Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”.
It’s a great time to be joining our team as we progress plans to join with our colleagues at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to become a new Foundation Trust.
The Trust Boards of Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust. Under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust, both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. All key services will remain on both sites and will be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. This will bring many benefits for patients including much improved continuity of care.
Would you like to work for a Trust in which you can make a real difference? Would you like to be recognised for your effort and hard work?
Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”:
Because of our unique position, Bedford has a great community spirit and working environment and can provide a great platform for you to continue to grow as a professional. We are also very passionate about furthering your potential by creating different learning & career pathways for you to grow, whether that being internal training or further education to supporting you on your MSc or through work experience via Rotation or even a specialist provision, the choice is yours and it is open to all of our employees!
What will I be doing in my new role?
As a member of the Support Services Directorate, to play an active role in the provision of high quality portering service to the Trust, ensuring the safe transportation of the patients across the hospital site and distributing medical and other equipment, linen and supplies to departments in a timely manner.
Although we have a very strong learning and development function, we appreciate you will need to have acquired some skills and experience from your career to date in order for your time with us to be a real success. These can be found in the Person and Job Description attachment on NHS Jobs. However we have highlighted three of them below
To work in any area of the hospital including North Wing, as instructed by the Chargehand; this may include wards, x-ray department, pharmacy, HSSD, grounds and the mail room.
To convey patients by wheelchair, bed or trolley between wards and departments on the hospital site in a safe manner and in accordance with current procedures.
To monitor the condition of transportation equipment; report any faults/defects in a timely manner and ensure that these are stored appropriately to avoid further use until repair work has been carried out
Best of both worlds!
Bedford Hospital is situated in a beautiful part of the UK in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedford is a quaint riverside town with easy access to quiet unspoilt countryside, which can become useful after a fulfilling shift. Bedford is one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. The great news is though is that We are only 35 minutes away from London by train, this will let you experience all that London has to offer without having the expense of living there. For more information on the area and things to do please check our additional information on NHS Jobs.
Want to know more?
The hospital has grown significantly especially within the last 30 years. It now provides a wide range of services which include beds for Care of the Elderly, ENT, General Medicine, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Neonatal, Obstetrics, Oncology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Breast Surgery and Urology. A modern Accident and Emergency Department includes a 6-bedded observation ward. The Critical Care Complex provides both High Dependency and Intensive Care beds to a maximum capacity of 12 beds.
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust values employee care highly. We will ensure all applicants receive some form of notification/decision throughout the application process. Please ensure your application details are correct as the majority of correspondence is sent digitally (Email / Text).
Please note that we do execute the right to close vacancies early should it be deemed that a sufficient number of applications have been received.
Equality & Diversity and Inclusion
Bedford, a fantastic place to live, It’s one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. We too are an advocate of diversity and strive to mirror our community as much possible so we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups.
The Trust is equally keen to receive applications from any of the 9 protected characteristics as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within the trust.
We take safeguarding very seriously at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to ensure the safety of our patients which includes children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants’ offer of employment will be subject to stringent pre-employment checks which include DBS, valid references and more. Please note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected; or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant has been selected. We have also implemented this into the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.
A copy of the DBS code of Practice is available on request.
For all Agenda for Change posts these are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 6 months within which the notice period for both you and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is one week.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.
From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.
Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants