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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.

 

 

A BBC Panorama investigation found private hospitals are not reporting enough data on patient outcomes. Patients may be being put at risk by the failure of private hospitals to report serious incidents, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned.

 

This means the private sector “cannot be as robust or as safe as the NHS”, RCS president Derek Alderson said.

The government says new guidelines will lead to tougher enforcement action against failing clinics.

The concerns, raised by the RCS, are focused on reporting serious incidents and so-called “never events” – extreme mistakes that should never happen.

These are not reported to national databases in a consistent way or at all, the RCS said.

It also warned that clinical audit data is lacking from the private sector, such as not submitting datasets on the outcomes of cancer surgery, despite undertaking many cancer procedures.

‘Not good enough’

Mr Alderson said: “We don’t know exactly what’s going on in the private sector.

“It cannot be as robust or as safe as the NHS at the moment for the simple reason that you do not have complete reporting of all patients who are treated.

“It’s not good enough. Things have to change,” he said.

The RCS also points to gaps in reporting on cosmetic surgery, where there is no dataset on the total number of operations.

Much of the private healthcare industry accepts there is a problem with data and transparency.

Brian O’Connor, of the Independent Doctors Federation, said: “It’s up to private hospitals to raise their game and to show the data and the excellence of care, because there is nothing for them to hide.”

Mr O’Connor, whose organisation represents 1,200 private doctors, added: “Those private hospitals which don’t have the data and are not transparent should be closed or not be allowed to conduct complex medical procedures.”

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Panorama heard from victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson, jailed for 20 years for intentionally wounding patients.

Although he was found to have harmed patients in the NHS, more than 700 people were harmed by him in private hospitals, including Beryl Parkes.

Paterson removed one of her breasts and she needed further operations to rectnify his mistakes.

Beryl Parkes

Ms Parkes said: “You believe a doctor, don’t you? They take oaths for people to do their best for them.”

But nobody was supervising Paterson.

And when Ms Parkes’s treatment was eventually reviewed, it turned out she should not have had any operations – because she did not have cancer in the first place.

“He should have got life,” she said. “And I think that’s too good for him, because it must have been basically all over money.”

Paterson’s supervisors at Spire Healthcare were criticised for failing to manage their high-earning surgeon.

The company told the BBC it is “truly sorry for the distress experienced by patients”.

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Panorama also learned that some patients are unable to get compensation if they are harmed by a private surgeon.

The hospital might refuse to accept liability because the surgeon is an independent contractor with “practising privileges”.

Lawyer Suzanne White said: “Any patient that goes through a private hospital will assume that they will be covered, and they are simply not. That is astonishing.”

Patients may not be able to get compensation from the surgeon’s insurance company either, because if the insurer decides that the surgeon has broken the rules, they can refuse to cover them.

‘Totally reprehensible’

It is a rare gap in the system, but disastrous for patients.

Mr O’Connor responded: “To say a patient who has had wrong done to them is not going to get proper compensation is totally reprehensible.”

He wants the government and private health organisations to ensure patients are compensated properly.

Panorama has discovered a case where a patient who had been harmed was unable to get compensation from the private hospital or the surgeon responsible.

He successfully sued the NHS instead, because his first consultation was in an NHS hospital.

Even the lawyer who won the case thinks it was wrong that the NHS was forced to pay up.

Suzanne White said: “I feel entirely uncomfortable about it and very cross, because I see it quite often.

“Why is it that a private hospital that has a doctor who has given negligent care – and profited – does not compensate those patients?

“Why is it the NHS has to foot the bill?”

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Last year, more than 500,000 NHS patients were referred to private hospitals.

But the fastest growing area in the sector is self-pay, where people without insurance fund their own treatment to the tune of almost £900m annually.

Together, NHS referrals and self-pay patients make up nearly half the private health sector’s business.

‘Tougher enforcement’

The Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations said there is strong evidence that the independent sector is safe and patient safety is as much of a priority as it is for the NHS.

It said the Care Quality Commission has rated nearly 60% of private hospitals as either good or outstanding for safety.

The Department of Health said new standards have already set out clearer requirements for the delivery of safe care.

It said tougher enforcement action will be enabled against failing providers.

Cosmetic surgery clinics will now be rated by the CQC, and private hospitals must ensure ratings are displayed both within premises and online.

