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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!

Our nurses already provide an exceptional quality of service to our clients however we have been able to offer an opportunity for our healthcare professionals to develop on their professional career.

This February, the Secure Training Services in partnership with Secure Healthcare Solutions has provided their first training day of 2019 and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

We have been able to provide an excellent experience for these exceptional nurses and have plenty more coming in the future.

As our healthcare professionals thoroughly enjoyed the informative and thought provoking session, they were able to engage in practical activities to fully comprehend the information given.

Our trachy and catheter training was an extremely successful event and we are looking forward to our future sessions.

We have opportunities for everyone, as much as we provide these training sessions to our own candidates; we are able to provide these to our clients staff as well to anyone looking for extra training to boost their nursing career.

We have a few courses in the near future available to anybody interested in the future:

April 2019

-Syringe Driver

May 2019

-Mapaa/ Breakaway training

-Trachy and Catheter

June 2019

-Cannulation training

Some of the future training sessions could be available for you. All you need to do is give us a call and find out how you can be on one of the next training days for 2019!

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It’s Official. Its been several years since the project and plan was started for Secure Healthcare. Its now September 2015 and now a reality.

We have arrived. (more…)

 As a nurse, you’ll need to go through appraisals, reflective discussions, and confirmation not just to satisfy licensing requirements but to also improve your performance as a health professional. Read on to learn more about these essential processes.

What are appraisals?

Appraisals are an important part of your work life as a nurse. Whether you like it or not, you’ll need to go through these processes to measure your development in the past year, identify the areas where you need improvement, and create personal development for the next 12 months. With the introduction of revalidation in April 2016, appraisals have become even more important since they help nurses prepare for their revalidation and registration renewal.

If you’re an agency nurse, you’re not required to get an appraisal every year. But, just like any other nurse, you do need to undergo reflective discussion and confirmation a few months or weeks before your revalidation date. With this in mind, it makes sense to schedule these processes during your annual appraisal to hit several birds with one stone. Take note, though: your reflective discussion and confirmation should be done within 12 months before your revalidation date. Any sooner than that may raise questions about the relevancy of your revalidation requirements.

What are reflective discussions?

You need to complete at least five reflective pieces as a part of the revalidation process. These pieces should be written within the three years that lead up to your revalidation date.

Your written accounts can be based on your general practice, feedback from your patients or colleagues, and the courses you take for your CPD. You can also relate them to articles that you have read or events that you have attended — as long as these articles or events are relevant to your practice and reflect the four themes of the Code. By writing these accounts, you’ll find it easier to adopt reflective practices and identify the improvements that you can make to your practice.

Once you have completed at least five written accounts, you can undergo the process of reflective discussion. This should be a face-to-face conversation with another healthcare professional who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). During this process, you will discuss your written reflections in detail.

When choosing a partner for reflective discussion, you’re not required to select someone who has the same specialism as you and who works with you on a daily basis. However, you are required to fill out the reflective discussion form and obtain your partner’s signature. Doing this will serve as evidence that you’re not professionally isolated and that you interact with others in the healthcare field.

What is the confirmation process?

Before you submit your revalidation application, you’ll need to have a confirmation meeting, which allows you to review the evidence that you have gathered over the past three years. Your confirmation meeting should be with your line manager who may or may not be registered with the NMC. If this isn’t possible, you can have the meeting with a doctor, pharmacist, or any other UK-registered healthcare professional whom you work with.

During your confirmation meeting, make sure to proactively interact with your Confirmer and discuss all the details of your CPD, reflective accounts, and other items in your portfolio. You need to show that you’re dedicated to your practice and have taken accountability for your growth and improvement. You also must demonstrate that you can adapt to changes in the clinical setting.

Of course, don’t forget to complete the NCM appraisal/confirmation form and get the signature of your line manager/Confirmer once your meeting is done. Getting two copies of the form is recommended so you can keep one copy for yourself and include the other in your revalidation application.

