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Solihull Hospital launches biggest jobs drive in recent history

Published on 20/03/2024

Surgical elective hub at Solihull Hospital
The brand new surgical elective hub at Solihull Hospital, under construction

Solihull Hospital is set to employ 225 new members of staff to help treat more than 11,500 extra patients a year.

The major recruitment campaign, the biggest in its recent history, will attract a range of healthcare professionals to work in a brand new surgical elective hub which opens this Summer. The roles on offer include nurses, anaesthetists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiologists, and surgeons.

Following a successful bid for part of a £1.5 billion fund, Solihull Hospital was awarded £45m last year to build a new facility, including six new operating theatres, to enable an additional 11,500 procedures a year for local patients.

Construction of the hub is well underway, and due to be operational by July 2024. The recruitment phase has now been launched to attract 225 local, regional, and national new candidates who will work in the hub and wider hospital site.

The recruitment drive comes as the hospital commits to improving waiting times for patients and further reduce the number of delayed treatments for cancer, urology, and orthopaedics.

Executive Director for Solihull Hospital, Martin Richardson said:

“We are thrilled that we have received this investment which will support us to treat those patients who have waited too long as a result of COVID-19, as well as be ready for future demands. This new hub will vastly expand our capacity to treat local patients who are waiting for their procedures and create an environment for surgical innovation in Solihull.

“We have already made great progress in tackling the longest waiting lists, but we need to do more, and we will soon have the facilities to make that a reality.”

Director of Nursing for Solihull Hospital, Fiona Wyton said:

“The investment and developments at Solihull Hospital are incredibly exciting and are going to firmly put it back on the map as a vital local hospital delivering much needed care and treatment for local people.

“I would like to personally encourage anyone who is interested in joining our teams, for any of the roles, to get in touch at this pivotal time.”

Director of Operations for Solihull Hospital, Andrew Clements said:

“This state-of-the-art new building not only brings new capacity for treatments, but also gives a fantastic opportunity for clinicians and support staff looking for a new challenge.

“This development signals a new chapter for Solihull Hospital and is just the beginning for improvements we are planning.

"We have recently opened our 'People Centre' - Connected @ Solihull so anyone interested can book an appointment to learn more about our job and career opportunities. Please contact Connected-Solihull@uhb.nhs.uk to arrange a meeting and tour."

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