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Maddie's story

"I qualified in 2018 after studying at Surrey University. I decided to become a nurse as I loved Human Biology at college and was drawn to a job where I would be caring for others.

"I didn’t have any clinical experience before starting my nursing course so it was quite daunting. However, it was my Second year placement with my current team where I fell in love with Community Nursing. I had incredible mentors who taught me so much and talking to the Newly Qualified nurses in the team helped ease the doubts I initially had about joining a community team as soon as I qualified

“The work we do is so varied from blood tests to palliative care- you name it we do it! The best part of my job is developing relationships with my patients. We see the same patients for weeks, months or years and this allows you to get to know them in a way you can’t always in an inpatient setting. As a community nurse the patient trusts you completely and sometimes you are the single point of access so become their eyes and ears.

“When you are seeing a patient for palliative care you get to know them and their family so well and build a therapeutic relationship. It can be upsetting when a patient passes on but then I look back and know I did all I could to help them die with peace and dignity in a place of their choosing.

“Community nursing at first seemed daunting to me because when you are on visits you are alone and have to rely on your instinct. However, I know that I can always get support from my managers and every day we have a handover where I can ask advice.

“I feel so supported in my job and there is so much training available to me, which allows me to keep up my clinical skills. I love being a community nurse because it lets me make a unique difference to somebodies life when they need it most.


 

   Vacancies

Alton Vacancies:

Staff Nurse Anstey Ward - Anstey ward is a excellent rehabilitation and palliative care ward based in Alton Community Hospital.

Community Matron - Overlooking the day to day running of the Rural East Community Team located in beautiful Alton.

Twilight Community Staff Nurse - As a twilight nurse you will be working evenings with the enhanced pay.

Community Staff Nurse - A role to help care for patients in their own homes and keeping them out of hospital.

Andover Vacancies:

Community Staff Nurse - This role based in Winchester Rural North will involve driving to your patients house in the wonderful countryside.

Basingstoke Vacancies:

Community Staff Nurse  - Enjoy the variety and no two days the same as a Community Staff Nurse.

Community Staff Nurse - Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Tadley and surrounding areas as you drive to your next patients house as part of being a Community Staff Nurse.

Frailty Clinician - Being a Frailty Clinician in the heart of Basingstoke will be fast paced and very exciting.

Community Matron - As a Community Matron you will overlook the team based in Parklands Hospital.

Community Matron - Being a Community Matron in Parklands you will ensure smooth running of the team.

Twilight Community Staff Nurse -  As a Twilight Community Staff Nurse it will involve all evening but you will able to enjoy the day off.

 Winchester Vacancies:

 Community Staff Nurse -  Covering a large patch and no two days being the same makes being a Community Staff Nurse for Enhanced Recovery and Support at home very rewarding.

We are holding a recruitment event for Community Nurses and Inpatient Nurses. Please come along to Anstey Ward at Alton Community Hospital, GU34 1RJ on the 13th of November 2pm - 6pm. Please click here for more details if you are interested in Anstey Ward or here for the Community.

If you are unsure whether to apply for any of these roles then we offer the opportunity to shadow our Community Nurses. If you are considering it please click here to see more.

 

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     Working in North Hampshire

There are many great reasons to work in North Hampshire. It has the perfect work life balance, with plenty of opportunities to have your perfect career and plenty of opportunities to progress. When you are not at work there is a variety of things to keep the whole family entertained. Such as the Fun House in Basingstoke, a large indoor activity play centre great for children to use their energy. Festival Place, a large shopping centre but it is so much more than shopping… it offers a good environment where you can go to shop, eat, exercise, socialise and relax.

 

See why Hailey loves being a nurse in Alton!

‘Life as a community nurse offers so much flexibility and freedom. It is a refreshing change working in the rural location of Alton and surrounding areas, compared with working on a ward or in a clinic environment. You get the opportunity to meet all kinds of people, from doctors to carers, patients and their relatives. By caring for people in their home, you really get to know them as a person. You meet their family and their pets, and really become part of the furniture, giving personalised care supporting people to stay at home. We have the flexibility to manage our own days, deciding who we seen and when. We generally work sociable hours, starting at 0900 and finishing at 1700, leaving time for own family and friends in the evening. We work occasional twilight shifts, visiting sick patients up until 2300 and weekends, offering days off in the week.’

