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Joining a nursing agency is a great way to earn extra money, compared to working directly for the NHS. As a Healthcare agency jobs provider, we reward our healthcare staff with higher salaries and more flexible shifts to work within different environments such as hospitals, care homes and for home care. Below we will highlight some top tips from our recruitment team to speed up your application process when registering for a nursing agency.

Work experience
For a job in the healthcare sector majority of the roles will require you to have experience in a clinical area. We require our candidates to have 6 months experience in the last 2 years for registered general nurse roles, HCA roles and complex carers. For a domiciliary care position, where care is provided in a home care setting, we do not require you to have any experience, individuals just need to be passionate about providing care and support and have access to a vehicle, we provide full training and qualifications.

Documentation
It is important that all documents related to your nursing career are kept safe and secure and nearby, so you can quickly provide these when requested by the nursing agency. This is also important for when registered nurses revalidate their registration with the NMC. Some of the important documents required, include CV, outlining previous job experiences, qualifications, NMC registration evidence, DBS certificates, identification proof, evidence of residence and paying bills.

Training and compliance records
Training and compliance are one of the most important things required when working within healthcare, it is important that training and qualifications are u to date and completed before you start working with us. Service users have individual client needs and here at Secure healthcare it is important that we provide training to accommodate these needs. It is important to keep documented evidence of all training and compliance certificates, competency sign offs, training matrix’s and materials, DBS checks, references and much more.

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Interviews
For our healthcare positions, recruitment consultants initially pre-screen potential candidates to identify if they have the relevant experience to meet our service users needs. After the pre- screening process, if individuals have relevant experience, an interview will be conducted, either in the office or remotely, by a video call. We expect individuals to sell themselves and be professional and treat the interview as a formal process.

Employment contracts
For employment contracts we recommend that you keep copies of any employment and payslips as evidence of employment. This is important for proof of employment and when changing companies, it is important to ensure that you are not getting over taxed.

We are a healthcare agency in Wolverhampton and we have many registered nurse jobs, healthcare assistant, domiciliary care and complex carer roles, across the Midlands and Staffordshire, offering flexible shifts to suit your availability and we offer high rates of pay. Check out our job search tool to discover roles local to you or contact our recruitment team on 0121 285 9449 to find out more about out our roles and secure a role with us today. We have a team of specialist healthcare workers and we are continuously looking to grow our team by working with you.

Generally, majority of registered general nurse roles require you to work 12hr shifts to ensure the best care and support can be provided and the prospect of this can be quite daunting. Although caring and providing support for patients is the main priority, it is also important to take time to look after yourself.

As a nursing agency with years of experience, that’s employs registered general nurse, registered learning disability and registered mental nurse, we understand that twelve-hour shifts put your body under high pressure and it can take time for your body to get use to the routine, which is why we have highlighted the top five tips for nurses working 12hr shifts.

The benefits of working long 12-hour shifts, scheduled across 3-day segments, with a 4-day weekend to rest and relax. This allows nurses to spend extra days off with family and friends and allows you to do things that you enjoy. You may have a hobby such as cooking or you may want to spend time going to the gym.

Get loads of rest
One of the most important things to do when working long shifts as registered nurse is to get enough sleep. It is important that you get plenty of rest to keep you healthy, both physically and mentally. By not sleeping enough your concentration and productivity will be affected and it will also affect your immune system.

Bring plenty of food
For a registered nurse role, it is important to take breaks. During the breaks it is important that you remain energised by consuming nutritious foods. With you being on your feet a lot it is recommended to consume a high amount of protein and carbohydrates.

Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is important to keep you alert and also to ensure that you stay healthy. Dehydration can have a negative impact on your body, which can cause you to feel lightheaded, tired, dizzy, feeling thirsty and having a dry mouth, lips and eyes.

It is important that drink water over the day, and not altogether. There is a number of ways that this can be done, setting reminders on your phone is a great way for you to track your intake and also to send regular reminders.
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It is recommended to drink 2.5 litres of water a day, however because of increased time on your feet, it is recommended to consume more water, we roughly recommend around 25% to 50% more.

It is important that your vitamin levels are high to keep your immune system strong and to ensure that your body functions on a day-to-day basis. If vitamin levels are low, it can reduce your energy levels. You can boost vitamin levels by taking multivitamins or eating food with high vitamin levels.

Comfortable shoes
As a nurse comfortable shoes are one of the most important investments as a nurse. You will be spending majority of your shift on your feet, providing care to patients, communicating with healthcare professionals and also patient’s family members, therefore you will need shoes that stop your feet from hurting and blisters occurring.

