Industry shortlist honour for local care force

August 15, 2017

Healthcare staffing agency Local Care Force, which has offices in Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times award in Improved Patient Safety.

Local Care Force is the only agency to be shortlisted across all categories and over 200 entries, and is up against large healthcare institutions such as the NHS and Virgin Healthcare.

Created in 2004 by former healthcare professional Leanne Silverwood, Local Care Force supplies workers to the nursing, healthcare and social care sectors. The agency has 50 staff, comprised of recruiters, medical professionals and medical trainers.

Most of the team has worked in nursing or social healthcare previously, and the company provides a rigorous ongoing training programme for its employees to ensure they all meet the needs of clients on an ongoing basis.

The Improved Patient Safety initiative up for the award is titled “Agency Nurses, Protect Yourself, Protect your Patients”, and it aims to reduce the reported incident rate amongst nurses, and ensure that the agency staff feel supported, part of a team and work in a safe environment.

By ensuring that agency staff receive a high standard of support and education, patients are also guaranteed a higher standard of service by the nurses and healthcare specialists.

Off the back of the project, Local Care Force has seen a 43% reduction in reported incidents involving their agency nurses (within the first 6 months) in 2017.

Leanne Silverwood, managing director of Local Care Force, commented: “Everyone at Local Care Force is excited and very proud to be finalists in the Improved Patient Safety category of the Nursing Times Awards 2017. Industry shortlist honour for local care forceThat all the hard work and dedication that has gone into developing the “Agency Nurses, Protect yourself, Protect your patients” project has been recognised by such a prestigious award, is amazing. We offer a very different approach to other healthcare staffing agencies, and this has clearly been noted by industry professionals.

“We can’t wait for the awards ceremony and the chance to celebrate what makes agency nurses unique.”

Additionally, the Force was awarded 21st place in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to work for, earlier this year.

The company was praised by Best Companies for its employee engagement through staff incentives, a non-target based bonus scheme, mentorship programmes, a positive culture and strong management.

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