The importance of bonding between young mental health patients and nurses

According to recent research, the importance of the relationships between young mental health patients and the nurses looking after them has been overlooked.

A study of eight young people, eight mental health nursing staff and eight family members, conducted by psychologists from The University of Manchester and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust found that the professional connection between a clinician and a patient—known as a therapeutic relationship—can help improve outcomes for mental health patients.

However, the study highlights how nursing staff sometimes do not have the time or support to develop therapeutic relationships with their patients. As a result, the researchers urged the employment of adequate staff numbers, focused training, and time in cultivating connections between nursing staff and their patients.

The young people who took part in the study, are all based within child and adolescent mental health service across four sites in the UK. They said that they believe their relationships with nursing staff could impact on their progress through treatment.

“This research underlines the established point that therapeutic relationships between patients and staff are just as important as the specific treatment they are receiving, if not more so,” – Dr. Sam Hartley, an honorary clinical lecturer at The University of Manchester and Principal Clinical Psychologist with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Therapeutic relationships within child and adolescent mental health inpatient services

We work with dozens of clients within the mental health nursing industry, and a common theme for them all is staff shortages. It is a case of injustice for all three parties, the patients, nurses, and Trusts, that there simply is not enough staff to give and receive the care that is deserved and needed.

We are working extremely hard to alleviate some of the stresses that staff shortages create, by sourcing the highest calibre of mental health practitioners to supply to the Trusts in need.

If you are a mental health practitioner looking for your next opportunity, we have dozens of them here at Bluestones Medical for you.

If you would like to get in touch with the team about our current roles, please drop them an email at or give them a call on 01244 555 020

Bluestones Medical & Bluestones Medical Complex Care becomes a climate positive workforce

Bluestones Medical & Bluestones Medical Complex Care is delighted to announce that we have taken steps to become a Climate Positive Workforce. 

Thanks to teaming up with Ecologi, and the work that they do, we have been able to do our bit in giving back to the planet.

Ecologi funds two different types of climate action: one is the planting of trees, and the other is supporting a wide range of climate projects such as reforestation, rainforest protection, supplying clean drinking water, wind turbines, solar power plants, and clean cooking stoves.

We’ve all seen the news surrounding COP26 which has highlighted more than ever before how vital it is for businesses to take action. By joining forces with Ecologi, all of our employees will have their carbon footprint mitigated. This includes all of their travel, energy use, food, and hobbies that occur inside or outside of the business.

This partnership also means we will be planting trees each month, which ultimately helps restore healthy forests in places such as Mozambique, Madagascar, and the UK.

We’re so excited to watch our forest grow! All of this work is a great eco recognition on our path to Net Zero, and it’s a source of climate hope.

To keep up to date with our progress, follow our Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram pages.

Ask Annette: Revalidation Tips

Annette Leavy is the Clinical Manager here at Bluestones Medial, and we are so lucky to have her on the team. She has been nursing for over 20 years now, so she has plenty of nursing knowledge for us to tap into!

Revalidation is something that every single nurse must complete every three years. It can be time-consuming, but you can make things easier for yourself by planning ahead.

 We asked Annette what her top tips for revalidation are, and here is what she had to say: 

1. The first tip Annette gave was to write things down when they happen. She says writing a reflective statement ASAP when it is fresh in your mind will save you trying to remember it further down the line. We’ve been in a pandemic for almost two years now, so use the experiences you’ve been through as a starting point.

2. Annette said the best place to start is the NMC website if you need clear guidance, as they provide revalidation templates that essentially hold your hand through the process. You can find these templates HERE.

3. As you’re probably aware, you need to provide five reflective statements with five pieces of evidence to support them. Annette said you could use anything from an email from a manager to a letter or card from a patient. Evidence can be anything that says how good you are in your role.

4. Annette has advised that you check all your reflective statements, and the evidence you’re using to support them meets the NMC revalidation requirements. You can check this by clicking HERE.

5. Revalidation comes around every three years. We understand how busy you are but leaving things until the last minute is never helpful. However, you will receive a prompt just before yours is due. Annette suggested allocating time each week to sit down and spend time alone writing yours, with no distractions.

6. Did you know that if you require assistance in completing your revalidation, Annette offers 1-2-1 support to all our candidates in the North? We also have Lara, our Clinical Lead in the South, who provides the same service to our candidates in South Wales. Not only this, but they are also available to discuss your reflective practices with and act as your confirmer.

If you would like more information on revalidation or support from Annette, you can call us on 01244 555 020. Or, for our candidates in South Wales, you can speak to Lara by calling 01633 499 689.

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Lara Lamb becomes Bluestones Medical’s newest Clinical Lead!

Bluestones Medical is excited to introduce Lara Lamb as our newest clinical lead. Lara will be providing our candidates in South Wales with training and any clinical support they want/need.

Ensuring that our candidates receive the support they need and deserve is a priority of ours. Therefore, by having Lara on the team, who is a qualified Nurse, we are able to provide our candidates with expert clinical advice. Not only this, but Lara is also a candidate of ours, so she also knows what it is like to be a Bluestones Medical agency nurse.

We asked Lara a few questions so we can all get to know her more and you can read her answers below.

Three words to describe yourself?

Approachable, vivacious, adventurous.

What’s your favourite film?

About Time.

