Healthcare centre creates 400 jobs

A new healthcare centre at a private mental hospital in Northampton will create up to 400 jobs, health bosses have said.

St Andrew's Healthcare, the charity which runs St Andrew's Hospital, off Billing Road, is constructing a new building to house a range of services including those for people with learning disabilities, Asperger's syndrome, brain injuries and hearing problems.

The building - called William Wake House - is set for completion in December and the charity hopes to employ about 400 staff there, almost a sixth of its current workforce, by December 2011.

Rachael Jackson, the hospital's director, said: "The charity works closely with the NHS and this latest impressive facility here at Northampton will provide some of St Andrew's most specialist services to date."

This 132-bed secure unit, on the old Cliftonville School site, is a state of the art mental health facility, with eight wards, therapy and leisure facilities. It has been given a Georgian-style faade to be in keeping with the style of other buildings on the St Andrew's site.

More than 150 staff will be appointed at William Wake House by December 2010 with the remainder in place by December 2011.

Specialist roles will be advertised for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists as well as ward management staff and nurses. Other workers sought will include healthcare assistants, teachers, secretaries and kitchen catering and housekeeping staff.