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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!

Dementia is now the first and second leading cause of death in females and males in the UK.
Over 850,000 people are living with dementia and this is set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.
With no known cure for dementia, caring for someone with dementia can be difficult and
present a whole host of unforeseen challenges as the disease can cause changes to a person’s
memory, cognitive ability and communication. Assistive technology can help with anxiety,
establish a routine and boost the quality of life for everyone involved. With new technology
being developed each day, more devices are becoming available to advance caring for people
with dementia.

Apps That Help With Dementia

Perhaps the most obvious new technology, but there are a whole range of apps specifically
developed for either people with dementia or their caregivers. Research has shown
that these apps can be hugely beneficial as they target various aspects that affect
people with dementia such as balance, medication reminders, memory training or
even just an app to connect to others to help with isolation. There are hundreds
available, such as MindMate, Nymbl and Elevate.

How Amazon Echo Help Dementia Sufferers

Amazon’s Echo has had a big impact on those with dementia as it offers the very
thing they’re losing – memory! Amazon’s Echo doubles as a personal assistant and a
companion who never gets bored or frustrated with being asked the same questions
repeatedly, making it perfect for people with dementia.
As well as this, “Alexa” offers people with dementia a source of entertainment as well
as company. With the ability to play music and audiobooks, it can offer caregivers a
welcome respite and can even be connected to smart devices to control lights,
switches and thermostats giving the person even more independence and control.

Xenoma Smart Clothing – Pyjamas That Measure Vital Signs

The Japanese smart fabric company Xenoma aims to develop smart pyjamas
specifically for people dementia within hospitals. The idea is rather than confining
them to their rooms or keeping them in for observation, the clothing monitors motion
and vital signs such as breathing, pressure and body temperature. The company claims
they won’t show wear for 100 washes and don’t require any liquid or gel to keep
conductivity with your skin. While the e-skin pyjamas aren’t available just yet,
Xenoma hopes the hardware is ready for release in 2020, by which point the cost per
garment will be less than $100 (£75).

Personal Alarms & GPS Tracking Devices

People with dementia can be known to wander. Coupled with memory loss, they can
often end up lost and confused as to where they are or how they arrived there. To
counter this, a personal alarm and GPS tracker which can be easily kept in your
pocket or attached to a lanyard around your neck or wrist can be incredibly beneficial.
These usually include two-way calling that allows the person with dementia to talk to
their emergency contacts just by pressing the SOS alarm button and vice versa. These
can be useful for emergencies or if their mobile runs out of battery. The good news is
there’s plenty of these available such as Unforgettable personal alarm and tracker,
Yepzon One GPS locator & tracker or Pebbell personal alarm and tracker. There’s so
many variations that you are bound to find one tailored to your needs.

A Robotic Pet Companion!

Definitely the most unusual device on our list, Robotic pet companions are a great
way to reduce stress and anxiety in dementia patients. These cuddly critters usually
have built-in senses and artificial intelligence which allows them to ‘learn’, even to
respond to their given name and best of all, they will always behave. There are many
different ones available such as PARO the Seal or Hasbro’s Joy for All companion
pets which offers the user a choice between a puppy or cat companion.

While technology can help to maintain independence for those suffering from dementia, it is also important that physical needs are attended to alongside offering human company. That’s why here at Secure Health Care solutions, we offer a range of care at home services to assist you or the person you care about to live well in their own home.

As our loved ones age, taking care of them becomes intertwined more and more with our everyday lives. When they develop diseases like dementia, it often brings a slew of unforeseen changes which we must adapt to quickly and this often includes making changes to their home environment. Dementia causes changes to the person’s judgement, behaviour, sense of time and place, physical ability and anticipating these changes will allow you to minimize the risk of potential injuries and accidents.

Adapting a person with dementia’s home can allow them to stay in a familiar and comforting environment without worry and reduces the stress for everyone involved. The list of adaptions is endless but there’s many things you can do to dementia proof their homes and allow them to continue living independently.

1.Reduce clutter and simplify walkways

It’s important to ensure that walkways are clear and not blocked. Remove rugs and carpets to prevent falls as the person with dementia could see this as an object and trip or fall. If you’re worried about falls, think about purchasing a personal alarm for them. Perform a walkthrough to identify the different things that could cause injury.

2. Put away dangerous appliances and toxic substances

Remove any electrical appliances from the bathroom and kitchen and lock scissors and knives away in a secure place. Secure lock cabinets that contain medications, chemicals and any other toxic substances that could be mistaken for food. You may want to consider getting stove knob covers or removing them altogether and switching to devices that use heat instead


3. Utilize child-proof locks and door knob covers

Being able to rationalize between safe and unsafe may not always be possible for a person with dementia so it’s vital to lock doors that lead to areas that contain tools, equipment or chemicals that may be dangerous. On the flip side, removing bedroom and bathroom locks may be necessary to prevent accidentally locking themselves in.