Nursing begins with a period of preceptor-ship, which is a transition phase designed to help newly registered nurses to further develop their practice. It covers fundamental competencies in patient care as well as broad skills in leadership, management, teaching and communication. A career as an adult nurse will suit you if you have a caring, practical nature and enjoy improving the quality of life of others around you

Adult nurses care for adult patients who are suffering from a variety of health conditions, ranging from minor injuries and ailments, to acute and long-term illnesses and diseases. They support recovery by using care plans, carrying out care procedures and assessments, and evaluating and focusing on the needs of the patient rather than the illness or condition.

Nurses usually work within a multidisciplinary team but are the main point of contact for patients, often providing the most continuity of care. They will have contact with the patients’ families, particularly in cases of chronic illness where the patient may be returning regularly for treatment.

After successfully completing this, you can begin to progress through various different roles, including:

  • senior staff nurse
  • junior sister
  • ward sister
  • nurse practitioner
  • nurse consultant.

All nurses have management roles, but some career paths are more management-orientated than others. As you become more senior, you may have less hands-on nursing responsibility.

Progression to roles such as ward sister, ward manager and team leader depends on the development of management skills and level of specialist knowledge. You may then progress either within a clinical specialism up to posts such as nurse consultant, or through further managerial responsibility as a matron and then up the executive ladder to a director of nursing post.

For more information on possible career pathways see the NHS Careers in nursing resource.

There are many specialist branches of adult nursing, and you can choose to undertake further training in order to specialise in an area of interest. Popular roles include:

  • accident and emergency nurse
  • cancer nurse
  • district nurse
  • intensive care nurse
  • occupational health nurse
  • practice nurse
  • sexual health nurse
  • specialist nurse.

Register with one of the fastest growing nursing agencies in West Midlands

There has never been a better time to join Secure Healthcare Solutions in a full or part time nursing job

Looking for a career with legs? Here’s why healthcare is a great choice.  If you’re passionate about helping people, finding a job in the healthcare industry can be one of the most rewarding career choices there is.  Don’t believe us? Here are ten reasons that prove healthcare could be a step in the right direction for your career:

You’ll be in demand!

Healthcare is the fastest growing job sector in the workforce. With potentially fewer candidates from the EU and more existing staff retiring, it will be crucial for the NHS and social care sectors to attract more younger people.

  • The Royal College of Nursing says England is currently short of at least 20,000 nursing staff.
  • The Royal College of Midwives says the country needs 3,500 more midwives.

 

Healthcare pays

To attract the best candidates and professionals, healthcare providers and some care agencies offer high pay packages to recruit and retain the best care staff.

Choices, choices, choices

There are lots of different opportunities in healthcare – something for everyone. You can work in med tech, labs, or directly with patients in hospitals,care homes, clinics, nursing homes or private care agencies.

Get a free education

You can get free training or even all your education paid for. Due to the staffing shortages in the industry, you can find employers and government scholarships to cover your educational costs.

You’ll feel needed

Working in healthcare make a difference in people’s lives. Caring for people and helping others lead healthy lives is satisfying and important.

Meet different people

Healthcare workers interact with different people everyday, including patients, doctors, medical staff. In some fields, you’ll interact with researchers, technology experts, or scientists.

Health care is exciting

You never know what’s going to happen, and have to stay one your toes, solve problems and make good decisions. Every day is different.

You can move up

There are lots of opportunities for advancement in healthcare. You can get promoted or move up to related healthcare fields that pay more.  A Band 9 Nurse pay package can easily reach the :  £78,629 – £99,437 mark.

Variety

You can change specialities. If you’re interested in paediatrics, complex care , mental health , dementia, you can move into those areas when the opportunities arise.

It’s a fast-paced environment

Filled with challenges, and offering the chance to work with people from all walks of life, there’ll never be a dull day in this industry.

By solving each individual problem in whatever way your job allows, you’ll experience a sense of variety and know that you’re working towards a good cause. Teamwork is a big part of the job too, and you’ll get great job satisfaction knowing you’re working towards a meaningful joint goal with your colleagues. If you’re sick of being bored at work or feeling like your job has no real purpose, finding your perfect position in the healthcare industry could be the perfect antidote.

You have many options for a career in healthcare, the fastest growing field today. Get free information from great schools today!

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With offices in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Northampton , Coventry , Stoke. Stafford , Dudley, Worcester and London, our Nursing Teams have relationships with a huge number of healthcare providers. Whether you’re looking for nurse jobs just round the corner from where you live or further afield, we’ll find the right role for you.

Our relationship with private healthcare providers, NHS mean that we can offer a wider variety of settings to our candidates. Not only general Nurse jobs but also specialist roles such as  ITU nursing, Theatre, ODP/ODA, RSCN and pediatric on a temporary and permanent basis.

