Around 5,000 people turned up for just 100 jobs that were up for grabs at a new emergency care hospital due to open this summer.
Jobseekers flocked in their thousands to sessions run by the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust last week to find out more about the catering, portering and security roles on offer at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in East Cramlington.
When complete, the hospital will be the first in the country to house A&E consultants 24/7 and a range of specialist consultants seven days a week.
But the trust was overwhelmed when 5,000 people turned up at Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington last week to find out more about the 100 jobs up for grabs.
Andrea Stoker, general manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said she was delighted with the response.
She said: “We would like to thank the thousands of people who came along to our sessions to find out more about the opportunities available.
“We were deeply impressed by local people’s interest in the roles and, above all, their enthusiasm for our new hospital which will be the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in the country.
“This is a great boost for the area and we would like to remind people that this is just the first of our recruitment programmes for our new hospital. We would encourage anyone who’s interested to keep checking our website and NHS Jobs website for updates.”
Applications for jobs at the purpose-built hospital are now open and the closing date is Monday January 19.
The roles on offer will help support the running of the purpose-built hospital, which is set to be a crucial addition to the trust’s general hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside, which will continue to care for people with less serious injuries.
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 13 Jan 2015