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There’s a little bit of everything in the West Midlands. Whether you love the country or feel more at home in the city, the West Midlands provides the best of both worlds and is an up and coming part of the UK looking to give the likes of London a run for its money; especially when it comes to quality of life and affordable housing options.

We are proud to provide a tailored staffing solutions service using our specially trained nurses, healthcare assistants and support workers across Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Coventry, Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcester and the surrounding West Midlands region. If you are thinking of joining our team, here are 10 reasons why it’s a good idea to work and study as a nurse in the West Midlands.

1. Regular nursing shifts

There’s nothing quite like a reliable source of income to ensure that the bills get paid and that you have money to do all the things you love to do. With a growing population and more and more of us living longer thanks to advancements in medicine, the need for nursing staff is greater than ever. This means that Secure Healthcare are always looking for new staff to fill different roles and shifts.

2. Great pay rates

Our ethos is to maintain good old fashioned values with a modern twist of technology and to ensure patient care is delivered to the highest quality while reducing the cost of care and increasing the pay to our staff. At the heart of our business, we are committed to helping the vulnerable population while protecting the workforce, with great pay rates, who makes it all possible.

3. Continued clinical training every 3/6 months

Secure Healthcare works to ensure that all of their staff are properly trained to the highest standards possible, which is why we provide all our care workers with FREE training. We will offer you a variety of training opportunities including mandatory training, which you will be updated on a yearly basis. We also provide additional training courses depending on the needs of the client.

The mandatory training covers:

– Manual handling
– BLS
– H & S (inc. COSHH, lone worker)
– Fire awareness
– First aid awareness
– Infection control
– Complaints handling
– Conflict resolution
– Information governance
– Food hygiene awareness
– Adult abuse/protection

In addition to the mandatory training, Secure Healthcare offers extra courses and development days to help our nurses improve their practice and support their continuing professional development (CPD).

4. Affordable housing

Lots of people are deciding to make the move from the South to the North due to soaring rental prices, dodgy landlords and for the chance to be able to raise a family in a house they can call their own. The West Midlands offers affordable housing and renting options in a variety of different areas, from the built up cities like Birmingham and Wolverhampton to more rural parts in Shropshire and Herefordshire.

5. You will be living in an up and coming area

Not only are more and more people moving to the Midlands for the affordable housing, but because the West Midlands is also a dynamic and up and coming area within the UK. The West Midlands is a diverse part of the world with award winning eateries, beautiful scenery, bustling cities and fizzing night life. There’s something for everyone.

With the government’s plans to build the High Speed 2 train, which will be a high-speed railway which will directly connect London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, there truly is no better time to relocate to the West Midlands.

6. Feel like you are making a difference

There’s no job quite like nursing for job satisfaction. If you love helping people and making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people, you’ll never regret making the decision to work and study as a nurse in the West Midlands.

7. Be part of a dynamic team

With support out of hours 24/7, and a kind, friendly team to help you with your day to day nursing duties and studies, you’ll find yourself not only enjoying your job and delivering it to a high standard, but making friends too.

8. Familiar clients and friendly faces

We aim to try to get you visiting the same individuals in need of care for their benefit and your own.

9. Job progression

Secure Healthcare are keen to help nurses and other healthcare workers progress in their careers. See our website for our job opportunities and more.

10. Live in a historic part of the world

Not many people realise, but the West Midlands is rich with history. In fact, it may surprise you to realise that Sir Isaac Newton – who discovered gravity – was from here, or that the 1832 Great Reform Act which laid the foundations of our modern electoral system was pioneered in Birmingham.

When we think of nursing and care work, we often think of the treatment we would like our loved ones to be given should they find themselves in need of extra care. Nursing isn’t for everyone, but for the few who find nursing to be their vocation, there are a few attributes that are needed in order to make a great nurse who you would be proud to look after your own family.

Professionalism

Nurses are tasked with handling a great deal of sensitive information and situations, whether that’s meeting with patients, administering medication or reading through patient records. There is a great deal of responsibility that’s involved when being a nurse, and it’s imperative that the job is handled in an ethical manner.

There may be occasions where you have to deal with difficult patients, or patients from different cultures and backgrounds to your own, and it’s important that throughout your work you treat everyone with the same amount of dignity and respect.