Revalidation is a new process that nurses and midwives have to go through before they can renew their registration with the Nurses and Midwives Council (NMC). It’s designed to improve public protection by ensuring that healthcare professionals are fit to practice and that they’re knowledgeable about the latest methods and techniques in the healthcare sector.

Nurses and midwives understandably feel nervous about revalidation. However, the pressure is even greater for agency staff, many of whom usually don’t get as much training and support as permanent employees. Fortunately, if you’re an agency nurse, take note that there are some things that you can do to make revalidation easier and less stressful. Here are a few tips you can use:

1. Create a free online account at the NMC’s website. Having an account is greatly helpful since it lets you check your exact revalidation date and get a list of the requirements that you’ll need to prepare. The NMC will also send you a notification 60 days before your revalidation is due, ensuring that you won’t forget it.

2. Prepare for your revalidation at least 6 months in advance. As mentioned above, the NMC will remind you about your revalidation two months before the due date, but two months usually aren’t enough. Remember: you won’t only have to gather the required paperwork but you’ll also need to do mental and emotional preparation and make yourself ready to write your reflective pieces.

3. Speak to friends and colleagues who have already gone through revalidation. Ask questions about their experience and take note of their tips so you’ll have a clear idea of what you need to do. Of course, when the time comes to help someone else in the future, don’t hesitate to share what you’ve learned.

4. Make the NMC code the center of your life. Whenever you write your reflections and have discussions, always link your experiences as well as the lessons you’ve learned to the code. Appraisers and Confirmers will look at how you have internalized the code and made it a part of your life as a healthcare professional.

5. Whenever you undergo training, write your insights about the things that you have learned on the back of the certificate that you’ll receive. This way, you can express your thoughts while they’re still fresh in your mind, and you can use these later on when you’re preparing reflections for your revalidation portfolio. Make sure to keep your training certificates in a safe place!

6. Read nursing and medical articles in magazines a few months before your revalidation is due. This way, you’ll have enough time to digest their content and think of how you can apply them to your work. You can even make it a habit to write notes as you read so you can have more details to add to your reflections portfolio.

7. Before asking a patient for their feedback, make sure that you have built a good rapport with them first. Doing this is important so they won’t feel like you’re intruding into their privacy. Don’t forget to obtain their consent and explain that you need the feedback for your revalidation.

8. Search for forums, support groups, and interactive sessions that are organized by senior nurses or revalidation experts. This way, you can speak with people who have gone through the process and/or know it inside out and can give you helpful tips.

9. Look for free or discounted courses that will help you complete the required number of hours of continuing professional development without paying too much. The NMC doesn’t have a list of prescribed activities, so it’s up to you to choose those that are relevant to your professional development

10. Enjoy the process! Think of your revalidation as a way of doing your part to improve the nursing community and the healthcare sector as a whole.

These are just some tips that agency nurses can use when undergoing revalidation. Do you have any advice to add to this list? Share them with us!

The public health service of England, namely the (NHS), provides the type of healthcare for permanent residents. As it is paid for from the general taxation, these services are free to use. However, healthcare provisions are not all the same all around the UK. Despite the fact that the public system is a more dominant provision, those who are willing to pay will be given private healthcare as well as other complementary and alternative treatments.

The public health service of England, namely the National Health Service (NHS), provides the type of healthcare for permanent residents. As it is paid for from the general taxation, these services are free to use. However, healthcare provisions are not all the same all around the UK. Despite the fact that the public system is a more dominant provision, those who are willing to pay will be given private healthcare as well as other complementary and alternative treatments.

Healthcare Services for Patients

If a patient coming from a clinic or hospital will require any specialist care, he or she will be informed by the medical practitioner where to acquire necessary treatment. This will cover private or public hospitals and the NHS will have to pay for treating a patient in a private institution provided that the hospital meets with criteria of service and cost.

If a patient needs immediate medical services, the general practitioner (GP) will have to request for the bypass of normal booking where they can arrange for an emergency admission. Generally, treatment along with the medication administered for almost all NHS hospitals is free. This will include surgical consumables and any appliances loaned or issued.

