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Southend seeks stroke staff in new video

26 May 2015

Health Care

As part of Southend Hospital’s aim to be the home of Essex’s first hyper acute stroke unit (HASU), it has produced a new recruitment video to highlight how all the different teams work together in stroke to deliver the best for patients.

The video (below) features a series of talking heads giving their own unique perspective of what they bring to the team and what they get out of being part of the dedicated stroke team at Southend. Featured staff includes the stroke ward manager, a speech and language therapist, radiographer, nurse, physiotherapist and occupational therapist.

The hospital is creating more stroke positions to fulfil the requirements for the existing stroke unit to become a hyper acute stroke unit, which will be a first for the region.

One of those featured talking about her job is nurse, Ellie McKeaver, who has been working on the stroke unit for 18 months since graduating from her nursing degree at Anglia Ruskin University. The hospital is currently recruiting eight registered nurses for the stroke unit.

In the video Ellie said: "I had a student placement here and really enjoyed it, I really like the fact it is acute medicine but that you also have variety and can also rotate to rehab and see the journey that the patients go on whilst they are home."


Dr Paul Guyler, lead stroke consultant at Southend, introduces and ends the video, encouraging people to come and be part of the HASU team at the hospital. Of it he said: "This short video acts as a fantastic introduction as to what a dedicated and passionate team we have here at Southend. They are a real dynamic bunch and we want to attract the same type of people here for several roles that are currently available. Hopefully this video will help attract those right people for the job."

Currently Southend's stroke unit is looking for eight registered nurses, a band 6 and 7 speech and language therapist, band 7 senior I occupational therapist and a band 6 senior 2 occupational therapist. There will also be a range of other related roles advertised in the near future.

Go to our HASU page to find out more about the stroke team and other roles that will be advertised soon.