Peninsula open day
Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth, the first hospital of its kind in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, is on the lookout for more nurses and radiographers to join its successful teams.
The hospital would like to hear from Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurses, and Health and Care Professions Council registered operating department practitioners and radiographers. There are a number of positions available, and more details will be available at a free recruitment open day to be held at the hospital on 22nd November between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
The open day will be an opportunity to tour Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, meet the team and find out what it is like to work in an ‘Outstanding’ hospital.
Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre is well known for supporting its staff members and helping them to further their careers. One such example is Tracy Nokes, a member of the hospital’s Outpatient Department.
Tracy joined Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre five years ago as a health care assistant and was encouraged to take the NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, which she passed.
The hospital has given her further support to train as an assistant practitioner via the City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare, which she completed successfully over a two-year period.
Tracy’s role is in the Outpatients Department where she assesses patients before they go on to see the rest of the team who will be caring for them. She carries out ECGs if required, takes blood samples and carries out other assessment measures, such as weight and height.
She said: “I love my job and the fact that I get to interact with our patients right at the beginning of their journey with us. I particularly enjoy helping to put people at ease in situations where they might be afraid of needles, for example. Often where they have agreed to have a blood sample taken, I will have taken it without them even noticing. We are very thorough with our assessments, which surprises a lot of people. It can be a good ‘MoT’ for a lot of our patients.”
She added: “I am really grateful to Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre for giving me the opportunity to study and further qualify in my career. The Diploma system is a fantastic way for someone at my stage of life to take my career forward and achieve even more. Diplomas are a great way to update and improve your practice and show that you really know your job. I think everyone should do them!”
Mark White, Hospital Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “Working with us is about more than doing a job – we are each part of a close community with a strong commitment to excellent patient care and clinical standards. Ours is a pleasant environment in which to work, and we will always consider requests from members of staff for support for career progression. We hope that we get a good number of people on 22nd November, and we look forward to welcoming them and telling them more about why it’s great to work here.”