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What will you #BeKnown for?

As the chief executive of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) I’m sometimes also referred to as the chief engagement officer. I’m known for being a prolific tweeter and love to capture images of our staff at work. I like to build relationships with all levels of staff, to know what makes people tick. I get out and about and work on the shop floor. I’ve built an impressive wardrobe of various outfits from across the Trust: housekeeping, portering, catering, nursing assistant, and theatre scrubs!

This isn’t because I want to be imposing or to get in the way, it’s because I believe in promoting an open and inclusive culture with communication and engagement at its heart. As staff, we all have a voice and we all have something to offer the Trust and our patients.

So as part of our new recruitment drive, we’re telling the stories of our staff and what they’re known for amongst our close knit working community. Big or small, everyone here makes a contribution.

Take Neely for example, one of our nursing assistants; she’s “known for being a joker,” whether that’s “bringing cakes and treats in” for her colleagues or taking “time to have a chat with patients to make them laugh and feel better.” Or David, one of our senior pharmacy technicians; he’s “known for being approachable,” and took the plunge with a pharmacy career having worked for many years in a supermarket.

And whatever your role, whatever your ambition, we want to get to know you too, to help develop your career and help you be the best you can be – for you to #BeKnown at the West Suffolk.

There are a huge variety of clinical roles across the Trust including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals (AHPs) – these are colleagues like occupational therapists or physiotherapists.

But you don’t have to be clinical to #BeKnown here, we have lots of other roles too that help keep our hospital running 24/7.

We have time for everyone; maybe you or someone you know are coming out of education, perhaps you have a few years’ experience (or even many!),  or you may be thinking about returning to practice after a career break.

You might be local members of our community, or perhaps we can draw people to our wonderful part of Suffolk. I know we’re biased, but it really is a lovely part of the world!

What I hope will help to draw people to join us is that here at WSFT, we’re truly committed to providing an ‘outstanding’ level of care to our patients and community – as per our Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating.

So please help us spread the word!

New staff bring new skills and ideas; they help us to maintain a talented, well equipped and diverse workforce for the future, and in return we invest in people and their roles so that they can develop and gain the experience they want to.

We want staff to feel valued, supported and motivated, and to ensure you have access to education and training, while achieving a positive work-life balance. We do everything we can to make our Trust a great place to work – we care about our staff wellbeing.

Working in the NHS can be challenging; demand for our services has been rising for a number of years. But it is so rewarding - you can make a difference every day to the lives of others and build a wonderful career.

I love our Trust, our staff are proud of the care we deliver and proud of where they work. Their commitment, care and compassion are reflected in our ‘outstanding’ CQC inspection results.

Join us - what will you #Beknown for?

Visit our new recruitment portal,, to find out more.

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Chief executive Steve Dunn shares what he is known for

Chief executive Steve Dunn shares what he is known for