Ongoing Overseas Nurse Recruitment campaign from 2019 – ongoing
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) provides good quality, safe and effective healthcare to people living in and around Cheshire, a county in northwest England, and manages a total of three sites in the area: Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford.
Overall, the Trust employs more than 4,500 members of staff, has around 540 hospital beds, and provides a range of services including A&E, maternity, outpatients, therapies, and children’s health. Significant investment in recent years has resulted in a great deal of clinical expansion at the Trust, and it can now boast about having some of the best clinical facilities in the country.
In recent years, the Trust opened a purpose-built NHS Treatment Centre, which specialises in day surgery and diagnostics for a range of conditions. The centre also benefitted from a £23million redevelopment project in 2014/15, which led to the creation of new critical care bays, operating theatres, and a Surgical Admissions Lounge. In February 2021, work begun on a £15million project to expand Leighton Hospital’s Emergency Department, which will help the hospital to see and treat more patients.
MCHFT is continually working towards providing the safest and highest quality care possible and is regularly recognised for its work and achievements. The Trust is consistently named as one of the top employers in the NHS, is one of few acute Hospital Trusts in England to have a ‘Good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and achieved the best results of all acute Trusts in the 2016 national NHS Staff Survey.
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The Trust is known for its exceptionally warm, friendly and supportive approach to newcomers and extensive professional development opportunities made available to staff through internal leadership programmes and a formal clinical partnership with the University Hospitals of North Midlands, and links with the University of Chester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Staffordshire University.
MCHFT has an excellent track record in retaining overseas nurses, with many of them staying for longer than 5 years. They have a dedicated Practice Education Team to allow the nurses the best opportunity to clear OSCE at the first attempt time and this has been successful to date.
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Location and cost of living
The Trust covers the county of Cheshire, in the North West of England, with Manchester International Airport and Liverpool Airport just an hour away by train, and Central London within reach in less than two hours.
The town of Crewe, where Leighton Hospital is located, is a lively place, in part thanks to the fact that it is one of the UK’s biggest railway junctions, with thousands of people passing through on their commute each day. It’s also well-known for being the home of Rolls Royce (from 1946 – 2002) and Bentley motor car production.
You’ll find another of the Trust’s hospitals, Victoria Infirmary, in a town called Northwich, which was named as one of the best places to live in the United Kingdom by The Sunday Times in 2014. Not far from there – approximately 15 minutes by car – is Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre, in Winsford, which lies in the heart of the Cheshire Plain, where the rivers Weaver and Dane meet.
Cheshire is a historic and beautiful county, which is great for families, with excellent schools and lots to do. It’s home to the ancient City of Chester and borders Wales on one side and the Peak district on the other. Its Northern border takes you into Greater Manchester and Merseyside, with Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south. The rural location and the county’s proximity to Wales and the Peak District mean some of Britain’s finest countryside is on the doorstep. In contrast, the influential cities of Liverpool and Manchester are less than an hour away and easily accessible by road and public transport.
The cost of living
The actual cost of living in any part of Britain can vary a lot, depending on the type of accommodation you find, as well as your personal spending habits and lifestyle. However, it’s fair to say that Cheshire is a relatively affordable place to live when compared with other parts of the UK (especially London and South-East of England). To get a sense of how much various goods and services cost, we recommend having a look at the Numbeo website.
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