We recommend that you wear shoes that are slip resistant, lightweight and shoes that have good support.

We are a nursing agency in Wolverhampton and we have many registered nurse jobs across the Midlands and Staffordshire, offering flexible shifts to suit your availability and we offer high rates of pay. Check out our job search tool to discover roles local to you or contact our recruitment team on 0121 285 9449 to find out more about our registered general nurse, registered learning disability and registered mental nurse roles to secure a role with us today. We have a team of specialist nurses and we are continuously looking to grow our team by working with you.

In the UK there is over 669,854 registered Nurses in the UK and the government has plans to recruit over 50,000 Nurses by 2025, click here to find out more. With an ageing population and the Covid 19 pandemic, there has been an increased need for healthcare workers. With an increased demand for Nurses, there is a lot of nurse jobs in the West Midlands, there is great opportunities to progress your career, which may be to become a specialist Nurse and increase your income.

Being part of a Nursing agency and working for NHS, as a nurse has similarities and differences, also by working for a nursing agency, you are entitled to better benefits compared to working directly for the NHS in a hospital setting.

The five main benefits of a Nursing agency include:

Increased pay rate
Agency work is much better paid, your hourly rate is significantly higher and you could be working less hours a week and get paid much higher than working directly for the NHS. As there is a high demand for nurses, you could also increase your pay by picking up extra shifts. Adzuna outlines that ‘the average agency nurse salary is £46,000, compared to the average Nurse salary of £36,000’.

Flexible working hours and shifts
With agency nursing, you can choose and pick shifts when you want to work. You may choose to work for a few days and relax the other days. There is a lot more flexibility with agency nursing, compared to working directly for the NHS. We understand that people have busy lifestyles which is why arranging shifts around your availability is important to allow you to have a balanced lifestyle.

Career development
By working in a nursing agency, you have access to a variety of environments to work in. This is great for you to build your experience and develop your CV, as you develop a variety of skills and experience to apply. For example, you could be working in a care home/residential home setting, hospital or home care environment.
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Support from your agency
Secure healthcare offers 24/7 around the clock support for our staff, we provide on-going training and qualifications to ensure our staff feel comfortable to provide tailored support and care to our service users. We also encourage our nurses to undertake qualifications and training with us to allow them to become specialist nurses and progress careers.

Accepting shifts is easy
Through our dedicated booking app, selecting shifts is straight forward and simple. For our healthcare team, we have an app which allows our healthcare staff to select shifts around their availability. You can pick up as many shifts as you want.

We are nursing agency in Wolverhampton and we have many registered nurse jobs across the Midlands and Staffordshire, offering flexible shifts to suit your availability and we offer high rates of pay. Check out our job search tool to discover roles local to you or contact our recruitment team on 0121 285 9449 to find out more about our nurse roles and secure a role with us today. We have a team of Specialist Nurses and we are continuously looking to grow our team by working with you.

At Secure Healthcare Solutions, we offer many great benefits to join us as a Nurse. If you are seeking a Nursing career without some of the stresses of the NHS, particularly increasing workloads, low team morale, and low pay, then why not join a nursing agency and benefit from higher pay rates and flexible working hours.

Adzuna states that “Year-on-year pay for Agency nurse jobs has increased by 7.9% year-on-year, in comparison to an annual change of -0.4% for all jobs”. Find out more by clicking here

Increased Pay Rate
Working in a healthcare nursing agency gives you a higher hourly rate, compared to a full-time permanent position. Adzuna outlines that ‘the average agency nurse salary is £46,000, compared to the average Nurse salary of £36,000’.

As Nurses are highly in demand in the UK, whether you require full-time or part-time hours of work, then this is a great benefit of joining a Nursing agency work. The benefit of a nursing agency is that you can pick additional shifts to increase your income as a Nurse.

Skills Development
As a nursing agency in the West Midlands, we provide great opportunities for our staff to progress their careers. If you are seeking higher rates of pay, then being an experienced trained Nurse is required. We have a wide range of courses and training options for continued professional development, this is done internally by our healthcare trainers. Sessions range up to 3hrs, at Secure Healthcare Solutions we reward our staff with career development and high earnings.

Flexible Working Hours
In this modern age, we understand that people have busy lifestyles, which is why setting shifts around your availability is important and it allows you to have a balanced lifestyle. We offer you shifts around your childcare or other personal commitments. Whether you require full-time or part-time work, then we are here to help. If you are retired from Nursing, but still want some income, then you can arrange some shifts to suit your lifestyle.

Accepting Shifts is Easy
Selecting shifts is straightforward and simple. For our healthcare team, we have an app that allows our healthcare staff to select shifts around their availability. You can pick up as many shifts as you want.

