People are now able to apply for more than 100 jobs at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital which will open in Cramlington this summer.
Applications for the jobs for domestic, catering, portering and security staff are open at www.jobs.nhs.uk and people interested in finding out more are being invited to come along to drop-in events this week.
The events take place at 10 Dudley Court, Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington on Friday, January 9, and Sunday, January 11, from 10am to 2pm both days.
The closing date for the applications is Monday, January 19.
The roles in facilities will help support the running of the purpose-built hospital which will be the first in the country dedicated to providing emergency care, with A&E consultants working 24/7 and consultants in a range of specialities working seven days a week.
Andrea Stoker, general manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a great boost for the area and an excellent opportunity for local people to work at our new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital which will be the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in the country.
“We would encourage anyone who’s interested in the jobs to come along to our open events where staff will be on hand to explain about the roles which will be integral to the running of the hospital and the provision of high quality patient care.
“We’re looking for enthusiastic people who want to be part of a development which is revolutionising emergency care for patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
“This is the first of our recruitment programmes and over the coming months we will be looking for more people to work at our new hospital, keep checking the NHS Jobs website for updates.”
Successful applicants will be employed by Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The new hospital will treat seriously ill patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside, enabling them to be seen by the right specialist for their condition quickly which is widely proven to improve clinical outcomes.
Walk-in A&E services at the trust’s general hospitals will continue to care for people with less serious injuries.
Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England has endorsed the Northumbria approach which is in line with his ‘urgent and emergency care services’ review which calls for larger ‘specialist emergency centres’ with consistent levels of senior staffing in order to maximise chances of survival and a good recovery for patients.
In 2015, the trust will also be recruiting experienced nurses, particularly in elderly care, to work at its general hospital sites in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck. These sites will continue to treat the majority of patients and become centres of excellence for patients to receive high quality and timely planned and on-going care.
The jobs boost was covered by the Gazette before Christmas.