Careers and Jobs in Nursing

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

Nicky and Maureen

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?

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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