Healthperm Supports 70 Days to End Pyjama Paralysis

 Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, launched the largest ever national campaign to get patients up, dressed in their own clothes, and moving to boost their recovery at her 2018 Chief Nursing Officer summit.

For many, wearing pyjamas reinforces being sick and can prevent recovery. The #EndPJParalysis campaign aims to get older people back home to their loved ones living much happier and fuller lives. Making the most of valuable patient time is particularly important – as figures show nearly half of people aged over 85 die within one year of a hospital admission.

Studies show that three-in-five immobile, older patients in hospital had no medical reason that required bed rest and doubling the amount of walking while in hospital reduces the length of stay. Muscles quickly age when not used, leading to loss of strength and physical abilities.  For people aged over 80 years, 10 days on hospital bedrest is the equivalent of 10 years muscle aging. And considering that the human body takes longer to rebuild muscle than it does to lose it, this can exacerbate the difficulties of patient rehabilitation after their illness.

“One of the most valuable resources is a patients’ time and getting people up and dressed is a vital step in ensuring that they do not spend any longer than is clinically necessary in hospital. I urge all those caring for our older patients to help end PJ Paralysis and get involved in the 70-day challenge and show the impact they can make.” – Professor Jane Cummings

As an organization, Healthperm fully supports the campaign and we encourage all our nurses who care for older people, nationwide, to help them to get up and active especially if they are in hospital. The campaign will run from 17 April to 26 June 2018 to finish in time for the NHS 70th anniversary celebrations on 5 July.

Find out more about the campaign here.

Rise in Number of Nurses and Midwives in Scotland Masks Increase in Vacancies

The Scottish Government has published quarterly statistics showing that the Scottish NHS workforce is at a record high. Overall, there were 60,037 whole-time equivalent (WTE) nursing and midwifery staff in post on 31 December 2017, which is 0.6% more than a year ago.

However, while this news is to be welcomed, we cannot overlook a corresponding change in nursing and midwifery vacancy figures which shows that total vacancies increased by 0.6% in comparison to 31 December 2016 to 2,540.4 WTE – a vacancy rate of 4.1%. Of these vacancies, 852.9 WTE posts were vacant for more than three months. This represents an increase of 116.4 WTE (15.8%) compared to a year ago.

Commenting on the statistics, Theresa Fyffe, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, said:

“While it’s positive that the nursing workforce continues to increase, today’s figures show over 2,500 WTE nursing and midwifery posts are vacant and posts vacant for three months or more continue to increase.”

“Nurses and health care support workers wanting to do their very best for patients are too often coming up against the reality of vacancies in the workforce” Theresa Fyffe

“Our members repeatedly tell us that there isn’t enough of them to do their job properly,” she said. “Nursing morale is low, and teams are struggling to recruit and retain the staff they need. The bottom line is that if there aren’t the nursing staff, patients won’t receive the care they need.”

At Healthperm we work with UK’s NHS Trust and private hospitals nationwide to address staff shortages. The scope of our remit extends to all levels of candidates across all areas including surgical and medical wards, theatres, critical care, A&E, oncology, pediatrics, outpatients, radiography/imaging, radiology, fertility, midwifery, clinical practice development. Our large pool of overseas candidates is fully qualified to work in the UK, with IELTS, OSCE and CBT. You can be confident that you’re hiring quality people.

Contact us today to talk to our recruitment specialists about how we can help you source high-quality candidates to match your staffing requirements. 

 

Nominations for Nurse & Midwife of the Year Awards Now Open

Do you know a nurse who deserves recognition for going above and beyond?

This is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding care that is provided by our wonderful nurses at our NHS hospitals.

The awards aim to reward, recognise and celebrate NHS staff in the following categories:
  • Adult Nurse of the Year Award
  • Midwife of the Year Award
  • Children’s Nurse of the Year Award
  • Student Nurse of the Year Award
  • International Nurse of the Year Award
  • Healthcare Assistant of the Year Award
At Healthperm we are very proud of our wonderful nurses and the work they do. They are all winners in our eyes!
 Let’s spread the word about our workforce. To nominate someone you know please click here.

“Stark” Variations In The Standard Of Breast Cancer Care Across England

Women face “unacceptable differences” in breast cancer care across England caused by variations in screening, the availability of drugs and a staffing crisis, a new report has concluded.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer has published the final report of its inquiry into geographical inequalities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care across England and found “stark” variations in the standard and availability of care.