Competitive pay rates and weekly payments

Rewarding the best; in a rewarding career – We care about and support all our employees. To attract the best candidates, our pay rates are amongst the highest in the industry.

Personalised support

Our Clinical Lead Nurse is here to provide expert advice – from identifying additional training to supporting you to write a reflective statement. We’ll also help you create a Continuing Professional Development Plan.

Training

To enable you to start working as quickly as possible we offer a choice of online modules, in house training or practical training with one of our accredited partners. We’ve recently added a one day Managing and Preventing Aggression (MAPA) course to our in-house options.

Other Benefits of working with Secure Healthcare
– Flexible shifts
– Regular shifts
– Block bookings
– Online timesheets
– Dedicated Consultant
– Refer a friend scheme
– Free Uniform
– Meet and Greet (First Shift)
– Internal Taxi Service for shifts
– Onsite Financial Advice

Looking for a Nursing Job  ? … Look no further !

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

Register with one of the fastest growing nursing agencies in West Midlands

There has never been a better time to join Secure Healthcare Solutions in a full or part time nursing job.

Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. We specialise in providing nursing jobs in the healthcare industry. We successfully place permanent candidates in their dream jobs and we have a great reputation of placing temporary nurses on an adhoc agency basis. Specialising in Nursing and Care home, mental health, learning disabilities, community nursing, NHS, Private Hospitals and prisons to name a few.

Started in the West Midlands … and growing fast

Hiring Nurses

With offices in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, London, our Nursing Teams have relationships with a huge number of healthcare providers. Whether you’re looking for nurse jobs just round the corner from where you live or further afield, we’ll find the right role for you.

Our relationship with private healthcare providers, NHS mean that we can offer a wider variety of settings to our candidates. Not only general Nurse jobs but also specialist roles such as  ITU nursing, Theatre, ODP/ODA, RSCN and pediatric on a temporary and permanent basis.

Competitive pay rates and weekly payments

Rewarding the best; in a rewarding career – We care about and support all our employees. To attract the best candidates, our pay rates are amongst the highest in the industry.

Personalised support

Our Clinical Lead Nurse is here to provide expert advice – from identifying additional training to supporting you to write a reflective statement. We’ll also help you create a Continuing Professional Development Plan.

Training

To enable you to start working as quickly as possible we offer a choice of online modules, in house training or practical training with one of our accredited partners. We’ve recently added a one day Managing and Preventing Aggression (MAPA) course to our in-house options.

We cover nationwide over the whole of the UK and supply to NHS hospitals, private healthcare groups, theatre departments, mental health units and prisons. We have nurse jobs for days, nights or weekend workers, and can accommodate part timers who are only looking for one or two shifts per month or the candidates wanting more.

Looking for a Nursing Job in West Midlands ? … Look no further !

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
  • Full-time agency work

     

    Full-time agency workers are welcome, with block bookings and contracts available.

    Benefits of working with Secure Healthcare
    High pay rates
    Flexible shifts
    Regular shifts
    Block bookings
    Online timesheets
    Dedicated Consultant
    Refer a friend scheme
    Free Uniform
    Free Training
    Meet and Greet (First Shift)
    Internal Taxi Service for shifts
    Onsite Financial Advice

Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. We specialise in providing nursing jobs in the healthcare industry. We successfully place permanent candidates in their dream jobs and we have a great reputation of placing temporary nurses on an adhoc agency basis. Specialising in Nursing and Care home, mental health, learning disabilities, community nursing, NHS, Private Hospitals and prisons to name a few.

Started in the West Midlands … and growing fast

Hiring Nurses

With offices in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, London, our Nursing Teams have relationships with a huge number of healthcare providers. Whether you’re looking for nurse jobs just round the corner from where you live or further afield, we’ll find the right role for you.

Our relationship with private healthcare providers, NHS mean that we can offer a wider variety of settings to our candidates. Not only general Nurse jobs but also specialist roles such as  ITU nursing, Theatre, ODP/ODA, RSCN and pediatric on a temporary and permanent basis.

Competitive pay rates and weekly payments

Rewarding the best; in a rewarding career – We care about and support all our employees. To attract the best candidates, our pay rates are amongst the highest in the industry.

Personalised support

Our Clinical Lead Nurse is here to provide expert advice – from identifying additional training to supporting you to write a reflective statement. We’ll also help you create a Continuing Professional Development Plan.

Training

To enable you to start working as quickly as possible we offer a choice of online modules, in house training or practical training with one of our accredited partners. We’ve recently added a one day Managing and Preventing Aggression (MAPA) course to our in-house options.

