NHS nurses needed in the independent sector

Posted on July 28th, by geoff in Caring Times letters. Comments Off on NHS nurses needed in the independent sector

Caring Times, July/August 2014

Having worked in the care industry for more than 30 years, as well as holding numerous roles on industry boards, the most important thing I have learned is that without good staff, you are never going to be successful in care.

That’s why it’s so important to recruit, train and keep the best nurses – and finding those nurses is a challenge that the entire private sector faces. Despite large scale cuts to the NHS – figures from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) show the NHS has lost nearly 4,000 senior nursing posts since 2010 as it aims to save £20bn by 2015 – we are not seeing the flow from the public to the independent sector that would be expected.

As Yorkshire chair of The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) I know that most care homes in our region would agree that it’s vital for our sector to find a way of reaching out to these nurses.

As the NHS continues to cut senior nursing posts and drive cost savings the private sector must take advantage of the skills and experience that’s out there. A concerted effort needs to be made by the industry as a whole in order to promote the private sector.

Many nurses dismiss the independent sector without a thorough understanding of what it can offer so we have decided to host a number of informative events at Universities to attract student nurses.

We want to highlight the levels of training available, as there is a widespread misconception that it’s inferior to that provided by the NHS.

Proper training and supervision are the key, and we currently provide continued professional development and training at a dedicated training centre to all 500 of our staff which is something we are very proud of.

Nurses need to feel valued, well-trained and supported – both financially and emotionally. At Czajka Care Group we value our clinical staff and understand the important role they play in the care and welfare of our residents. That’s why we strive to create an environment where clinicians and care staff can work effectively together with supportive management teams to help reduce workplace stress and we hope that this will help to attract nurses looking to further their careers.

– Konrad Czajka, managing director of Yorkshire based Czajka Care Group

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