Developing Healthy Relationships with an Agency
With a healthcare agency, you have an account manager which allows you to develop a healthy relationship with the account manager, so they understand your needs, to match you with the correct roles, depending on your experience and training. They will organize training for you to allow you to progress your career and increase your earnings.

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Opportunities for Experience in Multiple Settings
Working in a nursing agency provides you experience in various healthcare settings in different areas, you have the opportunity to work in care homes, hospitals, and home care nursing. By doing this you are able to build experience within specific areas and develop relationships to then specialize in a certain area of interest to you.

We have many Nurse jobs across the Midlands and Staffordshire, offering flexible shifts to suit your availability and we offer high rates of pay. Check out our job search tool to discover roles local to you or contact our recruitment team on 0121 285 9449 to find out more about our Nurse roles and secure a role with us today.

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.

” It’s Dementia Awareness Week and we are standing united with @alzheimerssoc against dementia

#DAW2017 #UniteAgainstDementia ” 

Dementia currently affects around 850,000 people in the UK, with a staggering one in 14 people over the age of 65 living with the condition. To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, running from 14-20 May, get to know the symptoms and causes of the health condition, along with the treatments and how it can possibly be prevented.

The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

“Everyone, from banks and supermarkets to the local corner shop and hairdresser, share responsibility

for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.”

What causes dementia?

There are a number of diseases that result in dementia, with the most common cause being Alzheimer’s disease. This is where an abnormal protein surrounds brain cells and another protein damages their internal structure. Over time the chemical connections between brain cells are lost and cells begin to die.

Another common type of dementia is vascular dementia; this occurs when the oxygen supply to the brain is reduced because of narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, leading to brain cells becoming damaged or dying. The symptoms can occur suddenly, following a stroke, or develop over time after a series of small strokes.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

The different types of dementia can affect people in different ways, especially in the early stages. However many of the problems will be cognitive, and a person with dementia will often have problems with some of the following:

Day-to-day memory: Including difficulty remembering events that happened recently.

Concentrating, planning or organising: This could include having difficulty making decisions, solving problems or carrying out tasks.

Language: A person may have trouble following a conversation or finding the right word for what they want to say.

Orientation: They may lose track of the day or date, or become confused about where they are.

Visuospatial skills: This could include problems judging distances and seeing objects in three dimensions.

A person with dementia will also often have changes to their mood. They may become frustrated, irritable, easily upset or unusually sad. The symptoms will gradually get worse over time as dementia is progressive, however how quickly this happens varies from person to person.

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How is dementia diagnosed?

There is no single test for dementia; a diagnosis is based on a combination of factors, including…

Case history: The doctor will talk to the person and someone who knows them well about how their problems developed and how it is affecting their daily life.

Physical examination and tests: Blood tests and other physical examinations will help doctors to rule out any other possible causes for the person’s symptoms.

Mental ability tests: Some tests may be carried out by a doctor or psychologist to assess a patient’s memory and thinking.

A scan of the brain: This can help to confirm a diagnosis and assess which type of dementia a patient has.

Read more about diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease.

What is the treatment for dementia?

There is currently no cure for dementia, however there is ongoing research into how to help symptoms or to slow down their progression. Non-drug treatments available include advice, support and therapies for dementia patients. Talking therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive rehabilitation may help some patients, while people with dementia are also encouraged to stay as active as possible – both mentally and physically.

There are some medications available to dementia patients including memantine, a drug that may be offered in the moderate or severe stages of Alzheimer’s disease to help with attention and daily living. Meanwhile people with vascular dementia are likely to be offered drugs to treat the underlying medical conditions that cause dementia, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or heart problems.

How can dementia be prevented?

While there is no proven way of preventing dementia, following a healthy and active lifestyle could reduce the risk of developing the condition. This includes maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet, staying active and avoiding excessive alcohol and smoking, which can lead to narrowing of the arteries. It has also been suggested that staying mentally and socially active into later life may reduce a person’s risk of dementia.

Caring for a loved one with dementia ? 

For more information on dementia visit alzheimers.org.uk. If you think that you or anyone you know may have dementia it is important to visit your GP or talk to one of our care professionals at secure healthcare solutions .

How to Get Involved 

We’ve become used to hearing stories about how our healthcare professionals, including nurses, are routinely subjected to abuse in the workplace. In most environments, this would not be tolerated but seems to be on the increase in our hospitals, particularly where our A&E departments are concerned.

