With a population of 1.8 million people spread across six distinct and unique counties - Antrim, Armagh, Londonderry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone - Northern Ireland is one of the most beautiful and welcoming areas of the United Kingdom. It is here that you will find our five HSC Trusts’ hospitals and services.
Northern Ireland is not only a region of outstanding natural beauty, filled with dramatic mountain landscapes, verdant forest parks and sparkling lakes, but it’s also a place populated with bustling cities and historic towns and villages. In short, you’ll find the perfect mix of outdoor, indoor and social pursuits where there’s always plenty to see and do.
There’s an excellent education system, a world-class healthcare service and all types of affordable property, all helping to ensure a high standard, yet low cost of living. Northern Ireland may be renowned for its work ethic, but it places equal emphasis on the friendliness of the people and the quality of life.
Living in Northern Ireland means there’s always an adventure to be had. You can cross the country by car in about two hours – north to south, or east to west- and in between you’ll find a rich variety of eye-popping scenery, captivating leisure and outdoor activities, and a host of distinctive cultural attractions. In no time at all, you’ll be exploring our dramatic coastlines, castles, mountains and lakes.
For the more intrepid, there’s action-packed watersports, superb ocean and freshwater fishing, and a huge range of walking trails - from casual strolls to challenging peak climbs. And for those who like to take things at a slower pace, there’s no shortage of breathtaking drives, historical landmarks and some of the best golfing in the world.
If you love great social life, Northern Ireland offers many fine restaurants, cinemas, leisure centres, and renowned theatres, galleries, arts and entertainment centres - there’s something for every lifestyle! And if all that isn’t enough, 2012 saw the opening of the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Belfast shipyards, and the new visitors centre at the legendary Giant’s Causeway.
Derry-Londonderry was the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013 and Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, has been voted the top UK tourist destination by readers of The Guardian and Observer (March 2016).
But that’s only the beginning. Here are some of the other visitor attractions you will find in the different counties:
Not only the home of the eclectic city of Belfast, but also the starting point of the gorgeous Causeway Coastal Route that takes you to other amazing places such as the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, and the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.
Gaze at the heavens at the Armagh Astronomy Centre and Planetarium, spend some time reflecting at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and enjoy the best of life at Gosford Forest Park.
Walk along the City Walls of Derry-Londonderry and be part of its living history. County Londonderry is also where you’ll find the stunning Roe Valley Country Park and the enticing Castlerock Beach.
Home to the mighty Mountains of Mourne, Tollymore Forest Park, family friendly beaches, the forest walks of Crawfordsburn Country Park and much, much more.
Although known as the land of lakes, you can also step into a marvellous subterranean world at the Marble Arch Caves or shop in Enniskillen - the choice is yours.
Take a journey back in time at the Ulster American Folk Park or create your own adventure in one of the many forest parks.
Northern Ireland is known for it's high education standards, with over 60% of young people leaving secondary education and going on to university or college. School education for children up to the age of 18 years in pre-schools, primary schools and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland is nonfee paying. Two world-class universities, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast (both having close links with the Trusts), together with an extensive network of Further Education Colleges, provide outstanding vocational and academic training for young people. In addition, the Open University offers excellent part-time routes into Higher Education, with a variety of courses with no entry limits. This gives the option to study at your own pace, no matter what your academic background may be.
Northern Ireland is one of the most affordable places to live, compared with most other areas in the United Kingdom.The British Council have said that Northern Ireland has the lowest cost of living in the UK. Property prices in Northern Ireland are the lowest in the UK. Renting a room in Belfast, the country’s capital costs just £250 per month on average, and renting a two-bedroom apartment in the city will cost £450-£650, depending on location and size. As well as the affordable rent and property prices, the cost of transport, food shopping, entertainment and leisure are all lower too!