Based on where they live in England, a woman with breast cancer may be:

  • More than twice as likely to die from breast cancer under the age of 75 than a woman treated in a different area,
  • A third less likely to have attended breast cancer screening in the last three years compared to a woman living in another part of the country.

Marked differences in the volume and effectiveness of screening mean that some women are far more likely to have their cancer diagnosed early. The result, the report found, is that some women are more than twice as likely to die from breast cancer under the age of 75 based on where they live.

This variation in NHS services can have a devastating impact on patients’ lives and must be addressed.

Workforce shortages are a significant factor in this disparity, with 13% of all radiology posts currently vacant, and one in five radiographers due to retire within the next five years.  The report recommends Health Education England and all Cancer Alliances “urgently ensure there are enough healthcare professionals to deliver high-quality and timely diagnosis, treatment and care to local women.”

At Healthperm we work with UK’s NHS Trust and private hospitals nationwide to address staff shortages. The scope of our remit extends to all levels of candidates across all areas including surgical and medical wards, theatres, critical care, A&E, oncology, pediatrics, outpatients, radiography/imaging, radiology, fertility, midwifery, clinical practice development. Our large pool of overseas candidates are fully qualified to work in the UK, with IELTS, OSCE and CBT. You can be confident that you’re hiring quality people.

Contact us today to talk to our recruitment specialists about how we can help you source high-quality candidates to match your staffing requirements. 

Short Staffing Exacerbates Medication Errors in NHS

A new study commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care has estimated that over 237 million medication errors are made each year in England with 66 million potentially significant clinical mistakes.

A medication error is a preventable event that may lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm.

The study reported error rates in primary care, care homes and secondary care, and at the various stages of the medication pathway, ranging from 0.2% to 90.6%. Errors were more likely in older people, or in the presence of co-morbidity and polypharmacy.

Responding to the report, the Royal College of Nursing warned that short staffing makes it more likely that nurses and other staff will make errors with medication.  Healthperm’s CEO, Mr. Steve Howson agreed with this statement. “Such instances of errors are surely exacerbated by the shortage of current nursing staff,” he commented.  “In addition, the need to deploy large numbers of agency nurses who may be unfamiliar with ward practices/ protocols and not have an existing relationship with patients can only serve to increase the risk.”

Healthperm believes that it is important for patients to have an ongoing relationship with a stable nurse team who understand their clinical needs, including medication.  A stable workforce staffed by experienced, well placed and motivated staff can have a key impact on addressing the issues highlighted in the report.

Contact us today to talk to our recruitment specialists about how we can help you source high-quality candidates for key nursing positions.

NHS ‘dangerously’ short of staff

Over 35,000 nurse posts in the health service in England are currently vacant, according to data published for the first time by NHS Improvement as part of its latest quarterly update.

The high number of unfilled posts has coincided with the NHS coming under immense pressure, with 250,000 more people visiting A&E than in the equivalent three-month period in 2016.

The regulator’s latest report puts official figures on nurse shortages in the public domain for the first time.

“All the evidence shows that standards of patient care rise and fall as nurse numbers do.” – Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing.

Commenting on the report, Healthperm CEO, Steve Howson said, “The publication of the NHS Improvements latest quarterly report has illustrated the acute need to fill the existing 100,000 vacancies.  Spending on the NHS has slowed in recent years and as a nation, we spend a lower proportion of our GDP on health compared to our European rivals.”

Nigel Edwards of the Nuffield Trust Think Tank said the latest figures show the NHS is “dangerously” short of staff.

“In some ways, the lack of crucial workers in the NHS is an even bigger problem than the lack of funding,” said Mr Edwards. “We can sign a cheque and bring back more money on-stream if the will is there, but there is no button to push which will suddenly bring us tens of thousands of qualified extra staff.”

“Healthperm believes that the key to success in tackling the problem is an integrated workforce strategy which includes the support of agencies to bring to the UK international healthcare workers. The choice of agency is paramount and careful consideration needs to be given to the ability of the agency to actually land candidates and then their subsequent success with post recruitment qualifications.” – Steve Howson

Trusts who work with Healthperm receive only candidates who have already met the English language requirements and our 100% success record with our nurses passing their OSCE once they arrive gives us a strong track record in helping to effectively and efficiently add permanent staff to the NHS workforce.

Contact us today to talk to our recruitment specialists about how we can help you source high-quality candidates for key nursing positions.

