A first event to highlight the different pathways to a career in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust was a great success.
Staff were delighted with the response to the Career Clinic on March 8, with more than 150 people seeking information and advice over the two-hour morning slot.
Visitors were able to chat to staff on stalls representing a wide variety of departments and roles including clinical, catering, estates management and administration.
Amy Haynes, the Trust’s Widening Participation Lead, was pleased to see people of all ages and backgrounds interested in finding out more about career and development opportunities. Ages ranged from 16 to 64 and included school and college leavers, people considering a career change and jobseekers following redundancy.
Amy said: “We were really busy which was great as this was the first time we’ve held a Career Clinic.
“About three-quarters of the visitors received one-to-one application and career advice.
“It would be really nice to see applications coming through as a result and some of those who attended potentially becoming colleagues at Team QEH.”
The career clinics at the hospital will become a regular event, held every four months. Anyone wanting to register their interest in future dates should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Charman, Director of Human Resources, said: “This Career Clinic is part of a wider recruitment drive by the Trust, which also included an event to attract more nurses to Team QEH.
“Our priority is the best patient care possible and to continue delivering that we are always looking to maintain and improve our fantastic team of staff. It is wonderful to know so many people from the community want to be part of the team.”
A late afternoon or evening slot and allocated time slots (due to room size) are considerations for future events following the feedback received.
Members of the Learning and Organisation Development Team are regularly holding clinics at JobCentres in King’s Lynn, Fakenham, Wisbech and Spalding to promote the health service and give application advice.
Caption 1: A busy Career Clinic in The Inspire Centre at QEH
Caption 2: Stoma Care Specialist Nurse Melanie Claxton at the Career Clinic