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We believe Provide is a great place to work. We offer different career opportunities whether you are a community nurse visiting patients at home, a physiotherapist helping a patient, a volunteer supporting our ward staff or an administrator keeping the paperwork in line, you'll be part of an amazing team that makes a huge difference to people's lives each and every single day.

We are always looking for the very best people to join our team, people who share our values and passion for providing outstanding patient care. We offer a wide range of staff benefits, exciting development opportunities and as a social enterprise, our members have a genuine say in our future business plans.

We are committed to the mental health of our employees and have signed the Charter for Employers Who Are Positive About Mental health. To find out more visit the Mindful Employer website...
www.mindfulemployer.net

FAQs

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Current Vacancies

COVID-19 Update

Due to the changing environment, we are continually reviewing our recruitment process on a regular basis to ensure we are following the guidelines from PHE.

It's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the recruitment team or manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

Staff benefits

As a social enterprise, our members have a genuine say in our future business plans and we offer a wide range of staff benefits such as:

  • Staff discounts on shopping and leisure facilities - local and national
  • Access to NHS discount scheme (Blue Light Card)
  • Hapi Benefits
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements: part time, agile and home based working
  • Career breaks
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave 
  • Competitive pension scheme, either through a group personal pension or NHS Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Increment pay scales with competitive pay rates
  • Lease car scheme
  • Access to a Credit Union 

Join Workforce Solutions

We have a range of bank job opportunities available across frontline patient care to support roles.

Workforce Solutions helps fill temporary requirements across Provide. We are constantly looking to recruit to our bank, be it current substantive staff interested in working more hours, or external staff working through our bank only.

We offer:

  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Flexible working hours on an as and when basis
  • Paid annual leave (on an accrual basis)
  • Pension scheme available
  • Employee assistance scheme
  • First choice of available shifts
  • Supportive induction
  • Developmental opportunities
  • Access to staff benefits including discounts on retail and leisure facilities
  • Access to health and wellbeing initiatives

Want to find out more?

0300 303 2692

provide.workforcesolutions@nhs.net

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available throughout all Provide’s departments, including health and social care, customer service, team leading, business admin and HR.

Apprenticeship contracts are for 18months and are undertaken in the workplace with a day release at college. They are supported by the Talent for Care Coordinator, their line manager and their training provider throughout their framework. Anyone above 16+ can apply for an apprenticeship contract.

In 2015/16 Provide have 25 members of staff enrolled on apprenticeship or foundation degree programmes, to help improve skills and maintain high levels of service.

Any posts that are recruiting to an Apprenticeship contract will be advertised on the Gov website.

Rachel Scott

Talent For Care Coordinator

Tel: 0300 303 9950
Email: rachel.scott8@nhs.net

Case Study - Laura Gadsby

Job title: Customer Services Apprentice   

"I began my job search in September 2015 as I was previously working in an after school club and Sainsbury’s café. I felt like I needed a change and wanted to gain an apprenticeship.

I came across the government apprentice website where I applied for the call handler position and customer services apprenticeship. In February I heard that I had got an interview in March, I was so pleased that I had this much notice to prepare myself and research the company and plan what to wear etc.

I turned up on the Tuesday for my interview, I found it professional but I didn’t feel uncomfortable or intimidated, I felt like as the questions went on I could relate some answers to my work based experiences and I felt like it became a little relaxed and more of a chat nearer the end which was nice. Michelle Frostick showed me around and I saw the office I would be working and could see an insight into how they work.

It was nice to meet Annie Ellis as she was in the interview as well, as she was going to be guiding me through the process later on. I went away and felt happy and I was feeling a little confident about this.

The next day I received a phone call from Heather Joslin in which she informed they would love to offer me this position; I was over the moon I just wanted to get started.  

On my first day I was very nervous but everyone was welcoming and I sat with Emma who is close in age to me and she showed me what to do, this was all completely new to me as I had never worked in an office before I was in retail for 4 and a bit years so it was a big change but one of the best things I have done.

It has been good to gain these skills and this experience and I enjoy talking to patients. I feel I have learnt a lot since I have been here and I feel more confident in myself as a person, I enjoy working for the company and I enjoy the job I do.

When I first started I felt I would never get the hang of this but now I look back and think I can do it and I don’t know why I ever thought I couldn’t. I am excited for the next step after my apprenticeship and to build on my skills even more."

Case Study - Clair Banks

Job title: Business Coordinator 

"I began my career with Provide (then Mid Essex PCT) in December 2010. I started on a 3 month temporary contract to issue smart cards.

