Jobs boost from new Northumberland hospital

An aerial view of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.
An aerial view of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has today announced a major jobs boost for Northumberland in the new year.

In January, the trust will be advertising more than 100 new jobs for its Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital when it opens in Cramlington next summer.

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.

Recruitment for the positions for domestic staff and roles in catering, portering and security will open on Thursday, January 1.

Events for local people to find out more are planned to take place in Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington, on Friday, January 9, and Sunday, January 11, from 10am to 2pm. The closing date for applications is Monday, January 19.

Andrea Stoker, general manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We wanted to let everyone know before Christmas that we will be recruiting early next year for more than 100 people to work at our new specialist emergency care hospital.

“This is a fantastic boost for the area, the local economy and, most importantly, for local people. These roles will be integral to the day-to-day running of the hospital and we would encourage anyone who’s interested in finding out more to come along to our events in January.”

People will be able to apply for the jobs through and 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 which will continue to treat the majority of patients and become centres of excellence for patients to receive high-quality and timely planned and ongoing care.