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PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

FRONTLINE healthcare staff were among the employers scouting for new recruits at the Ipswich Jobs Fair.

The Local Health Partnerships Trust - which employs 3,200 staff mostly in Suffolk - and Ipswich Hospital were among the 38 employers at the event held in the town's Corn Exchange.

FRONTLINE healthcare staff were among the employers scouting for new recruits at the Ipswich Jobs Fair.

The Local Health Partnerships Trust – which employs 3,200 staff mostly in Suffolk – and Ipswich Hospital were among the 38 employers at the event held in the town's Corn Exchange.

The fourth annual jobs fair is just one way that the LHPT – which runs mental health and learning disability services including St Clement's Hospital, and primary care and community services – is trying to fill vacancies.

Staff chatted with members of the public about what their jobs involve, and answered any questions.

Information leaflets were also available for people to take home with them.

The trust is also taking part in other jobs fairs later this autumn and at the Safeway store in Felixstowe – in a new venture to attract staff from supermarket shoppers.

It has vacancies for many types of work including nurses, and other medical professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

There are also jobs going in the clerical and administrative roles, and cooks and domestic staff.

Hilary Bright, human resources advisor for LHPT, said: "Now is a very exciting time to join the NHS. The only way that the ambitious targets being set by the Government can be met is by employing more staff and developing their skills and roles.

"There is a good career structure and plenty of opportunities for in-house training and other on-going professional development.

"The trust is also a forward-thinking employer and is developing family-friendly policies so that, for example, where possible, nurses can work part-time, only at weekends or nights."

Miss Bright is also keen to see people return to work in the NHS, and said there were even opportunities for retired people.

She added that people often have negative images about working in the NHS because of issues like pay, but discover a different picture when they have more information.

Suffolk Police and Royal Mail also took part in the event, as well as retailers, the council, public transport firms and security sectors.

For more details about working for LHPT, telephone Miss Bright on 01284 702544.

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