Our Performance


Getting better

Despite the Trust being in “special measures” with the regulator Monitor since November 2013, our Board of Directors is focused and determined in its goal of improving the quality of its services at pace.

After our formal four-day CQC inspection in September 2015, we took immediate action to make real improvements – hiring more doctors and nurses, reducing the number of people waiting for procedures in areas such as dermatology, and introducing new levels of maintenance for equipment. As a result, complaints started to fall.

The CQC report published in January 2016 said the Trust employed staff who were “highly motivated and were working through many issues to drive improvements locally.” We want our clinicians and teams to harness that enthusiasm and motivation and ensure that we are all working together in harmony to get out of special measures.

Long term success has to be built on clinical leadership, staff engagement and a clear narrative for the future of patient care that staff, stakeholders and the public understand. In early 2016, we began a new organisational development programme that will see us link with the NHS Leadership Academy and build on the work we have already instigated, developing relationships with organisations such as Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, St Helena Hospice and others.

This is supported by our friends and family survey where over 90% of the people we serve would recommend us to their friends and family.

Innovation In Healthcare

Leading the way

Among the many developments, the following are of note since 2014:

• two laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) operating theatres were upgraded in a £788,000 project. The work included buying new scopes and fitting the theatres with high-definition equipment, with the capability to be upgraded for 3D technology

• an echocardiography service, which uses ultrasound to diagnose heart problems, was started at the Fryatt Hospital, Harwich.

• our surgeons became among the first in the UK to use laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery to operate on patients with bladder cancer.

• the Growth Assisted Protocol (GAP) programme was introduced across north east Essex to help minimise the number of stillbirths.

• a new unit opened to speed up the assessment and treatment of patients who may need surgery. The £455,000 Surgical Assessment Unit takes referrals directly from GPs from all over north east Essex and also stable surgical patients from the hospital’s Emergency Department

• a retinal suite was created at Essex County Hospital to provide a “one-stop shop” service for the growing number of patients with retinal disease, the most common of which is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

• endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) was introduced following an investment of £132,000. Previously, this service was not available in north east Essex

• the Trust appointed an additional (sixth) consultant colorectal surgeon with a special interest in Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFD).

• we increased the size and improved the layout of the main outpatient department at Colchester General Hospital.

• a Urology Day Unit was established following an investment of £250,000 in extra staff and equipment.

At Our Best every day

Working at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust means caring with pride. Together we’re making positive changes day in, day out. We strive to be professional, involving, welcoming and responsive. This is an environment where we look after patients and look after each other with the same care and respect. It’s a challenge, but the rewards are enormous. Imagine going home at the end of each shift, confident that you and your team have done a great job. That’s what it’s like to be at your best, every day.

Infection rates

It is our policy to screen all emergency admissions for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) when they are admitted to our hospitals. We are proud there has only been one MRSA bacteraemias case since May 2010.

Waiting times & staffing levels

The Trust have over 7,000 Accident & Emergency department attendances each year 90.89% of them were seen, treated or discharged within the four hour standard. Of all the urgent suspected cancer referrals, 90.8% met the two-week maximum wait from GP urgent referral to first outpatient appointment.

Our Roles


Where do you fit in?

Being at your best, every day, means finding a place where you can use your expertise, but also where you’ll have the chance to build new skills and experience. We employ nurses at all career stages from pre registration nurses to fully qualified to matrons and charge nurses, as well as Healthcare Assistants.

These are the different wards/departments you can work in:

Our Offer


Our Offer

Here are some of the reasons to choose our Trust:

Our patients recommend us. We receive thousands of compliments every year from our patients.

We are an NHS Foundation Trust and have been awarded an Investor in People.

Personal development and study is actively encouraged. The Trust recognises the importance of career development and enhancement.

We have Associate University Hospital status and the extra research, education and training this gives us provides enhanced benefits to patients and staff.

Why Work For Us


Here are some of the reasons to choose our Trust:

Our patients recommend us We receive thousands of compliments every year from our patients.

We are an NHS Foundation Trust since May 2008.

Investors in People’ awarded in 2004.

Improving Working Lives ‘Practice Plus’ status Our Trust took a major step towards becoming an employer of choice by achieving ‘Practice Plus’ status in 2006.

Travelling to work

  • We have a car sharing scheme for staff.
  • Free Staff Hopper Bus between Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
  • 50% discount on local bus travel.
  • Lease cars, operated through NHS Fleet Car Solutions.
  • Secure cycle storage and shower facilities for cyclists.
  • Tax exemption on bicycles and safety equipment, through Cyclescheme.

