Ten reasons to work at our Trust
- The NHS is a great employer. The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference. With more than 300 different careers on offer, there is a job for you no matter what your interests, skills or qualifications. The Princess Alexandra Hospital has a proven record of giving local people opportunities to get a foot on the NHS ladder. Starting on your journey with either work experience or an apprenticeship you can apply for a permanent position, achieve the Care Certificate on the way and choose to continue to develop and work your way up through to a Foundation Degree or Diploma, and then on to a full degree and beyond.
Harlow is well located in touching distance of both London and Cambridge and has exciting future prospects. The Trust serves a population of about 350,000 and is the natural hospital of choice for people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire. Harlow has excellent transport links, with the M11 and a frequent train line linking the town to both London and Cambridge and Stansted Airport only 15 minutes away. The Trust is working with its commissioners and stakeholders in order to ensure that the hospital offers the best care for this growing population for many years to come.
The values and standards of the hospital. The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) adopted its standards and behaviours after consultation with staff and patients. These are at the heart of all the organisation does. The values are
The hospital has an excellent infection control rate. Due to its commitment to patient safety and infection prevention and control, PAH is in a favourable position nationally against all Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) indicators. We are one of the top performing Trusts in the country for our low incidence of MRSA bacteraemia; additionally for our C.difficile rates, PAH is within the top 20 Trusts with the lowest incidences of infection. Good infection prevention and control measures in clinical practice are essential to provide a safe environment for patients, and this ethos is embedded in everyday patient care.
Care at the hospital was rated as good by regulators. The hospital is monitored and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC rated caring at PAH to be good across all of the areas they inspected with maternity and gynaecology getting an outstanding for caring.
Community feel. The Princess Alexandra Hospital is a friendly, local, hospital. The CQC found staff here to be exceptionally caring and that they go the extra mile for their patients and also commented that the hospital has a good community feel to it.
Excellent patient experience. PAH is one of the leading lights in the East of England on patient experience and as a result every patient who comes to the hospital is asked: "Would you recommend the service to friends or family were they to need similar care or treatment?" More than 2,000 ratings are received per month with excellent feedback, the whole hospital scored 95.4% in a recent survey where patients said they would be extremely likely or likely to recommend the Trust and in A&E even better where we see over 300 urgent cases per day and have recently scored 100% satisfaction rates.
Training opportunities. The Trust cares deeply about ensuring our staff are highly trained and have access to both academic and personal development opportunities and is continually working to expand the training and education portfolio, supporting staff to grow and develop in their roles.
Harlow attracting investment for jobs and houses. Harlow is attracting investment and developing a reputation as a science and pharmaceutical hub. A new medical innovation centre is due to open autumn 2017 leading to job creation within the Harlow area and boosting economic growth in Essex. Public Health England has also announced that they will be relocating their facilities to Harlow creating 2,500 jobs by 2024.
The hospital is safe; there has been a big push to increase incident reporting. The number of reported incidents has doubled in the last five years; however the severity of incidents has decreased. The Trust remains in the top 25% nationally for reporting of incidents, which is an indication of the safety culture positively embedded in our practice, and the openness we strive to achieve in recognising areas we can improve.