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Aspire Recruitment supports Manchester’s effort to launch NHS Nightingale Hospital North West

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Already treating its first patients, NHS Nightingale North West is a temporary hospital within the Manchester Central Convention Centre formerly known as G-Mex.

It was officially opened by the Duchess of Cornwall and is one of seven new temporary hospitals across the country. With potential capacity for up to 750 patients, it will provide oxygen therapy and general medical care for people with Covid-19 who do not need critical care.

Part of the Growth Company, Aspire Recruitment helped to recruit 40 temporary workers on behalf of client Site Welfare Service.

Aspire was given only 48 hours’ notice to fulfil the requirement. Two supervisors were appointed initially and ran the shifts from inside the venue while a member of the Aspire team met temporary workers at the perimeter of the site and took them all through the process of registering for their NHS site entry cards.

Once inside the venue, temporary workers worked on eight hours shifts, three shifts per day, to ensure that the facility was at the required standard for both cleanliness and hygiene.

The work is a practical example of GC Business Growth Hub’s #HereForBusiness campaign, which includes the Employ GM website to designed to connect people looking for work with employers urgently requiring additional employees.

Julie McMenamin, Head of Aspire Recruitment said: "It’s a physically and mentally demanding role and Aspire Recruitment are pleased to say that the feedback from the client was extremely complimentary."

"One of the workers actually messaged Aspire after completing his first shift to thank us for our help and say how happy they were to have been part of the project."

"Our team worked really hard to fill these vital roles at short notice.  It was a great achievement by the team and the responsiveness of the temporary workers to turn this around quickly to meet requirements."

Meanwhile, members of the Growth Company’s Marketing Manchester subsidiary are among volunteers who supported operations at NHS Nightingale North West.

Richard Fowler, Lucy Hill and Rebecca Abrahams all supported the catering operation at NHS Nightingale during the construction phase.

The hospital will be staffed by workers from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, as well those who have applied via the NHS Professionals recruitment drive.