Renal Dialysis Nurse Recruitment Campaign

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An opportunity like no other. It’s all here for you to explore meeting the health and wellbeing needs of a population of 750,000 people is an immense challenge. But at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), it’s a challenge we’re more than equipped to meet.

As England’s largest NHS Trust, we’re creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system that will deliver the best possible results for the 1million+ patients who rely on our services every year. Bringing together hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and a culture of continuous improvement, and we encourage our 25,000 staff to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate – and in the process, our people benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of exceptional.

The chance to be your best – and help us deliver renal services of the future

We currently deliver haemodialysis treatment to over 500 patients, comprising of an award-winning dialysis programme that is delivered both within our hospitals, and via an ambitious home therapy strategy.

The Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) hub is an integral part of this service, as it delivers acute dialysis to inpatients on the Acute Kidney Unit, and it provides outreach dialysis to other wards and departments. We currently have five units, each staffed by around 20 exceptional staff, and all permeated by the friendliest environment imaginable. And now we’re about to go even further. At an exciting moment in our development, we are expanding our service to implement a bold new model of acute dialysis, so we’re looking for Band 5 Nurses and Band 2 Support Workers to join us. So whether you want to specialise in a specific area or work across the whole spectrum of renal care, it’s all here for you to discover at MFT.


Transform patient outcomes in our visionary department

With an international reputation for cutting-edge services and an outstanding approach to delivery of care, we are leading the way in dialysis care. With this patient population continuing to grow rapidly worldwide, we are on a vital mission to build the future model of dialysis care in the NHS. This includes expanding our current home haemodialysis programme and opening a new Dialysis Assessment Unit. This will make us one of the biggest renal units in the UK, and you could be an essential part of this journey.

Two teams – one shared goal

  • Acute: This service offers bedside care to critically ill and intensive care patients. The work is fast-paced and varied, providing colleagues with the chance to work at the forefront of critical dialysis care.
  • Maintenance: This service provides ongoing dialysis to patients. With staff building strong relationships with the people they’re caring for; this is a unique opportunity to refine your skills and work at a calmer pace.

Many renal services provide these facilities on an independent basis, but we are remodelling the whole service so that staff can work across both teams if they prefer, and patients will benefit from a joined-up approach. How you embrace this shift in delivery is up to you. Choose to specialise in a specific area of dialysis or opt to rotate across whole service including transplantation.  Whatever you decide on, we’ll help you build the skills you need to excel.


The most exceptional nursing opportunities

Join us as a Band 5 Nurse and make the most of the chance to put your career on a truly fascinating path. Working with a close-knit team of experienced Dialysis Nurses, Matrons, Medics and Allied Health Professionals, we’ll see to it that you develop the types of skills that will put your career on an unparalleled trajectory – and with the support of colleagues who count each other as friends (and who were named as MRI’s Team of the Month), you’ll have every kind of opportunity to thrive both personally and professionally.

When you join us, you’ll benefit from a preceptorship, with the encouragement and opportunities to ensure you succeed in your career. You’ll also receive a 3-month face-to-face training programme with the support of a dedicated mentor. Working at your pace, you’ll have the chance to shadow field experts, including a Clinical Nurse Educator in the dialysis service. With lots of guidance, this training will be flexed according to the pace at which you are learning – so if you need more than three months to refine your skills, that’s absolutely fine and we’ll support you along the way.


Our support team are central to our success

We are also recruiting for a number of Support Workers who will become an integral part of how we deliver renal services in MFT. These exciting roles will present you with the chance to make a tangible difference to the wellbeing of renal patients, as you will handle a varied workload that will consist of cleaning and maintaining our sector-leading machines, handling housekeeping duties, and supporting patients with activities such as eating and drinking. Across all that you do, you will have the support you’ve always wanted to develop your skills and further your career.

Find more ways to progress

Job satisfaction, plenty of development opportunities, a great work/life balance and the chance to work at your own pace. We know it’s a big claim to make – so we want you to hear it direct from our incredible team. These are their words, not ours:


How will MFT look after me?

The benefits are all tailored for you

We offer a unique and comprehensive NHS benefits package, including:

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

Our recruitment process is all set for you

Applying with us is simple and straightforward.  Read on to get some top tips to consider before you press ‘apply’.

Before applying

Before applying, it’s important to 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.  After all, this is what we will be using to make an informed decision about those candidates we progress to the next stage.

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 if relevant). But it’s also an opportunity to tell us about why our transformation excites you and what you hope to gain by joining us.  Instead of just listing tasks you do or have done in a job, think carefully about communicating strong examples that really demonstrate to the person reviewing your application how closely your skills and experience match up with the key factors of the person specification. Remember, most person specifications have a series of ‘essential criteria’ so as a matter of course, recruiting managers will look to determine who matches this closely, but also, even better if you meet the essential and some or all of the ‘desirable criteria too. That’s what might help you stand apart from other applicants.

More than anything, take time to think about your application and if you’ve applied before, don’t just re-submit the same application for another role – each attempt should be well thought through and be tailored to the skills, experience and knowledge required for the role you’re applying for.

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.  If you don’t have MS Teams installed, please use click here to download it:


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 we’re very proud of our working culture.

By joining us at this exciting stage in our development, you’ll experience genuine job satisfaction, plus the chance to build on your skills and experience.


How will MFT ensure I am able to work safely throughout COVID-19, both now and in the future?

We understand that this is something on most candidates’ minds when considering the world of work. In normal circumstances, we’d encourage you to come on site to meet with some of our team, have a look at the working environment and get a feel for our culture. Current restrictions due to COVID-19 means this is unlikely as we have had to, like most other organisations and businesses, reduce our footfall on to our sites to for necessary purposes only – this is to safeguard both our workforce, our patients and members of the public.

How will MFT ensure I am able to work safely throughout COVID-19, both now and in the future?

We understand that this is something on most candidates’ minds when considering the world of work. In normal circumstances, we’d encourage you to come on site to meet with some of our team, have a look at the working environment and get a feel for our culture. Current restrictions due to COVID-19 means this is unlikely as we have had to, like most other organisations and businesses, reduce our footfall on to our sites to for necessary purposes only – this is to safeguard both our workforce, our patients and members of the public.

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.

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 healthcare professionals 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 our EHW intranet site
  • 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


Do you have a diversity policy?

As an organisation, we know that diversity matters. We are committed to developing a workforce that is representative of the population that we serve. Here, you will find that discrimination has no place, and you will enjoy an inclusive and supportive workplace. We therefore encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds.

One last thing

This is your chance to take on the career you deserve. To build a better future for renal patients. And to help us embed standards that will be emulated across the NHS.

We want you to feel valued and to excel in our team. So if you are keen to progress, and you are ready to embark on the most ambitious learning curve, then you will find it is all here for you to discover at MFT.

To join us on this mission, simply click the button below. This will transfer you to our Applicant Tracking System (TRAC).

Click here to find out more and to apply

Good luck – we can’t wait to receive your application!