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Meet Louise

"I qualified 11 years ago at Southampton University and took up my first role on a surgical ward in Basingstoke where I worked for 3 years. Although I enjoyed working on the ward, I really fancied a change. I remembered how much I enjoyed my 3rd placement whilst training, which had been in the community. I decided to go for it and got my first community role as a band 5 nurse in Basingstoke, progressing quickly to a band 6 community sister.

 I loved how different every day was and how you could develop meaningful relationships with your patients, working autonomously but still being part of a supportive team.

I was promoted again, this time to community matron covering the north of Hampshire and Alton Community Hospital. I then went on maternity leave and a year later came back as Head of Nursing and AHP’s, an incredibly rewarding role.

 In community nursing, there are plenty of opportunity to progress clinically and professionally as well as achieving a good work-life balance. If you’re currently an inpatient nurse wondering if the community is for you, please do get in contact. We are able to offer shadow days so you can come and spend a day with the team and get a feel for what we do."


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   Meet Liz

"I look forward to coming to work everyday, how many people can say that?"

 Liz Read, Ward Manager at Bluebird House

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 Meet Richard

"Making a difference to people’s lives is so rewarding."

 Richard Ilsey, Head of Nursing

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  Meet Beth

"As soon as I started to care for people with dementia I immediately fell in love with it."

 Beth Lawrence, Older People's Mental Health Nurse 

Living in Hampshire

Hampshire is based in the centre of the South Coast. As well as the idyllic New Forest National Park we have some the country’s best beaches and coastline on our doorstep. If it’s culture you’re after then we have the historical cities of Portsmouth, Winchester and Salisbury within easy reach. There’s some amazing museums such as Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with the prestigious Mary Rose.

The county is served with some great travel links with quick and easy access to London. Southampton also has its own airport with large motorways including M3 and M27 serving the whole area.

If you like to be kept busy then we can help here too. Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester have a great range of shops, restaurants and bars with fantastic leisure facilities. You can pop on the ferry to Isle of Wight and join in with the annual music festival. There are also regular Farmers’ Markets held in villages across the county selling fresh, local produce and a range of homemade treats.

For those of you who enjoy sport we have a county cricket team and a premier league football team. If you love the water, then Hampshire is for you! We host Cowes Week sailing event, and a kite surfing festival every year. There are also many opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing and SUP.

If you currently live further afield then, get in touch to enquire about our attractive relocation packages and join us to enjoy south coast living.

Email: Shft.recruitment@nhs.net 
 

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Who are we?

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disability services. Whatever you’re looking for from your career, with over 6,000 employees, you’ll find it at Southern Health.

There are hundreds of opportunities to expand your skills through our diverse range of services. As well as our inpatients services and community contacts we run a wide range of specialist services including diabetes care, frailty services, MRI scanning, an eating disorder service, stalking clinics and an award winning perinatal service. We also have a range of secure services including a specialist unit for young people aged 12 -18. Our research team is dedicated to conducting research into many areas of mental and physical health and you will have the opportunity to be part of our studies.

We passionate about providing remarkable care and we’re looking for people that share our mindset. People want different things from their career and we’re here to find the perfect package that’s right for you. From making sure you have time for family, working on the other passions in your life or finding the next rung on the career ladder, we can support you.

 

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Meet our Recruitment Team

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My name is Penny I’m the Workforce Project Lead for CAMHS which in simple terms means I come up with all the ideas with the help of Dionne and Laura on how to attract staff to come and work for us.

I’ve worked for Southern Health for 15 months and I’ve previously worked in the recruitment industry. I love my job because it is so diverse and I am given lots of support to be creative.

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I’m Dionne my role is Recruitment Deputy Team Leader. I have been in Trust for 10 years. Part of my role is working with the Recruitment Team to ensure we provide the best service to our new employees at Southern Health and to the recruiting  managers we support.

I also work on pro-active recruitment campaigns and enjoy that I get to go out to meet potential recruits to talk about our Trust and the amazing services we provide. 

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Hi, my name is Laura and I am the Workforce Project Administrator. I joined Southern Health 9 months ago as a HR Administrator in Recruitment.

I am currently on secondment with CAMHS assisting with their recruitment, particularly with the new low secure unit that is being opened. I really enjoy my job and the best part is working with the CAMHS team and meeting potential candidates to talk about the fantastic opportunities in CAMHS. 

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Hello my name is Hollie, I am a workforce project administrator and have been in this role for 4 months but I have been in the trust for 2 and a half years. 


I really enjoy how different and varied this role is. There is a great sense of satisfaction of helping people with their new journey in this Trust.t.

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