Call for more community nurses

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THE NHS is looking for more people to become community nurses.

As part of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ongoing work to improve its community services, it is encouraging both experienced and newly qualified nurses to apply for a number of nursing roles in the community. Although traditionally community nursing was seen as a vocation for experienced nurses, the Trust is encouraging student nurses who are due to graduate soon to apply as well.

Samantha Leak, locality manager for NHFT, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for people to work with a fantastic team of community nurses in Northamptonshire.

“In the past, there has been a perception that you can only work in the community after several years of working in an acute hospital, but this is not the case. We want to encourage newly qualified nurses to also join our community teams.

“We are looking for applicants who put patients first and want to develop healthcare to fit the needs of the individual in their home.

“With support, the nurses we recruit will work closely with patients, GPs, care home staff, residents and relatives, as well as the wider community healthcare team.”

Coralie Burrows, a community nurse based at Burton Latimer Surgery, said: “The training is excellent and there are lots of opportunities for progression.”

Helen Wakley, another community nurse based at Burton Latimer, said: “I enjoy working for the Trust and there are a lot of different directions you can go in as a community nurse. NHFT are also very good at providing training.”

Harry Beeken, an advanced nurse practitioner based in Corby and surrounding villages, said: “The work is hard, rewarding, often stressful, but there are new opportunities now to specialise in areas of nursing that were once the preserve of other professions.

“Consequently the status, autonomy and skills of the nurse are being transformed to better reflect the new emphasis upon care for the patient closer to home, and with less reliance upon acute care provision.”

Job adverts will be going out shortly, but to register your interest, call 01536 493246 or email smh.recruitment@nhft.nhs.uk

For more details go to www.jobs.nhs.uk and at www.nhft.nhs.uk