Overseas Nurse Recruitment campaign from 2021 – ongoing

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. Previously the hospitals were run by two separate NHS trusts, Bedford hospital NHS Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

By combining the two hospitals, they have been able to ensure the clinical sustainability of both sites and ensure that key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics can remain at both sites. Both hospitals deliver a full range of acute hospital services to a population of around 700,000.

The new integrated Trust employs a combined workforce of approximately 8,000 staff, the largest NHS employer in Bedfordshire. The hospitals are supported by an army of 500 volunteers whose invaluable work helps the delivery of services.

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“We are passionate about meeting the highest standards for everyone who accesses our services, from our patients, carers, visitors and the public, to staff who deliver the services, and to those who volunteer for us.

We know that if their experience of the Trust is positive then we will be making good achievements for all who have a vested interest in the quality of our performance as an NHS Trust.

We recognise that we serve a very diverse community with an ever evolving demographic profile, who have different needs around individual characteristics, such as gender, age, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or transgender. With this in mind, we understand that to be able to ensure quality services and employment, it is vital that we reflect and provide services that our community can access, fairly, equitably, and that most effectively meets their needs.”

Location and cost of living

If you are thinking of moving to Bedford, you will be pleased to know that there are plenty of things to see and do both in and around Bedford, from museums and ancient relics, to beautiful outdoor spaces and brilliant late night entertainment all of which give the area a unique charm. Bedford enjoys a vast history dating back to the 9th century that can be found throughout the town.

Bedfordshire is an ideal living location and it is well-connected with London, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, as well as Milton Keynes. Many of Bedfordshire’s top attractions are only an hour or so out of the centre of London – giving you the opportunity to enjoy the bustling and exciting capital city  and the peacefulness of a smaller community. 

Bedfordshire is a well-connected county with road, rail and air links. The county can be reached in less than an hour from London and is easily accessible from the neighbouring counties of Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, as well as the nearby town of Milton Keynes. The Sunday Times voted Bedford as one of the best places to live in the UK in 2019, calling the town unfairly underappreciated!

Here are some links that may be of your interest if you are considering moving to this fantastic location:

Riverside Bedford on the Great River Ouse