Overseas Nurse Recruitment campaign from 2021 – ongoing
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust was created in April 2000, following the merger of the former East Hertfordshire and North Hertfordshire NHS trusts. They run the following hospitals:
- Hertford County, Hertford
- Lister, Stevenage
- Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (since April 2005)
- New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
East and North Hertfordshire provides services to their local community of around 500,000 people, with the regional cancer centre supporting around 2 million people. They provide care to their community with an annual budget of around £350 million and more than 5,000 staff.
In April 2019 they launched their new five year strategy. They have also launched a new vision for the Trust, which is: “Proud to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to our community”
The vision clearly and simply lets everyone know why they exist. It is aspirational, inspirational and enduring – it is their constant purpose and objective. Their strategy was developed with engagement from their staff, patients and partners, throughout 2018/19 and consists of five strategic priorities which provide a framework to help the Trust meet the needs of the community, and the challenges faced by the local health and care system over the next five years.
These strategic priorities are:
- Quality – They deliver high-quality, compassionate services consistently across all our sites.
- People – They create an environment which retains staff, recruits the best and develops an engaged, flexible and skilled workforce.
- Pathways – They develop pathways across care boundaries, where this is in the best interests of patients.
- Ease of Use – They redesign and invest in their systems and processes to provide a simple and reliable experience for their patients, their referrers, and their staff.
- Sustainability – They provide a portfolio of services that is financially and clinically sustainable in the long term.
Their strategic priorities are underpinned by their values and a series of enabling strategies including the people, quality, finance and estates strategies.
Location and cost of living
If you are thinking of moving to Hertfordshire, you will be pleased to know that there are plenty of things to see and do both in and around Hertfordshire.
Hertfordshire towns and cities often feature in the Sunday Times’ picks of the best places across the country to live. According to rankings from recent years, there are five places in Herts that score high for a combination of criteria to evaluate the quality of life offered:
- St Albans: This is one of the most popular towns in Hertfordshire. It used to be a market town and nowadays has a population of just over 100,000 people. It offers some great housing deals as well as amenities like schools, parks and shops. In addition to this, St Albans also boasts beautiful green space for those who enjoy outdoor sports or want somewhere peaceful to go on their lunch break. There are plenty of trendy coffee culture establishments too!
- Berkhamsted: This town is 26 miles from London’s northwest, making it a great commuter town for people looking to have quick access to the capital. It’s also an old market town with plenty of heritage and history, dating back to Anglo Saxon times when it was known as Beorhingsdune or Berkhamsted, which means ‘the home of Birk’. The local shops are excellent, especially those on London Road.
- Bishop’s Stortford: This town gives a peaceful village life vibe that is perfect for those who want a slower pace. It’s one of the safest towns in Hertfordshire and has lots to offer, including its theatre, restaurants and shops. The town centre has plenty of things going on – there are fine examples such as three pubs that have been around since Victorian times! Bishop’s Stortford also has excellent schools, making it a good place for families looking somewhere peaceful but still close enough to London.
- Watford: The town of Watford is rapidly growing and has recently been named the fastest-growing town in Hertfordshire. This growth is mainly due to its popularity and easy access to the centre of London. Watford is also famous for its green spaces, excellent community spirit, and quality life examples (like having an indoor swimming pool, for example!). It’s also home to one of Europe’s largest shopping centres. But the fun doesn’t stop there: you’ll find that there is a lot going on in Watford going on culture wise, including exhibitions and music festivals every year.
- Harpenden: With a population of around 42,000, this town is located about 17 miles from the centre of London. It’s seen as an attractive location because it has everything you may need. From major stores like Selfridges and Marks & Spencer to leisure facilities – including a cinema and theatre. You’ll also find that there is plenty going on culturally too. There is a museum dedicated to local history and exhibitions at The Welwyn Garden city, plus an annual music festival.