Applications have now launched for a brand-new leadership programme. This is fully designed for the independent sector and it is designed to help those who have a true passion for things such as sustainability. If you work in a nurse agency or if you are part of a nursing recruitment agency then you should know that this has been called for quite some time. Those who work in the carers sector and those who are seeking care jobs should also be taking part in the new programme.

The new programme is, first of all, going to focus on things like sustainable healthcare. This is going to be the case in the independent sector and it is going to require nurses to try and support environmental sustainability where possible. At the end of the day, some believe that this is not being done enough and that quality improvements have to be made to ensure that as much is done as possible to give support to those who need it. Out of the 20 places right now, it would seem that 10 are for those who are currently being employed by Nuffield Health and that 10 are for nurses who are working for other NHS providers.

Greta Westwood who works for the FNF has come out with a statement saying that there are some incredible nurses who work right now in the independent sector and that they want to urge anyone who may be interested in things such as Green Healthcare Leadership to come forward and apply. If you are interested in this then make sure that you get signed up so you can make the most out of your time in healthcare, and so you can support a very positive movement.

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If you work for a nurse agency or if you work for a nursing recruitment agency then you may have heard that nurses now have the ability to issue fit notes. This is ideal for those who are looking to branch into the carers sector or even those who are seeking care jobs. Nurses who work in England, Wales or even Scotland are now able to issue fit notes for their patients when it comes to needing time off work due to their illness. The move has since been hailed as being a super positive step for the RCN and some have said that this chance has been required for quite some time.

These kinds of notes are usually given to a patient if they have been off work with an illness for over a week, and they need some kind of evidence from their employer if they want to take further time off. It is also important to know that the notes give advice on how a certain individual can be supported during their time as well, if they were to make the return to work. From Friday, the 1st of July, it would seem that occupational therapists and even physiotherapists are going to have the power to certify the document as well as making sure that they are fully supporting and implementing the new policy. This is especially the case for e-learning amongst staff members. With the new change, it would seem that the Health Education England has chosen to implement the new policy and this move is going to help patients get the advice they need regarding their work-related absences.

This is a huge step forward for care and it just goes to show how much support like this is needed.

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If you work in a nurse agency or if you have plans to try and apply to a nursing recruitment agency then you should know that there is going to be a huge cost of living crisis. This is going to impact everyone from carers to those who may be seeking care jobs right now. Of course, a lot of unions have chosen to reiterate their calls to see if it is possible to get an above-inflation rise for any NHS staff who may be working. A brand-new analysis has been launched and they have found that the 3% payment settlement is just not enough. Unions have also said that the real data shows that nurses are down £5,200 when you compare things to 2010 and this is after a standstill of wages.

The body which actually represents trade unions across England and Wales have warned that if the government does decide to go ahead with the pay deal then this would mean that inflation is going to have an even more dramatic effect. It may even mean that nurses are going to be £1,600 worse off this year and this is not good to say the least. The TUC have since warned that for decent pay rises to happen, it is important for those who work in public services to have their cost-of-living earnings matched and that a lot of this has been overlooked, purely because of wage freezes. Frances O’Grady who is the secretary for TUC has come out to say that all of the key workers who are part of the NHS have all helped to get the country through the pandemic but right now a lot of people are at breaking point and some are struggling to get food on the table as well.

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If you work in a nurse agency or if you are concerned about the rising cost of fuel when trying to attend your nursing recruitment agency interviews, then you are not alone. Those who work in carers jobs and those who work in care jobs are now worried that they cannot get to work. In a letter, the QNI’s executive has outlined some concerns that they deem to be serious, regarding the cost of rising fuel and the impact that this is having on nurses. At the end of the day, if the demand to deliver more care to those who need it cannot be met because nurses cannot afford fuel then this will have a knock-on effect.

In the letter, Dr Oldman has said that QNI have recently talked about the issue, and they have also gone as far as to launch a program to help those who may be experiencing financial difficulty. They want to make sure that people are able to get the fuel that they need for work, and they know that the cost-of-living situation is getting gradually worse. There have been well over 1,000 applications for the grant, and this has been done in 48 hours. The QNI have chosen to close the scheme and now it would seem that the available funds and the general capacity to try and deal with the applications has since been exceeded. Dr. Oldman has given a warning, saying that currently, the fuel situation is a deterrent when it comes to nurses taking up roles within the community. She went on to add that right now, a lot of people are under pressure and there are other gaps that need to be filled, given the growing demand for services.

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