Brilliant communication skills

Communicating well is one of the most important aspects of a nurse’s job. Nurses have to be able to communicate clearly with doctors, patients and coworkers in a very high pressured environment. They must be able to follow instructions, as if they don’t people’s lives could be at risk. It is also important that nurses can communicate with a patient’s family in a sensitive manner.

Attention to detail

If nurses do not possess attention to detail and miss a step in a patient’s medical care this could have disastrous consequences. Whether it’s reading a patient’s chart or remembering important details, nurses need to be able to get it right and ask questions if they are unsure.

They must also be able to solve problems quickly should they arise.

Sense of humour

It’s a good idea to remember that the patient’s you deal with day in day out are human, and some appreciate finding the lighter side of a bad situation. A good sense of humour can keep morale high and keep patients feeling positive, but it can also help the nurses too. Nursing can be a tough job, and you may have to witness some difficult moments, so humour can always help to get you through your shift.

Patience

Nurses need to be patient with people who may be confused, sleep-deprived, under the influence or dealing with a great amount of stress. Patience will help to calm down such patients and allows you to better respond to the task at hand.

Caring

Arguably the most important attributes to have when being or thinking about being a nurse are to be caring, understanding and non-judgemental. Nurses need to have the ability to empathise with patients and their families on a daily basis and to show them that you are there with them every step of the way throughout their care. Being kind towards a patient can go a long way towards improving patient care and their hospital experience. It’s important to remember that very few people like being in hospital, so you are often dealing with a person at their worst, and it is your job to make their time in hospital run smoothly. Sometimes a caring nurse is all a patient has to look forward to during their day – you never know how much of an enormous impact you can have on someone’s life.

Nurses also need to be able to manage their own emotions and seek help when they need it. They constantly deal with stressful situations and tragic illnesses and they must be able to remain calm and think clearly throughout such circumstances.

Be eager to learn

Nurses need to be constantly aware of and apply the latest research to their work. After a nurse qualifies, that is not the end of their learning, as medicine is forever changing due to advancements in technology. Nurses should be eager to learn the latest techniques, procedures and how to get the most out of new equipment.

Good nurses should take advantage of every opportunity to enhance their skills and deliver great care. By gaining the extra knowledge and skills you need to provide better patient care, this could allow you the opportunity to pursue specialisms and move into management roles.

You may be aware that you are a carer, but may not be aware of the different avenues of support that there is out there for you to help you both financially and mentally. Perhaps you need a break or are a young carer looking to make friends, there are a number of options for you to research which could help make life a little easier.

Firstly, what is a carer?

Carers help with daily needs and activities that people in need might find difficult or impossible to do alone, like feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, lifting and moving and administering medications. Some people in need of care benefit from less support as they like to live fairly independent, but they may need someone to keep an eye on them, or help them with tasks like banking, transport, shopping and housework. In terms of the different types of carers, there are unpaid carers who might be a partner, family member, friend or neighbour who cares for the person in need, volunteer carers who are provided by some charities and non-profit organisations, then there are professional carers who are professionally trained and routinely monitored under stringent medical guidelines, and that is what we provide here at Secure Healthcare Solutions.

If you are a carer you can have a council assessment to see what help might be available to help make your life easier. The results of the assessment might recommend things like someone to take over caring so you can take a break, a gym membership and exercise classes to relieve stress, help with taxi fares if you don’t drive and putting you in touch with local support groups so you have people to talk to. A carer’s assessment is free and anyone over 18 can ask for one. To get a carer’s assessment you need to contact adult social services at your local council and ask for a carer’s assessment.

If money is an issue, your council might be able to help with the costs. You might need a financial assessment and this can be arranged for you after the carer’s assessment. You might also qualify for benefits that can help with costs. This can include Carer’s Allowance if you look after someone for more than 35 hours a week, Carer’s Credit, Carer Premium or Disability Living Allowance for children. If you’re told you don’t qualify for help and support, your council should give you free advice about where you can get help in your community. Ask if this doesn’t happen.

If you are struggling with the stress of caring for a loved one everyday, there is such a thing as “respite care”, which a Carer’s Assessment can advise you on whether you qualify for this support. Respite care gives carers a much needed break, and this can be for any period of time, from an hour or two to a longer period, which could be a week or more. Respite care can provide companionship and conversation for the person in need, personal care such as help with bathing, dressing and toiling, cleaning and cooking, driving and shopping.

