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College contributes to successful clinical careers event

Posted: 28 June 2023

Teachers from West Nottinghamshire College provided guidance on health and social care courses, apprenticeships, and the access to nursing programme at the latest ‘Step into the NHS’ careers showcase this month.

Interviews and on-the-spot job offers took place at the third successful careers event, which was attended by more than 200 people. 

Organised by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with West Nottinghamshire College and Nottingham Trent University, it highlighted a host of clinical roles available in the Trust’s King’s Mill, Mansfield Community, and Newark Hospitals.

Visitors to the event, which took place on Tuesday 20 June at King’s Mill Hospital, could find out about apprenticeship opportunities, career pathways, and how to enrol at the university’s Mansfield-based campus.

Departments including nursing and theatres conducted interviews on the night, resulting in around 10 people being offered roles including as Registered Nurses.

As well as nursing, there was lots of information on roles in the emergency department, theatres, therapy services, maternity, and respiratory – among many more.

Nikki Slack, assistant principal for health, education and service industries at West Nottinghamshire College, said: “This was the third careers event for clinical pathways and the first time it was held at King’s Mill Hospital, which gave the public a real opportunity to take a look inside the hospital and speak to professionals. The teams from Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust did a fantastic job of showcasing their roles and there was a real buzz around the event with many interviews taking place on the night.

“The teams from West Nottinghamshire College took many enquiries for individuals wishing to start their education pathway to pursue careers in the NHS. Another great event to support local people get into local jobs.”

Rebecca Herring, lead nurse for safe staffing at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “The event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our fantastic teams and demonstrate the many clinical career pathways to our future workforce. During the event, the teams successfully appointed to several clinical roles, and we look forward to welcoming our new colleagues over the next few months.”

Rob Simcox, director of people at Sherwood Forest Hospitals who oversees the Trust’s recruitment efforts, said: “We were delighted to welcome hundreds of jobseekers to the first large-scale careers event to be held at King’s Mill hospital site since before the pandemic. There was a fantastic level of interest from people wanting to join Sherwood Forest Hospitals – we made several appointments on the night and a further 100 registered their details to find out more about the opportunities we offer.”

Sarah Mayfield, director of Mansfield Hub and UK College Partnerships said: “This was an extremely successful event and we were delighted to see so many people attend. It’s really important for us to demonstrate the many pathways available for anyone considering a career in the NHS, and options for those with different qualifications or life experiences.

“This is why we work in close proximity with our partners at West Nottinghamshire College and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and our courses are tailored to fit to the needs of both students and the NHS as an employer. If anyone was unable to attend the event, please do get in touch and we are happy to arrange a tour or chat with tutors.”

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