Careers and Jobs in Nursing

How can we alleviate the impact of skills shortages on patient care?

patient care

Sadly, the majority of healthcare workers (89.7%) believe that the widening skills gap is reducing levels of patient care across the UK. This is according to a survey conducted by CV-Library, amongst the nation’s healthcare professionals, which found that many believe that care for the elderly, nursing homes and mental health are the areas most affected. 


It is currently a very turbulent time for the industry, and in order to future-proof the nation’s care offerings, something has to be done to alleviate some of the pressure that is being placed on existing professionals, and to entice skilled workers into the sector. There are a number of ways in which this can be done and I have outlined these in more detail, below. 

Is your recruitment process engaging enough for care professionals?

Today’s candidates are searching for jobs with a strict set of criteria in mind, refusing to settle for anything but the best opportunities. In fact, according to CV-Library research, 64% of care professionals said that there are areas that they wouldn’t be willing to compromise on when job hunting. For this reason getting your recruitment process right is vital if you hope to attract the top talent. With the skills gap also causing problems for many organisations across the sector, ensuring you have a sleek and engaging recruitment strategy is key.

The next steps for a qualified social worker

social worker with child

Regardless of what point you’re at in your career within social care, social work requires a complex set of specific skills to deal with the different challenges you may face.

Randstad’s research of social care shows that there are 18,500 people being cared for every day. This level of care ranges from positively impacting the community to caring for elderly people within nursing homes.

Whether you are in the process of trying to land your first social care job after recently qualifying, or perhaps you need some guidance in how to develop your current proficiency, we’re aiming to offer you some advice on how to take the next steps in your career.

Northumbria University – How to get a career in nursing

Nursing is one of the longest-standing professions, with some of its earliest traits being seen from as far back as 300AD. Alongside being long-established, it is also one of the most fulfilling careers you can have. Whether you’re looking to start your career or change your current direction entirely, Northumbria University has created a complete guide to your career in nursing:

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