27 July 2018

Student Nurse Chloe Arnold has become the first person to receive a Golden Ticket from the Emergency Department (ED) at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH)

From left, Claire Emery (Professional Development Nurse) and Karen Thompson (ED Manager at RSH) present Chloe Arnold with her Golden Ticket

Chloe was surprised during one of her lectures by Claire Emery (Professional Development Nurse) and Karen Thompson (ED Manager at RSH) and presented with the ticket which means she is guaranteed a job at the Trust once she qualifies in March.

The Golden Ticket initiative was launched in March so that instead of a formal interview, student nurses from Staffordshire University will be invited to attend Values-based conversations throughout their training, culminating with a final conversation at the start of their third year of study.

Students who obtain the required qualifications and are also seen to reflect the Trust Values of Proud to Care, Make It Happen, We Value Respect and Together We Achieve, will be offered a position at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) by being given a Golden Ticket.

Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality, Helen Jenkinson, said: “The recruitment of nurses is one of the biggest challenges that faces SaTH, along with hospital trusts across the country. It is, therefore, important that we look at innovative new ways of attracting nurses to our Trust.

“By removing the formal interview and replacing it with a Values-based conversation, we hope to make the recruitment process smoother and quicker.

“Nursing is a wonderful vocation, and we value the contribution that our students make very highly indeed. By developing the ‘Golden Ticket’ we hope to ‘grow’ more of our own nurses to improve the care that we give for the people of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.”

A letter containing a Golden Ticket will be sent from the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality to each successful student nurse welcoming them to their new post as Staff Nurse at SaTH.

Mike Phillips, Staffordshire University Associate Dean for Recruitment, said: “This is great for our student nurses who typically spend half of their time in clinical practice, working in a variety of wards and departments.

“As well as helping the Trust recruit able and talented nursing staff, this initiative removes any stress our students may have about applying for jobs and going through formal interview procedures, and allows them to focus all of their efforts on completing their training.

“We hope this initiative will encourage people interested in a nursing career to come and see what we offer at our Centre of Excellence in Health Care Education based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”