NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Work With Us Newsletter - January 2022

Welcome to the NHS Dumfries & Galloway Work With Us Newsletter.  This newsletter will highlight jobs of the month within our Health Board, as well as some news stories we think might be of interest to you.  Scroll down to see our current jobs of the month. 

Volunteering for a career in Medicine

How volunteering in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary through 2020 helped Aidan Kennedy gain confidence and experience before embarking on his medical studies at Glasgow University.

On a crisp Friday night in mid-November, Aidan Kennedy walked onto the stage of Easterbrook Hall to accept his second award for the evening. He had already won Volunteer of the Year and now strode up as the overall winner in the Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards. It was an exciting moment, but possibly more important was the experience volunteering in the Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary through trying circumstances in 2020 while at the same time finishing his high school studies. Lessons learned on the wards would give him the confidence to pursue his dream of studying medicine and becoming a doctor.

Aidan was kind enough to take a break from his first year university studies to meet (virtually) with me a few weeks after his award. He explains it was his high school careers advisor that first recommended he think about volunteering at the hospital. It would of course look good on his university applications, but Aidan says the greatest benefit he has taken from his time as a volunteer is increased confidence with people. He has spent time with people going through incredible hardship and been able to give them comfort. He has witnessed a hospital running at maximum capacity to ensure quality to care to all who need it and has been a vital part of that care. He was an extra pair of hands, a friendly face and a listening ear to those patients who might need him.

 “That’s the part I enjoyed the most”, Aidan explains. “The conversations with so many different people helped me improve my communication and confidence.”

While there were difficult times, especially a few moments interacting with patients who suffered from dementia, Aidan relished seeing the change in patients as he got to know them.
“There was one lady who had lost her sight, so there was a sign on the door that said ‘please knock then enter and introduce yourself, because I can’t see you” Aidan describes. “She was so timid and jumpy the first time I went in, but just sitting down and talking to her, she started to open up and we ended up bonding over a shared love of ancient Egypt”.

Aidan had already decided he wanted to pursue studies in Medicine, but prior to his volunteering experience was probably leaning towards specialities that might not have as much patient interaction as other fields. However Aidan now credits the experience of volunteering for broadening his perspectives on his future career. “Initially, I was probably leaning towards surgery, but after working with people in a much less acute setting”, Aidan describes. “I really enjoyed getting to know people and building a relationship with them over time. It sort of opened my eyes to geriatric medicine or other specialties I hadn’t thought of before”.

Currently hard at work half-way through his first year of University, Aidan tells me that while he’s not the only person in his course that has been a volunteer at a hospital, he still feels the breadth and depth of his experience while volunteering has given him a huge helping hand as he makes his way through his studies. “I was lucky enough to have Consultants and other professionals offer to help,” recounts Aidan, recalling the moments leading up to his final high school exams that he took will still volunteering multiple days per week. Aidan knows that building those relationships while volunteering was great and so was winning this award but he’s most happy that he was able to make a difference in the lives of people within Dumfries and Galloway.

Aidan showing off his awards with his parents; Lynne and Steven and Margaret McGroggan, Volunteer coordinator for NHS D&G.

The excited winner  accepting his award.

The Natural Place to be a GP

Job Vacancies Of The Month

See below some of our current vacancies - Not for you, but know someone who might be interested? Feel free to share!

Consultant - Respiratory

Are you passionate about outstanding patient care? Are you collaborative, team orientated and friendly? Are you looking to join an outstanding multi-disciplinary department that always seeks to achieve excellent patient outcomes through embracing new technology and implementing best practice? 

If so, then our forward looking, multidisciplinary, Respiratory Service could be just the right place for you. NHS Dumfries & Galloway has recently committed substantial additional investment to ensure that the innovative patient-centred work we have started continues to grow and develop. We would love to hear from you if you have novel ideas and energy, understand the benefits of a whole team approach, and want the opportunity to make a real difference to the Respiratory Health of the people of Dumfries and Galloway. 

For more information and how to apply please Click here

Application closing date : 04/02/2022

Clinical Psychologist & Psychological Therapies Training Co-ordinator

A full time, permanent post has arisen within the Department of Psychological Services & Research based in Dumfries for a Clinical Psychologist to work within the Adult Mental Health team with a particular focus on Access to Psychological Therapies HEAT target waiting times initiatives.