If you are a young carer, Carers Trust’s local Network Partners are carer services across the UK, offering information, advice, practical support and/or care in the home. The Children’s Society can also help you find a young carers service near you and it has lots of advice and resources for young carers on its website. Carers UK is the UK’s membership charity for carers of all ages offering advice, information and an online forum for carers over 18.

If you are a young carer wanting help getting work, the Carers Trust offer a “getting into work” handbook for if you are looking for work for the first time, have been out of work for a while or if you are in work but looking for a new job: https://carers.org/article/getting-work-guide-young-adult-carers

For young carers in need of help working out the legalities of the person you are looking after, for example helping them with a will, LawStuff gives free legal information to young people. LawStuff is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which provides more detailed information both over the phone and online. The Children’s Society’s website also has information on your legal rights.

Read more at about the support you are entitled to as a carer here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/

Struggled to get out of bed this morning? All you wanted to do is stay in your Pyjama’s or your dressing gown? Well at Secure Healthcare Solutions we’ve had a PJ day for Pancreatic Cancer.

As an agency that provides temporary staffing solutions to the NHS and private hospitals, we feel it’s best to help spread awareness for causes such as these as our nurses, healthcare assistants and support workers can play a key part in them successfully recovering and helping them feel better.

With the survival rate of pancreatic cancer (Pancan) being sufficiently low due to it being detected at a late stage, it becomes difficult to remove due to the tumour being unable to be removed as surgery isn’t an option any longer.

As Pancan needs to be detected early we feel it is necessary to inform as many people as we can reach so that you can see the warning signs and be checked and if so diagnosed at an early stage to give you more of a chance to beat cancer. Even though it is in the top 5 for the UK’s worst cancers it
only receives less than 3% funding!

At Secure Healthcare Solutions, we are helping to raise awareness of Pancan day and proud to work with our agency healthcare professionals in looking after people suffering with Cancer.

The month of April is Stress Awareness Month – so all this month, we will be taking a look at stress and providing you with some hints & tips of healthy coping mechanisms for you to implement. Here are our first top 5 tips to help reduce stress:

  1. Start your day with Breakfast
  2. Find 10 minutes during your day to meditate or listen to relaxation track
  3. Keep changing your daily routine, meet a friend or colleague for lunch and allow time to relax and enjoy it
  4. Switch from drinking coffee to a healthier alternative such as green tea or fruit juice
  5. Organise your work by setting priorities

We will be uploading some more tips throughout the month to help you manage your stress and some practical steps on how you can relax your mind and body.

With World Parkinson’s awareness day upon us we are coming together for #uniteforparkinsons. his incurable disease affects nearly 10 million people in their everyday lives and we are joining their communities around the world to raise awareness on a larger scale. Parkinson’s is a neurological condition which develops progressively differing in speed and stages for
each individual. People who have this condition aren’t able to produce the chemical dopamine due to the nerve cells that create this could have died. Even though there isn’t a definitive reason as to why this happened, researchers believe it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

As these conditions continue to develop these individuals could be reliant to care at home including domiciliary, palliative and respite care. Secure Healthcare Solutions work with clients with similar situations and we thoroughly enjoy providing a service which benefits our clients living at home as well as those in nursing homes. Living with Parkinson’s can vary from person to person however in the severe cases full time live in care are required which not everyone is able to cater for. As care at home is becoming more appealing, domiciliary carers are able to help out as and when needed.

Secure Healthcare Solutions are joining together to show our support for #uniteforparkinsons why don’t you show your support and spread the word!

 

Welcome to April! What a beautiful month it is. This month we have stress awareness month and with stress being such a common strain that affects everyone every single day, we are spreading the
word across April to help you understand the signs and symptoms of stress. With confrontational circumstances being the cause of an individual’s mental and emotional strain it
leaves people feeling deflated, depleted and low energy levels which are all common symptoms of stress. There are many different symptoms that can cause a person to feel stressed which stems
from different situations.

