Working for Us
The Western Trust employs approximately 12,000 staff making us the largest employer in the geography, which includes the council areas of Limavady, Londonderry, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh. We provide a range of services including acute hospital services, mental health, learning disability and physical disability services, social care and primary and community care services. The majority of services are delivered in community-based settings with access to specialist in-patient services available from a number of hospitals. We also have close links with Queen’s University, Belfast and Ulster University and have teaching hospital status on both Acute Hospital sites.
Please note that all work experience opportunities, placements, workshops and open days for post-primary and Further Education College students have been postponed. This postponement will remain in place until 31st March 2021 when it will be reviewed. View the ‘Careers Information’ Tab below for information and resources.
Working in the West
The Western Trust is a vibrant and exciting place to pursue a career. Part of the NHS, the health and social care system in Northern Ireland provides ample opportunity to make your career stimulating, challenging and rewarding.
We have set out our shared purpose and commitment to the local population and our staff. Through a process of extensive engagement and listening we have come to a shared understanding of our purpose expressed through four key ambitions underpinned by a commitment to ensuring compassionate care in all we do.
We want the Western Trust area to be a…
- Great Place to Work
- Great Place to Start Life
- Great Place to Live Well
- Great Place to Grow Older
- To achieve and maintain a workforce, who are healthy in relation to their physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing
- Provide a workplace that is safe, supportive and health promoting
- Support staff to develop their skills and expertise and find suitable career paths at all levels.
You can find information on all jobs available in the Western Trust on and apply online at jobs.hscni.net.
We advertise new posts every week on our social media channels.
We offer employment opportunities for:
- those who have left school with no formal qualifications
- those who have some qualifications academic or vocational but who did not progress on to further education
- those who are already working towards a professional qualification
- those who are already professionally qualified
There are a range of career paths for which new entrants and existing staff can apply depending on their qualifications and experience. There is a structured approach to training and development in the Western Trust. Under the appraisal processes, each staff member will have a clear understanding of what is expected of them in their roles, how they can develop in their role and how to prepare for future roles in the Western Trust.
Staff will have the opportunity to attend training and development opportunities, which have been deemed as mandatory or for job or personal development. Staff who wish to study for formal work related qualifications may also receive financial assistance and the relevant time off to attend the course. Study and examination leave may also be available.
In addition to core training and development programmes the Western Trust’s Management and Organisation Development Team has collaborated with the Ulster University and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) to offer the following accredited programmes.
Diploma in Health and Social Care Management
The Post Graduate Diploma is a University of Ulster validated programme of study supported by the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy. Successful students from this programme can progress to the third year of the Masters in Public Administration (MPA). This is also an Accredited programme for Social Work, which offers an opportunity to gain 6 Leadership and Strategic Award requirements from NISCC.
ACTIVATE has been designed for Lead Clinicians, by senior clinicians and leadership development professionals in the Trust. We recognise that the need to balance high-quality, safe and compassionate care with a management role has particular challenges and this programme aims to support doctors in leadership roles to develop and improve their leadership knowledge and skills.
The INSPIRE programme is designed to support the Western Trust’s succession planning process and to equip Middle Managers to deal successfully and confidently with the range of challenges in their role.
GROW is aimed at employees preparing to take on a leadership role within Health and Social Care. The programme exposes participants to a range of challenges at the appropriate level to enable them to deal with the many complex situations across systems and boundaries they find themselves in whilst providing innovative and practical solutions to ensure positive outcomes. It is hoped that upon successful evaluation of the pilot.
Our Vocational Training Assessment Centre offers nationally recognised qualifications. Staff can access a range of City and Guilds and ProQual Levels 2, 3, and 5 qualifications in the following areas:
- Health and Social Care
- Health and Social Care Support
- Clinical Healthcare Skills
- Allied Health Profession Support
- Clinical Healthcare Support
Potential employees or current employees who do not have the experience for a particular role may be able to gain relevant experience through our Volunteering Service.
The Western Trust is engaging nationally, regionally and locally with both NHS/HSC and Education authorities to explore mechanisms for addressing workforce and skills shortages through the development of Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Skills Academy, etc. for careers in the health and social service.
HSC Intern Scheme 2020-21
Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Honorarium: £17,260 Pro-Rata Split over the 50 weeks
Holiday entitlement: 20 days and 9 public holidays
Closing date and time for all applications is 12 midday on 15th May 2020.
The role of a Graduate Intern is unique. You will be placed within a specific directorate within a
participating organisation, and you will be working at the core of the team, assisting them in the day to
day running of the department. Whilst every Internship is different, your tasks may consist of:
- Researching relevant topics
- Drawing up reports for senior managers
- Project management
- Admin support
- Responding to service needs
- Supporting senior staff
Could You be a Class of 2021 Intern in Health & Social Care N.I?
Have you graduated from university since 2018
Or are you due to graduate this summer, with a 2:2 or higher in any discipline?
Would you like to gain experience in a challenging, diverse and exciting work environment?
Are you proactive and keen to take initiative?
Do you have a desire to contribute to Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland?
Then we want to hear from you!
The HSC Graduate Internship Programme has been designed to give recent graduates the chance to gain experience in working within the dynamic
and exciting environment of Health and Social Care (HSC). We have opportunities available province-wide, both in the Trusts and participating HSC
organisations. The programme lasts for 50 weeks, from September 2020—August 2021. It starts with a one day induction to introduce you to HSC
and give you an overview of the programme, as well as introducing you to all of your fellow Graduate Interns!
How do I apply?
Please note we accept online applications only. You can find the application for Graduate
Intern Programme and all other HSC vacancies at https://jobs.hscni.net/
- Queen’s University Belfast
- Queen’s University Belfast – Online Undergraduate Events
- Queen’s University Belfast – Nursing and Midwifery Online Interview Candidate Information
- Pathway Opportunity Programme – Year 12
- Ulster University
- Ulster University – Upcoming Future Applicant Webinars
- Ulster University – Previous Webinars for Future Applicants
- North-West Regional College
- South West College
- University Hospitals Birmingham – Virtual Work Experiences
- The Medic Portal – COVID19 Work Experience Alternatives
Health and Social Care Career Information
- NI Direct Website – Careers in Health and Social Care
- The HSC and Careers Expo Facebook
- Bullseyes – HSC Subjects and my career options in seconds
- All About Careers – Health and Social Care Careers
- HSC NI Jobs
- HSC NI Jobs – Careers
- Careers and Enterprise – Allied Health Website
- Allied Health Professionals – Careers Website
- icould Health Careers
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals – Health Careers
- Health Education England – Allied Health Professionals Career Information
- Medical Schools Council
- Careers in the Western Trust