From February 2012 to the handing over of the camp to the Afghan army in October 2014, we ran a campaign to find specialist civilian nurses to work with the Army in Camp Bastion. Aspen Healthcare Solutions Ltd had an on-going contract to source Band 5/6 Nurses for deployment to Camp Bastion on 3 month contracts.
These Nurses worked alongside military Nurses to provide healthcare in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
During this campaign Aspen Healthcare was looking for NMC registered Nurses in the specialities below:
- Accident and Emergency (A&E) – (Band 5/6)
- Infection Control – (Band 5/6)
- Intensive Care (ITU) – (Band 5/6)
- Paediatric, RN(C) & RSCNs – (Band 5/6)
- Dual RN (Adult) qualification or
- Adult nursing experience
- Primary Healthcare Nurses – (Band 5/6)
- Genito-Urinary (GU) / Sexual Health – (Band 5/6)
Why this could have been for you
If you were thinking about joining the TA or the Regulars as a nurse, this could have been an ideal opportunity to experience some of what your life in the army would be like without having to commit to more than three months.
If you were already on contract you might have been able to arrange a three month secondment with your current employers – you would have been able to put forward how your skills could be improved by the experience you would gain while you were away.
If you were already doing full time agency work then this might have been an ideal opportunity to get some fantastic experience which would always look good on your CV.
Who we were looking for…
We were looking for enthusiastic and committed, UK registered, Staff Nurses to provide nursing care to British Servicemen and Women and, to contractors and local civilians whom were entitled to use the military hospital. This was a great opportunity to enhance your clinical skills in a dynamic environment and to play a major role in taking nursing forward for patients at all stages of their recovery and recuperation.
The successful candidates were nurses with proven clinical skills and the vision and passion to optimise high quality care. Being a good team player they worked with their military colleagues and the nursing team leaders to help foster good communication and improved processes to enhance the patient pathway.
In order to be suitable to apply they must have been first level Registered Nurses with a minimum of two years post registration experience and been able to provide a minimum of three years employment history. They were looking for strong clinical leaders with good collaborative skills and enthusiastic about enhancing patient care through service improvement. Experience of working in a military setting was an advantage but was not essential.