The Royal Derby Hospital has offered prospective employees the chance to visit the hospital at a jobs event held at the hospital.

The event took place on 2nd May and offered local job-seekers with an interest in a medical career the chance to find out more about apprenticeships, healthcare assistant roles, assistant theatre practitioner roles, scrub nurses and operating department practitioner roles.

In total, 45 theatre roles were on offer at the hospital, which expressed an interest in meeting job seekers both with and without clinical experience.

Attendees also had the chance to hear from people across a number of different theatre environments in the hospital, including those working in the emergency department, trauma, orthopaedic and plastics.

Mandy Hodgson, healthcare assistant apprentice at the Royal Derby, spoke to job seekers about her journey from a jobs fair three years ago to her current role.

"I had no healthcare background, I worked in a nursery and a school, but I wanted a change and I’ve always wanted to work in a hospital," she said. "I thought they wouldn't take me because I didn't have experience – but I've got life experience and I like helping people."

Mandy added that she's pleased she made the move into a medical job. "I don’t regret it for one minute and I would tell anyone to go for it. There's a job for everyone, it doesn't matter what age you are.

"It's nerve racking but brilliant. If you really are keen on working for the NHS but you aren’t sure, it’s the perfect opportunity, bite the bullet and go."

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