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North East NHS organisations come together to boost workforce diversity

Posted: 02/04/19

Six NHS organisations in the North East have joined forces to help overcome barriers to accessing employment for people from different ethnic backgrounds.

Together, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Leadership Academy North East, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have come together to hold a recruitment event designed to attract black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people to work for the NHS, the first of its kind in the region.

The BAME Recruitment Event takes place on Saturday 27 April, 10am – 3pm at the New Education Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle NE1 4LP.

The six organisations involved are offering more than 350 different jobs, including everything from tyre fitters, stores and supplies workers, IT support, administration, finance positions and senior managers, to nurses, doctors, surgeons, directors and chief executives.

The day offers:

  • the chance to meet people from each organisation,
  • an outline of NHS employee benefits,
  • an introduction to job roles in the NHS,
  • interview skills and application processes, and
  • job matching.

More information is available here. 

Our ambition is to be a model employer, embodying a diverse workforce at all levels which will deliver better outcomes for those we serve.

John LawlorNTW Chief Executive and chair of the Leadership Academy

We each want to develop a workforce that represents the community in we serve.  That means that we need to ensure people from all backgrounds can access employment opportunities.  Research tells us that some people may face obstacles to gaining employment that we hope to overcome by offering a regional event like this.

Yvonne OrmstonChief Executive at the North East Ambulance Service

Newcastle Hospitals is proud to have one of the most diverse workforces in the region.

Highly skilled staff from across the world have been attracted here to work in our innovative and outstanding services and I’m keen to encourage more people from BAME communities to join us so that we can truly represent the communities we serve.

This focused recruitment event will give you the chance to find out more about building a fulfilling career in the NHS in the North East, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Dame Jackie DanielChief Executive at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This event is an excellent opportunity to engage with groups who are representative of the communities and patients we all serve and we welcome applications to join us.

Dr Hilary LloydExecutive director of nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals and quality at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead

As a trust we are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace to ensure we deliver the best care for everyone, whenever and wherever they need it and as such we are proud to be supporting this event.

Ann StringerExecutive director of human resources and operational development at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

To find out more about careers at NTW visit the Trust’s Careers page.