For instances where a patient chooses to acquire treatment in a private arrangement of NHS hospitals with agreement from a consultant, the patient will be billed. This can also be applicable for insurance companies. This can be done because from the beginning, NHS hospital consultants are given permission to continue private duties and enabled private patients to jump the queue of the NHS.

NHS Healthcare vs US Healthcare

Most developed countries such as the UK rank above the United States in terms of health measurements. This is because of the fact that its citizens have longer life expectancy with lower child or infant mortality rate. More so, the UK has a lot of acute care hospital beds per person with lesser deaths that are related to medical or surgical mishaps.

Accordingly, the impressive performance of Britain has been ranked by the World Health Organisation higher than that of the US. There are measures, however, wherein the US outperforms that of the UK such as the lower rates of cancer mortality.

Existence of Private Health Insurance in the UK

The existence of Britain’s private health insurance works similarly with that of the United States. As incentive for workers, many employers are able to provide private health insurance plans. However, only a few patients choose private medical services over the NHS system. For this reason, they can choose the specialists they want and they are able to get rid of waiting lists intended for non-emergencies.

An average of 8 weeks is given to patients under NHS requiring admission to hospitals. Meanwhile, 4 weeks are given to out-patients and 2 weeks given for those needing diagnostic testing. Although NHS patients can choose the hospital they need to get treated, choosing their own specialists are of no avail to them.

7% difference in death rates have been linked to staffing alone. In a five-year investigation into the number of deaths in NHS hospitals, research suggests that:

  • Health care facilities with the highest staffing levels have the lowest death rates
  • The lack of nurses in a healthcare facility is considered one of the leading causes of hundreds of patients’ death after an emergency surgery.
  • The chance of surviving within 30 days of being admitted for an emergency operation is low in hospitals with fewer nurses, doctors and surgeons.

This only shows that nurses play a vital role in the health care industry, and the lack of them may account for a lot of patient’s death.

Based on the same research, the reason that many die after emergency surgery is because there is not enough nurses to care for them. An insufficient number of staff to spot and manage complications is also a key factor in determining whether a patient lives or dies in a particular facility.

Unfortunately, shortage of nursing is prevalent that NHS have to recruit from different parts of the world to fill gaps on rotas. These include nurses from India, Portugal, Philippines and Spain.

The problem is also foreseen to worsen with plans to scrap bursaries for future nurses and midwives. Taking out the bursaries of up to £20,000 could make the profession less enticing for a lot of people.

Still, there are ways to overcome nursing shortage.

1. Partner with providers of staffing solutions

Secure Healthcare Solutions is a specialist in health care staffing, supplying organisations with temporary and permanent solutions in the sector. They are hiring plenty of nurses that could become part of a clinic or hospital’s team, provided that you register with them. The agency also runs a referral program that are sure to encourage nurses to bring their peers into the organisation, and help eradicate shortage.

2. Create the right atmosphere

Secure Healthcare Solutions would take care of recruitment, but it is your responsibility to retain nurses within your employment. The best way to do this is to create an atmosphere that appreciates anything and everything a nurse does.

  • Keep work schedules flexible

Being overworked and stressed do not make happy nurses. Although nursing jobs are hardly easy and stress-free, it doesn’t have to be the cause of quick turnovers. You can offer relief by allowing nurses to juggle between work, home life and educational opportunities. Flexible scheduling would help create a working atmosphere that is productive and positive. 

  • Offer opportunities for career development

There is a call for 80% of nurses to have a bachelor’s degree come 2020. If anyone in your nursing staff doesn’t have a degree, help them achieve the highest level education possible. Doing so will make nursing staff feel more satisfied with their job. When this happens, expect them to stay within the organisation and to work with excellence, and not out of gratitude for the opportunity given.

  • Listen to their needs

No one knows better how to improve workflow than those in the field. In the case of healthcare facilities, input and insights from nurses should be considered vital information, as they are the ones directly interacting with patients. So make sure they are given ample face time. It is also important to implement their suggestions to show that their opinions and input did not go to waste.