Hospitals reach out to former P&O staff with new job opportunities

Communications TeamNews

Hospital managers in Hull are reaching out to former P&O workers to consider a career in health.

Just like the crew of the North Sea ferries, the NHS is no stranger to timetables, to keeping people happy, to managing resources and problem solving on a daily basis.

That’s why hospital teams are now looking to former ferry workers to help fill more than 30 clinical administration vacancies plus many other roles across Castle Hill and Hull Royal Infirmary.

Melanie Leedham, Head of Patient Administration for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, says:

“We all felt for the staff of P&O after we heard the recent news about job losses. Many of the crew had spent the best part of their careers with the company, and at a time when the cost of living just seems to keep going up, it must have been a real blow for them.

“While nothing can quite make up for that, we’re confident that many of those who now find themselves without a job will have transferrable skills which would be really well suited to the NHS.”

Melanie manages the Trust’s Clinical Administration Service, a 900-strong team which collectively provides the support that hospital doctors, nurses and other clinical teams need to provide great care to patients. She continues:

“So many people see the NHS as just doctors and nurses, but the clinical admin team provides essential behind-the-scenes and front-of-house support for staff and patients, helping to ensure our wards, theatres and clinics all run smoothly. From customer service and administration to IT and data entry, we have lots of different roles to suit a range of different skills at both Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill.”

The Clinical Administration Service will celebrate the upcoming Administrative Professionals Day on 27 April with a high profile online campaign; a pre-cursor to an open recruitment day in May where details of all current admin vacancies will be up for discussion. Interviews will also be held on the day for the right candidates. Examples of current vacancies within the Trust include a full time receptionist at the Queen’s Centre, Castle Hill, and a part time senior administrator for the outpatients service at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Melanie continues:

“Our Trust is a very flexible employer so we can offer a variety of full and part time roles, as well as different working hours and shift patterns to help staff achieve that all-important work life balance. We also offer full training for the right candidates, and there’s a whole programme of staff events, staff support and health and wellbeing initiatives going on behind the scenes too.”

NHS workers receive a number of enviable benefits including a generous pension scheme and up to 33 days’ annual leave per year plus Bank Holidays¹. NHS staff also enjoy access to discounts from a wealth of local and national retailers², plus local hospital workers can take advantage of free or discounted travel to and from work and around the city³.

For more information on the upcoming Clinical Administration Service open recruitment day, follow Hull Hospitals on social media – or

Details of all current job vacancies with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust can be found at



  1. Annual leave allowance for directly employed NHS workers (with the exception of very senior managers and staff within the remit of the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body) is set nationally and is based on full time hours (pro rata for part time):
  • 0-5 years’ service – 27 days’ leave plus Bank Holidays
  • 5-10 years’ service – 29 days’ leave plus Bank Holidays
  • 10+ years’ service – 33 days’ leave plus Bank Holidays

Full details at

  1. Blue Light Card and are among those offering discounts with national and online retailers for NHS staff. Other locally negotiated benefits are also available to local NHS staff such as discounted gym membership/corporate leisure schemes with the Hull and East Riding local authorities.
  2. Hull Hospitals staff can travel for free anywhere on the 63 and 154 bus routes between HRI and Castle Hill Hospital, and can also use the Priory Park & Ride service between Priory Park (Hessle) and Hull Royal Infirmary for free. Hospital staff wishing to travel by bus can also take advantage of the Hull SmartCommute card, which offers discounted monthly travel on both Stagecoach and East Yorkshire services in and around Hull.