The trust, which has had fantastic support during the Covid-19 pandemic from students, temporary staff and registered nurses returning to practice.
The trust has continued to recruit throughout, even though face-to-face interviews were postponed. One of the innovative ways the trust did this was to undertake virtual interviews, and following this have now planned a virtual recruitment day online.
The mental health, learning disability and community Trust covering 400 sites in the North West knew that the pandemic couldn’t get in the way of recruiting more much needed nurses.
Maria Nelligan, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Despite the strains of the Covid-19 pandemic, we knew we needed to keep recruiting in order to offer the best care for our service users and patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
"With our trust covering a population of over one million people and with the north west being especially hard hit by the pandemic, mental health nurses are going to be needed more than ever in the coming months, so that’s why we decided to take the interview process online.
"This way we can recruit while also adhering to guidelines around social distancing and our future recruits can learn more about the Trust, speak to our dedicated teams and hear about their potential development and benefits. We are an innovative, forward-thinking trust and that extends to our recruitment as well as the care we provide.”
The trust has a range of opportunities available at mental health inpatient units across Lancashire and South Cumbria, Community Services, Mental Health Nurses and Learning Disability Nurses are invited to take part in the virtual recruitment event taking place between 9am and 5pm on Friday June 26.
Registered nurses, student nurses and also nurses considering returning to practice after a career break or retirement, are invited to get involved to find out more.
To register interest, please email [email protected] to request an invitation to a virtual drop in session on the day. The next event is planned for 31st July so if you’re unable to apply for June 26, there is another session to come.
Opportunities are available to join teams at:
Learning disability community teams - Lancashire
Chorley Inpatient Unit, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital – Adult mental health
Furness General Hospital, Barrow – Adult and older people mental health
Guild Lodge, Preston – Forensic mental health
Pendleview/Hillview, Royal Blackburn Hospital - Adult and older people mental health
Scarisbrick Inpatient Unit, Ormskirk District General Hospital – Adult mental health
The Harbour, Blackpool - Adult and older people mental health
The Cove, Heysham – Young people’s services
In addition to mental health and learning disability roles, opportunities are also available for Registered General Nurses, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists and Healthcare Assistants.
Compassionate and respectful team players with excellent communication skills are sought to join the trust of around 7,000 staff across 400 sites.