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Secure Healthcare Services has grown to be one of UK largest private providers of healthcare staffing, in-home support, care and respite services to people with disabilities, ageing people and their families. We can assist our clients in meeting their staffing needs on a permanent,temporary and a contract basis.

Some qualities that helped make us the best staffing service in the west midlands region

Accessibility: We currently employ the best carers and nurses – thanks to our career development plans , free training and top pay packages and we are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you have an issue after normal business hours, we will always be there to solve the problem.

Reliability: We have built a loyal client following due to our expertise and timeliness in filling open requisitions.  Our team of experienced staffing and recruitment professionals are subject matter experts in the business area they serve, and work endlessly to find the right fit for your facility / location.

Tradition: We have been one of the leaders in healthcare staffing for over 25 years.  We have developed a deep network of nursing homes, home care professionals and nurses with varying levels of expertise to meet your organisations specific requirements.

For those that don’t know about our company, we are a healthcare staffing agency that specialises in dental, gp, hca and nurse staffing services, allied health staffing services, as well as home care. As a leading provider of homecare, nursing, and allied health personnel in the west midlands, we pride ourselves on our commitment to both the facilities and organisations we help, staff as well as to the community of healthcare professionals we serve to help source the best candidate in the market.

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 out service, or are interested in any healthcare service we provide, please give us a call on 0121 285 9449

 

“Higher rates of obesity and ill-health have been found in shift workers than the general population,” BBC News reports.

For years, researchers have been linking long-term insufficient sleep to a host of chronic ills, such as cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and sleep apnea, not to mention the poor concentration, absenteeism, accidents, errors, injuries and fatalities that lack of sleep can cause in the workplace. More recently, studies have associated less sleep with obesity.

Did you know that getting enough sleep can keep you thin?. There are many hormones that are affected by sleep, and most of them control our appetite, fat, carbohydrate metabolism and the growth of lean muscle. Knowing what these hormones do can encourage you to make a greater effort to get the sleep your body needs to keep your weight in control and to improve your overall health.

According to the survey (The Health Survey for England 2013), shift workers were more likely to report general ill-health, have a higher body mass index (BMI) and increased incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Hormones and Sleep

During sleep, your body secretes serotonin and dopamine. When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it finds different ways to compensate for the low levels of these hormones while you are awake. The way it typically does this is by sending out signals for sugary foods. These foods cause an immediate release of serotonin and dopamine.

Lack of sleep also increases hormones which increase your appetite. Ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite and makes you feel hungry, is released in excess so that you feel hungry even if your body has enough food. When sleep deprived, your body is slower to release the hormone leptin, which gives you that full, satisfied feeling after eating. The result of these two hormone imbalances is that you crave sugar and still feeling hungry after eating, which leads to overeating.

But that’s not all. Growth hormone, which is responsible for regulating the body’s fat and muscle proportions, is released mainly while sleeping. (If you have kids, you actually may have seen them grow overnight!) Sleep loss decreases growth hormone levels, which in turn slows our ability to burn fat and increase lean muscle.

And one more thing happens when we don’t get enough sleep—lack of sleep can trigger the release of cortisol, often referred to as “the stress hormone.” This hormone promotes the deposit of fat, mainly in the abdominal or belly region.

Preventing Weight Gain

All of this information explains why night shift nurses often experience weight gain. One simple way to combat the disadvantage of working as a night shift is to make sure you come to work with nutritious meals and snacks planned out ahead of time. Also make plans ahead of time for immediately after you get off work so that you are not tempted to grab fast food or go out to eat.

The key to handling night shift hunger is to realise that your natural hunger and fullness cues are not accurate, and to keep to an eating schedule you have planned out in advance.

During a night shift, plan on eating a substantial meal every four hours and one snack. Make the meals on the lighter side, such as a whole wheat calzone made with spinach, bell peppers, sautéed onion and garlic, and low fat mozzarella cheese.

Another good option would be a chicken stir fry with brown or wild rice. Whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and a few meat balls is also a great choice. Notice in all of these meals whole grains are a big part of the meal. Whole grains will satisfy the craving for carbohydrate, but will keep you from eating too much. Whole grains and vegetables will also keep your bowels regular in spite of a crazy schedule at work.

The Right Amount of Sleep

So how much sleep do you need? While everyone is different, aim for getting an average of 8 hours a night (some may need only 7 hours while some as much as 9).

