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.

Community invited to visit new state-of-the-art residential and dementia care home in Bournemouth

Dorset residents are being encouraged to take a look around a new purpose-built 80-bed care home which opened in Bournemouth last month.

Great Oaks residential, nursing and dementia care home, based in Poole Lane, is managed by Encore Care Homes. It opened on Tuesday June 26 following a successful Quality Care Commission (CQC) inspection.

Ian MacDonald, care home manager, will be on-hand to talk to visitors at an open day being held on Thursday July 20 from 10am to 2pm. People will be able to meet the care home team including nurses and carers, and take a tour around the facilities of the building, which is set among a private woodland setting.

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:

Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Earlier this year DUET diabetes offered their services free of charge to support a local care home to run a “Diabetes Awareness” event for residents/families/staff during Diabetes Week (11-17 June 2017). In response two homes, Bethesda Eventide Homes in Ipswich and Gracewell of Kentford near Newmarket, have worked with DUET diabetes to plan events. Part of the plans include “Let them eat cake” - a fun interactive session which will be run by Helen Stephen (co-founder of DUET diabetes); discussing sugar content and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst still having a little of what we fancy.


Designing safer systems of care delivery for older patients

A new study published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, identified incidents when poor communication between secondary and primary care and failures within primary care led to patient harm and highlights how improved communications systems could help protect older patients from harm. Timely electronic transfer of information with standardised formats could reduce medication and clinical decision-making incidents. Electronic alerts and expanded use of bar-coding are examples of systems which could tackle drug administration incidents.


Wiltshire Farm Foods launches BDA endorsed training

Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s number one provider of home-delivered frozen meals, has launched its first British Dietetic Association (BDA) approved CPD training course for healthcare professionals.
The free two-hour training course, on the subject of Good Nutrition for Older Adults, is written by Wiltshire Farm Foods’ Registered Dietitian Helen Willis, endorsed by the British Dietetic Association and delivered by Registered Dietitian Sue Baic.

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have unveiled their well-dressing at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.


More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.


The Bakewell team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition.


The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which is now a care home operated by the Hill Care Group.


Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the stunning design from the AJ Welldressing team at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Diabetes: an educational service for the care sector in East Anglia 


In the “My Diabetes, My Care” report by the Care Quality Commission (updated 20 September 2016) one of the recommendations was that “diabetes training is made available for care workers to help them to fully support and care for people with diabetes”. 

Last Autumn “Panorama” (3 October 2016) and “Inside Out East” (24 October 2016) chose to cover the topic of diabetes and the impact this long-term condition has on lives if not adequately managed. Poorly treated/managed diabetes may lead to long term health problems (known as complications) such as amputation (toes, feet and even legs), kidney dialysis, blindness to name a few. Families have the right to expect that those caring for their loved one have the necessary knowledge and skills to do so. 

Stirling Care Provider Drives Forward Energy Efficiency With Eco Car

Stirling Care Provider Drives Forward Energy Efficiency With Eco Car

A housing and care provider in Stirling has invested in a brand new eco-friendly car to energise its care at home service.

In a move that will appeal to the increasingly environmentally-conscious, Blackwood’s Broom Court development, which provides at home support for people with physical disabilities, has acquired the e-car to enhance its services in the community.

Taking inspiration from the Stirling Car Club scheme, where multiple people share an e-car, the vehicle will ensure Blackwood’s staff have access to a reliable mode of transport to travel to and from the homes of customers and are not reliant on public transport around Stirling’s one way system.