Thousands of jobseekers flocked to an event to find out more information about vacancies at a new hospital.
Around 5,000 people attended Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s sessions on Friday and Sunday at Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington.
They were given the chance to learn more about the jobs for domestic, catering, portering and security staff at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which will open on the outskirts of Cramlington in the summer.
Applications for the jobs are open at www.jobs.nhs.uk and the closing date is Monday, January 19.
The roles in facilities will help support the running of the purpose-built hospital which will be the first in the country dedicated to providing emergency care, with A&E consultants working 24/7 and consultants in a range of specialities working seven days a week.
Andrea Stoker, general manager at the trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response for jobs at our new hospital and would like to thank the thousands of people who came along.
“We were deeply impressed by local people’s interest in the roles and, above all, their enthusiasm for our new hospital which will be the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in the country.
“This is a great boost for the area and we would like to remind people that this is just the first of our recruitment programmes for our new hospital. We would encourage anyone who’s interested to keep checking our website and NHS Jobs website for updates.”
Successful applicants for the facilities jobs will be employed by Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Bruno Coppola, general manager at Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure, said: “The building of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital to Cramlington is offering a fantastic boost to our surrounding communities.”
The new hospital will treat seriously ill patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside, enabling them to be seen by the right specialist for their condition quickly which is widely proven to improve clinical outcomes.
Walk-in A&E services at the trust’s general hospitals will continue to care for people with less serious injuries.