“Don’t live to work, work to live”


This is one of the key take-home messages for delegates who recently visited the Trust’s well attended virtual recruitment fair.

Working with Bradford District Care Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as well as Leeds and Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, we are proud to have delivered the fourth virtual recruitment fair.  The event was aimed at people who want to live and work in our services in West Yorkshire.

The event gave those searching for jobs and volunteering opportunities, an easy and flexible way to learn about the varied roles we offer.  It also attracted internationally based applicants who are interested in working within our vibrant and diverse communities.

Event delegates included those looking for jobs at all levels of seniority.   These included experienced mental health nurses interested in the Trust’s positive career pathways; post-graduates who want to advance their career in the field of learning disabilities and autism; ICT industry specialists; HR personnel, health care support workers and occupational therapists.

Laura Habib and Dennis Webster who work as part of the Trust’s Yorkshire forensic psychiatry team shared really helpful insights into the varied and interesting work they do that helps people to live well.

Joanne Riley and Jane Mckeown from the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust shared the good news that staff are helped to manage their own wellbeing through the continual review and development of the staff wellbeing offer.

Christine Heath, a volunteering manager, also from Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, gave an inspiring talk about the transformative impact that volunteers have in the lives of service users.  She also outlined the ways that they help some volunteers get into paid employment.

Christine talked too about their most popular volunteers, the ‘canine befrienders.’  The trained therapy dogs go onto wards and help some of the most vulnerable service users to feel more relaxed, which helps them to receive and engage with therapeutic treatments.

We are proud, within our Trust, to have a friendly and welcoming volunteering team and our own pack of specially trained gentle and caring canine befrienders.  If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please contact volunteer@swyt.nhs.uk.

During and after the event, attendees gave consistently positive feedback.

Greg Moores, the Trust’s chief people officer, commented: “I am really pleased that this event was so well attended and we look forward to receiving job and volunteering applications.  The Trust has a well-earned reputation for being a great place to work and I’m looking forward to welcoming new members of the team.”

If you missed out on the opportunity to attend the event live, don’t worry, everything was recorded and will be available to view and listen to until the 28 July 2022.

“Don’t live to work, work to live”

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