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North East NHS organisations come together to boost workforce diversity

Thursday, 28 March, 2019
North East NHS organisations come together to boost workforce diversity

Six NHS organisations in the North East have joined forces to help overcome barriers to accessing employment for people from different ethnic backgrounds.

Together, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Leadership Academy North East, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have come together to hold a recruitment event designed to attract black, Asian and minority ethnic people to work for the NHS, the first of its kind in the region.

The BAME Recruitment Event will take place on the 27th April, 10am – 3pm at the New Education Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle NE1 4LP.

The six organisations involved are offering more than 350 different jobs, including everything from tyre fitters, stores and supplies workers, IT support, administration, finance positions and senior managers, to nurses, doctors, surgeons, directors and chief executives.

The day will offer:
• the chance to meet people from each organisation,
• an outline of NHS employee benefits,
• an introduction to job roles in the NHS,
• interview skills and application processes, and
• job matching.

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Yvonne Ormston, chief executive at the North East Ambulance Service, explains: “We each want to develop a workforce that represents the community in we serve. That means that we need to ensure people from all backgrounds can access employment opportunities. Research tells us that some people may face obstacles to gaining employment that we hope to overcome by offering a regional event like this.”

Dame Jackie Daniel, chief executive at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says: “Newcastle Hospitals is proud to have one of the most diverse workforces in the region.

“Highly skilled staff from across the world have been attracted here to work in our innovative and outstanding services and I’m keen to encourage more people from BAME communities to join us so that we can truly represent the communities we serve.

“This focussed recruitment event will give you the chance to find out more about building a fulfilling career in the NHS in the North East, and we look forward to welcoming you.”

Dr Hilary Lloyd, executive director of nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals and quality at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, added, “This event is an excellent opportunity to engage with groups who are representative of the communities and patients we all serve and we welcome applications to join us.”

Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and operational development, at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “As a trust we are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace to ensure we deliver the best care for everyone, whenever and wherever they need it and as such we are proud to be supporting this event.”

John Lawlor, Chief Executive at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Leadership Academy said “Our ambition is to be a model employer, embodying a diverse workforce at all levels which will deliver better outcomes for those we serve.”

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