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Bluestones Medical secures another impressive audit result

Bluestones Medical is delighted to announce that we have passed our recent Workforce Alliance audit with flying colours!

Not only did we pass, but we passed with the highest rating you can get which is a fantastic achievement for all involved.

We’re so incredibly proud to have been awarded our place on the Workforce Alliance Framework and therefore it is imperative to us that we do everything we can to maintain our status as an ‘on-framework’ agency. Our Compliance Team works extremely hard to ensure all compliance requirements are met and that every candidate we work with is fully compliant and fit for practice. Compliance isn’t glamourous, but it’s necessary to ensure patient and staff safety, therefore we take it very seriously.

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Ginnie Garnett - Business Manager @ Bluestones Medical

Business Manager, Ginnie Garnett has said: “I am extremely proud of our wonderful Compliance Team for the impressive audit result they have secured, particularly as this is our first audit with this framework.”

“The team consistently works hard and shows such dedication to their role, allowing us to offer a quality service to our candidates, whilst ensuring patient and worker safety is prioritised.”

“There was no doubt in my mind that we would pass the audit thanks to our incredible compliance team and the robust processes and policies that we as a business have implemented. A huge congratulations to all.”

For more info on compliance or the Workforce Alliance Framework, please get in touch with us today at compliance@bluestonesmedical.co.uk / 01244 555 020

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Bluestones Medical Complex Care launch new website

Bluestones Medical Complex Care, the Chester-based registered care provider, is delighted to reveal their brand-new website.

As part of the Bluestones Medical family, Bluestones Medical Complex Care’s role is to provide children and adults with complex care needs with the best possible care packages to enhance their quality of life and encourage independence and positive development.

From securing their Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) accreditations to recently opening their own care home (Daffodil House in Warrington), the business has prioritised providing high-quality care services.

Supporting the company’s rapid growth, the new website has been launched to improve online visibility and demonstrate to clients, candidates, and service users the calibre of service provided; whether it’s a client searching for a care provider to meet their requirements, a candidate looking for their next role, or a service user in need of expert support to live the life they deserve, the new website has all the information needed to make Bluestones Medical Complex Care their care provider/employer of choice.

For more information, visit the updated website HERE or watch the video below.

Agency Nursing & Mental Health

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness week here in the UK. As a healthcare recruitment agency, we have the pleasure of working with dozens of extraordinary healthcare professionals every day. From A&E and ITU Nurses, to ODPs and RMNs, the Bluestones Medical Marvels are second to none. However, from working in the industry and speaking to our healthcare professionals every day, the impact that working through a pandemic has had on their mental health has been clear to see.

They’ve witnessed staff shortages, people taking their last breath without saying goodbye to their loved ones, burnout, and fear of covid taking its nasty toll on friends and family and this isn’t even half of it. Therefore, it’s no surprise that their mental health has taken a hit.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is loneliness. We want all our Marvels to know that when you work with Bluestones Medical, you’ll never be alone. Our team is here for you, no matter what.

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Support from our team of clinicians

Did you know that we have our very own team of in-house clinicians? Annette, Lara, Arthur & Linda are all registered health and social care professionals with almost a century of experience between them. Their role is to provide an unrivalled service to our Marvels. Oh, and if you didn’t know, we like to refer to our candidates as our ‘Marvels’, as the definition of a Marvel is a ‘wonderful and astonishing person or thing’. Therefore, we think this is a fitting description for our candidates.

The clinical team offers training sessions, appraisals, and 1-2-1 revalidation sessions, but often, more importantly, they offer a friendly and experienced shoulder to lean on. Annette and Lara are also trained mental health first aiders, so she can be a fantastic support for you if you ever need to talk. Sometimes, speaking to someone who has walked in your shoes can make all the difference.

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Work-life balance is so important

It is proven that high levels of work-life balance are positively associated with job and life satisfaction. Therefore, if you’re consumed by work and aren’t prioritising your personal life, it will eventually have a negative impact on your mental health. The beauty of working with us and becoming an agency Nurse, is that you’re in control. You decide how much or how little you work. You never have to miss a birthday, sports day, or special occasion. You can be there for your loved ones when they need you. Or, if you need to earn some extra cash to put towards something special, you can simply pick up some extra shifts when you need to.

Caring for our Marvels on both a personal & professional level

Recently, the cost of living has gone through the roof. This has been extremely worrying for so many people. How will I put food on the table? How will I pay for that school trip? How will I pay my bills? These are the everyday worries many of us are now facing. Moreover, these worries will inevitably have a negative impact on our mental health. We understand this and we want to do whatever we can to support our Marvels. So, not only do we offer excellent pay rates, but we go one step further by providing an extremely lucrative benefits package.