On-site facilities including On-site day nursery, restaurant, tea bars, cash machine and League of Friends’ shops.

Personal development and study is actively encouraged The Trust recognises the importance of career development and enhancement. We achieved Associate University Hospital status in 2007, meaning that the extra research, education and training this gains us provides enhanced benefits to patients and staff.

Comprehensive Occupational Health and health surveillance service.

NHS Discounts & NHS Pension.

Help with finding accommodation.

Dedicated team of different faith support services with a prayer area on site at Colchester General Hospital.

Maternity leave, paternity leave and parental leave schemes.

Annual Leave All employees receive 27 days per annum annual leave, increasing to 29 days after five years and 33 days after ten years (pro rata for part time), plus 8 Public Holidays.

On-site facilities including On-site day nursery,restaurant, tea bars, cash machine and League of Friends’ shops.

Personal development and study is actively encouraged The Trust recognises the importance of career development and enhancement. We achieved Associate University Hospital status in 2007, meaning that the extra research, education and training this gains us provides enhanced benefits to patients and staff.

Comprehensive Occupational Health and health surveillance service.

NHS Discounts & NHS Pension.

Help with finding accommodation.

Dedicated team of different faith support serviceswith a prayer area on site at Colchester General Hospital.

Maternity leave, paternity leave and parental leave schemes.

Annual Leave All employees receive 27 days per annum annual leave, increasing to 29 days after five years and 33 days after ten years (pro rata for part time), plus 8 Public Holidays.

Our Opportunities


There are exciting opportunities waiting for nurses who wish to make a difference to patients, deliver high quality care, want to be listened to and are empowered to utilise their expertise and skills.

Working here is about providing great patient care, but it’s also about you – the qualities and skills you bring to your role and the support, development and job satisfaction you expect in return. It’s about sharing common priorities for improvement and embracing our Trust’s ‘at our best’ principles, to be professional, be involving, be welcoming and to be responsive, which informs everything we do.

These values motivate us to care with pride and to meet the individual needs of our patients in a compassionate and professional manner. They encourage us to create a positive workplace for our employees, respecting each other as individuals and working together as colleagues to deliver high quality healthcare.

The opportunities are endless for you to make your mark so come and join us and be part of our future.

Training & Development

Your training and development

We recognise the surest way to guarantee the best patient care is by giving all staff access to continued education and development.

As part of our commitment to be “At Our Best”, staff have the opportunity to take part in “In Your Shoes” sessions. These are face-to-face meetings between patients and staff aim to encourage better care and communication with our patients.

Induction

All our Nurses and Health Care Assistants benefit from our induction programme which covers subjects such as infection control, privacy, dignity, and care of the deteriorating patient. You’ll also be supported to complete a number of e-learning programmes related to clinical care.

Preceptorship

Our well-established twelve-month preceptorship programme provides all the support you need to make the transition from student to accountable practitioner, and develop confidence in your competence as a nurse. The programme covers a wide range of subjects from tissue viability, palliative care, pain management, cannulation to venepuncture. Clinical supervision is included, giving participants the opportunity to reflect on and discuss concerns in a safe environment.

The Programme is open to nurses returning to practice and those joining from overseas can participate in a similar programme.

Rotation Opportunities

We offer an optional18 month rotation programme for newly qualified Registered Nurses (adults). This incorporates three six month placements (subject to availability) and provides the opportunity to experience different clinical areas.

Continuing professional development

We have strong links with the University of Essex as well as working closely with Anglia Ruskin University to deliver our education programme. Access to further education is offered through our Post Graduate Medical Centre at Colchester General Hospital. Personal development and study is also actively encouraged. There are further study opportunities for masters and degree- level.

These values motivate us to care with pride and to meet the individual needs of our patients in a compassionate and professional manner. They encourage us to create a positive workplace for our employees, respecting each other as individuals and working together as colleagues to deliver high quality healthcare.

The opportunities are endless for you to make your mark so come and join us and be part of our future.

Training & Development


Your training and development

We recognise the surest way to guarantee the best patient care is by giving all staff access to continued education and development.

As part of our commitment to be “At Our Best”, staff have the opportunity to take part in “In Your Shoes” sessions. These are face-to-face meetings between patients and staff aim to encourage better care and communication with our patients.

Induction

All our Nurses and Health Care Assistants benefit from our induction programme which covers subjects such as infection control, privacy, dignity, and care of the deteriorating patient. You’ll also be supported to complete a number of e-learning programmes related to clinical care.

