"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

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is dedicated to becoming an outstanding Trust as rated by our patients, staff, local community as well as the CQC. We are on a continuing journey of improvement and have realised a number of major achievements over the past year. As a result of the improvements made, we were rated by the CQC as ‘Good’ for ‘Safety’ and ‘Caring’ following a positive inspection in July 2016, and were subsequently lifted out of special measures.

Several areas of the Trust’s work are now considered to be outstanding and demonstrative of innovative practice, including our approach to managing sepsis. Our performance against the Emergency Care Standard (4-hour wait) puts us among the top performing hospitals in the country, we are in the top quartile (best performing) of Trusts for mortality rates, which are consistently below those expected for an organisation of our size and nature, and we remain on track to deliver against the annual financial plan we have agreed with our regulator.

These achievements are a great credit to our staff, and thanks to the work of individuals and teams across the Trust we are in a good, strong position where we can continue to build on these successes.

However, this has not always been the case. In 2013 we were one of eleven Trusts placed into special measures following the Keogh Review, and 2015 saw us receive a challenging CQC report, which resulted in us being rated as ‘Inadequate’. Like every other NHS Trust in the country, we operate against a backdrop of increasing financial challenges with ever-greater demand for our services.

So we know there is still more to do and, while we are proud of our progress so far, we need to continue to build on the momentum we have created. Currently rated by the CQC as ‘requires improvement’, we are determined to become an ‘outstanding’ Trust and we know our staff, volunteers and others are committed to making this happen. As such, this is an excellent time for people with the right skills, experience and values to join our team and help us to make this vision a reality.

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.

Assessment Centre

Apply now for our next Assessment Centre

When: 13th April 2018 : 1.00pm until 4.00pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Education Centre, King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 4JL

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