Introducing Hive, an innovative digital healthcare solution which will transform our service – and your career!
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is the largest acute trust in the UK, with over 23,000 staff that care for over million patients a year. Combining 10 hospitals and community services from across Greater Manchester, we provide outstanding patient care and services.
Our ambition is to build on our leading initiatives and revolutionise the way we work together. That’s why we’re embarking on a programme of unprecedented transformation that will see a cutting-edge digital solution integrated across all our sites and services.
The Hive programme is the largest initiative of its kind and is backed by a significant multi-million-pound investment. We now need experts of all kinds to make our transformation a success.
If you have a clinical, corporate, technology or administrative background, this is your opportunity to gain wide-ranging experience and develop through an exciting opportunity on an extraordinary scale.
Hive’s innovative Electronic Patient Record (EPR) solution powered by Epic who are a multi-national, award winning organisation, with over 40 years’ experience in the health sector and have millions of patient records, Epic will bring all our patient information into one easily accessible place and make our services more effective than ever before.
By streamlining 750 patient record systems and creating a single source of information that both staff and patients can use, we’ll achieve huge improvements on several fronts.
We’ll transform the patient and staff experience enabling staff to provide seamless care. By having one single system across our 9 Hospitals staff and patients will have their patient record at their fingertips wherever they go to receive care across MFT.
Powered by Epic software, Hive is the key to providing a single, efficient hospital service across all our sites. It’s how we can make sure that we’re truly ‘all here for you’.
Joining the project at the beginning of our journey is your chance to be a part of big change – for our Trust and for your career.
You’ll gain exposure to diverse challenges and considerable responsibility as Hive means much more than the introduction of a new digital system, it means implementing wide-spread change and improvement. We are not only looking to change the way our electronic systems work but transform how we all work.
We need a wide range of skills to make this happen. Whether you’re a healthcare professional, a clinical or operational manager, or already working in IT, you’ll play a central role in Hive’s success.
You could be providing a clinical perspective, managing key projects or using technology to improve clinical services. Above all, we’re looking for great communicators, sharp analytical minds and skilled collaborators.
Learn more about HIVE
We’ve included some useful links to supporting information about HIVE including own dedicated page on our Trust website – https://mft.nhs.uk/hive-epr/, Twitter page – https://twitter.com/MFT_HIVE and vlogs/animations which you can access below. We’d encourage you to take a look at some of this in order to broaden your understanding of the scale and scope of this initiative, how these roles should you join us can really shape your career but most of all, the huge benefit to our patients across Manchester, Trafford and beyond.
Recruitment and Selection Process
Applying with us is simple and straightforward.
Before applying, read the job description and person specification for the role you’re interested in and decide if your qualifications, skills and experience are well suited to our requirements.
You’ll then need to submit an online application. This should tell us about your education, key achievements and qualifications plus your relevant skills and experience (both work and non-work related). But it’s also an opportunity to tell us about why our transformation excites you and what you hope to gain by joining us.
Post Shortlisting & progression to selection
If you’re shortlisted for a role you apply for, you’ll be contacted by our Recruitment Team via email and they’ll inform you about the selection process. This will vary according to the role but typically this process will be carried out virtually via MS Teams so you’d need to ensure you have a device or access to a device that would allow you to use this.
Virtual selection processes may include exercises as straightforward as a Technical & Competency Based Interview, a Stakeholder Engagement Exercise, a Problem Solving Exercise etc but again, this will look different depending on the role you have applied for and the process will be designed to enable our HIVE Team to assess your skills, aptitude and experience based in the role profile.
Some roles involved in the Epic EPR system design and build will also require candidates to undertake a form of online psychometric testing (Epic Sphinx test) as part of the selection process. These tests enable us to learn more about your ability in problem solving and your overall aptitude to ensure these are a strong match to enable you to carry out the role effectively. You’d be advised post shortlisting if these tests are relevant to you.
Typically, the Selection Process date will be noted at the bottom of the advert so it’s best to consider this before applying to ensure you can make this date and diary it as we are unlikely to be able to set separate dates from this should you not be available.
As an organisation we are truly committed to being an employer of choice that recruits and develops staff fairly so that talented people choose to join, remain and develop within the Trust. Our aim is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels and we therefore positively welcome applications from the diversity of population we serve. Equal opportunities is a key guiding principle to all our work including that our recruitment practices provide equal access to all.
Why should I join #TeamMFT?
Being a team member at MFT means being part of something special. We’re the UK’s largest NHS Trust, offering innovative, leading-edge services in the vibrant city of Manchester. We’re also a diverse, friendly team and very proud of our working culture.