Preceptorship

Our well-established twelve-month preceptorship programme provides all the support you need to make the transition from student to accountable practitioner, and develop confidence in your competence as a nurse. The programme covers a wide range of subjects from tissue viability, palliative care, pain management, cannulation to venepuncture. Clinical supervision is included, giving participants the opportunity to reflect on and discuss concerns in a safe environment.

The Programme is open to nurses returning to practice and those joining from overseas can participate in a similar programme.

Rotation Opportunities

We offer 18 month rotation programme for newly qualified Registered Nurses (adults). This incorporates three six month placements (subject to availability) and provides the opportunity to experience different clinical areas.

Continuing professional development

We have strong links with the University of Essex as well as the Eastern and London Deaneries. We also work closely with Anglia Ruskin University to deliver our education programme. Access to further education is offered through our Post Graduate Medical Centre at Colchester General Hospital. Personal development and study is also actively encouraged. There are further study opportunities for masters and degree- level.

Benefits


We offer a supportive environment from which your career will flourish. Our benefits package includes:

  • Salary – a monthly salary in-line with the published agenda for change medical and dental pay rates and conditions.
  • NHS pension – membership of the NHS Pension Scheme, one of the best final salary contributory pension schemes available. For more details about the NHS Pension Scheme, see the NHS Pensions website http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pensions
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 29 days after five years and 33 days after ten years (pro rata for part time), plus eight public holidays a year.
  • Lease cars at attractive prices A salary sacrifice scheme giving access to a car of your choice over three years. For more information visit NHS Fleet Solutions website www.nhsfleetsolutions.co.uk
  • Car-sharing scheme.
  • Low-cost staff parking on site.
  • Parental leave schemes including maternity leave and paternity leave.
  • 50% discount on local bus travel (FirstGroup Essex travel card). Unlimited half-price travel throughout Essex.
  • 10% discount on railway season tickets.
  • Cycle-to-work scheme Tax exemption on bicycles and safety equipment, through salary sacrifice. For more information visit www.cyclescheme.co.uk/c9d20
  • On-site day nursery provides high-quality discounted childcare for the under-fives. Open between 6.30am-6.30pm, its flexible hours benefit staff working early or late shifts.
  • Childcare Vouchers A proportion of salary can be converted into vouchers and used to pay for any Ofsted-registered childcare, including nurseries, childminders, after school clubs and holiday clubs. For more information visit www.childcarevouchers.co.uk
  • On-site facilities We have a restaurant, cash machine and League of Friends’ shops. There is a 24-hour Asda nearby with a petrol station and pharmacy.
  • NHS Discounts on a range of goods and services.

Commuting


Location, Location, Location

Just 50 minutes by train from London, Colchester is a popular choice with people who want a better quality of life, without losing their connection to the capital.

Less than 20 miles away on the Essex coast is Frinton-on-Sea with its tranquil beaches, and nearby are the vibrant amusements offered in Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze resorts.

London Stansted International Airport is only 30 miles away, with London Southend International Airport just 40 miles. Harwich International Port is less than 20 miles with its ferry and cruise sea routes to the continent. It’s so easy to get away from it all without having to travel to Heathrow or Dover.

London Stansted International Airport is only 30 miles away, with London Southend International Airport just 40 miles. Harwich International Port is less than 20 miles with its ferry and cruise sea routes to the continent. It’s so easy to get away from it all without having to travel to Heathrow or Dover.

Housing


Colchester is a great place to live – it is small enough to feel safe and friendly, and big enough to offer plenty to do.

When it comes to housing, you’ll get a lot more for your money in Colchester with a growing number of well-planned housing developments. To start you off take a look a few property sites for the area:

Zoopla

Right Move

Prime location

Education


There’s a great choice of educational establishments with highly regarded primary, secondary and sixth form schools in the area offering a variety of state, independent and faith schools, as well as colleges, the Colchester Institute and the University of Essex.

Click here to view some of the schools available in the area

Click here to view some of the schools available in the area

Lifestyle


Once the Roman capital of Britain, Colchester is now the acknowledged cultural capital of Essex with its bustling Arts Centre, the acclaimed visual arts organisation Firstsite and the Mercury Theatre.

The thriving town is a unique blend of ancient and modern with its castle and museums, alongside a great selection of pubs, clubs and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and multi-million pound sports and leisure complex.

For football fans, Colchester United has a brand new stadium.

