Training & Recruitment

How can employers in the care industry accommodate changing employee demands?

Staff shortages within the healthcare industry continues to be a hot topic in the news as of late, with many employers finding it difficult to not only attract new members of staff, but also, retain existing ones.

This means that employers in this industry need to be on the ball to attract and keep the most talented, hard-working individuals.

Acting now to improve dementia care

Acting now to improve dementia care

By Jill Whittaker, managing director of Connect2Care, discusses how investing in apprentices can help improve dementia care

More than 500,000 people in the UK are currently thought to be living with dementia and this figure is rising year-on-year[1]. In fact, the number of people living with the illness is predicted to increase by an astounding 281% in 2050, compared to 2015 figures[2]. Despite the growing number of cases, it’s estimated that one in three care workers have received no formal dementia training[3].

Apprenticeships: How to engage with Generation Z

Apprenticeships: How to engage with Generation Z

Recruitment and retention are major concerns within the health and care sector, but professionals are being urged to tap into the talents of Generation Z to ensure top-quality staff are on-hand to plug the growing skills gap. Connect2Care, the leading provider of training and apprenticeships in the Care Sector, discusses ways employers can reduce this gap by boosting engagement with young apprentices. 

Industry shortlist honour for local care force

Industry shortlist honour for local care force

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.

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.

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. 

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.

You’ve been hired!

Angela Hurrell considers applicants

When it comes to recruiting new staff, a care group is championing the ongoing involvement of people who use its services in the decision-making process.

 

Regard invites the people they support to sit in on face to face job interviews for staff vacancies as part of a process to identify the best candidate for the role.

 

Along with care users, the service has put together a set of questions and illustrations as pointers as to the kind of questions they might want to ask.

 

At Beudygwyn Farm residential service near Anglesey, Brian Williams, 56, who has an Acquired Brain Injury, played a role in recruiting a new support worker.

 

Preparation is key to creating a stronger healthcare sector

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A shortage of healthcare professionals is one of the major issues facing today’s National Health Service.

According to recent research by the Royal College of Nurses and Royal College of Midwives, the country requires a further 20,000 nursing staff and 3,500 more midwives to keep pace with increasing demand. Meanwhile, as between seven and ten percent of doctor posts remain vacant, it has also been estimated that by 2025, our ageing population will necessitate an additional 275,000 jobs in the adult social care sector.

Sweettree celebrates 15 years of award-winning exceptional home care

Barry Sweetbaum and Nicki Bones

Award-winning home care services agency SweetTree is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. The company, launched in March 2002 by Founder Barry Sweetbaum and Operations Director Nicki Bones, marked 15 years of providing exceptional care to the elderly and individuals requiring support at home on 29th March 2017. They celebrated with a party for all of the team and carers at the Priory Tavern in Belsize Road, London.

 

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:

Job titles in nursing and yearly salaries*

New online tool set to support healthcare professionals giving palliative care

marie-curie_0.jpgA leading charity has set up a free online tool to help support professionals in the health and social care sector in giving palliative and end of life care. 

This resource has been launched by Marie Curie who has collated a selection of in-depth material on end of life care and made it freely available in a quick and easy to access place. 

Research suggests that some health and social care professionals are not at ease when talking to patients about the dying process, creating a huge barrier between them and the people receiving end of life care. 

The Sound Doctor answers call for better support for dementia patients

Martina Kane, Senior Policy Adviser at the Alzheimer's Society, is one of several leading figures demanding more support for people living with dementia and those who care for them.
 
Speaking as the BBC reported that dementia is now the leading cause of death, she said: “It is essential that people have access to the right support and services to help them live well with dementia and that research into better care, treatments and eventually a cure remain high on the agenda."

Do you work in Healthcare and want to progress to a management role? Learn while you earn with Arden University

Do you work in Healthcare and want to progress to a management role? Learn while you earn with Arden University

Have you considered training to take your career in health and social care to the next level, but think you don’t have the time? If so, a degree from Arden University could provide the ideal solution. You can study around your work and life, online 24/7 or at one of our study centres. Enjoy one-to-one academic and student support from enrolment to graduation.

 

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MediEnlist Recruitment

Do you need Nurses / Healthcare Assistants? MediEnlist recruit healthcare staff from the EU for care providers in the UK. Pay only an affordable one off fee and avoid those crippling monthly agency fees!

MediEnlist provide cost effective permanent and temporary recruitment solutions for the health and social care sector. Our health care recruitment process is far more than matching CV’s to job vacancies. MediEnlist aim to reduce the amount of time you spend sifting through CV’s. With a wealth of experience in both nursing and the health care recruitment sectors our team of dedicated professionals work together with your company to ensure the best possible candidates are put forward for your selection process.

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