This post also includes the Psychological Therapies Training Co-ordinator role which is a NES funded post looking at the training needs across the Mental Health Directorate regarding psychological knowledge and skills.
Applications are invited from enthusiastic and energetic HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists who want to play a key role in this service.  

For more information and how to apply please Click here

Application closing date : 30/12/2021

School Nurse

Are you a qualified nurse thinking of working in a different way? Keen to promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people?  

We are looking to recruit Staff Nurses to our School Nursing teams within Dumfries and Galloway. You will be an enthusiastic and motivated practitioner, with a warm personality and excellent communication skills. Our School Nursing teams are innovative, enthusiastic and motivated to deliver a high quality service to promote the best outcomes for children and young people in Dumfries & Galloway.    

Joining School Nursing in Dumfries & Galloway will mean you are part of an evolving School Nursing team delivering specialist, targeted services to school-aged children and their families, using the National Practice Model through the development of Child’s Plans, adhering to, and promoting GIRFEC principles.  
You will need to be compassionate and dynamic, and demonstrate the ability to work effectively with other agencies and services in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. 

For more information and how to apply please Click here

Application closing date : 27/01/2022

Consultant - Acute Physician

Are you looking for an exciting career move, where you can really make a difference?

NHS Dumfries and Galloway wish to appoint an Acute Medicine Consultant based in the Combined Assessment Unit (CAU) at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI).

The post holder will work closely with the three existing Acute Medicine Consultants to provide senior presence and clinical leadership within the CAU, and will join a team of Consultant Physicians providing services in Acute/General Medicine at DGRI.  The post holder will contribute to the management of the CAU and work to develop changes in practice to improve the quality of patient care or facilitate early discharge.  He/she will contribute to clinical governance and audit within the Unit, and will provide teaching and supervision of nursing staff, junior medical staff and medical students.  There will be an opportunity to maintain an existing specialty interest or Acute Medicine Special Skill, subject to negotiation and local service needs.

For more information and how to apply please Click here

Application closing date 18/02/2022

Occupational Therapist

We require an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with an interest in working in a physical setting to join our team. If you have qualified  as an Occupational Therapist this post may be of interest to you. If you already have gained some experience as an OT, you may also be interested in this post.

The post will be based mainly  at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary within the Therapies Dept.The rotational programme enables you to develop skills and gain experience across a range of acute hospital specialities including:
•    Medical / Surgical – including Emergency Department and Admissions Unit
•    Orthopaedics
•    Rehabilitation 
•    Medicine for the Elderly.

You will also be able to complete a rotation at Lochmaben hospital  delivering rehabilitation services which provides the opportunity to develop skills in providing ongoing rehabilitation for patients either as in patients, out patients or within their own homes.

For more information and how to apply please Click here

Application closing date : 06/01/2022

Registered Nurse

A unique opportunity has arisen to join the Community Health and Social Care Directorate in a Band 5 Registered Nurse Role.  These posts will initially supporting our Cottage Hospital at Mountainhall Treatment Centre Ward 1, but long term will be a flexible post with a view to also supporting the Community Nursing Team within the Home Teams across the region.  This post is ideal for individuals who want the experience across both fields of nursing.  Please see the Job Descriptions attached to this post that will give an indication of the typical duties performed in each role.

If you think this role is for your please check out more information and how to apply by Clicking here

Application closing date : 19/01/2022

If you have any questions we would love to hear from you : dg.jobs@nhs.scot

Work, Live, Play in D&G

Where is Dumfries and Galloway?

We are located in South West Scotland, a great central location between Scotland & England allowing easy travel north and south, in just a few hours you can be in a major city.

The region is home to approximately 150,000 and provides an amazing work-life balance for people at any stage of their career, with excellent education options and great house prices, on average 55% cheaper compared to cities in Scotland. If you love the outdoors, we have incredible scenery, beaches and loads of activities to enjoy in your free time. There is also a growing festival scene in D&G bringing the community together with something to offer everyone.

For information on NHS Dumfries & Galloway, including details of our facilities and beautiful surrondings, check out our Work, Live, Play digital Brochure below…

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