Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating National Careers Week starting on 7 March by encouraging local jobseekers, both young and old, to take advantage of opportunities available from one of Wiltshire’s largest employers.
From people who interact directly with patients to those who provide essential support from behind the scenes, there’s more to working in the NHS than just thermometers and stethoscopes.
And with more than 5,000 people working in 350 different careers, the Trust has a role to match any person’s unique interests, passions or experience.
Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources, said: “National Careers Week is a fantastic opportunity for local people to get a flavour for what it’s like to work for their local NHS organisation.
“There are quite literally hundreds of different jobs available within healthcare and we are unique in the fact that we can offer people not only a job, but a long and rewarding career. It’s always exciting when people join our teams and bring with them fresh ideas and new ways of working, so I hope this week will inspire local people to consider us for their first or next job.”
While most people know that the Trust is home to doctors, nurses and other medical professions, it’s also the place of work for many lesser known careers such as play specialists, pharmacy workers and human resources experts.
Claire Parks, Play Specialist, joined the team at the Great Western Hospital 10 years ago after knowing she always wanted to work with children. She said: “To a poorly child, a hospital is a scary place. It’s my job, through play, to make them feel more like children again, help them to understand but also sometimes distract them from what’s going on.
“It may sound clichéd but working in the Children’s Unit at the Great Western Hospital is incredibly rewarding. To see families leave hospital with smiles on their faces and for them to make an effort of saying thank you before going home is a lovely feeling.”
The Trust can also help people without university-level qualifications to progress and develop in their chosen field. Hannah Taylor, Pharmacy Distribution Manager, joined the Trust on a Student Pharmacy Technician course, which saw her gain both NVQ and BTEC qualifications.
She said: “Completing the first year as an Assistant Technical Officer is a great way of finding out if you like working in the pharmacy, and you can apply straight from GCSE. You don’t have to be the most academic person to do what I do, the biggest attribute is a strong eye for detail. Accuracy is an important part of the job.”
As well as nurturing and developing its staff, the Trust can also offer employees the chance to take their career in direction to suit them. Claire Inglis, Employee Relations Advisor, started life at the Trust as an administrator before moving to a ward environment and then to Human Resources.
She said: “I joined HR as an administrator, but I’ve since gained a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Qualification and was encouraged by my team to apply for my current position.
“I’m very happy to work in a hospital environment as it’s great to look after the people who look after everyone else. The work can be challenging, but it’s all part of the fun.”
To read more about Claire, Hannah and Claire Inglis go to the Working for Us section of the trust’s website.