By joining us at the start of our digital transformation, you’ll benefit from all the professional advantages of working on a complex, once-in-a-generation project that offers real challenges and exciting opportunities to build on your skills and experience.
How will MFT look after me throughout my career?
Staff Support – Our self-referral service is open to all staff and offers individual counselling and therapy for personal and work-related issues.
Health & Wellbeing – We deliver a range of services including Fitness for Work support, rapid access physiotherapy, emotional resilience and wellbeing training, immunisation and vaccination programmes.
Full and part-time training and career development – We’ll give you a personal development plan and review your progress annually to make sure you’re always taking your career forwards.
Flexible Working – We’re committed to developing a flexible workforce that can adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. If you want to work flexibly, we’ll do everything in our powers to make it happen and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance. This will depend on the nature of the role and the requirements of the service/team.
Staff Networks – We’re committed to our equality and diversity policy and run three staff networks: our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network, our Disabled Staff Network, and our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network.
Rewards Team – We have a dedicated team who can offer you advice on Parental and Family support and with a bespoke internal intranet site where you will find lots of interesting information of benefits and discounts.
Staff Discounts – Our Trust offers a range of discounts to include gyms, restaurant and bars, hair and beauty, travel and much more.
Salary Sacrifice Scheme – We run a scheme which you can use part of your salary against a non-cash benefit which brings about savings for you– this can be used against set schemes we have in place for cars, bikes and accessories, car parking & day nursery
Interest Free Travel Loans/ Discounted Travel – We offer interest free travel loans, enabling you to purchase an annual ticket for the Metrolink, Train, and Buses. You can also purchase a discounted weekly or monthly Stagecoach bus ticket
On site Nurseries – you can pay for this facility through our salary sacrifice scheme:
Day Nursery – First Steps Day Nursery is based on our Oxford Road site for children aged 6mths to 5 years
Kids Planet Day Nursery – based on our Wythenshawe site for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years
How will MFT ensure I am enabled to work safely throughout Covid 19 both now and in the future?
You can however engage with us in other ways to understand if MFT is an organisation you’ll be happy and excited working in. You can do this by taking a look at our careers site and social media platforms to find out more about our Trust so you can get to know us and decide if we’re right for you. What’s more, if you have role specific queries before applying, consider contacting the Recruiting Manager whose details should appear on the advert.
As you’ll have already read in the Recruitment and Selection process section, if you’re applying to join us, the selection process will carried out virtually, via MS Teams.
In terms of workplace safety, our Nurses strictly follow the Trust’s infection prevention and control guidance. We’re well-equipped to manage any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, and we also have close links with infection control teams and Public Health England.
To ensure our Trust is ‘caring for you, as you care for others’ we have a variety of ways to access COVID-19 support across the Trust:
- Information and support guides on the EHW intranet site and MLCO/TLCO extranet.
- Caring For You: daily wellbeing sessions provided by a psychological wellbeing therapist.
- Virtual COVID-19 traumatic incident debriefs are available if a particularly distressing incident occurs.
- Access to a 24-hour employee assistance programme.
If you want to find out more about any of the above services, please contact our employee health and wellbeing team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I join the HIVE Team, what can I expect in terms of flexible working hours
The team members will be able to mix home working and on site working. We would operate a core hours system so start and finish times could be flexible. We provide technology that allows for agile working arrangements.
What training will I receive to enable me to perform my role?
You will be given exciting and comprehensive training for your role including any necessary training with Epic which may lead to you becoming accredited in the Epic system dependent on your role. The programme team will offer a comprehensive introduction and normal objective setting and appraisal processes to support your individual development needs. You will be given expert at the elbow training by our Epic colleagues and you in turn will be given the opportunity to develop others as well.
What career progression may be available if I join the HIVE team?
Being part of the Hive Team will develop and challenge your skills which will prepare you for future roles within the Hive team or across MFT.
You will be able to return to a clinical or operational role as an expert in the EPR with the ability to use the amazing information in Hive to support improvements in clinical care or service delivery. Or you will be able to grow and develop through the Hive Team structure which will have clear pathways to access promotion opportunities and develop skills in transformation, change management, clinical informatics, training, technical and system configuration.
Once our Hive is live, it is the beginning of a new journey supporting the organisation to continuously improve the quality of care through effective adoption and use of the system.
So, if after learning more about the HIVE programme of work and the huge benefits of this initiative to our Trust and patients alike, then we hope you’ll consider sharing your skills and experience with us in the wide range of opportunities that will be on offer.