Sanctuary strengthens national Vaccination effort
By Dan Allard
With the Government’s hugely-important COVID-19 vaccination programme in full swing, Sanctuary continues to play a vital role in the fight against coronavirus.
Every week we welcome more CCGs or NHS trusts in need of a consistent supply of vaccination staff.
The latest NHS partners to appoint Sanctuary to staff their vaccination PODS, include:
Lincolnshire CCG (run by Lincolnshire Community Hospitals)
The Dudley Group NHS
The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals NHS
Countess of Chester NHS
BOB Collaborative STP (Berkshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire NHS Trusts)
University of Hospitals of Birmingham
They join several other trusts that appointed Sanctuary at the end of last year.
Which vaccination roles are available?
Obviously, each locality will have slightly different recruitment requirements. However, all are actively seeking Band 5 Immunisation Nurses, Band 5 Registered Nurses, and Band 6 Supervisors.
In addition, many related healthcare professions are being invited to apply as NHS England keeps the momentum to vaccinate those most at risk.
Must you have immunisation experience?
If you’re applying for a Band 5 Immunisation Nursing role, then immunisation experience and anaphylaxis training is a must.
If, however, you are applying as a Band 5 Registered Nurse, you will not need to have previous immunisation experience. All nursing experience from different settings will be considered since your role will be to support the immunisation nurses and provide clinical support.
Some clients are also taking on registered Band 5 professionals from related healthcare professions including dentists, pharmacists, dietitians, and allied health professionals.
What are the working expectations?
Most vaccination PODs are open from 8am until 8pm seven days a week and so you will be expected to work 12 hour shifts. Payment for these will be in alignment with the NHS England and NHS Improvement cap. However, for some Band 5 Immunisation Nurse roles there is an hourly uplift.
To be put forward for the vaccination POD roles, you must:
Have the relevant experience detailed within each job specification.
Be immediately available (so please ensure you register with Sanctuary at the earliest opportunity).
Be able to commit to work throughout the programme (current timeframes are difficult to predict. However, the government intends to continue mass vaccination into the Autumn).
We are looking for people to start as soon as possible and encourage you to submit your CV to Sanctuary at your earliest opportunity.
This is so that we can conduct the relevant compliance and safeguarding checks (including evidence of anaphylaxis training, where required).
Simply upload a copy of your CV and we’ll have you up and running in no time!
We can also accommodate part-time/flexible working patterns (depending on the request). Please state your availability in your application.
Even if there is not a live vacancy in your area, we still encourage you to register since our effort is very much a national one.