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Coronavirus: Airedale sees increase in job applications

Coronavirus: Airedale sees increase in job applications

Published by May Norman at 12:34pm 13th May 2020.

Airedale sees huge increase in job applications in response to pandemic

  • Health bosses in Airedale have experienced a surge of people applying for jobs.
  • In March and April alone, over 2000 applications were sent in to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
  • That's a 52 per cent rise compared to the same time last year.

Airedale Hospital has seen a surge in people wanting to join the trust, all thanks to the outpouring of gratitude for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Support for the NHS is incredibly high and Airedale has seen this with a flood of applications and over 2000 people applying to join the trust in March and April alone.  

This has led to over 300 job offers - a 52 per cent increase in comparison to 2019.

The rise has meant the trust could recruit more staff across a wide range of registered health professional roles alongside other key worker roles in admin, catering, domestics, porters and drivers, thus ensuring key roles are filled and they have an additional complement of staff available to provide resilience where needed.

New doctors and nurses at Airedale
New doctors joining the ranks at Airedale General

To cope with this increase in demand the trust HR team has rapidly introduced a fast track recruitment process, meaning new staff can start within 7 days. 

Lorna Smithson, Head of HR Workforce Resource Service at Airedale NHS Foundation trust says:

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our local community and it’s evident from the number of applications we’re receiving that people want to help the NHS in any way they can.  We would like to thank our local community for stepping forward during this pandemic to offer support which has really reinforced that we are all in this together.”

The trust has also been taking part in other initiatives to increase the workforce at this vital time. 

·       The trust has partnered with Universities in Bradford, Huddersfield, Cumbria, Leeds, Liverpool, the Open University and Uclan in Lancashire to employ students who have volunteered to help during their 6 month final placement.  These 50 students will support staff and care for patients in special nationally- designed roles for future nurses and midwives.

·       As part of the national Bring Back Staff Campaign encouraging retired health professionals to consider returning to the NHS, Airedale has gratefully received 32 offers across Medical, Nursing, Therapies and Scientists and to date 22 have joined the trust.

·       The trust welcomed its third cohort of 15 overseas nurses from India, joining the 19 nurses that arrived in January and February this year

·       The trust welcomed the new Interim Foundation Doctors who have graduated from medical school and chosen to join earlier than their normal August start date to help during the pandemic

·       Finally, the trust has reinstated its “Lean on Me” programme, an initiative designed to provide additional support from all corners of the trust to the wards during peak periods.  The idea is to relieve the pressure and free up health care professionals to concentrate on their clinical duties.  The trust has widened the scope of this programme during the Covid pandemic to include the redeployment of current staff and volunteers, and to include members of the public that have come forward to offer help on a voluntary basis.

If you are interested in working for the trust and to see the latest vacancies on the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust website.