Colchester Zoo is rated one of the top 20 zoos in the world and in the top 10 zoos in the UK. It has over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes.

When it comes to fresh air and countryside, you’re spoilt for choice. For a start there’s beautiful Constable Country, located on the Suffolk and Essex border. This enchanting part of England was the birthplace of renowned artist John Constable and has become very popular with visitors. The Norfolk Broads are less than an hour away.

Colchester is the home of the British Army’s 16 Air Assault Brigade. It is the Army’s rapid response airborne formation and is the only operational brigade in the British Army capable of delivering air manoeuvre, air assault and airborne operations.

For more information on the area visit :-

Visit Colchester
Colchester Local Secrets
Trip Advisor

Contact Us


Contact the nursing resourcing team

Don’t just take our word for it – come and see for yourself what it’s like to work with us.

If you’d like to arrange a visit or find out more, please contact our friendly Resourcing Team on 01206 745952 or 01206 745900 or leave a message on our 24/7 answerphone and a member of the team will get back to you.
Alternatively you can email us at jobs@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

Or write to us at:-
Resourcing Team,
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust,
Villa 2, Turner Road,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO4 5JL

Open Days & Events


Pre-Registered Nurse Events

If you are a Student Nurse and wish to apply for a role with the Trust, please feel free to attend one of the following dates:

  • Saturday 14th May 2016
  • Saturday 16th July 2016
  • Saturday 17th September 2016
  • Saturday 12th October 2016

Nurse open days and events

We would like to meet with you in person and tell you more about what it is like to work with us and the opportunities we have for you.

Please book to attend one of our staff nurse open days by contacting our friendly nurse recruitment team on 01206 745952.

At the event you will hear about nursing with us and meet our senior nursing colleagues in an informal environment and get answers to the questions you really want to know. You will have the opportunity to visit clinical areas and see our fantastic facilities.

If you are unable to attend our open day you can contact the nurse recruitment team on the number above to arrange a visit and/or choose to apply now to a vacancy you are interested in.

For further information and to apply please see our latest vacancies.

We would love you to come and visit us so we look forward to you getting in touch.

Social Media


Click on the links below to find out more about us:-

Facebook

Twitter

Flickr

You Tube

LinkedIn

Who We Are


You’ll be part of a team providing healthcare services to around 370,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding area of north east Essex and south Suffolk. In addition, we provide radiotherapy and oncology services to a wider population of about 670,000 people across north and mid-Essex. There are also outpatient and maternity services at community hospitals in Clacton, Harwich and Halstead.

Colchester General Hospital opened in 1984. There are 562 inpatient beds (general and anaesthetic), 44 maternity beds (including at Clacton and Harwich hospitals) and 13 critical care beds. The Trust is transferring all services and departments off the Essex County Hospital site by 2017/18. Chemotherapy moved to the General in 2013 and the Radiotherapy Department relocated in 2014 to a brand-new £25m Radiotherapy Centre. The two cancer wards moved to the General site in 2014.

Our pathology laboratory services transferred to the Pathology Partnership in 2014 although some of our staff are still based at the Severalls Hospital site and in the microbiology department near Colchester General Hospital.

The Trust also provides some services, such as outpatient, maternity, at the community hospitals in Clacton, Harwich and Halstead.

Each year nearly 500,000 people attend outpatient clinics and around 79,000 patients visit A&E. We treat some 90,000 inpatients and we deliver around 3,800 babies.
Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JL, (Google map).

Looking forward

We’ve already taken positive steps to address issues raised by regulators and we have a clear improvement plan.

We now have stronger clinical leadership and will continue to invest in the training and professional development of our nurses. With so much to do, this is a great time to make your mark.

Our Performance


Getting better

Despite the Trust being in “special measures” with the regulator Monitor since November 2013, our Board of Directors is focused and determined in its goal of improving the quality of its services at pace.

After our formal four-day CQC inspection in September 2015, we took immediate action to make real improvements – hiring more doctors and nurses, reducing the number of people waiting for procedures in areas such as dermatology, and introducing new levels of maintenance for equipment. As a result, complaints started to fall.

The CQC report published in January 2016 said the Trust employed staff who were “highly motivated and were working through many issues to drive improvements locally.” We want our clinicians and teams to harness that enthusiasm and motivation and ensure that we are all working together in harmony to get out of special measures.

Long term success has to be built on clinical leadership, staff engagement and a clear narrative for the future of patient care that staff, stakeholders and the public understand. In early 2016, we began a new organisational development programme that will see us link with the NHS Leadership Academy and build on the work we have already instigated, developing relationships with organisations such as Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, St Helena Hospice and others.