We cover nationwide over the whole of the UK and supply to NHS hospitals, private healthcare groups, theatre departments, mental health units and prisons. We have nurse jobs for days, nights or weekend workers, and can accommodate part timers who are only looking for one or two shifts per month or the candidates wanting more.

Looking for a Nursing Job in West Midlands ? … Look no further !

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
  • Full-time agency work

     

    Full-time agency workers are welcome, with block bookings and contracts available.

    Benefits of working with Secure Healthcare
    High pay rates
    Flexible shifts
    Regular shifts
    Block bookings
    Online timesheets
    Dedicated Consultant
    Refer a friend scheme
    Free Uniform
    Free Training
    Meet and Greet (First Shift)
    Internal Taxi Service for shifts
    Onsite Financial Advice

Nurses who qualify in this branch of nursing help people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. They may work with people in supported accommodation, or with those who need more intensive support – for instance, in hospitals or in specialist secure units for offenders with learning disabilities. There is also the opportunity to specialise in areas such as epilepsy management or working with people with sensory impairment.

You need to complete a pre-registration nursing programme and have excellent communication skills to be a learning disability nurse In this role you will help people of all ages with learning disabilities to maintain their health and wellbeing and to live their lives as fully and independently as possible. You’ll also offer support to their families, carers and friends.

Being a learning disability nurse includes teaching people the skills to look after themselves or to find work, and helping with daily activities such as attending college, going on holiday or out with friends.

You’ll need to draw up care plans and monitor the implementation of recommendations and will work in teams with other nurses and health and social welfare professionals.

As well as helping patients to stay healthy and making sure that they get any medical care they need, you’ll help their families and carers to take breaks when necessary.

Getting Qualified 

To work as a nurse in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). To become registered, you need to have completed an accepted pre-registration nursing programme and these are only run at NMC approved educational institutions (AEIs).

Pre-registration degrees can be taken in four disciplines:

  • children (paediatric);
  • adult;
  • learning disability;
  • mental health.

Typically, half of the course is based in clinical practice, giving you direct experience of working with patients and families. You could be based within a variety of settings including hospitals, the community, patients’ homes and independent organisations.

Developing Relevant Skills 

You will need to show:

  • empathy, sensitivity and compassion when working with patients and their families;
  • flexibility as you’ll be dealing with patients who have a range of needs;
  • patience in difficult circumstances and because results may not be quick;
  • assertiveness and the ability to advocate for people with learning disabilities;
  • emotional resilience;
  • good communication skills and the ability to gain the trust of people from a range of backgrounds;
  • ability to work as part of a team.

Taking Responsibilities

The work is mainly based in community or supported living-settings and your tasks may include:

  • using expert communication skills to engage with vulnerable people;
  • interpreting and understanding behaviour and evidence-based outcomes to develop individual care packages;
  • coordinating healthcare reviews/care plans with other health and social welfare professionals, and completing appropriate paperwork;
  • organising home visits and attending GP clinic appointments to monitor and discuss progress with patients, their carers and their GP;
  • planning activities, social events and holidays with service users (in supported-living settings);
  • liaising with hospital admissions staff to plan patients’ care needs on admission and discharge (e.g. housing and medication);
  • carrying out group work on issues such as problem-solving, anxiety management, healthy living and behaviour management;
  • supporting staff and carers in the community;
  • assisting with tests, evaluations and observations;
  • maintaining awareness of local community activities and opportunities;
  • supporting the agenda for equality and equal access to all community and public services.

Managing Expectations 

  • Where you work can vary. If you’re based in the community you may be in clinic-type settings and/or spend time visiting patients in their own homes. You could also work with people in supported accommodation or with children in independent and state-funded specialist schools.
  • Opportunities exist in most major towns and cities, but may be more limited in rural areas.
  • Most learning disability nurses tend not to wear a uniform but may adhere to a dress code.
  • The work may be emotionally and physically demanding at times but can also be rewarding when you see the result of your work with a patient.
  • You could spend a lot of time travelling during a working day, particularly if your service covers a large geographical area.

Working For Good Employers 

As a learning disability nurse, you can work in a variety of settings, including services provided by the NHS, social services and private companies. These include:

    • day services;
    • private hospitals;
    • home-based care;
    • Nursing Homes;
    • supported accommodation (where five or six tenants live together in a house);
    • adult education centres;
    • prisons and detention centres;
    • workplaces;
  • specialist schools;

In addition, there are a number of charities and private and voluntary organisations that provide support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

There are many specialist nursing agencies, such as Secure Healthcare Solutions, that recruit for both permanent and temporary positions. Look for job vacancies at: securehealthcaresolutions.co.uk/jobs

 

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

 

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