Join one of our nursing teams and we’ll start you off as we mean to go on - with a comprehensive Preceptorship programme, allocation of a work based preceptor and a competency based portfolio.
If you’re just starting out as a nurse, you’ll find the Trust to be a uniquely welcoming place to practice. Right now, we’re offering employment to student nurses who train with us, without interview. This gives them much-needed peace of mind that a job is waiting once their studies are complete.
We’ve also developed Keep in Touch days for newly qualified nurses, helping them to get involved before they start with us.
Our Preceptorship Programme is the ideal way to make your transition from student nurse to autonomous practitioner. You’ll enjoy a combination of ward based clinical support and a taught programme, delivered by experienced senior nurses. Sessions include topics such as accountability and professionalism, through to male catheterisation and IV fluid and drug administration.
Once a year nurses are invited to attend the Clinical MOT programme. You’ll be invited to spend a day refreshing your skills and knowledge, and identifying areas where you want to improve. Our inspirational MOT days include both taught and interactive sessions. As well as winning acclaim from the Nursing Times, they are much-loved by our nurses.
Our dedicated Nurse Education Team will be there for you as you progress through your career. They provide a variety of interactive teaching sessions for the development of clinical skills.
You’ll also be able to access our popular QUEST programme online, at any time. We’ve created a range of in-depth online e-learning modules, so you can take control of your own growth.
Lisa Harding - Community Nurse
Raibon Deans - ED Staff Nurse
Annabel Bottrill - ED Matron
Having a baby can be an exciting and scary time. But at our Trust women can be assured of the very best of care – and that is down to our fantastic team who work in maternity.
We have successfully achieved Stage 3 UNICEF Baby-friendly initiative status demonstrating our commitment to supporting and increasing breastfeeding. Our maternity services were finalists in the national British Journal of Midwifery Awards for Innovation in Practice
We reconfigured our directorates so that health visiting and maternity are more closely aligned. This has enabled our teams to work better together providing seamless care for women and families.
Investigations such as scans will be more widely available in community venues as we look to be a beacon of excellence in maternity care which continues to receive positive feedback from women. We do all of this while continuing to work with the community who use our services to achieve outcomes that are important to them as well as promoting healthy outcomes to all. Our community midwives are committed to caring for women in their own home setting, whilst those may choose to give birth at our outstanding midwifery-led units, Halcyon, in Smethwick and Serenity, based at City Hospital.
And of course there is the new state-of-the-art maternity unit which will sit within the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, which will be completed in October, 2018.
Zulekha Sadien - Midwife
Alice Tracey - Midwife
Our award-winning Community and Therapies clinical group continues to thrive and develop and we are looking for more therapists to join our growing team. Our staff deliver more than 30 different clinical services across inpatients, outpatient clinics, in patient’s homes and a diverse range of community locations.
Community and acute physiotherapists within the team are fully involved in the integrated working for those patients with long-term respiratory conditions, whilst plans are in place to provide a comprehensive, seamless range of nursing, therapy and medical services to meet the needs of our local diverse population.
Our rotations are in a variety of settings including emergency departments, acute and community beds and clinics, and in patients’ own homes. They include musculoskeletal services, frail elderly, stroke and neurology, paediatrics, and MacMillan Therapy Team.
When it comes to training therapists, we have a wide range of opportunities. We have an established education programme which includes, a core Clinical MOT – whereby therapists are invited to spend a day refreshing your skills and knowledge and identifying areas where you want to improve. Other training opportunities also include a quality improvement half day, experimental learning and strong peer support throughout the Trust.
Our Trust continues to have positive relationships with a number of universities in Birmingham, Keele and Coventry, both in undergraduate education and PhD and research posts.
Beth Sykes - Physiotherapist
Being a doctor at our Trust gives you a wealth of great opportunities from working with state-of-the-art facilities, to developing your skills through excellent training programmes.
Let’s start with the training. We are proud of the standard of our medical training, but we don’t just think it is good, our doctors tell us it is.
Medical Training is the backbone of any teaching hospital and is a priority for us. Every Foundation Year 1 (FY1) and FY2 junior doctor receives ongoing medical training in our Trust and over the last year we received 97 per cent positive feedback from them, relating to the quality of training they received. One comment from a junior doctor was that “the training was helpful, clear, practical and engaging”.
Our training focuses on practicality, such as what doctors should do within the ‘golden hour’, which is the first hour following diagnosis when action must be taken and treatment started. We were one of the first NHS Trusts in the country to undertake such training and have been doing it since 2012.
And when it comes to research, we are leading the way with ambitious plans to further increase our already high standards. Our work has influenced approaches to disease management at both national and international levels. And as a doctor working with us, you will have the opportunity to take part in the latest service and treatment research enabling the best care for patients.
At our Trust, we serve a large and ethnically diverse population and our links within the community, where there are many patients with chronic long term conditions, are excellent.
We also have the New Consultants Programme, which is aimed at doctors just starting out in their career as consultants. It covers a range of eight technical and behavioural workshops which often take an experiential approach. The course, which is taken in the first two years of their consultancy, also focuses on leadership, the health value chain, getting the best from others and handling conflict.
There are a wealth of benefits that you will gain and they include the consultants getting to know our Trust, transforming them from an individual contributor to that of a leader and creating a cross Trust consultant community who can provide peer support.
Feedback has been excellent, with 94 per cent of participants rating it as good or excellent in how useful it has been to their leadership role.
With the opening of our new hospital, the Midland Metropolitan on the horizon, we are at the forefront of integrated care delivery, with diagnostic and outpatient care being provided from treatment centres at Sandwell, City and our other community locations. Doctors working for our Trust will be able to access the latest services at the Midland Metropolitan when it opens in October, 2018.
Our leading Imaging department boasts the newest technology after we recently embarked on a Managed Equipment Service.
This means if you join our team you will be working with state-of-the-art imaging equipment not only at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, but in all our settings.
The introduction of new technology includes a state-of-the-art, robotic X-ray scanner (Siemens YSIO Max Aim), which can produce an image in just one second. This machine is already helping to cut down patient waiting times. Our successes in imaging don’t stop there. There has been a significant reduction in waiting times across the whole Imaging group, which has helped to identify patients’ health issues faster.
Consultant radiologists and radiographers are also impressed with our training opportunities. Radiographers and sonographers can embark on mentorship and coaching programmes. For our doctors there is the excellent New Consultants Programme.
Once a month we keep half a day free from non-urgent clinics or reporting – our Quality Improvement Half Days. This is protected time for teams to learn, talk and improve and happens Trust-wide.
For more information see http://www.swbh.nhs.uk/services/imaging/