This is supported by our friends and family survey where over 90% of the people we serve would recommend us to their friends and family.

Innovation In Healthcare

Leading the way

Among the many developments, the following are of note since 2014:

• two laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) operating theatres were upgraded in a £788,000 project. The work included buying new scopes and fitting the theatres with high-definition equipment, with the capability to be upgraded for 3D technology

• an echocardiography service, which uses ultrasound to diagnose heart problems, was started at the Fryatt Hospital, Harwich.

• our surgeons became among the first in the UK to use laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery to operate on patients with bladder cancer.

• the Growth Assisted Protocol (GAP) programme was introduced across north east Essex to help minimise the number of stillbirths.

• a new unit opened to speed up the assessment and treatment of patients who may need surgery. The £455,000 Surgical Assessment Unit takes referrals directly from GPs from all over north east Essex and also stable surgical patients from the hospital’s Emergency Department

• a retinal suite was created at Essex County Hospital to provide a “one-stop shop” service for the growing number of patients with retinal disease, the most common of which is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

• endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) was introduced following an investment of £132,000. Previously, this service was not available in north east Essex

• the Trust appointed an additional (sixth) consultant colorectal surgeon with a special interest in Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFD).

• we increased the size and improved the layout of the main outpatient department at Colchester General Hospital.

• a Urology Day Unit was established following an investment of £250,000 in extra staff and equipment.

At Our Best every day

Working at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust means caring with pride. Together we’re making positive changes day in, day out. We strive to be professional, involving, welcoming and responsive. This is an environment where we look after patients and look after each other with the same care and respect. It’s a challenge, but the rewards are enormous. Imagine going home at the end of each shift, confident that you and your team have done a great job. That’s what it’s like to be at your best, every day.

Infection rates

It is our policy to screen all emergency admissions for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) when they are admitted to our hospitals. We are proud there has only been one MRSA bacteraemias case since May 2010.

Waiting times & staffing levels

The Trust have over 7,000 Accident & Emergency department attendances each year 90.89% of them were seen, treated or discharged within the four hour standard. Of all the urgent suspected cancer referrals, 90.8% met the two-week maximum wait from GP urgent referral to first outpatient appointment.

Innovation In Healthcare


Leading the way

We pride ourselves on innovation. Our investment in cutting-edge medical technology and advanced care facilities means better services for our patients and career-building experience for our staff. These are just some recent developments.

  • Our new £25m state-of-the-art Radiotherapy Centre at Colchester General Hospital has started treating patients.
  • A £2.8m project to expand the capacity of the A&E department and to improve patient flows. It included a new reception, waiting and triage area, doubling the number of resuscitation bays from three to six, a new children’s unit and an expanded majors area.
  • We’ve invested £250,000 in cardiac ultrasound equipment to take diagnostic 3D images of the heart.
  • Colchester General was one of the first hospitals in the country to carry out laparoscopic procedures (keyhole surgery) routinely. Today the unit carries out more advanced keyhole surgery than anywhere else in the UK, and is pioneering use of 3D technology.
  • A £1.2m project to install two robots in the pharmacy at Colchester General Hospital will speed up dispensing and reduce the likelihood of medication errors.
  • The two bereavement suites at Colchester General Hospital, which are used by people after the death of loved one, were extensively refurbished in order to create a more homely, softer and sympathetic environment.
  • A new £455,000 Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) unit has opened at Colchester General Hospital to speed up the assessment and treatment of patients referred directly both by GPs and the hospital’s Emergency Department (A&E).
  • The Iceni Centre is a joint venture between our Trust and Anglia Ruskin University providing a state of the art learning and teaching centre for laparoscopic surgery. Doctors from all around the world undertake training in laparoscopic procedures in our specialised skills labs.

At Our Best Every Day


Working with Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust means nursing and midwifery with pride. Together we’re making positive changes day in, day out. We strive to be professional, involving, welcoming and responsive. This is an environment where we look after patients and look after each other with the same care and respect. It’s a challenge, but the rewards are enormous. Imagine going home at the end of each shift, confident that you and your team have done a great job. That’s what it’s like to be at your best, every day.

Apply


Come to Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and build a career you can be proud of. It’s your chance to become part of an innovative Trust that is raising healthcare standards for patients.

All applications can be submitted to us via NHS JOBS.

Click here to visit NHS Jobs website & view our current vacancies

All applications are made online.