If you are unsure how many hours you need, do an experiment during a time when you can sleep as much as you want for four nights in a row. Record how many hours you sleep the fourth night. After the fourth night of unlimited sleep, you should be naturally awaking in the morning feeling refreshed.  The hours of sleep you received the fourth night will be the approximate hours of sleep you should try to get every night.

Don’t let sleep deprivation for nurses set the stage for over eating and weight gain! Take control starting from tonight!

Do you have other healthy living tips for our night shift nurses friends? Share the love ! 

Are you a Health Care Assistant in the Birmingham area who has a passion for care? If the answer is yes, then Secure Healthcare could be the right option for you!

Visit our open day to find out more about the new roles we have to offer (temp and perm).

We specialise in supplying Health Care Assistants to Nursing Homes, Residential homes, NHS hospitals, Mental health hospitals and the community across the UK. Secure Healthcare is never short of a variety of hours to cover and so has a shift to suit every worker.

Our business operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week and ensures we give you constant and regular work on a daily, weekly and long term basis, we build strong relationships with our personnel which allows us to make your work with us hassle free.

This enables you the ability to specify your own work availability each week and be allocated the shifts that suit your lifestyle and commitments….

This is only one of the outstanding benefits of working with Secure Healthcare.
We offer many exciting and unique prospects such as;
• Excellent pay rates
• Free and easy to use online training updates
• Weekly Payment
• 24/7 on-call support team
• Bonus Schemes

Secure Your Career with Secure Healthcare Solutions Today.

To Book you place please call us on 0121 285 9449 or contact Vidas Savickas by Email if you would like more information using cv@securehealthcaresolutions.co.uk

Registering with us shall require you to provide two professional references. One of which is to be either your current or most recent employer. It is also necessary for an enhanced DBS disclosure to be carried out.

Applicants must also have at least six months care experience in the past 2 years.

We look forward to welcoming you soon ?

Looking for a nursing job ? … Prepare Your Interview … It’s Your Chance to Showcase your Skills

The nursing staff are perhaps the heartbeat of any healthcare institution. Their services are so critical that such establishments want to hire only the best nurses. One way of ascertaining this is through interviews for the job. The way you answer your interview questions will determine whether you will pass or fail the interview.  There are common interview questions that are always asked. A few are cited below to help you be more confident

 

Why do you want to work with us as a nurse?

Be specific and avoid generalities. If you have had previous experience or worked as a volunteer before, cared for someone at home , share the experience and explain how this has improved your skills and personalty.

You may be asked to tell the interviewers about yourself

Here, focus on your role and professional strengths related to the job. It is not about your personal life, your age or how much you love your pet.  If you have experienced any challenges and dealt with them positively, outline them and demonstrate how you overcame them to deliver great results.

Team work

A question or two about this will almost invariably come up. A good answer will point out that you are comfortable working as part of a bigger team and willing to learn from each member. However, when circumstances demand, you are still comfortable working alone without supervision by taking initiatives and own decisions when required.

Be Knowledgeable about the company you want to work for

The hiring company may ask you about why you would want to work for them.In this case, it is worth doing some homework and learn as much as you can about your future employer. know all the services they provide, what the company stands for , it mission and vision , if the company appeared on the news , it is a great idea to mentions this as this could mean a lot to the management team, follow them on social media so you show more interest . All this could help you stand out from your competition , at the of the day, you are not the only candidate sending a CV, remember.

About previous employer and relationship with the boss or manager

Avoid maligning the two. Talk about the learning and positive experiences you encountered there and how they helped you be a better nurse and a better professional . Avoid criticising your previous boss as your future boss could be one of them if you decide to leave the Job.

They could tell you if have any questions you want to ask ?

A common answer would be “No I am fine thanks” – It’s a no no answer , this will give a bad closing to the interview, there are two important parts in the interview, the beginning of the interview where you need to show a positive energy and motivation and the end (closing) of the interview where you want the recruiter remember you . Increase your chances of getting the job by asking clever questions, related to career development , training, flexibility and anything you did not understand from the job description.

 

In addition to the above, take other measures such as, dressing professionally , as a nurse you would be expected to, arriving early for the interview and remaining calm and confident (not arrogant) during the interview. One last thing , just be yourself , a nurse job is a work of heart as they say , so show your great personality and all the best in finding the best role .

Good Luck