The Saxon Ward at Wareham Hospital and the Stanley Purser Ward at Swanage have both achieved accreditation in the Gold Standard Framework (GSF) for end-of-life care, confirming Dorset HealthCare as one of the country’s leading NHS trusts in this field of work.
We are also working towards a number of other accolades and accreditations including:
• Gold Standard Framework Accreditation – end of life care
• Quality Mark – care of the elderly
• Patient and Family Centered Care project – end of life care
This year Swanage Hospital had the biggest representation at the annual Community Hospital Association Conference, where there were plenty of developmental and learning opportunities to network with our peers in other community hospitals.
If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer a friend or family member to apply for this post and if they are appointed, you will receive £250 for the introduction. To make a referral please see complete the online referral form.
In addition to the following benefits we are also able to offer flexible shift patterns; for example working longer days/a shorter week:
• Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
• An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and the chance to further your career in a nurse led environment.
• You will receive a comprehensive and structured induction programme and training.
• monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
• NHS pension scheme
• Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on NHS service
• NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme
• Not forgetting our unique selling point – our Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline
Employment in this post requires a Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £44 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Donna Kiss, Matron on 07766 698155 or 01929 475032
For more information and to apply online, please click here.