Medway Hospital hosts recruitment open evening for children's nurses

Date: 05 February 2016

A special open evening for nurses looking to explore a rewarding career in children’s nursing was held at Medway Maritime Hospital Wednesday 3 February.
The Trust played host to nursing professionals, seeking a new and exciting chapter in their career. The recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted that Medway NHS Foundation Trust – like many other trusts throughout the country – is currently experiencing a nursing shortage.
In response to this, the Trust staged an open evening for potential candidates, including a tour of the children’s ward and the neo-natal unit – an area of the hospital that was reported as delivering “good and outstanding practice” in the CQC report.
As part of the evening, candidates had the opportunity to speak to clinical leads and the team about the wide range of opportunities currently available, including acute paediatrics, paediatric surgery, as well as community-based roles in schools and centres for children with learning disabilities.
Louise Proffitt, Senior Matron for Children said: “We were extremely pleased and impressed by the standard and calibre of nurses who attended the open evening. While this can be often be one of the more challenging areas in nursing, a career in this field is definitely one of the most rewarding. I’m speaking from experience when I say that.
“You really feel like you’re making a difference and that’s undoubtedly the main reason why people get into nursing. Hopefully we will now see some really strong applications from the candidates who attended, so they can come and join the wonderful team here at Medway Hospital.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust is recruiting more permanent staff than ever as it moves increasingly away from its reliance on agency staff – evidence of which will be the arrival of more than 100 new permanent nurses this year.
The Trust is also hosting an open day for all nursing and midwifery professionals at Medway Maritime Hospital between 10.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday, 27 February. To register for this event, please email
Further information on the range of career opportunities currently available at Medway NHS Foundation Trust is available at
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