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Emergency department recruitment

In recent years the Trust has achieved high standards which have put it among the cleanest and safest hospitals in the country.  The latest national inpatient survey puts us in the top 20% of hospitals with high standards for safety and privacy and dignity.

We serve a population of over 600,000 people in and around southern Derbyshire, focussing our services on prevention and ‘wellbeing’ rather than simply treatment and cure. For some of our more specialist services, we also attract patients from a wider catchment area. In 2010/11, we provided treatment and care in more than 725,000 instances across inpatients, outpatients, emergency patients and day cases.

What makes our department really special is how we meet the individual needs of our different patients. For example we now have a private en-suite room for women who may be experiencing pregnancy issues, we have an isolation room at the front of the department which has been invaluable during the last pandemic flu outbreak and a room which helps asses older patient for discharge. These areas show how much thought has gone into this department. All these areas have been specifically designed the people we treat and care for. 


  • The hospital is two million square feet in size, which is equivalent to the size of 45 football pitches.
  •  1,120,170 meals were served last year at Derby Hospitals.
  •  If you spent a day in every room in the hospital seven days a week it would take 22 years.
  • It is the second largest PFI development on a single-site in the country (after Manchester).
  • It is twice the size of Westfield Shopping Centre.
  • The new hospital has 25,000 power outlets, 26,300 data points, 14,000 nurse call points and 2,500 doors and windows.



Not only is the hospital brand new – much of what is inside it is, too. This includes state-of-the-art medical equipment such as CT and MRI scanners.

In 2008/09 Derby Hospitals invested £17m in equipment compared to £9.3m the previous year. It has also invested significantly in non-clinical services that play an important part in making the patient and visitor experience in our hospital a more pleasant one. This includes new restaurants, eating facilities, shops and a buggy service to help patients and visitors with reduced mobility to get to their appointments or wards easier. We know, by listening to the people who use our services, all of these things make a real difference.

Hospital for heart and stroke patients. The quicker patients receive treatment, the better the outcome will be for them. The helipad, which has a lift directly into A&E, means stroke patients who may be out of range by road will be able to receive life-saving treatment much quicker.


Innovative ideas allow more time for nursing care

A PIONEERING scheme which significantly increases the amount of time nurses spend with patients is being expanded across wards at Derby’s new hospital.

Reducing unnecessary administrative tasks, reorganising equipment and clearly displaying information on wards are among the basic principles of the project, known as Productive

Ward: Releasing Time to Care.

Respiratory ward sister Linda Emmans said: “It has helped us to offer a better patient experience and a more organised service by looking at simple things including stock levels, what we keep where and working practices. We are all much more proactive and ideas for change and improvement come from every level of staff on the ward.”

·         2nd fastest growing City – employment growth 

Broader Derby focus

We are contributing to the ethos of ‘Derby Pride’ - one of the things that makes Derby special - with our vision of ‘Taking Pride in Caring’

Facts about Derby:

  • Region’s safest city and Derbyshire is the safest county

  • 2nd fastest growing City – employment growth 

  • No 1 for hi-tech employment

  • UK’s leading aerospace and rail technology city

  • 6 million people live within 1 hour of the City

  • 80% of the country’s population is within 2 hours

  • Home to 35,000 students

Recent developments have catapulted Derby into a different league in retail through Westfield, healthcare through Derby Hospitals’ redevelopment and education through Roundhouse.

Derby has a unique public/private partnership working to help improve the quality of life for people, making the city a better place to live and work.


Derby is investing in a dramatic £2 billion transformation, with new retail, leisure, residential and commercial activities being attracted by an innovative masterplan – with £1 billion investment already secured.

In 2007, Westfield, the world’s largest retail property group, opened its doors to a £340 million shopping centre, its first in Europe and the largest in the region. In its first year, Westfield Derby attracted 25 million customers and it has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 10 centres by Property Week.

The Quad, a £12 million visual arts and film centre, opened in 2008 and the city’s riverside is being rediscovered as a place to live and relax, at the heart of which is the £50 million Derby Riverlights project.

Originally a Roman settlement, Derby’s origins date back some 2,000 years. Indeed, part of our city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city centre has an attractive Cathedral Quarter hosting many independent niche retailers, bars, restaurants and cosy English pubs.



Derby is a modern city set in a stunning rural environment. The majority of our residential areas are 15 minutes from the bustling centre or 15 minutes from fantastic parks and open spaces, including the Peak District and the National Forest.

Living in and around Derby is affordable too with competitive prices and tremendous choice ranging from modern riverside apartments to countryside cottages. Derby has top schools, a top 5 Further Education College and a growing modern University which is gaining a reputation for the quality of its student experience.

Derby is the safest city in the region but that’s not all we can shout about. Our Healthcare and Councils are among the best in the country.


High employment

Derby’s central location, skill base and superb access make it a magnet for major prestigious companies. Derby is the main UK centre for Rolls-Royce plc, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK), Citigroup’s Egg operation and Bombardier. Derby has successfully transformed its traditional manufacturing capability into a high-skilled economy able to compete on a global scale. Almost 12% of Derby’s workforce are engaged in high technology, four times the national average. The Derby area hosts 16,000 companies providing a diverse range of employment and supplier chain opportunities.

Creativity and its application make-up Derby’s DNA. Derby had the world first factory and the country’s first park. More recently Derby gave the world icons from the Spitfire engine to Lara Croft. Today the city excels in creative industries and is home to the world’s leading clock makers, Smith of Derby and Royal Crown Derby. The city is leading the way in incubating new companies and in developing a wireless network in the city for free internet use.

As diverse as its economy is, Derby’s heartbeat remains as a centre for design, technology and innovation in aerospace, rail technology and IT – indeed the city is rated number one in England for visible exports per capita – with three times the national average.


Accessible – a central city

Derby is an attractive, compact and accessible city with an enviable quality of life. Home to 250,000 people and a hinterland of 1,500,000, Derby’s central location means 6 million people can access the city in less than an hour. Its excellent road links via the M1 and M6 means that 80% of the population are within a two hour drive – great for visiting friends, family, customers and suppliers.

Derby is a famous rail centre with 31 fast daily services to London St Pancras International. Direct rail services connect Derby with Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Plymouth and many other destinations.

Both East Midlands and Birmingham International Airport are 15 and 45 minutes from the city respectively, providing extensive air links to most European and worldwide destinations.



Helipad offers patients faster A&E treatment

THE new hospital has the first rooftop helipad in the East Midlands, which brings significant benefits to patients. Derby Hospitals have made a submission to become a level two trauma centre and the helipad will provide direct access to Derby’s Accident & Emergency Department, which has now moved from the DRI. A major advantage of the helipad is the fast access it gives to the City Hospital for heart and stroke patients. The quicker patients receive treatment, the better the outcome will be for them. The helipad, which has a lift directly into A&E, means stroke patients who may be out of range by road will be able to receive life-saving treatment much quicker.

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