People visiting the stalls at a health and social care recruitment fair in Stockport Town Hall

NHS Greater Manchester and key partners across the system have delivered a number of recruitment events in localities.

Events in Salford and Oldham collectively attracted more than 500 people, with 144 job offers made on the day, 26 individuals registered for pre-employment programmes, and 122 were offered a volunteering opportunity to build skills and experience. Over 100 of these have progressed to an unconditional offer so far. Candidates secured entry-level roles as Healthcare Support Workers, porters, care workers, as well as roles in primary care and the voluntary sector.

The events have proved hugely popular with candidates and organisations alike; the feedback from both groups was extremely positive.

Analysis of the events also revealed a potential cost saving of 74% (£615) per candidate, which equates to an overall saving of over £50,000 for one event alone. Time spent hiring was also significantly reduced.

This work is a finalist in the Working Smarter category in the 2023 Healthcare People Management Awards.

Plans are in place to support other localities to run similar events, including working with the Prince’s Trust to support younger people into health and care roles. The model and accompanying resources will be shared freely via the forthcoming Greater Manchester Recruitment and Retention Toolkit.

These events are developing a novel recruitment model that:

  • Helps break down barriers to recruitment
  • Puts greater emphasis on lived experience
  • Enables filling vacancies at scale
  • Reduces the time and costs to recruit.

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