Careers and Jobs in Nursing

Retaining and rewarding top talent within the care home sector

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Staff in the care home sector provide invaluable care to some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, but these employees and the industry as a whole are facing unprecedented change.

According to Skills for Care, in 2016 the adult social care sector employed an estimated 1.5 million people, a large number of them low-wage staff. The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) and the overwhelming shortage of skilled carers, compounded by Brexit, is directly impacting resources. It is now more important than ever for care homes to retain staff and drive employee engagement and productivity to ensure we can continue to care for those most in need.

The challenges facing the sector

Care home staff recruitment crisis - how to solve with


A new and innovative CV search tool has been launched by to help care homes find the right staff.

The tool allows care homes (employers) to search for candidates based on the desired job role, salary expectations, languages spoken, location and type of contract that they have stated. Over 60,000 CVs are already on the website. 

The innovation will provide vital support to care homes that are currently facing competition with the NHS for staff, and the prospect of a declining pool of nurses as a result of Brexit. 

When an employer clicks on a CV they are interested in, they can then save it, add notes and email the candidate directly.

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

The number of foreign nurses joining the NHS has plummeted, according to latest figures.

Recruitment specialist Randstad highlighted the NHS recruitment drop which has seen EU nurses applying to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fall by 96%.

The fall has been blamed on poor working conditions, including long hours and inadequate pay, as well as the introduction of tough new language tests for foreign nursing staff.

Apprenticeships: the key to tackling the skills gap

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Jill Whittaker (pictured), Managing Director of Conntect2Care, the leading training and apprenticeship provider in the care sector, explains the benefits of investing in apprenticeships.

“Recruiting and retaining staff in the care and nursing sector has never been more important. According to Skills for Care, just under 340,000 social care employees leave their job each year. To put this into perspective, on any one day there are 90,000 vacancies for social care jobs in England. Apprenticeships may be the way to address this problem.

The importance of recruiting effectively in the care sector

The importance of recruiting effectively in the care sector

It has never been more important to recruit effectively in the care sector, says care home specialist Caresolve.

James Parkin, Co-founder and Operations Director of Caresolve, says many care homes find it difficult to find – and keep - high quality care staff whether that’s registered manager, senior carers or ancillary staff.

He says: “It is a common problem around the country because demand for good quality staff far outweighs supply at present in the care home sector.

“It means that it has never been more essential to retain your staff once you’ve recruited them.

Starting a new job? Here are 5 tips to help you get settled

Roop Bhumbra

Roop Bhumbra, Director at Hays Social Care gives her top tips for care and nursing professionals preparing to start a new job and how best to get settled.


Have you just received news that you got the job? Congratulations! Starting a new job can be both an exciting and daunting time for many care and nursing home professionals. The workplace culture may be different to that of your previous employer, not to mention all of the new faces you will encounter on your first day, so here are some tips to help you get settled and make a lasting impression:


New care home facility set to bring 90 jobs to Edinburgh

New care home creates 90 jobs in Edinburgh

A new care home facility will bring 90 jobs to Scotland's capital when it opens its doors this winter. 

Due to open in January 2018, Cramond Residence in North West Edinburgh will be recruiting care teams comprising nurses, dementia team leaders and carers at various grades, activity coordinators, catering, housekeeping, and other support staff.

Managed exclusively by Walker Healthcare, Cramond Residence will offer the finest in person-centred nursing and residential care for older people, in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. 

Managing falls: how can they be avoided?


Dr James Frith (pictured), NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellow, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, and Lead Educator on 'Ageing Well: Falls’ on the FutureLearn platform, discusses why it’s important to recognise the risks associated with falls and gives his top tips on how to reduce the risk of falling.

Why are falls important and why should we do our best to avoid them?

Growing number of care home nurses look to agency work

Growing numbers of care home nurses turn to agency work

A growing number of care home nurses are turning to agency work because of greater flexibility and better pay, according to a nursing recruitment specialist, Randstad.

Randstad believes that more and more nurses will look to agency roles as they contemplate their futures. The shift comes at the same time as a growing staff crisis within the nursing profession across the NHS, with care homes and NHS trusts increasingly reliant on agency staff to fill the gaps. 

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has estimated there to be 25,000 nursing vacancies across the UK and believes the country could be hit by a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026 in the wake of Brexit.

New Support And Companionship Service In Beaconsfield Launches Recruitment Drive

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A new premium alternative for those who require support or companionship but want to stay in their own homes has launched in Beaconsfield – and the company is seeking personal assistants to join the team.


MyLife Living Assistance offers care tailored to individual needs, the central aim is to enable people to live independent, fulfilled lives in their own homes. Options range from help with everyday tasks to specialist dementia care. 


Personal assistants are matched to clients according to their specific needs with care varying from an hour’s visit once a week through to 24 hour live-in care. It is preferable for job candidates to have some level of experience, this includes having cared for a family member. 


Healthcare professional's golden rule CV checklist


Whether you’re a trainee nurse or senior doctor, writing a medical CV is unlike any other. At a time when recruiters advise candidates to keep them minimalist, medical CVs require a very specific degree of detailing and language which could be the deciding factor to gaining a job in industry.

Healthcare recruitment specialist, Tony Moss, founder of Your World Healthcare, explains the secrets to the successful medical CV:

1. Why sometimes more is better

Many candidates forget that medical CVs require you to elaborate. 

“I helped with patients and did paper work”

When in fact they should say:

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

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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.