St George’s staff are some of the most highly motivated and proudest in the country, and are more likely to recommend their hospital as a place to work or receive treatment than staff at almost every other trust in the country according to the National NHS Staff Survey. Our staff also say that they are more able to take responsibility and contribute to improvements at work than at other hospitals.
Some of the reasons our staff love working at St George’s are:
Taking the lead
At St George’s we know how important it is to listen to our staff. We want all of our staff, whatever role they play, to let us know what improvements they think could and should be made. We also believe that our staff are the best people to make the necessary changes. For example, we have recently refurbished all of our theatre changing rooms because of what our nurses told us as part of our Listening into Action programme.
Our Theatres Transformation programme and Listening into Action teams will support you to identify ways to work safer, better and smarter to make sure that we deliver high quality and safe services that put patients first. We then help you to develop the tools and systems you need to make the improvements you identify, and support you to implement your changes. You take the lead, but we’ll be with you all the way.
Training and education
World class staff deserve world class training and education facilities and opportunities. As one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals, your professional development is very important to us. We will do everything we can to help you reach your full potential and be the best you can be.
This doesn’t just mean we encourage you to sign up for training courses though. We provide work based learning opportunities, shadowing, mentoring, reflective practice and just about any other kind of training you can imagine.
You will get the chance to develop and hone your skills in our Advanced Patient Simulation Unit, where teams and individuals can work through real life scenarios on state-of-the-art mannequins.
We have the advantage over other London hospitals because we are the only hospital in London to share a site with a university. This means that you will benefit from full access to the St George’s University of London facilities and resources, giving you the edge when it comes to your professional development. St George’s Hospital also houses the St George’s University of London, Kingston University Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, and other education providers which train healthcare professionals from across the south of England.
Drugs calculation test support
Everybody who applies for a job as a theatre nurse in the UK has to pass a simple drug calculation test before their interview. At St George’s we offer free drug calculation tutoring and a mock exam for everybody who applies for a job as a theatre nurse with us. Contact our Nursing Recruitment Team for more information.
Clinical research is very much part of our core business as we continually strive to improve patient outcomes and experience. Many of our staff are actively involved in clinical research studies, Last year 164 new studies were approved by the St George’s Joint Research Office, ranging from clinical trials of new drugs and medical device studies through to service and patient satisfaction studies.
We encourage research proposals from all of our staff, and provide the support to develop, implement and measure the impact.
We are also part of the South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and have a strategic alliance with King’s Health Partners. This means that by joining St George’s, you will benefit from access to an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health.
On-site nursery and childcare vouchers
There are loads of other benefits to working for St George’s. As well as being able to sign up for our childcare voucher scheme which gives you the benefit of tax breaks, we have a nursery on site for children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years old.
Starter home initiative
We also have a starter home initiative to help you take your first steps on the property ladder. If you already work in the NHS but live outside of London, we can also cover your moving expenses.
Help with travel expenses
Getting around town won’t be a problem either. Our interest free season ticket loan will help you spread your public transport travel costs, or you could sign up for our Cycle-2-Work scheme and get a new bike and cycling equipment, all paid off through your monthly pay before tax and other deductions, meaning big savings for you.
If cycling to work doesn’t help you build up enough of a sweat, you can take advantage of our own fully equipped on-site sports and leisure centre. If you like to swim, Tooting Leisure Centre is next door to St George’s, complete with a 33 metre pool. If outdoor swimming is more of your thing, the famous Tooting Bec Lido is also on your doorstep.