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Benefits include:

Free private healthcare – allowing you to claim back the money for things like dentist, optical, and chiropody appointments – find out more HERE

Free counselling sessions – in addition to free private healthcare, we also provide our Marvels with up to 8 FREE counselling sessions. After the trauma of the past 2 years, we want to ensure that our Marvels have access to the right support should they ever need it

Rapid Pay – has your washing machine broke or your boiler gone bust, and you need it fixed quick? We now offer a Rapid Pay option whereby our Marvels can work a shift and be paid for it within 48 hours – find out more HERE

Blue Light Card – providing our Marvels with hundreds of wonderful discounts and savings. After all, every penny counts

We know that as a healthcare professional, looking after your mental health can be hard. But we want our Marvels to know they’re never alone. We’re here for you and we’re here to listen to you.

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Our clinical team has kindly shared their top tips on protecting your mental health

  1. Find a work-life balance that suits you. It’s time to put yourself first
  2. Connect with other people. Good relationships are important for your mental well-being
  3. It’s time to get physical. A Joe Wicks workout may not be for you, but a brisk walk in the fresh air will do you wonders
  4. Try new things. We’re not saying you must jump out of a plane or take up an extreme sport. However, things like trying out a new recipe or DIY project could help take your mind off the daily stresses
  5. Be in the moment – there are so many amazing things that happen every day, so be sure not to miss them. Start appreciating the small things in life and don’t let them pass you by

This Mental Health Awareness week, we hope you find the time to put yourself first and if you’re feeling alone, even when surrounded by people, be sure to speak out.

For more info on Mental Health Awareness Week, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website HERE 

If you’d like to find out more about working with us, please register your interest below and we will be in touch. Or you can contact us today at medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk
T: 01244 555 020
T: 01633 499 689

Bluestones Medical Offers Rapid Pay Option

Bluestones Medical is extremely excited to announce that we have introduced Rapid Pay. This means that Marvels who use an Umbrella company will be paid within 48 hours of working the shift. 

 Why have we done this? 

In a recent survey, we asked our Marvels to tell us what they think we could do to improve the service we offer. Rapid Pay was something that came up on several occasions. Lo and behold, less than 3 months later, we are giving our Marvels the option of Rapid Pay! When our Marvels speak, we listen. After all, they’re the reason why we’re here doing what we do every day.

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The Bluestones Medical Managing Director, Darren Logue, has always placed a huge emphasis on listening to what our Marvels want. Building a service that benefits the lives of every individual who joins Bluestones Medical is imperative for us.

What does this mean? 

When a Marvel who is paid via an Umbrella service works a shift, they have the option to get ‘Rapid Paid’ for it. This means they will be paid within 48 hours. It is a fantastic benefit for anyone saving up for something special or wants a quick and easy way to make some extra money. 

We’re delighted to add Rapid Pay to the list of benefits we can offer to our Marvels. We hope it demonstrates just how important providing a service that is tailored to meet their needs and requirements is to us. 

To find out more about Rapid Pay along with all the other benefits that come with being a Bluestones Medical Marvel, please get in touch with the team using the details below. Or, you can register your interest and a member of the team will be in touch.  

E: medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk
T: 01244 555 020 (North hub)
T: 01633 499 689 (South hub)  

Bluestones Medical raises £652 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd

On Friday 8th April, Bluestones Medical held an Easter-themed charity day in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

We were extremely privileged to have been joined by a gentleman named Dennis Holman. Dennis’ wife, Jan, was in the Hospice last year and very sadly passed away. Since her passing, Dennis has been doing lots of work to promote the Hospice. This includes speaking about his experience of being in the Hospice and all the incredible work that they do. He is also passionate about keeping the memory of his beloved wife alive. It was lovely for us to hear everything about her and the person she was.

You may have seen in the news last year that whilst in the Hospice, one of Jan’s requests was to see her much loved pets one last time. Before you knew it, the Hospice facilitated that Jan’s horse, Bob, and two dogs, Monty and Roley, could come in and say goodbye. This is a testament to the incredible work that the Hospice does. You can read the full story and watch Dennis’ interview with ITV News HERE

Easter-themed bake off

Whilst we had our guests of honour, Dennis, and also Justin from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s fundraising team with us, we asked if they would be so kind as to be judges in our Easter bake-off competition. The teams within Bluestones Medical came head-to-head and produced their showstoppers in front of the judging panel. This also included our Managing Director, Darren Logue, who was most definitely the Simon Cowell of the panel.

It was a close call, but the winner was Michael Chan and his cheesecake-filled Easter eggs. They were simply delicious. However, not all entries were quite as successful, with the taste of one person’s lemon cake being described as ‘licking the back of a burnt oven’.

