The Trust showcases its job opportunities during National Careers Week
March 6, 2023
The Trust, which runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals, is highlighting its wide range of career opportunities during National Careers Week (6-12 March).
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) employs over 7,000 people and is one of Shropshire’s largest employers.
With over 350 clinical and non-clinical careers to choose from within the NHS, there is something to suit everyone.
National Careers Week (NCW) helps young people across the country explore different career paths that match their interests at a crucial time in the academic calendar.
This year’s NCW theme is “Together”; explores how collaboration with others improves career prospects and future development.
Rhia Boyode, Director of People and Organizational Development, said: “National Careers Week provides us with the perfect opportunity to promote and hopefully spark interest in our diverse career options.
“We are committed to growing local talent and are constantly developing new career paths to support this.
“There is a need for more clinically trained health professionals, but it is important to remember that we also have various roles in non-clinical areas, such as digital, hospitality or engineering.
“Working in the NHS has its challenges, but it’s also one of the most rewarding places to work. Our colleagues touch the lives of thousands of people when they really matter.”
For more information about working at SaTH, visit www.jobs.sath.nhs.uk
Ellen Bebbington, Apprentice Operations Department Trainee
“My first job within the NHS was as an Orderly in the Operating Department where my main role was to collect patients for surgery.
“I I knew I wanted to advance further in the department, so when the position of Theater Health Assistant came up, I applied and was successful.
“Being an HCA allowed me to better understand the different roles within the team and I loved that there was never a day when I wasn’t learning something.
“In 2021 I became a trainee in the Apprentice Conference Department. Once I get my degree, I will work in the three areas of the Theater Department: anesthesia, surgery and recovery.
“It’s hard work and sometimes difficult, but it’s very rewarding. I love hearing people’s stories about how the smallest things have helped them in the biggest ways.
“I will also say, the people you work with in the NHS are some of the most amazing people you will ever meet.”
Adam Wills, Organizational Development Trainer
“My role is very diverse, and I like working with people from all areas of the organization. I’ve learned a lot about how our health service works behind the scenes, and I’m learning new things every day.
“The work I do helps people and departments improve their skills, be it by improving communication skills, leadership programs, understanding yourself and others or sharing the wonderful health and wellness offerings we have.
“Before joining the NHS I spent a decade serving in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft technician specializing in electrical systems, and have also taught aeronautical engineering at a local university.
“There are many different roles in the NHS and I know people who have entered a role to get their foot in the door and then moved on to roles that better suit their skills or passion. I’m a firm believer that we can never stop learning.”
Sarah Sixsmith, radiography
“When I was in sixth grade I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted a career that involved science, but I wasn’t sure what it would be.
“I hadn’t heard of X-rays until I went on work experience at the Princess Royal Hospital. I spent two days observing X-rays, CTs, MRIs and ultrasounds and it was that experience that inspired me to become a radiographer.
“I studied Diagnostic Radiography at the University of Suffolk for three years as a Radiographer before joining SaTH where I had work experience.
“Since then, I’ve been doing more training and this year I’ll be doing a CT postgraduate certificate at Birmingham City University.
“Working in the NHS is not a lifestyle for everyone, but with hard work and ambition there is plenty of scope for development here, both personally and professionally.
“When I qualified first, I didn’t expect to be where I am now. I’ve been lucky because I’ve been given so many opportunities to progress.”