1. 95% of the jobs in the NHS want current NHS employees (fortunately for me, unfortunately for most)
2. i am not aware of many jobs coming up at st. caths, they're getting rid of people not hiring.
I agree about the NHS jobs being 'Internal' posts, thats why i asked Candyfloss if she meant St Caths because it's a differant trust.
I notice she has not come back on to clarify any think!!!
there's 2 'trusts' at st caths
PCT (Primary Care Trust) ie the main NHS, and the CWP (Cheshire Wirral Partnership) the latter of which is who i work for at St. Caths, both of which mainly employ people from within the NHS.
currently the main NHS has to save an unknown amount of millions, probably somewhere close to £100m, the CWP has to save £13m in the next financial year.
honestly, they wouldn't be advertising for people from outside of the trust for jobs (which would cost a lot of money for advertising, shortlisting, interviewing, getting enhanced CRB checks done, checking references, then all the training for systems etc and also the mandatory training every member of staff has to do) when there are people within the trust, about 30% of which are on temporary contracts (including myself) who have all of the above (CRB, training etc) and so it wouldn't cost the trust anything, particularly as previously mentioned that they have to save a LOT of money.
unfortunately, the opening post may be correct, that there are jobs coming up, however i can almost guarantee that they will be almost all internal only
if you wanted a job within the NHS and aren't already in it, you can apply for any 'bank' position which is basically "NHS Reserves" for when people are on long-term sick or maternity leave etc departments can call on 'bank staff' to do the work. it's only on a pay-as-you-work basis so one week you may earn £250 or so and another £0 so it's best for 'topping up' a household income, not really a main job for someone. same goes for agency work, the CWP use 2 main agencies 'hayes' and another i can't quite remember off the top of my head, but if you want to know, let me know and i'll find out, if you have your heart set on working for the CWP/NHS then join an agency or (honestly) get lucky and apply for a job that is externally advertised (remember temp internal staff will also be applying for them too)and get it.
sorry for the long post.