An innovative new approach to recruiting nursing staff has proved successful for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and will be repeated in March.

More than 30 new staff were appointed during the one stop recruitment day for nurses and healthcare assistants held in October and The Christie hopes its second recruitment day for staff nurses and operating department practitioners on Saturday 5th March will be as successful.

Pilar Delvallemartin, aged 26 from Manchester city centre, a Christie staff nurse who was appointed through the open day event last October said: “I know that The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres so was very interested to come to the recruitment event last Autumn. There was an amazing buzz that day with people queuing out of the hospital to be interviewed, so I was delighted when I was offered a job.

Since starting work at The Christie I have learned so much. Being able to give patients the best care possible is hugely rewarding and there is a great team ethic here – everyone has been so supportive. The one stop shop nurse recruitment day was a great way to get a job at The Christie. If anyone else is thinking of applying this time round I would really encourage them – it’s a fantastic place to work.

Pilar has been a nurse for nearly five years, having completed her training in Spain. She has worked at hospitals in Spain and in Manchester. She was inspired to become a nurse because her mum is also a nurse and Pilar loves looking after people and helping them during their care and treatment.

Nurses Cinthia Iradukunda from Salford and Ambily George from Withington (pictured) were also recruited by The Christie through the recruitment open day last autumn. Cinthia is now working in the Palatine Treatment Centre at The Christie caring for teenage and young adult patients and haematology and transplant patients. Ambily, aged 39, who works on the main specialised surgery ward at The Christie has been a nurse for 17 years.

The second recruitment day on Saturday 5th March will provide an opportunity for interested candidates to tour various wards and departments at The Christie, speak informally to staff who work at the world leading cancer hospital, browse stalls showcasing the hospital’s work and find out about the vacancies available.

Candidates who meet the required standards will take part in a scenario and values based interview process for the various positions. Some candidates could be offered a job by the end of the day. The recruitment day also provides an opportunity for candidates to complete the required paperwork prior to being offered a position.

Applicants should be hardworking, enthusiastic nurses with a genuine interest in oncology who will maintain the high standards The Christie strives to deliver.

Jackie Bird, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality, said:

Our reputation as a leader in cancer treatment and research clearly played a big part in the success of our first one stop shop nurse recruitment event. The Christie is well known and loved throughout the North West and many talented, caring nurses wanted to work here. We were astonished, but delighted, when more than 200 people came for the recruitment day last year. 

The recruitment event aimed at nurses and operating department practitioners will take place in the education centre at The Christie in Withington on 5th March between 10am and 2pm. It is expected to attract a high level of interest.

Candidates are all encouraged to complete an online application form in advance of the day through the NHS jobs website – searching for reference 413-OD15002. Posts available on the day include a mixture of permanent and fixed term positions as well as bank worker posts.

Applicants should bring all relevant forms of identification with them so that the majority of the standard NHS clearance checks can be completed on the day.

Eve Lightfoot, Acting Director of Workforce at The Christie, said:

This was an innovative way to attract new talent to The Christie. Candidates at our one stop recruitment event really appreciated being able to visit the hospital to get a feel for what we are about and the work we do. We recruited some great nursing staff and hope we will be equally successful again.

More details about the recruitment day can be found at