Nursing Now: Empowering Nurses Worldwide

Healthperm welcomes the launch of a new campaign which aims to raise the status and profile of the nursing profession globally.  Nursing Now,  a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, is a three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. The campaign aims to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges.

Nurses are at the heart of most health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment. As the health professionals who are closest to the community, they have a particular role in developing new models of community-based care and support local efforts to promote health and prevent disease.

Nursing Now will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide. The campaign launches globally on 27 February 2018. Launch events in London and Geneva will be live-streamed from the Nursing Now website and Facebook page from 13:00-15:00 GMT.

Get Involved

As an organisation, we pledge to support the aims of the campaign by advocating on behalf of our nurses and helping to raise awareness of the issues that are most important to their profession.  We encourage our nursing colleagues and partners to join us in supporting Nursing Now and look forward to becoming more involved in campaign activities over the coming months.

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Brexit Threat Adding to Mental Health Recruitment Struggle

In December 2017, 18 months on from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the first stage of negotiations relating to the UK’s departure from the EU concluded. At this stage in the process, what do we know about the possible impact on public health services?

A new briefing paper, Brexit and mental health, from the Mental Health Network NHS Confederation (MHN) which represents 93% of statutory mental health trusts in England, sets out an assessment of the possible implications of Brexit and some of the key questions relating to future workforce supply and legislation.

The implications of the UK’s departure from the European Union for the NHS are far-reaching. Some of these implications will require clarity as talks progress, for example around future workforce supply and regulation. The report makes clear that without access to European Union workers the sector could come under “intolerable strain” and that it would be impossible for the UK to train enough nurses in time to make up any Brexit shortfall.

The UK’s departure from the EU will have significant implications for mental health services and the wider NHS. This comes at a time when our services are already experiencing significant challenges. We must ensure that the NHS continues to have a sustainable pipeline of staff.  MNH

Healthperm agrees with these findings regarding the need for a sustainable pipeline of staff for the NHS.  While acknowledging that the needs of the social and healthcare sector are understandably complex, Healthperm’s CEO, Mr Steve Howson, cautions against over-restrictive immigration policies. “When considering the social value which healthcare workers bring”, said Mr Howson, “the key factor is to understand the lifetime cost of staff recruitment, deployment and retention during their tenure as well as the added value they contribute by ongoing development once in post. We are confident that we can support Hosptial and Mental Health Trusts in sourcing high caliber staff in both the Philippines and Middle East.”


Contact us today to talk to our recruitment specialists about how we can help you source high-quality candidates for key nursing positions.

 

Recruitment crisis hits NHS with one in nine posts currently vacant

About 40,000 nursing posts are now vacant in the NHS in England as the service heads for the worst recruitment crisis in its history, according to official new data.

Responses to Freedom of Information requests submitted to trusts by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) show that one in nine posts are now unfilled – double the level in 2013. The data obtained by the RCN also suggests that fewer care providers are now employing registered nurses, raising new fears over patient safety.

Research in all four countries of the United Kingdom, carried out by ComRes for the RCN, shows that four out of five NHS nursing directors are worried that their hospitals rely on the goodwill of staff to keep services running, while two out of three say the financial pressures of maintaining an adequate service are worsening.

Commenting on the report, Steve Howson, CEO at Healthperm Resourcing, said “Healthperm recognizes the challenges that many Trusts face with attracting student nurses in the current climate and are able to support permanent International recruitment from the Philippines and the Middle East as part of an integrated workforce strategy which supports the NHS in the both the short and long-term.”


Contact us today to talk to our recruitment specialists about how we can help you source high-quality candidates for key nursing positions.

Don’t Leave It To Chance: The Health and Care Nursing Workforce Supply in England

Healthperm welcomes a new report by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) which stresses the need for the Government to take action on the NHS’s deepening shortage of nurses.

The RCN reports the current number of nursing applications for the next academic year has fallen by a third since the same point in 2016, and by 13% since last year.

NHS Digital’s quarterly update detailing vacancy rates for a range of health professionals also showed that the number of unfilled advertised nursing and midwifery posts in England reached 34,260 in the three months to September – the highest level since records began. Across England as a whole, only one in seven of all empty nursing posts were filled.

The Royal College of Nursing voiced its alarm at how the unprecedented number of such vacancies had revealed “an NHS desperately short of nurses”.

Commenting on the report, Steve Howson, CEO at Healthperm Resourcing, said, “We believe a balanced approach is needed for the recruitment and retention of NHS staff. At Healthperm we are developing a strong track record of sourcing and delivering Filipino nurses from across the globe to support workforce recruitment and retention strategies.”