Northern Ireland enjoys excellent public transport, with extensive rail and road networks (meaning less time commuting to and from work!), five commercial ports and three airports. Most places can be reached by road and rail, and global connections to Great Britian, Europe and beyond, are excellent. Public transportation to the five Trust locations is widely available. Distances from airports to the HSC Trust areas are as follows:
Belfast HSC Trust
• George Best Belfast City Airport: approximately 8 miles
• Belfast International Airport: approximately 20 miles
• City of Derry Airport: approximately 70 miles
Northern HSC Trust
• George Best Belfast City Airport: approximately 30 miles
• Belfast International Airport: approximately 15 miles
• City of Derry Airport: approximately 43 miles
Southern HSC Trust
• Belfast International Airport: approximately 28 miles
• George Best Belfast City Airport: approximately 33 miles
• City of Derry Airport: approximately 67 miles
Western HSC Trust
• City of Derry Airport: approximately 8 miles
• Belfast International Airport: approximately 55 miles
• George Best Belfast City Airport: approximately 92 miles
South Eastern HSC Trust
• George Best Belfast City Airport: approximately 11 miles
• Belfast International Airport: approximately 30 miles
• City of Derry Airport: approximately 80 miles
National title crowns transformational year for Ennis-based global recruiter The best and brightest Irish recruitment companies gathered in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Friday night for the annual National Recruitment Federation (NRF) Awards. TTM Healthcare (TTM) was named as Ireland’s Healthcare Recruitment Agency of the Year at the glittering ceremony, marking the third time the Co Clare company has taken the prestigious national title in the last four years. Ireland’s premier specialist healthcare recruiter Placing more nurses in permanent roles across Ireland each month than any other recruitment company, TTM Healthcare is also the largest recruiter of disability nurses nationwide, the primary supplier of social care staff to Ireland’s not-for-profit sector, an exclusive supplier of Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Assistants to the HSE and a preferred supplier to all major private hospitals. TTM is the principal recruitment partner of the HSC, Northern Ireland’s public health service and an awarded Framework supplier to the NHS. The TTM Healthcare story Founded by Brian Crowley in Ennis in 2002, TTM now has offices in Ennis, Dublin, Cork and the UK. TTM Healthcare Group’s two primary business arms, TTM Healthcare recruitment and Resilience Care complex care services, deliver end to end support to the public and private health systems of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Middle East. The TTM Team TTM CEO, Brian Crowley credits the team with the group’s enormous recent success, “TTM is run by an amazing group of people who are working hard to guarantee the care, quality and safety of our services. Awards like this are a wonderful recognition of what we have achieved, and what we can offer, but, at the end of the day, our duty of care to our patients, service users, employees and clients is our number one priority and always will be.” National and international success The NRF Awards come towards the close of what has been a transformational year for the TTM Group. Just four years after the company opened its first London office, the Recruiter Awards named TTM as the UK Public Sector Agency of the Year and Professional Services Agency of the Year 2016– the highest accolade in UK recruitment. TTM was also named in the Irish Times ‘Top 1,000’ Companies for the first time this year, the only privately owned Irish recruitment agency to make the list. Local employment Perhaps most significantly, 2016 began with the announcement of a multimillion euro investment by Irish private equity firm Broadlake which will help TTM to create 500 local jobs over the next five years. This follows on from a previous announcement of 100 new jobs in 2014 with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny; all part of the company’s commitment to supporting the Irish economy. Discover the possibilities To find out what TTM Healthcare’s award winning services could do for you, your healthcare career or your recruitment strategy, please get in touch. You can call us on 065 686 9300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at ttmhealthcare.ie
From humble beginnings A “Start Your Own Business” course and some funding from the former Clare County Enterprise Board were the bricks that laid the foundations of TTM Healthcare, a company that now employs 1,500 healthcare professionals and has an expected turnover of €70 million for 2016. This was the tale of expansion and growth recounted by Barry Pactor, Group Managing Director, when he attended the launch of the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards on Friday last, 17th June. Clare roots Established in 2002 by company CEO Brian Crowley, a very proud Clare native, TTM Healthcare (TTM) now operates across Ireland, the UK and Middle East. The company’s international headquarters are still based in Ennis, as are many of its 130 strong team of recruitment and support staff. Local collaboration and support Recognising the support that TTM received in its early days, Mr Pactor went on to say that the company would welcome the opportunity to share its experience and collaborate with other businesses in the region in looking at new opportunities. FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards 2016 Paying tribute to the previous entrants, finalists and winners, Pat Breen, T.D. Minister for Employment and Small Business, officially launched the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards 2016 at the event which was held in the Temple Gate Hotel. TTM Healthcare is a former winner at the awards, having taken the title in the ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Best Professional Services’ categories in 2013 and 2014. The prize for this year’s overall winner is worth an impressive €10,000 including a web design and development package and a whole suite of business services. More details on the awards, including how to enter, can be found online here. Join TTM in Ennis To find out more about career opportunities with TTM please visit us online here, you can also contact our Ennis Office by calling 065 686 9300 or emailing email@example.com
Even more great news has come in this week for TTM Healthcare! We have been named as one of Ireland’s Top 1,000 Companies, in the newly released Irish Times Top 1,000 report. What’s more, TTM Healthcare is the only privately owned recruitment agency to have made the Top 1,000. Shoulder to Shoulder with Ireland’s Biggest The report, which is based on statutory filings by each company and collated by the journalists at the Irish Times, is seen as the definitive database of Ireland’s top companies since it was first released in 2002, and shows the total profits for the companies listed as €36 billion – up a whopping €14 billion from 2015! Innovate, Create, Invest Our delighted CEO Brian Crowley noted that “The inclusion of so many indigenous companies in this year’s report makes for positive reading, and shows how far we have come as a country after some extremely trying years. Our dedication to investment in our people, our innovative services and our localities is the key to our success. Our partnership with Irish investment firm Broadlake will see us create 500 jobs across Ireland in the next 5 years, helping promote growth in local economies and increase our service offering nationwide.” You can read the full Irish Times Top 1,000 Report here. Discover the Possibilities with one of Ireland’s Top Companies Want to find out what one of Ireland’s top companies can do for you, your healthcare career or your recruitment strategy? Get in touch! You can call us on 1890 882 066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.