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MRI makes a clean sweep!

A staggering people 400 people turned up to an open day following an advert appealing for people wanting to work in support services at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Central Manchester and Manchester Children University Hospital NHS Trust decided to hold two open days on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October at the Nowgen Centre as more jobs have been created due to a change in some shift patterns. Acting Head of Facilities Linda Martin said: “The event was a great success and we had a very positive response to the advert that we placed. When you place an advert, you never know how many people are going to turn up. Out of the day, we have also got a waiting list and it is good to have a bank of people for when positions become available.” After a rigorous selection process where prospective staff were asked to fill in an application form, before successful candidates underwent an interview, 80 people were hired on the spot, subject to CRB checks and references. The new employees, some of who have already started their new roles, will be working across support services in portering, catering, domestics and the linen room. The domestic staff, especially, will be helping the Trust in their crusade for infection control. It is one of only seven in the country to be invited to take part in the Showcase Hospital Trust Project. The six-month initiative is a key element of the Department of Health’s strategy within ‘Clean Safe Care – Reducing Infections and Saving Lives 2008.’