Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”.
The Trust Boards of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust. Under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust, both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. All key services will remain on both sites and will be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. This will bring many benefits for patients including much improved continuity of care
Would you like to work for a Trust in which you can make a real difference? Would you like to be recognised for your effort and hard work?
Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”:
Because of our unique position, Bedford has a great community spirit and working environment and can provide a great platform for you to continue to grow as a professional. We are also very passionate about furthering your potential by creating different pathways for you to grow, whether that being internal training, further education and supporting you on your MSc or through work experience via Rotation or even a specialist provision, the choice is yours and is open to all of our employees!
What will I be doing in my new role?
Riverbank Children’s Unit is a friendly purpose built unit offering a wide range of Paediatric experience. The department includes inpatients, day surgery, an established Children’s Assessment Unit, where you can learn acute assessment skills for children 0-18 years. The unit also runs a busy Outpatient Department. There will be opportunities to work alongside clinical nurse specialist in the ambulatory care setting and with children in their own homes, as part of the rotation.
What about the department I will Join?
Riverbank Peadiatric Unit has a real family feel to it as each individual from the senior management team to the junior staff members working together to deliver safe, quality patient care. The department has a lot of staff who are highly skilled and experienced and want to guide and support the junior team members in their development and knowledge. The Unit provides regular in house teaching days aimed at the needs of the nursing staff and unit, as well as having monthly team meetings where everyone in the department is invited to come. We have a social team who organise days and nights out for the team to attend.
Although we have a very strong learning and development function, we appreciate you will need to have acquired some skills and experience from your career you will require in order for your time with us to be a real success. These can be found in the Person and Job Description attachment on NHS Jobs. However we have highlighted three of them below
1 RSCN or RN (Child) NMC Registration
2 Teaching Skills
Best of both worlds!
Bedford Hospital is situated in a beautiful part of the UK in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedford is a quaint riverside town with easy access to quiet unspoilt countryside, which can become useful after a fulfilling shift. Bedford is one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. The great news is though is that We are only 35 minutes away from London by train, this will let you experience all that London has to offer without having the expense of living there. For more information on the area and things to do please check our additional information on NHS Jobs.
Want to know more?
The hospital has grown significantly especially within the last 30 years. It now provides a wide range of services which include beds for Care of the Elderly, ENT, General Medicine, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Neonatal, Obstetrics, Oncology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Breast Surgery and Urology. A modern Accident and Emergency Department includes a 6-bedded observation ward. The Critical Care Complex provides both High Dependency and Intensive Care beds to a maximum capacity of 12 beds.
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust values employee care highly. We will ensure all applicants receive some form of notification/decision throughout the application process. Please ensure your application details are correct as the majority of correspondence is sent digitally (Email / Text).
Please note that we do execute the right to close vacancies early should it be deemed that a sufficient number of applications have been received.
Equality & Diversity and Inclusion
Bedford, a fantastic place to live, It’s one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. We too are an advocate of diversity and strive to mirror our community as much possible so we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups.
The Trust is equally keen to receive applications from any of the 9 protected characteristics as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within the trust.
We take safeguarding very seriously at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to ensure the safety of our patients which includes children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants’ offer of employment will be subject to stringent pre-employment checks which include DBS, valid references and more. Please note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected; or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant has been selected. We have also implemented this into the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.
A copy of the DBS code of Practice is available on request.
For all Agenda for Change posts these are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 6 months within which the notice period for both you and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is Four weeks.
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