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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

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

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

 

“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 ! 

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