Who do you admire most and why?

My daughter. This year has been quite challenging for us as a family, and even though she is only 6 – she has been a little star and battled through as though nothing has ever happened.

Name three people you’d invite to a dinner party (alive or dead)

Freddie Mercury, my gorgeous fiancé and my grandparents (never met them)! I know, slightly more than three…

What do you do best?

My absolute best to help people.

What’s your pet peeve?

Poor spelling and grammar.

What’s your favourite drink?

Disaronno. Prefer the spirits!

In your own words, tell us a bit about your background.

Started as a HCA (a long time ago). Decided to do my training and continued on the nurse bank throughout – picking up shifts to help make ends meet whilst being a student. Qualified in 2011 and mainly worked in the acute sector of the NHS. Experience spans from A&E through to Dialysis and Trauma.

Bluestones Medical launches new £1,000 referral scheme!

Bluestones Medical is delighted to offer their Medical Marvels a £1,000 referral bonus!

To receive the bonus, all they must do is refer X3 band 5,6 or 7 Mental Health Practitioners.

The scheme has been launched to support our clients with the ever-increasing demand for these Mental Health Practitioners. Several of them have come to us in desperation for staff, so we want to ensure we’re doing all we can to support them!

Here’s the criteria for qualifying for the £1,000 payment:

  • We’re offering £1000 to anyone who refers X3 MH practitioners
  • All 3 must be a band 5,6 or 7 MH practitioner
  • All 3 referrals must be able to commit to at least a 3-month contract
  • Payment will be made once all 3 referrals have worked the first full week of their contract

It really is that simple!

If you want to earn your £1,000, you can do so by making your referrals HERE.

If you would like to learn more about the scheme, you can call us anytime on 01244 555 020.

You can view and apply to some of our current job opportunities HERE.

Bluestones Medical raises £1,572 for local Hospice

On Saturday 14th August, some of the Bluestones Medical climbed Snowdon in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and raised an AMAZING £1,572!

The weather may have been drizzly, but it didn’t stop the team from climbing to the top in 2 hours and 12 minutes.

As you may know, the Bluestones Medical team voted for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to be the charity we support over the next year. Our target is to raise £11,000, which is how much it costs to run the Hospice for just 1 day!

Not only did we raise an incredible amount of money for a fantastic cause, but the team had a brilliant day (even if it did mean meeting at the office at 6am)!

Thank you to everyone who wished us well & donated to our JustGiving page. Your support means the world to us!

Natasha Davies gets promoted!

congratulations tash

HUGE congratulations to our wonderful Natasha Davies who has been promoted to senior consultant.

Tash works extremely hard and is very much loved by the Bluestones Medical team, as well as our amazing nurses and healthcare workers.

Each week, we ask the team to vote for their ‘Medical Marvel’ of the week. This is a fellow team member that they feel has gone above and beyond and achieved great things.

Here is what one member of the team had to say about Tash; “You can tell that Natasha genuinely cares about the success of not just herself, but the whole business too. She is always willing to do what she can to help the wider team – thanks for everything you (and the whole fulfilment team) do!”

We’re all so proud of our Tash! Well done.

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What does compassion mean to you?

Since the 1960s, the term compassion has been a key fundamental aspect in providing excellent nursing care, thanks to Florence Nightingale. Over the years, we have had many government reports published, highlighting the improvements which are needed.

Every bespoke nursing agency should be underpinned and built around compassionate care.

As a Clinical Manager, I feel it is imperative to ensure all our employees are committed and understand the term compassionate care. From the finance department to the consultants, everyone should play a part. Gaining an understanding of our clients and workers needs is a vital role in building healthy relationships. It is important to remember compassion does not just come from working on the front line, it is something that is embedded from the start and throughout the employment process.

Here at Bluestones, regardless of job role, we understand how compassionate care impacts on lives. Each member of the Bluestones Medical team has been asked to give one word or a short sentence on what compassion means to them, which you can see below.

Thank you to one of our Fulfilment Consultants for this statement that brings everything together.

Compassion is putting yourself in someone else’s shoes (empathy) and caring about how they feel

– Hannah Potter

What does compassion mean to you? Have your say on our Facebook page…

Genomics and nursing practice

Genomics is a term we hear mainly from Doctors or Specialists within the field. The study of an individuals genes is something which is imperative for the understanding and treatment of genetic conditions.

As a nurse, this is something we do not normally get involved with. A new article has been published by the Nursing Times, highlighting the importance of understanding genetics within nursing and how they want to embed this into standard Nursing practice.

We need to make sure every registered nurse and midwife feels comfortable understanding the basics of genomics

    – Janice Sigsworth

This process has already been put into practice in certain areas of nursing by specialists within the field, this has been filtered back to nursing staff showing some really good results. Regardless of the field of nursing you are in, genomics will play an imperative role.

I believe this a such a positive step for nurses across the board. Over the years nursing has altered immensely, giving nurses much more responsibly, education and clinical skills. Today within the profession, we are seeing nurses carrying out tasks historically only a Dr would be competent to do.

But what does everyone else think? Have your say on our Facebook page…

Bid to embed genomics into mainstream nursing practice

The article from Nursing Times states that for the NHS to realise its ambition of integrating genomics into routine care, it will need the backing of its largest workforce, nurses. You can read it in full HERE.