NHS trust’s own Kate Moss ready to strike a pose


An activity coordinator at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted out of 800 people to become the face of NHS jobs.

To celebrate the launch of the new-look website NHS jobs is searching the country to find 15 poster stars to help inspire people to join the NHS and give Naomi Campbell a run for her money.

Rachael Smith, who works at Baghill House, a day treatment service run by the Trust, was nominated by her colleagues and will now get a taste of the supermodel lifestyle with a professional photo shoot on November 24th and a copy of her pictures to keep.

Rachael, 36 from Pontefract, said: "I felt disbelief that I had been short listed, but overwhelmed that my colleagues wrote such nice things about me. I have never done anything like this before, but I would feel proud to be the face of NHS jobs and probably slightly embarrassed."

Out of the 800 applicants 30 have been shortlisted and then 15 NHS staff will be selected and go on to see their face splashed across the NHS jobs website and in print publications from 2010.

The Trust’s staff throughout Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield were encouraged to apply to do their bit to encourage others to join the team and make a difference.

HR recruitment manager Sandy Nicholas said, "It’s great that Rachael was nominated and even better that she has been shortlisted! As well as being a chance to get a professional photo it is a good opportunity for our dedicated staff to get some national coverage and remind people of the important work we do in mental health and learning disability services."

It is hoped the images will help represent the diversity of the NHS in promotional material and boost recruitment.

NHS jobs currently advertises around 20,000 jobs each month, so if Rachael is one of the lucky winners she may become well known by job applicants, with over 6 million web visits and applications from more than 250,000 jobseekers every month.

And who knows it might be the first photo shoot of many and the start of a new hobby!

NHS trust’s own Kate Moss ready to strike a pose

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