How can nurses and carers progress their careers?

Michael Johnson-Ellis of Healthier Recruitment on career progression for nurses

Michael Johnson-Ellis, one of the managing directors of Healthier Recruitment – an agency that fills vacancies for NHS, private and third sector healthcare organisations with permanent staff only – discusses career development…

With services under pressure, tighter budgets and a lack of staff and resources, many nurses and carers report feeling stunted with regard to professional development. However, there are a number of things you can do to progress your career regardless of the external situation.
Here are some potential pathways to development:

New jobs on offer for nurses and team leaders at Cramond Residence

New jobs on offer for nurses and team leaders at Cramond Residence

Applications are now open for nurses and team leaders across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife to become part of the specialist team at the capital’s newest and finest care home.  Due to open this year, Cramond Residence has announced it is currently recruiting for eight registered nurses and four dementia team leaders to fill both day and night positions. 

Managed exclusively by Walker Healthcare, Cramond Residence will offer the finest in person-centred nursing care for older people and is committed to hiring the very best candidates for each position. 

All successful applicants will receive training – where required – as well as professional development opportunities and an attractive remuneration package. 

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.

Quality Assuring the Quality of Care

SFJ Awards has today (18 July 2016) announced the launch of a new qualification to support the delivery of the Care Certificate.  The qualification is aimed at the 1.3 million frontline staff who are not registered nurses but who now deliver the bulk of hands-on care in hospitals, care homes and the homes of individuals, and contribute to the creation of a flexible, caring workforce with a common base of skills, values and knowledge.

Hospitals must adapt to meet the needs of dementia patients

The Royal College of Nursing is calling for improvements in how dementia patients are treated in hospitals, as nurses discussed their experiences of caring for rising numbers of people with the condition.

People living with dementia end up in every kind of ward but only wards for older people are appropriately adapted to meet their needs. Within acute hospitals, older people occupy some 60% of beds and of these, 40% may have dementia.

45% of nurses in a recent RCN survey thought that dementia would prove the biggest health issue of the future, with 84% already seeing their work affected by the ageing population.

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will increase to 2 million by 2051.

Nurses discuss impact of EU ahead of Referendum

Nurses have today debated the impact of the European Union on the UK health service at this year’s RCN Congress in Glasgow.

Ahead of Thursday’s referendum a matter for discussion was tabled to ‘discuss the benefits for nursing remaining a member of the European Union’.

RCN members passionately discussed the impact that membership on the EU has had on the nursing and the health service, drawing on their personal experiences and those of their patients.

#thankanurse: Celebrating International Nurses’ Day

In celebration of International Nurses’ Day, the RCN is calling on patients and their families to say thank you to the nurses who have touched their lives. The annual event on 12 May, the birthday of nursing legend Florence Nightingale, celebrates the amazing efforts of nursing staff in the UK and around the world. The RCN’s theme for 2016, the College’s centenary year, is #thankanurse, which encourages patients and their families to thank the nurses who have cared for them. It also gives health care staff the chance to thank their nursing colleagues for their support.

Agency nursing: How will new government rules affect you?

Earlier this year it was announced that rules surround the use of agency nurses within the NHS will change. Designed to support NHS providers to get the best quality agency staff whilst reducing their overall costs, the new guidelines include mandatory frameworks, an annual ceiling for agency spend and limits on the amount agency staff can be paid per shift. But where does this leave agency nurses already working on the frontline?

Nurses to be included on Shortage Occupation List

The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the news that nursing will be temporarily placed on the Shortage Occupation List.

This was a serious issue that the RCN first raised earlier this year.

The decision will assist the recruitment of nurses, enabling hard pressed NHS and social care providers to obtain visas for international nurses, to alleviate significant staffing shortages

Janet Davies, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN said: “This reversal is a real victory for nurses, the health service and most of all patients.

“Since the RCN first raised this issue and lobbied for a change to the immigration rules, a consensus has formed across the health service that cutting the supply of overseas nurses risked patient care.

Denying nurses entry into the UK is putting 'patient safety at risk'

NHS Employers warns that immigration rules are compromising patient safety, cost controls and leaving a shortage of nurses and doctors at a crucial time.

Around 1000 nurses from outside of the European Union have been rejected to date by the Home Office with a further 1000 nurses expected to apply to work in the UK in the next 6 months.