"It’s such a friendly Trust, I’ve worked here for 21 years!"
Julie Goward, Sister


"I’m so proud of what my team does."
Lisa Lambert, Health Care Support Worker


"It’s such a friendly Trust, I’ve worked here for 21 years!"

Julie Goward, Sister


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A message from our Chief Nurse

I am extremely proud of our nursing team here at Sherwood Forest Hospitals. Working closely with clinical and other colleagues, we have been a driving force in improving patient care and services at the Trust. The CQC recognised the Trust’s achievements in their July 2016 visit, after which inspectors rated us as ‘Good’ for Safety and ‘Good’ for Caring.

As we build on the excellent work we have already achieved together, we are seeking first-class nurses with the right skills, experience and values to join our amazing nursing team.

We are an innovative and fast-developing Trust and one which takes the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work of all of our staff. It’s an exciting time to join us and take part in the next stage of our improvement journey. So, if you share our values and want to make a real difference to patient care and experience, then get in touch with us now.

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Our Story

At Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust you get to be part of the team helping shape the changing structures of health and social care today.

In August 2018 we were awarded a Good rating by the CQC with our overall care rated as Outstanding and four outstanding areas identified in our separate divisions. Our sepsis care, mortality rates, stroke services and maternity services compare very well nationally and our clinicians are regularly asked to speak nationally and internationally on our work. But don’t take our word for it – 84% of our inpatients rated their overall experience as good and we had the best overall staff survey engagement score in the East Midlands for acute (hospital) Trusts, with staff rating us as the best acute Trust in the Midlands for both the quality of care we provide, and as a place to work & receive treatment..

We have one of the most modern hospitals in the NHS and are surrounded by beautiful countryside that inspired DH Lawrence and Lord Byron. We are home to some of the best public and private schools in the country, with Michelin starred restaurants and award winning theatres and galleries on your doorstep.

As well as shaping the future structure of care through our work with one of the vanguard Integrated Care Systems (ICS), we are also shaping the future of treatments and care with our ever expanding and recognised research portfolio and our newly launched innovation programme.

And that’s not all. When you join SFH you also join a team passionate about improving care and treatment options for patients today and in the future. You could make a difference to people like Roger who’s been part of our prostate cancer study for the last five years. You can see the massive difference research has made to him and his family here.

So if you are looking to join a team at a modern and innovative Trust which is easy to get to then let us be your next career move.

Our Trust

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is the main acute hospital Trust for the local population of 418,000 across Nottinghamshire, as well as parts of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

The local population is diverse with wide ranging health and wellbeing needs. It is slightly older than the national average with relatively more people aged 65 years and above, although around a quarter of the population is made up of children and young people. Many local areas are quite rural, which can make accessing services more challenging for some.

Our Trust has an operating budget of approximately £297 million and employs around 4,500 members of staff working across three main hospital sites. We also provide a number of services from Ashfield Health Village, based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Our hospitals

We are very proud of all three of our hospitals, which are based within mid-Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands.

King’s Mill Hospital

King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield is the main acute hospital site with over 550 inpatient beds (more than half in single occupancy rooms), 13 operating theatres and a 24-hour emergency department. Over the last year there were more than 52,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 32,000 day case patients. 104,500 patients attended the emergency department, nearly 3,500 babies were delivered, and just under 350,000 outpatient appointments were held in the King’s Treatment Centre.

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Newark Hospital

Newark Hospital provides a range of treatments, including consultant-led outpatient services, planned inpatient care, day-case surgery, endoscopy, and diagnostic and therapy services. There is one medical ward, one surgical ward, and a GP-led rehabilitation unit. Newark Hospital’s 24-hour urgent care centre saw and treated more than 22,000 people over the past 12 months. We are continuing to invest in the range and volume of services at Newark Hospital, with more patients enjoying access to an increasingly diverse range of services. Last year, patients attended more than 72,000 outpatient appointments, nearly 7,000 day-case procedures were performed, and there were just over 1,200 admissions.

Mansfield Community Hospital

The smallest of our trio of hospitals, Mansfield Community Hospital provides three medical wards with a total of 64 beds, largely for rehabilitation. Over the past year, patients attended over 10,200 outpatient appointments here, and 758 people were admitted to the hospital.

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Our partnerships

As a key provider of acute hospital care, Sherwood Forest Hospitals takes a lead role in working with partners to improve local health care services.

We are partners in the Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformational Plan (STP) as well as members of the Better Together Alliance, where local partners aim to join up health and social care services more effectively.

We remain committed to our strategic partnership with Nottingham University Hospitals to help improve the quality of patient care and to deliver better ways of working. To date, the partnership has enabled closer working across the two organisations and has laid a solid foundation on which to contribute to the Nottinghamshire STP. Both organisations actively explored the possibility of a merger, but the decision was taken in October 2016 not to pursue a formal union between the two organisations.

Recruitment Event

Apply now for our next Recruitment Event

When: 15 March 2019 : 9am until 12pm
Location: Learning Hub A&B, Level 1, King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 4JL

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