Working within the healthcare industry and providing to a range of different clients working within NHS hospitals and private homes we are fully aware of how these settings can be quite stressful. With
our temporary staffing solutions, we are able to take the stress off of you and help you find the solution to your problem. With healthcare professionals struggling to cope with their stress levels;
normally being overworked with not enough time away, we as an agency are happy to help relieve stress and help all allied healthcare professionals have a happy, balanced life.
Over the month, Secure Healthcare Solutions are going to be spreading the awareness of stress and how to cope with it to help you feel as happy and confident as our agency workers.
Social media tips So I was thinking this could be put either on the instagram and facebook stories or in a branded square similar to the training one posted across the month to help people know how to prevent
stress.

Summer is coming! Who else is glad that winter is over? I’m sure our Registered Nurses and Healthcare assistants are glad that they aren’t waking up to the cold. With constant work coming in for our temporary staff we have been able to provide our clients with a high-quality service.

Our agency nurses and carers work within client’s homes, private healthcare and within the NHS, they have shown their dedication to providing a bespoke service and professionalism in every scenario they are placed in. At Secure Healthcare Solutions, we pride ourselves on our excellent RGN’s, RMN’s, RNLD’s, HCA’s, Support workers and NHS staff as they are our community. They are the reason Secure Healthcare Solutions are one of the leading agencies within the UK and continuously represent the company the highest standard.

This month we have selected our carer of the month due to her dedication to her work, dropping things at the last minute to cover urgent shifts and to her applauding reviews from clients who constantly asking for her back we have selected Dorothy for HCA of the month. Our nurse of the month has shown a high-quality service within nursing homes and throughout the NHS being able to be placed on a block booking and moving on to different wards to help accommodate for the hospital, for this we have selected Patience.

We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the temporary staff that helps solve our client’s solutions. A massive round of applause and thanks is shown not just to these wonderful ladies but also to our Secure Healthcare Solutions family. Thank you for your support.

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As we reflect on March we couldn’t be any prouder to select Patience and Dorothy for their dedication, hard work and passion for their job. Here’s to the selected HCA and Nurse of March!

Did you know that almost half of the world’s population don’t receive full coverage for the essential health care services that they require? Or that near 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty due to not being able to pay for their healthcare?

The UK is lucky to have the NHS, however, most countries don’t have the same luxuries as we do. We are capable of providing training for Nurses and Healthcare assistants to provide the highest quality of care required to ensure our country doesn’t fall to a similar fate to others. As a country we are fortunate to be able to provide live in carers and domiciliary care to individuals who struggle to leave their homes on the other hand poorer countries are required to travel miles in order to see a doctor to provide them with medication or receive treatment for any illnesses they may have which can cost a wealthy amount.

Universal health coverage (UHC) allows communities the opportunity to receive healthcare services for a small cost ensuring that individuals are able to get better without having to suffer from financial hardship. There services include health promotion to prevent, treat, rehabilitate and offer palliative care. With this in place their services are easily accessible to everyone who shows the more significant causes of diseases or death and assures that their good quality allows improvement to the individuals who receive these services.

As nation we are lucky to receive the healthcare that we are provided. With allied healthcare professionals at hand to query a mild cough to extreme diseases we have a healthcare service in place to ensure we are constantly healthy; whereas poorer countries are required to rely on UHC to help with their health. World Health Day is today, and we are asking you to cherish the healthcare industry as much as we do as we are a fortunate nation to receive such luxuries other countries aren’t able to receive. Thank your doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants for the service they provide; don’t take advantage of the national health services in place see your local pharmacy instead because the doctor’s appointment you’ve booked may be more useful to another individual.

On the 24th March 1882, a Doctor name Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacterium that causes Tuberculosis which still affects people every day. World Tuberculosis Day (TB) is a way to spread the word in relation to the economic, social and health significances caused by TB. Due to this day over 130 years ago, we were able to open the doors in investigating a cure for the disease.

With nearly 30,000 people being affected by this deadly infectious disease each day, around 4,500 people lose their lives to this illness every 24 hours. With the contributions from around the world since the year 2000, healthcare professionals have been able to defeat and save around 54 million peoples live from TB.

This year’s theme for World Tuberculosis day is ‘It’s time.’ We never know when something could change in our lives. So, value your time with the people around you, enjoy every moment you have and live every second to the maximum.