Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust opens doors to mental health nurses

In a bid to raise awareness of the opportunities for mental health nurses in Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is holding a Mental Health and Learning Disability Open Day for students at Berrywood Hospital, Northampton on Saturday 23 February from 10am until 2pm.

NHFT is rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and provides support in the community and in hospital settings, as well as out-of-county prison services.

At the Open Day student nurses will hear about the roles available and benefits of working for NHFT, including excellent training and career development opportunities. There can also apply for roles to start once they have completed their qualifications.

According to statistics from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the number of mental health nurses fell from 90,693 to 88,821 between 2014 and 2018 (i).

To recruit more mental health nurses to the profession leading healthcare providers in Northamptonshire and the University of Northampton are coming together to highlight the many opportunities available across the county.

Julie Brice, Head of pre-registration at NHFT said:

“Those attending our open day can take a tour of the facilities, speak to our nurses about the work they do and hear about why NHFT provides them with a flexible and supportive working environment. There will be opportunities to take part in activities and find out more about our research and innovation as well as the opportunity to register for an interview on the day.”

To be interviewed, students will need to bring their paperwork with them on the day or pre-register online for an interview by clicking hereor register their place without an interview by clicking here.

The University of Northampton is also partnering with NHFT and St Andrew’s Healthcare to host a celebration of mental health nursing in the Grosvenor Centre to mark the UK’s first Mental Health Nurses’ Day (ii) on 21 February  – an initiative organised by the Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health Forum.

Staff and students from the University of Northampton, St Andrew’s Health and Northamptonshire NHS Foundation Trust will attend the event from 10am-2pm and will be in the open area on the ground floor. They will talk about mental health nursing, showcase the best of what the profession has to offer and promote the University’s course as well as the employment opportunities with St Andrew’s Healthcare and NHFT.

The University of Northampton, St Andrews Healthcare and NHFT are partners in the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ recruitment campaign launched last year by Altadicta. It is the first campaign of its kind to bring together several NHS providers to address the national shortage of doctors and nurses by highlighting the many benefits of relocating to Northamptonshire, including the varied career opportunities and better quality of life.

The campaign unites the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital (KGH), St Andrew’s Healthcare and Northants GP.

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