 

4. Lighting

The way a person with dementia’s home is lit can have an impact on their visibility. Changes in light levels can be disorienting so make sure their home is evenly and well-lit, particularly in the evenings. Night lights can be handy in hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms and stairs to prevent accidents. Reduce glare by covering polished surfaces, mirrors and glass tops.

 

5. Colour contrast

Contrast can be beneficial in helping people with dementia distinguish space and depth within their home, having contrasting colour furniture to the walls will make objects stand out more but avoid using dark colours as these can often look like a black blur and be disorienting.

 

6. Labels

Labels can help determine what’s inside a room, cupboard or drawers. For example, a sign with a picture of a toilet on the bathroom door. Remember as well to CHECK labels on food! People with dementia often develop issues with taste and smell and are unable to identify fresh food so routinely check to see all their food is still within date.

 

Of course, even with adaptations, sometimes your loved one will require a little help – and here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we want to help you or your loved one to stay at home in your comfortable environement, which is why we offer a range of home care options, from respite care to give you a break, to holiday help to enable you to take your loved one away. Our fully trained and qualified staff are always here to help you. Find out how we can assist with care at home.

It’s that time of the year again. Today is said to be the most depressing day of the year. Christmas is a long forgotten memory, while payday still seems a long way ahead. It’s cold, you’re miserable, and those diet resolutions you made in good faith back on the 1st are now making your stomach rumble.

Originally coined by a PR Firm 13 years ago, Blue Monday seems to have slipped into common vernacular, however mental health charities warn that Blue Monday trivialises depression, with Mind’s Head of Information commenting that ‘Depression is not just a one day event’.

However, it really is that case that the factors mentioned above can spiral into feeling down at this time of year. So what can those who do feel down at this time of year do to try and beat those winter blues.

  1. Get Outside

As the temperatures drop, it can tempting to stay indoors wrapped up warm, however the lack of sunlight in the winter can contribute to feeling down. The NHS suggests trying to take a one hour walk in the middle of the day when it’s brightest outside.

 

  1. Eat Well

While it’s easy to eat up salads and light meals during the summer, our natural inclination during the winter is to turn to stodgy comfort food. Eating healthy will help to boost mood and allow you more energy. Try to balance your diet by eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.

 

  1. Try Light Therapy

While getting out in the natural daylight is always the best option, many of those who suffer with seasonal depression have seen boosts from using lightboxes – electric devices that simulate natural daylight.

 

  1. Keep Both Mind and Body Active

In the depths of winter, many people find themselves less active – just sitting in front of a TV or computer screen indoors. Try and keep as active as possible. Get out and see friends and family, or perhaps take up a new hobby. By keeping both your mind and body active, you can help to boost your mood.

 

  1. Seek Help

Whether a support group, a phone line, or going to see your GP – depression is a serious illness that can have a heavy impact on your life. If your symptoms are interfering with your ability to live normally, speak to you GP, or contact MIND.

 

It’s a common phenomenon that the New Year can signal a want of career change for many – and 2018 is no different.

What causes so many workers to chose to look out for a new role at the start of the year is uncertain, whether it’s a case of ‘new year – new you’ or whether the onset of winter blues causes job dissatisfaction, it’s actually the case that for many, January is spent scouting for a new role.

A recent survey has shown that more than half of the UK’s workforce will be looking for a new job in 2018, so for certain roles, it is expected that the competition for roles could be fierce. However, it is always the case that many NHS and healthcare workers are in high demand from employers.

 

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Nursing Jobs in 2018

With uncertainty over Brexit, and a lower than usual take-up of nursing degrees last year, qualified nurses are in high demand, and we have a large number of nursing roles available in the Midlands and surrounding areas. With some great job roles including paediatric nurses, RGN’s, Nurse practitioners, and lots more – Secure Healthcare Solutions can assist you into your new nursing role for a great new year.

Here are just some of our current vacancies

Band 5 RGN – North Staffordshire

Band 6 RGN – West Midlands

Theatre Nurse – West Midlands

 

Healthcare Assistant Jobs in 2018

New job 2018

Perhaps you are seeking a new role this year that fits in better with your lifestyle. Many of those seeking a new job for the new year are making a conscious decision to make more time for family or get a role that fits in better with their lifestyle. Secure Healthcare Solutions operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we are able to offer regular work at a time that suits you. Specify your availability and we can offer shifts that fit in exactly with when and where you want to work. As a leading provider of care, we have a wide range of healthcare assistant roles available – here are just a few.

