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The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is stepping up its nurse recruitment drive by holding an open day in Okehampton.

The Trust has already held five successful open days this year, in Barnstaple, Tiverton, Axminster, Seaton and Sidmouth.

The latest event will take place at Okehampton Hospital on Saturday 27 June (10am to 3pm).

The Trust is looking to attract experienced and newly-qualified nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health professionals to work at its community hospitals.

There are also a number of opportunities to work in acute care at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) and in the Trust’s community teams, which support patients in their own homes.

People attending can meet clinical, recruitment and workforce development staff and have a tour of Okehampton Hospital.


Darryn Allcorn, director of workforce and development, said: “Our open days have proved to be an excellent way to recruit new staff and we’ve been delighted with both the number and calibre of candidates who have shown an interest in working for the Trust.

“The event at Okehampton, like the others, will offer a great chance for candidates and ourselves to learn more about each other.

“Our staff will be able to tell you what it’s like to work for the Trust, how you can fast-track your application and about the many training and development opportunities we offer.

“Nurses can also find out about our innovative rotational posts, working across acute and community settings, and have an opportunity for an interview on the day.”

The Trust has booked dates for two further open days in the autumn – at NDDH on Monday 5 October and at Tiverton and District Hospital on Friday 16 October.

Mr Allcorn added: “We are almost unique in our make-up as we provide a mixture of acute, community and specialist services across 1,300 square miles, so we can offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for nurses and other staff in a number of locations.”

For more information about the Okehampton event, call Anna Wright on 01392 356023, e-mail ndht.recruitment@nhs.net or visit www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/openday.

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More information

  • In February, 29 nurses and 153 people in total attended open days in Axminster and Seaton, which were held in association with the Leagues of Friends of both hospitals.
  • In March, the Trust held successful open days in Barnstaple and Tiverton, where exactly 100 people attended and 44 nurses were offered jobs.
  • In April, 22 nurses attended an open day in Sidmouth, nine of whom were offered jobs. Eight healthcare assistants also attended.

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