The day also consisted of a bake sale and a raffle, with several of our Marvels winning prizes too! The day was a huge success, and we raised an amazing £652.50 for the Hospice which we are delighted about.

There were also a few people who rolled out of the office thanks to consuming a considerable amount of cake, brownies, and other sweet treats.

Hearing Dennis speak about his experience and how the Hospice has supported him even after Jan’s passing was extremely moving for the team here at Bluestones Medical to hear. He says that it is because of the Hospice and the emotional support they have given him that he is able to have the strength to tell his story and ensure that Jan’s memory lives on.

Moreover, it hit home just how important it is for us to continue our fundraising efforts, especially because 75% of the required funds to run the Hospice must come through fundraising alone.

So, watch this space for more Bluestones Medical charity events, and thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.

Stay up to date

If you would like to donate to our JustGiving page, you can do so HERE. Also, to keep up to date to everything we get up to here at Bluestones Medical, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Bluestones Medical introduces private healthcare

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are now offering private healthcare to our full-time Marvels. As a business, we are passionate about doing all we can to nurture the well-being of our healthcare professionals. Therefore, paying for them to have access to private healthcare was something of utmost importance to us.

With private healthcare, our Marvels can now claim back the money for things like dental, optical, and chiropody appointments. We’ve even paid for the added extra of up to 8 FREE face-to-face counselling sessions. With everything healthcare professionals have been through over the past 2 years, it’s extremely important they receive the support they deserve should they ever need it.

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Every little helps

Moreover, with the rising cost of living, there couldn’t have been a better time to introduce this new benefit. Did you know that:

  • A check up at the dentist costs around £24
  • An eye test costs around £25
  • Counselling sessions can cost up to £70 each

All these necessities can quickly add up, but with the private healthcare that we pay for our Marvels to have access to, they can claim it all back, meaning no cost to them whatsoever. Did we mention that you can even claim the money back for massages?!

A little thank you from us

We want all our Marvels to feel like valued members of the Bluestones Medical team and so we hope this gesture demonstrates to them just how grateful we are to have them on board. The work they do saves lives and changes lives daily – so we will always do our very best to make them feel appreciated.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about working with us, the benefits we offer, and how you can have access to free private healthcare – please get in touch with us on:

E: medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk
T (north hub): 01244 555 020
T (south hub): 01633 499 689

Bluestones Medical Complex Care Welcomes Linda Williams

Bluestones Medical Complex Care is delighted to introduce Linda Williams to the team, who joins us as our new Registered Manager.

As our Registered Manager, Linda’s extensive knowledge surrounding the health and social care sector will be utilised to help us provide best-in-class service to our service users, candidates, and clients alike.

Linda first got into care by looking after her youngest son, which led her into looking at the care services that were provided and the difficulties that parents and families were facing. She started her career as a Support Worker in a complex service and achieved her NVQ Level 2 in 2008. Fast forward to today and Linda has now completed her HABC Level 5 Diploma in leadership for health and social care and children & young people’s services (England) (QCF) (Adults Residential Management).

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Linda Williams - Registered Manager @ Bluestones Medical Complex Care

Linda is dedicated to making every house a home where happy memories can be made and aims to deliver a service that is nothing short of outstanding. She wants to connect people to their loved ones and the wider communities in which they live, promoting independence, choice, and opportunity to ensure they live a full, independent life, as they wish to live it.

Linda says her vision is for the service we provide is to be safe, homely, comfortable and of a standard, she would deem good enough for her own son to be supported in. She goes on to say that “I want to be proud of the service we deliver and most importantly, have the parents, family, and friends of the service users feel confident that their loved ones are well looked after and trusting of the service we deliver.”

We are extremely excited to have someone with such broad knowledge and experience surrounding the sector in which we operate, lead the way for not only us as a business, but for our service users, candidates & clients.

Here’s to working together to deliver our goal of changing the lives of our service users for the better and having a lasting impact on their quality of life.

Let’s talk: Revalidation

Revalidation is always a hot topic within the healthcare and nursing industry. It’s something we all must do every 3 years, but it can get confusing at times. You must produce 5 reflective statements and have 5 pieces of evidence to support them, and we understand that it can be overwhelming to know where to start!

Did you know that one of the best benefits of being a Bluestones Medical Marvel is that you have access to our very own team of clinicians? We like to refer to our clinical team as our ‘Famous 4’ and Annette, Lara, Arthur and Linda are all extremely experienced healthcare professionals who are keen to share their knowledge and support our Marvels however they can. They can be on hand to support you with your revalidation, from discussing your reflective practices with you, to acting as your confirmer.

We want all our Marvels to feel fully supported, so please don’t be shy and reach out to us for help and advice whenever you need it!

