Abacus predicts rise in agency use

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A healthcare staffing agency has reported rising demand for trained nursing staff from care homes which are looking to restructure in the costly wake of the Care Standards Act. Nigel Fielding, managing director of Abacus Care which has 25 franchises throughout the country, said the impact of the Act had led many residential homes to add to the number of nursing or dementia care places they offer. “Care homes are having to reconsider their pricing and operational structures, and many which have previously only offered residential care are now offering nursing and dementia beds and are having to employ staff with higher qualifications, training and experience,” Mr Fielding said. “This shift represents a great opportunity for independent agencies and the nursing staff on their books. Abacus Care¹s policy has always been to provide nursing and care staff that are trained well beyond the minimum requirements of the Care Standards Act. “Agencies will be increasingly relied upon to fill the gaps between the regular

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