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Library of Birmingham event to recruit new teams wanting to forge a career in mental health

Four West Midlands mental health Trusts are launching a new drive to sign up nurses and apprentices with a major recruitment drive in Birmingham city centre this weekend.

Posted by: filippa on: Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 10:28

The joint event will be taking place on Saturday, November 12, between 11am-4pm at the first-floor meeting rooms in Birmingham City Library in Centenary Square, on Broad Street.

Recruiters will be looking for full and part-time permanent RMN mental health nurses, apprentices and bank (temporary) contract nurses who want to work in acute treatment with psychiatric physical complexities, rehabilitation and specialist services, including PICU and eating disorders.

The event has been organised by the adult mental health vanguard MERIT, the only partnership of mental health trusts in England working together to jointly develop their services and improve the way mental health services are provided for the future.

MERIT is made up of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust.

Shakeel Sabir, Head of MERIT Programme said: “Our four Trusts have exciting nursing and apprenticeship opportunities based across the West Midlands. We are looking for people who want to help make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of our West Midlands communities as part of a patient-focused, value-based, ambitious and inclusive team.

“We want to focus on proactive early intervention and care and believe that by working together and sharing ideas we can make big improvements quickly. Our priority areas are promoting a recovery culture; crisis care and the reduction of risk; and everyday working in acute services.”

Representatives from each Trust will be attending the event to explain their unique offer and will have information available for interested applicants to take away with them, along with further details about MERIT vanguard.

The roles will offer recruits the opportunity to join award-winning mental health Trusts in roles which offer flexible working and excellent training and development opportunities.

Aside from recruiting nurses, all four Trusts offer entry level apprenticeships where no experience is required and successful candidates can earn a wage, gain a qualification and receive valuable work experience.

Between the Merit Trust’s they offer apprenticeships in business administration, healthcare, customer services, finance and pharmacy. The Trusts want to recruit people who are eager to learn, reliable and ready to commit to starting their career through an apprenticeship route.

The future workforce is important to the Trusts and there is a high success rate of apprentices getting a job within the Merit trusts once they have successfully completed their apprenticeship or continuing on to complete an advance apprenticeship.

Other benefits include a generous annual leave entitlement, an NHS pension scheme and childcare vouchers.

Anybody wanting to apply for a job on the day will be able to complete an application form and will get the opportunity to be interviewed. There will also be follow up interviews for those who cannot be seen on the day.

Details of the roles on offer are available on the NHS Jobs website, the individual Trust websites and the MERIT website

You can also find out more on Twitter via the hashtag #youcanmakethechange

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