After a year of being on a temporary contract I was made permanent. In May 2012, I began a degree with the Open University for personal development and in September 2013, I was appointed into the role of Personal Assistant to Jackie Bolton, Assistant Director, Witham, Braintree and Halstead Locality. From there I learnt valuable new skills and worked with a wide variety of people across the Organisation, from Community Nurses, to Executive Directors.  

It was in this role that I began an NVQ Level 4 in Business. In January 2016, I was appointed into the role of Business Coordinator for Witham, Braintree and Halstead Locality and in May 2016 I commenced on the New Manager Survival Programme (NMSP). I have found this training to be immensely helpful in both my professional and personal life.  

My confidence has grown, and although I am still learning how to manage people and be a good leader, the NMSP has definitely given me the tools to do this. The courses within the NMSP, such as the 7C’s of Consulting and Conflict Resolution, have not only given me the skills to be a better manager but it has also given me the relevant work experience and learning to be able to continue with my degree, which I will have finished by May 2018.  

On 9th February 2017, I am going to Prested Hall for the Learning and Development Strategy Presentation, to talk about my journey with Provide, to the Board. 

I love working for Provide and I have been given so many excellent opportunities in my career, which is supporting me in my existing role and also preparing me and giving me skills to enable me to take the next steps in my career with Provide."  

Case Study - Emma Schmid

Job title: Business Admin Apprentice   

"I started my Business Admin Apprenticeship in October 2016. Lacking in confidence and unsure of my new role, seven months on and 72% into my apprenticeship my confidence and attitude towards learning has grown completely.

I am taking advantage of all opportunities offered to me, recently attending excel intermediate training which gave me the skills and knowledge to pass my IT exam as part of my apprenticeship. I want to continue to grow within Provide and hope to become a permanent member of the team."

Valuing staff

Provide recognise the value of recruiting a diverse, multi-cultural workforce and are committed to meeting our social and legal obligations to maintain and encourage diversity through our recruitment practice. We are committed to helping staff achieve a balance between home and work life, and supporting their well-being and are committed to the mental health of our employees and to employing with disabilities.  

Work experience

Provide is committed to providing work experience for young persons and adults. Providing work experience placements is an investment in our community and the people who live in it. Work experience opportunities will help our community to develop the next generation of health care professionals.

Work experience placements are generally aimed at those who lack practical experience in the world of work and are normally carried out by school children, university students or recent graduates. However, work experience at Provide is open to everyone from different backgrounds. Work experience placement broadens students understanding of the ‘world of work’ and individuals seeking to enhance their career prospects or refresh their skills.

Important Notice – Update

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)Provide has no alternative but to pause all planned work experience opportunities on our sites. We are extremely sorry that we have had to take this decision as we know the importance of enabling young people to understand about the vast array of careers in Provide and the world of work. We plan to continue with our current range of work experience as soon as it is possible, and we will be working on these and sharing information with you as soon as it is available.

If you have any queries regarding this communication please do not hesitate to contact the HR services Team on 03003032690 or hr.provide@nhs.net

What our volunteers say

“I hadn’t worked for a while and wanted to try something different. Volunteering as a Patient Support Buddy has helped me build-up confidence in the workplace and feel like I am really helping people.”

Volunteering

 Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and make a real difference to your local community.  It helps to develop new skills or build on existing expertise and knowledge and volunteers have made a real difference during the current crisis.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone aged 18 years or older can currently volunteer and should not be in the “at risk” category from Covid-19.  Volunteers will be required to complete screening and a DBS is required for those coming into direct contact with our service users.

Post Covid-19

We are currently recruiting a team of volunteers who will be trained and prepared to support our services and service users in the near future. Regular volunteering could involve meeting and greeting families and friends (in line with social distancing), helping patients stay in touch with their loved ones through their mobile devices, or helping transport patients to appointments. Other roles will be offered in response to the service user one off needs and requests.

For more information or an informal chat, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lorraine Pendleton on 07773480035 or email provide.volunteering@nhs.net.

 

Volunteering opportunities

We have both hospital and community volunteer placements. Below are some of our current volunteer opportunities but we are always looking for new ideas, so do get in touch.

Volunteer Drivers

We are urgently looking for volunteer drivers in the Halstead area who can take patients from the Halstead area to Chelmsford for podiatry appointments.

Halstead area

We are positive about disabled people

Provide is committed to employing disabled people and has been awarded the Positive About Disabled People Two Tick symbol. The accreditation is awarded to employers who demonstrate to the Department for Work and Pensions that they are committed to the employment of disabled people. Find out more..
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions

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