Working at Rampton Hospital
Are you looking for a new challenge or kicking off your career in mental health nursing?
We're recruiting at Rampton Hospital, so why not consider joining the team and beginning an exciting new chapter in your career.
We think working at Rampton Hospital offers fantastic opportunities and benefits and members of the team agree - find out what they have to say about working life as a nurse at Rampton Hospital.
A unique care setting
Rampton Hospital is the largest high secure hospital in the United Kingdom. We care for up to 340 patients within four care streams, providing a broad range of therapeutic interventions, many of which are nurse led.
We employ around 1,300 staff in many roles including diverse multidisciplinary teams.
Alongside around 800 nursing staff we have medical, therapies and education, health and wellbeing staff, chaplaincy services, physical healthcare services, social workers and other staff groups that work together to provide compassionate care to our complex patient population.
Within the Hospital we have three national services that make working at Rampton Hospital a truly unique, varied and exceptional experience.
Our four care streams are: National High Secure Healthcare Service for Women, National High Secure Learning Disability Service, Male Mental Health (and the National High Secure Deaf Service), Male Personality Disorder Service.
In such a unique care setting, there are many interesting and challenging opportunities for all of our staff. We provide highly specialist training, health and wellbeing services and broad ranging career options.
For nursing staff in particular we offer positions at all bands including band 4 nurse associates, leadership posts such as deputy matrons and matrons, clinical nurse practitioners and nurse consultants.
Excellent facilities for patients and staff
The Hospital is set on a large, pleasant site surrounded by lots of green space. It combines some of the original Victorian buildings which have been refurbished to provide modern facilities and accommodation for patients along with a number of new, purpose built units. There are excellent facilities for both patients and staff. These include gyms, a swimming pool, staff canteen, on site accommodation for staff and a learning and development centre, as well as free car parking.
Staff support and benefits
We want staff to have a strong voice and feel supported in their working life, so we offer an influential nursing staff council, self-rostering, health and wellbeing days, on site staff counselling and the opportunity to work across different areas within the Hospital or wider Trust.
• £1,800 per year allowance for ward based registered nurses
• Accelerated promotion programme for nursing assistants and registered nurses
• Defined two year preceptorship programme
• Guaranteed CPD and study days
• Opportunities for internal rotation
• Broad range of career development pathways
• Highly specialist training
• Ample free car parking.
• Free charging points for hybrid/electric vehicles
We are introducing a 'golden hello' scheme for ward based band 5 staff nurses. This will be a staged payment of £2,750 over two years.
Why Rampton Hospital?
"Rampton Hospital is different to anywhere else that you will get the opportunity to work.
"We have a unique and complex patient population who need us to provide them with safe, supportive and compassionate care. Our staff are key to achieving this and we recognise how important each and every one of us is to making Our Rampton Hospital a great place to live and work.
"I first started at the Hospital in 2006 as a clinical nurse manager and have worked in various leadership positions including modern matron for the Women’s Service, before taking up the positon of Rampton Hospital Manager in 2016. Throughout that time I have remained committed, along with my colleagues, to providing excellent nursing care.
"Mostly we came to work here because it was an interesting challenge and we stay because we enjoy being here, working together every day and seeing the difference we make to people's lives. Please come and try it for yourself."
Louise Bussell, Rampton Hospital Manager
A staff member's perspective
Health and Fitness Manager James Routen has written a blog post on his career in the Hospital’s Therapies and Education Department. Read James’ blog post here.
If you would like to discuss your career at Rampton Hospital with one of our team, drop us an email and we can arrange to call you for a chat. Or visit NHS Jobs and search 'Rampton Hospital' to apply for our current vacancies.