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Northumbria expands elderly care nursing teams in Northumberland and North Tyneside

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015
Northumbria expands elderly care nursing teams in Northumberland and North Tyneside

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is expanding its teams which provide compassionate care to elderly patients in hospital.

The trust is looking to appoint 40 nurses to work in its general and community hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The nurses will be invaluable members of the team, looking after patients who are staying on the wards and attending hospital for assessments.

Given the complex needs of elderly patients cared for by the trust, Northumbria is looking to recruit both registered general nurses and mental health nurses, who specialise in looking after the growing number of patients living with dementia and other mental health issues such as depression, all at Band 5.

The expansion is part of the trust’s continuous investment in its existing hospitals which, after the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital opens in Cramlington this summer, will continue to treat the majority of patients.

The trust’s general hospitals at Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck will become centres of excellence for patients to receive high quality, planned and on-going care and rehabilitation and will each have dedicated elderly care assessment centres to care for vulnerable, elderly patients in their own communities.

The trust is inviting anyone interested in the roles to a drop-in event on Thursday 23 April at 6pm to 8pm at Northumbria House, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, to meet the matrons and find out more about the posts on offer and career opportunities.

Elaine Henderson, chief matron for medicine and emergency care at the trust, said: “This is a really exciting time to join Northumbria Healthcare.

“Not only are we leading the way nationally and changing the way we deliver emergency care, we are transforming our general and community hospitals to become expert centres where all planned and on-going care takes place. These will be central to local communities and be where most patients will receive their care.

“With an ageing population, most of our patients are elderly and we are committed to treating them with compassion, empathy and respect.

“We are looking for people who share our values, who recognise that every patient is a person and is passionate about not only caring for them physically, but providing emotional support.

“We are also dedicated to improving the care of our patients with complex needs – such as dementia or learning disabilities – and our new nurses will play a key role in that work. As with all our staff, we will provide training and opportunities for career progression.

She added: “We would encourage anyone who’s interested in finding our more about the roles to come along to our event where they’ll have the opportunity to talk to our matrons and hear all about the excellent initiatives we have in place to improve the care of our elderly patients.”

The nurses will work at the trust’s general hospitals and community hospitals at Berwick, Alnwick, Rothbury, Blyth and Haltwhistle and the Whalton Unit at Morpeth.

You can view the jobs on NHS Jobs here. Applications are welcome from experienced and newly-qualified nurses and those wishing to return to the profession.

For more information contact the trust’s recruitment team on 0191 203 1861 or visit