Contact us today to talk to our recruitment specialists about how we can help you source high-quality candidates for key nursing positions.


Read the full report. Left to Chance: The Health and Care Nursing Workforce Supply in England.

UK warned of generational choice on NHS funding Think-tanks

The report published by the Institute for Fiscal studies and the Health Foundation clearly serves to show the challenge the UK NHS faces. This report is published at the same time as the current sharp focus on the rising costs of caring for patients suffering from degenerative conditions such as Alzheimers which brings a more human element to the issues we face. The forecast of £2000/ year extra needed per household in order to balance the needs of the current generation whilst being fair to the next generation is a stark figure and will surely cause concern amongst those who become aware of the study. Given such a figure, isn’t it time for an informed debate amongst the population to ensure everyone understands the real problem ? Given the NHS is such a large institution and revered so much by the general public shouldn’t we begin to look at a separate taxation system to fund it so everyone knows what they are paying into and what value they get ? How can the public (and next generation) be reassured that if general taxation rises without the monies being securely ring-fenced that it would be allocated to the NHS ? Who is to say any increase (and the report says 3.3% increase per annum is needed for the next 15 years in order to address the funding gap) will find its way to the front line NHS services ? This report highlights the needs of today and tomorrow and provides a clear indication of the need for long term commitment – a commitment which is difficult for politicians elected to office who, by virtue of the democratic system usually end up focusing on short term mandates and annual budgets. Given the size of the NHS the critical area to address has to be workforce stability.

Healthperm welcomes the proposal by the Royal College of Nursing

Healthperm welcomes the proposal by the Royal College of Nursing to look closely at nurse-to-patient ratios and supports Janet Davies in this new initiative.

Over the last few years all parts of the NHS across the UK have recognized the importance of staffing ratios as a lead indicator to support patient safety initiatives.  The evidence from other countries use of such ratios supports the value they can bring.  This approach should be one of a number of measures which contribute to the development of a stable and  ‘patient matched’ workforce plan.  Healthperm firmly believes the deployment of a permanent workforce of the right size and with the right skillsets will optimize the NHS budget.  The current system wastes far too much resource on agency staff because of the current challenges to attract and retain talentThis is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding care that is provided by our wonderful nurses at our NHS hospitals.

Royal College of Nursing urges Government to lower additional charges for International Nurses

The recent comment by the Royal College of Nursing regarding Healthcare surcharges being levied on nurses from overseas is both well measured and correct. Under current immigration policy, people who come to work in the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must pay a healthcare surcharge that has left some nurses facing bills of several thousand pounds.
The current fee of £200 per family member per year is about to be doubled to £400 and that means a £1600 bill for a family of 4 per year. This fee is being charged against a backdrop of the most challenging environment for many years with respect to recruitment of the nursing workforce and its long term stability. Healthperm believes that this surcharge should be abolished with respect to all International nurses who come to UK irrespective of where they originate from. In order to qualify to work in the UK nurses have to pass through a significant number of barriers including high levels of language requirements and additional tests of competency. To find that they effectively have to pay an increased tax compared to UK colleagues is not fair, nor is it supporting the NHS in meeting the challenges of workforce recruitment, retention and stability

Declining numbers of nurses practicing in the UK

nurseThe release of new figures by the Nursing and Midwifery Council clearly shows the continued decline in the number of nurses practicing in the UK compared to a year ago.  Whilst a decrease of 500 nurses across the country may not sound a lot it comes on top of a trend that has been evident for a number of months and, if you’re the patient who is impacted by such staff shortages, then the impact on your care could be considerable.

Registrations in all fields of nursing have reduced in the last 2 years with only 1 exception.  The revised register of 690,278 nurses and midwives continues to be impacted by retirement and particularly by European nurses continuing to return to their home countries.  The uncertainty around Brexit, therefore, continues to impact on workforce deployments with Trusts facing continued pressure regarding staff retention.  Only 805 nurses from EU joined the register in the last 12 months compared to 6,382 in 2016-2017!

Steve Howson, CEO of Healthperm, stated that given the dynamics of the nursing workforce International recruitment from outside of the EU provides a strong and viable option for proactively managing workforce vacancies.  Healthperm continues to build a strong track record with a number of Trusts across the UK of deployment of nurses from the Philippines and the Middle East.  Our aim is to focus on deployment of permanent staff in order to both help build a stable workforce and reduce the significant burden of agency costs.