  • According to Nursing Times, as many as 90% of nurses have experienced violence and verbal abuse while trying to do their job.
  • In 2012, The Telegraph reported that there were some 163 attacks on staff every day and the general consensus is that this situation is no better today.
  • It’s not just a problem that is particular to the UK. A study in America at the turn of the millennium found similar results.
  • The UK, however, currently has one of the highest incidences of violence against nurses in Europe.

But how does abuse affect our healthcare providers and where can they find help and support if they need it?

While the NHS has had a zero-tolerance approach to violence and abusive behaviour since 1999, instances of attacks appear to have remained disappointingly high. Abuse come from a variety of sources including patients and relatives who have mental health problems or simply believe they are not getting the treatment they deserve, as well as those under the influence of alcohol.

Areas such as A&E are at particular risk because of the emergency situations they face, the fact that there is all too often overcrowding and the emotional level many people are operating at when they arrive. While hospitals are under increasing pressure, it’s not just problems with patients and relatives that are at the heart of verbal and physical abuse. The NHS and even private hospitals are not immune from instances of bullying within the workplace.

We expect a lot from our nurses. Often, they’re working long shifts between 12 and 14 hours and managing traumas and medical problems that require urgent attention. We expect them to do this with all the compassion and professionalism they can muster. It’s no wonder that many nurses and other healthcare professionals are revaluating their career choices and deciding whether they want to stay in the profession at all. That goes for people working in a wide range of areas from A&E, the NHS to nursing homes and private care.

While organisations such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council have put in measures to handle instances of verbal or physical abuse in the workplace, there doesn’t seem to have been much change for the better over the last decade or so. The support that nurses get is also still largely piecemeal and varies from trust to trust.

Just like any other group of people, nurses, midwives and healthcare workers need support and can easily find themselves isolated. There’s no doubt that institutions such as the NHS and all the other Nursing Agencies have to do a lot more to protect nurses and other professionals while they are trying to help the people in their care.

The good news is that charitable organisations such as the Cavell Nurses’ Trust have long been providing support for a range of healthcare professionals. Not only do they help when nurses are suffering from hardship and can’t make ends meet, they assist individuals come to terms with illness, life changing experiences and the impact of violence and abuse in the workplace.

We’ve become used to hearing stories about how our healthcare professionals, including nurses, are routinely subjected to abuse in the workplace. In most environments, this would not be tolerated but seems to be on the increase in our hospitals, particularly where our A&E departments are concerned.

  • According to Nursing Times, as many as 90% of nurses have experienced violence and verbal abuse while trying to do their job.
  • In 2012, The Telegraph reported that there were some 163 attacks on staff every day and the general consensus is that this situation is no better today.
  • It’s not just a problem that is particular to the UK. A study in America at the turn of the millennium found similar results.
  • The UK, however, currently has one of the highest incidences of violence against nurses in Europe.

But how does abuse affect our healthcare providers and where can they find help and support if they need it?

While the NHS has had a zero-tolerance approach to violence and abusive behaviour since 1999, instances of attacks appear to have remained disappointingly high. Abuse come from a variety of sources including patients and relatives who have mental health problems or simply believe they are not getting the treatment they deserve, as well as those under the influence of alcohol.

Areas such as A&E are at particular risk because of the emergency situations they face, the fact that there is all too often overcrowding and the emotional level many people are operating at when they arrive. While hospitals are under increasing pressure, it’s not just problems with patients and relatives that are at the heart of verbal and physical abuse. The NHS and even private hospitals are not immune from instances of bullying within the workplace.

We expect a lot from our nurses. Often, they’re working long shifts between 12 and 14 hours and managing traumas and medical problems that require urgent attention. We expect them to do this with all the compassion and professionalism they can muster. It’s no wonder that many nurses and other healthcare professionals are revaluating their career choices and deciding whether they want to stay in the profession at all. That goes for people working in a wide range of areas from A&E, the NHS to nursing homes and private care.

While organisations such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council have put in measures to handle instances of verbal or physical abuse in the workplace, there doesn’t seem to have been much change for the better over the last decade or so. The support that nurses get is also still largely piecemeal and varies from trust to trust.

Just like any other group of people, nurses, midwives and healthcare workers need support and can easily find themselves isolated. There’s no doubt that institutions such as the NHS and all the other Nursing Agencies have to do a lot more to protect nurses and other professionals while they are trying to help the people in their care.

The good news is that charitable organisations such as the Cavell Nurses’ Trust have long been providing support for a range of healthcare professionals. Not only do they help when nurses are suffering from hardship and can’t make ends meet, they assist individuals come to terms with illness, life changing experiences and the impact of violence and abuse in the workplace.