Agency Healthcare Assistant/Support Worker – Tamworth

Healthcare Assistant-Worcester

Complex Care, Healthcare Assistant/ Support Worker – Stafford 

 

Whatever your career aspirations for 2018, Secure Healthcare Solutions can help. So get in touch with us today – call 0121 285 9449 or send an email to cv@securehealthcaresolutions.co.u

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The number of students starting undergraduate nursing courses has dipped by 2.6% this year which has lead to warnings that the future supply of nurses ‘remains in peril’.

The Government promised in October to create an extra 5,000 nursing places, part of a wider drive to cope with soaring patient numbers, however, an end to bursaries in favour of student loans have been blamed for deterring people from the profession.

Combined with the drop in overseas applicants – which has partially been blamed on uncertainty over Brexit – the true risks to our NHS services are yet to be seen.

The latest data shows there was a 13 per cent decline in acceptances to nursing subjects from applicants aged 21 to 25 and a six per cent decline from those aged 26 or above, but that these decreases were offset by in increased acceptances of young applicants.

It suggests that, per applicant, it was easier to get onto a nursing degree this year than in the past.

The Royal College of Nursing said the figures showed the Government is not filling the promised extra places.

Speaking in the Telegraph, Lara Carmona, Associate Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the RCN, said: “These figures show the future supply of nurses remains in peril – we have not seen the increase we need across the UK, despite government promises.

“In practice, this will mean services already struggling to recruit staff will find it even harder.”

If you are interested in a career in nursing – please get in touch with us.

 

 

The Royal College of Nursing is using the results of its latest employment survey to pressurise the Government to increase pay for NHS workers. The poll found 6% of nurses have been forced to take out a high interest rate loan in the last year to meet their daily bills and day-to-day living expenses.

Meanwhile, one in four has borrowed money from friends, family or their bank, 23% have taken on an additional paid job and half did overtime to cover their bills and expenses, according to the survey of 7,720 nurses from across the UK.

Two in five of the nurses questioned said they have lost sleep over money worries.

Over the last year, 56% said they have been forced to cut back on food and travel costs, one in five struggled to pay gas and electricity bills, 11% had been late on rent or mortgage payments and 2.3% said they had used charities or food banks.

The RCN also found that 37% are currently seeking a new job, an increase from 24% 10 years ago.

Of these, more than half said they are looking for roles outside of the NHS, with 14% saying they were seeking jobs abroad.

Teresa Budrey, director of the RCN in the East of England, said: “There are nurses who have to use food banks to keep going, there are nurses that have second jobs, and many of them will do bank work so they will do extra hours for their employer under a nurse bank agreement.

“Equally there are some who do a second job away from nursing to enable them to have a break to recover their resilience to go back into the challenges of the nursing world.”

It was reported in this newspaper in July that there is a 10% shortfall in the number of nurses employed by the NHS in Suffolk, forcing health providers to rely on more expensive agency staff.

Meanwhile, Ipswich Hospital is taking trips to the Philippines in an attempt to recruit more nurses.

Sara Gorton, head of health at the union Unison said: “NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay. Cleaners, porters, paramedics, midwives, administrators and healthcare assistants have all gone without a proper pay rise for far too long.”

We are very proud to collaborate with Cavell Nurses Trust in a fundraising campaign to raise both money but most importantly urgency and awareness to tackling this national issue.  Cavell Nurses’ Trust is a very active charity that provides help and financial support to UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are suffering hardship. Together with supporters like you, we can make a difference.

In 2017 there were 90,369 social workers registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once you’ve gained the right combination of qualifications and experience you could join them.

Fast-track training schemes such as Step Up to Social Work, Frontline and Think Ahead often lead directly into full-time employment as do apprenticeships, but if you didn’t qualify through these routes here’s how to find social worker vacancies:

  • Search online – check local authority and council websites, NHS Jobs for careers in NHS Trusts and the job pages of charitable organisations you’re interested in working for.
  • Use your contacts – make use of social media channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter and your university alumni network to let contacts know that you’re looking for a job in social work.
  • Join professional bodies – gaining membership of The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) opens up a variety of opportunities. You can search for vacancies and attend conferences and networking events.
  • Sign up to an agency – social work agencies such as Secure Healthcare Solutions is a recruitment agency that specialises in nursing and social work roles. Gaining work through an agency means you’ll likely work on short-term contracts, providing experience in a range of settings.