Did you know?

We have done some research of our own to provide you with some helpful resources to support you with your revalidation…

  • Our very own Clinical Manager, Annette, produced her own top-tips for revalidation which you can read HERE
  • You can find an example of a completed revalidation on the NMC website HERE
  • Revalidation myth-buster – find out more HERE
  • Check out a CPD guidance sheet HERE
  • Enjoy webinars? Why not get involved with ‘Learn with Nurses’ HERE

Other CPD sites:

We hope you have found the information within this blog helpful. If you would like to chat with a member of the team about how we can help you with your revalidation, please do get in touch with us on:

E: medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk
T: 01244 555 020 (North)
T: 01633 499 689 (South Wales)

Winner of the BSM Valentine’s Competition Revealed

Although Valentine’s Day is technically just 1 day, love was in the air here at Bluestones Medical for much longer than that! So, we wanted to give something back to our Marvels to say thanks and show how much we LOVE having them on our team.

Our Valentine’s competition ran for just over 1 week, and everyone had the chance to get involved. The prize was a gift of the winner’s choice, worth up to £100!

We were overwhelmed by how many of our Marvels got involved, but the lucky winner, selected at random was our lovely Helene from St Helens!

If you would like to become one of our Medical Marvels, then we would LOVE to hear from you. Simply get in touch with us today on:

E: medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk
T: 01633 499 689 (South Wales)
T: 01244 555 020 (North)

You can find out more about what it means to be a Bluestones Medical Marvel by watching the video below…

Beat the January blues with these top tips

It’s a well-known fact that January can be a miserable month for many. The joy and cheer the festive period brings has disappeared and has taken a big chunk of your bank balance with it. The weather is cold and gloomy, your car needs defrosting in the mornings (usually on the days you’re running late), and let’s not even get onto the topic of dry January!

However, despite all this, there is still so much to smile about in January. It’s about focusing on the positives, and not letting the little things get you down. It’s also important to remember that there are many people who are also feeling down in the dumps, so you’re not alone.

As a healthcare professional, you’re used to dealing with sad and difficult situations. You witness people at their lowest and you regularly see people lose the ones they love most, so we understand that it may be difficult to remain upbeat. This is why we want to help.

First of all, we thought it would be nice to give you 10 things that you can smile about today:

  • It’s almost guaranteed that you’re the reason someone smiled today
  • You have a positive impact on hundreds of lives every year
  • You’re successful. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are today, you should be proud of yourself
  • Many people will think of you fondly until the day they die, even if you don’t remember them
  • In a scary world of cruelty and disharmony, you are a ray of sunshine that instills faith in humanity
  • Forcing a smile actually makes you happier. Even if you’re down in the dumps, putting a smile on—even if you don’t feel like it—can literally trick your brain into thinking there’s something to smile about
  • Your dog dreams about you – Harvard psychologists have suggested that, when dogs dream, they dream about their owners, because their REM cycles and brain patterns are similar ours
  • Jonas Salk created the polio vaccine; he could have patented it and made an estimated $7 billion but purposely didn’t. When asked why, he said “Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
  • In Sweden, blood donors get a text when their donation is used, letting them know that they’ve helped save a life.
  • Bluestones Medical and Bluestones Medical Complex Care have the best team of Medical Marvels there is!

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Now that you’re smiling from ear to ear, we wanted to give you some tips on how you can keep it that way. Life isn’t always full of roses, but there is always a way to improve things:

  • Be polite to rude strangers, it’s oddly thrilling
  • Take your headphones out when walking – listen to the world
  • Plant spring bulbs, even if they’re just in a pot
  • Set aside 10 minutes per day to do something you really enjoy
  • Keep your keys in the same place
  • Bring fruit to work
  • Ask questions & listen to the answers
  • Don’t save things for “best.” Wear them – enjoy them
  • Call an old friend out of the blue
  • Say hello to your neighbors
  • Keep a bird feeder by a window, ideally in the kitchen. It’ll pass time when you’re washing up
  • Laugh shamelessly at your own jokes
  • For instant cheer, wear yellow
  • Sing, just because
  • Give compliments widely and freely
  • Politely decline invitations if you don’t want to go
  • Do that thing you’ve been putting off
  • Set up an affordable standing order to charity

With the world that we’re living in and the experiences that healthcare workers have been through, it’s understandable if you’re struggling to find a reason to smile. You’re not alone. However, we would like to encourage you to talk to a friend, family member, work colleague, manager, and even a member of the team here if you’re struggling. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved.

The January blues are normal, but if you’re constantly feeling sad and depressed, please get help. Whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE on 116 123. Sometimes, writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them better. If this is the case for you, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org

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