Secure Healthcare Solutions is the complete one stop solution for all healthcare staffing needs from Care Homes, Nursing Homes, NHS, Private Hospitals and Community Services.

We are one of the UK’s principal recruitment companies for placing nurses and healthcare professionals on a permanent and ad-hoc agency basis into NHS & Private Hospitals In both Manchester and Birmingham. The scope of our remit extends to all levels of candidates across all areas including Surgical and Medical wards, Theatres, Critical Care, Oncology, Paediatrics, Outpatients, Radiography/imaging, Radiology, Fertility, Midwifery and Clinical Practice development.

Secure Healthcare can ensure General and Specialist Nurses are placed in a setting that meets their skills, wants and desires on a temporary or permanent basis.

  • Registered General Nurses
  • Registered Mental Health Nurses
  • Registered Learning Disability Nurses
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Complex Care Nurse
  • Theatre Nurse
  • A&E Nurse
  • Dialysis Nurse
  • Palliative Care Nurses
  • School Nurses
  • Prison Nurses
  • Respiratory Nurses
  • Community Nurses

Secure Healthcare Solutions is a trusted provider to many of the UK’s largest nursing/residential home groups. We have a great regional presence and provide a variety of roles including Care Staff, Nursing Staff, Unit Managers, Home Managers, Regional Managers and Executive Placements. Our nursing/residential homes division boasts experienced and knowledgeable recruitment consultants who understand the sector and supply staff on a permanent, contract, and an ad-hoc agency basis to an impressive portfolio of clients.

Our Community Care division work with a number of health organisations to provide Care Support Workers within the community. These include hospitals and primary care trusts, local authorities, GPs, charities, case-management companies and voluntary organisations. Secure Healthcare support community care in partnership with hospital teams – continuing care, intermediate care and discharge teams – as we provide experienced nurses, support workers and allied health professionals on an ad hoc and long term basis. SHS fully understand the importance of the role nurses and health visitors have in preventing illness, caring, health promotion and providing teaching to patients and family members.

Call us or write to us now, however you feel comfortable and we will to get back to you within 24 hours. Alternatively, if you have any questions or queries about our services, or are interested in any healthcare service we provide, please give us a call on 0121 285 9449

When faced with illness or immobility, it can be a struggle to carry out everyday activities that you may have once performed with ease. Our discreet personal care service is designed to support you with your day-to-day living, as well as providing you with the encouragement and emotional support that you may need to remain living independently. Our personal care service can assist you with personal hygiene needs ( washing, dressing, continence care) administering medication, at a time to suit your convenience. Maintaining your dignity is of paramount importance to us, which is why our Carers will ensure you feel comfortable at all times.

Treating your family members in Brewood like our own

With Secure Healthcare Brewood as your home care service provider, you will enjoy personalised service built around your needs. Secure Healthcare pride ourselves on treating people with the same care, kindness and dignity that we would expect our loved ones to be treated.

We pride ourselves on ensuring  persons needing support are Safe, our care treatment and support helps you to maintain quality of life based on best available evidence, our staff involve and treat you with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect. We ensure our services are responsive to your needs and our management ensure high quality care is provided based on an individuals needs.

If you wish to learn more about how we can support you, please contact us and let one of our advisers come to see you and your family for a more detailed plan on how we can support you.

What sets us apart in the home care industry?

Living independently at home is something most of us would like to do for as long as possible. When that time comes to make the decision to ask for extra support to continue to live independently as much as possible, our home care services are tailored for exactly that.

Our trained caring friendly staff have your Dignity and respect at the forefront of delivering personalised care in the comfort of your own home. When providing home care for yourself or a family member or friend, we take the time to get to know you and make sure you are continually happy with the care you received and the staff that support you.

Home care  can be arranged on an hourly, daily, weekly basis or a much longer plan to suit your needs. We  provides in-home care and support services to people so they can live as independently as possible in their own homes and communities. We support people to live life the way they choose.

The best person to know what support you need to remain as independent as possible in your own home is you. That is why everything we do is designed around your needs and goals. These can be relatively simple like help with shopping through to high dependency 24 hour care.

  • Housekeeping
  • Personal care
  • Companionship
  • Support with information and advice
  • Housing support
  • High dependency care
  • Live-in care
  • Respite care
  • Medication management
  • Hospital to Home service
  • Complex and specialist care

Do you need a trustworthy carer (HCA) in Dudley?  Let us help you get the care you need for the life you want.

We will always be there for you

Secure Healthcare Solutions will find for you an experienced candidate that will suit all your needs.
Call us on 01902 302017 or write us to homecare@securehealthcaresolutions.co.uk