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June special offer: £300 for every mental health referral

Bluestones Medical is offering £300 for every registered mental health practitioner referred to us in June!

The trusts we work with require more registered mental health practitioners than ever before. This is because of the pandemic and the detrimental impact it has had on the mental health of so many people all over the world. To support these trusts the best we can, we need you to refer your friends that you think could be suitable. To say thanks, we are offering you £300 for every referral you make. However, they must be a registered mental health practitioner.

We understand that before referring your friends, you need to know that they will be in safe hands. We actually posted an article recently about how our mental health division has been going from strength to strength in recent months, and you can read that HERE.

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Candidate testimonial

“I have worked with many agencies before I come to join Bluestones Medical, and since I started with them, I have seen that there are animals in the jungle and there is the lion. To the best of my knowledge Bluestones is the lion in the jungle, they are the king in agency and temporary staffing business. Bluestones is reliable, they have one of the best customer services I have ever experienced from an agency company, their office staff are brilliant.”

“Having Rachael Pilkington as my consultant has been one of the best things that have happened to me as an agency employee. She is always there to answer any questions and solve any problems presented to her. Moreover, she will always make a huge effort to secure shifts for staff which is all agency staff need. I will encourage anyone to give Bluestones Medical a trial. It worked for me I believe it will work for you.” – Celestine

How to make your referral

The simple referral form shouldn’t take you longer than 2 minutes to fill out, and you can do that by clicking HERE.

Thank you

We would like to take this an opportunity to thank you for your referrals. We promise to not let you or your friends down and we can assure you that they will be in safe hands.

 

For more info on the referral special offer, call us today on 01244 555 020 

Meet our Clinical Manager, Annette Leavy

We are extremely excited to introduce to you our new Clinical Manager, Annette Leavy!

Annette has joined us to provide our candidates with unrivalled training, to support their career development and help them get to where they want to be. She will also be carrying out clinical interviews with candidates, offering re-validation support, dealing with clinical complaints, and offering her exceptional clinical advice.

We are overjoyed to have Annette join the Bluestones Medical team. So far, the work she has been doing has been very well received. We feel extremely lucky to have access to her knowledge and expertise, which will undoubtedly support the business in achieving our goals. Moreover, she will be providing our candidates with a bespoke and specialist service that they will not be able to access anywhere else.

Annette - Clinical Manager

About Annette

Annette trained at Charing Cross Hospital in London and qualified in 1985. She has worked in Intensive Care and Primary Care as a General Practice Nurse.

Moving forward, Annette achieved her Cert Ed which enabled her to become a Manual Handling Trainer / Back Care Advisor at an NHS Foundation Trust in the North West for 7 years.

Since 2012, Annette has worked within a combined role as an Occupational Health Advisor / Emergency Response Nurse. She also studied for her NEBOSH General Certificate which she says helped her to further develop her skills within the private sector.

A message from Annette

“I am looking forward to delivering a high standard of training with Bluestones Medical very soon. Meeting and interacting with Bluestones nurses and carers provides such a great opportunity to help and assist the fabulous individuals that are registered with us and who work very hard.”

To find out more about us, Annette, and the service we offer our candidates, call us on 01244 555 020 or you can register with us here.

Bluestone Medical’s mental health division goes from strength to strength

We are extremely proud of the success that our mental health division has seen in recent months. The team has been working incredibly hard to grow the division and it appears that their hard work is paying off for them!

With growth and success comes an increased demand for our service. The clients we work with trust that we will only supply them with the highest calibre of mental health staff. Therefore, we are looking to grow the number of Bluestones Medical mental health candidates. In turn, this will ensure we keep going from strength to strength and can continue to supply our clients with candidates of such calibre.

Mental Health Success

About the Bluestones Medical mental health division

Our business manager, Rachael Pilkington, has been responsible for leading, supporting, and nurturing the mental health division which has evidently helped to secure its recent success. Rachael has been recruiting within this industry since 2014 and her passion and knowledge surrounding the mental health industry is second to none. Therefore, if you join the Bluestones Medical mental health team, you can feel confident that you’re in the safest possible hands and we are sure the existing members of the team will back us up with that.

About Rachael…

Rachael began her career in health and social care in 2008, where she worked for an organisation that supported young people leaving care. It was here that sparked the catalyst for her passion for healthcare, particularly supporting vulnerable people that required compassion, support and professional intervention.

Fast-forwarding to 2014, Rachael made the career move into mental health recruitment and found that being in a role that meant she could better the lives of others, whilst supporting people find a role they love, was what drove her success. Rachael said; “mental health is a cause that I am very passionate about on a personal and professional level and I would not want to spend my days working in anything else”.

She continued: “I aim each day to support these services and my candidates the best way that I can, building relationships, supporting with consistency in this complex sector and supporting in meeting the needs of the service users which is paramount to anything else”.

Being in the industry for over 6 years, Rachael says that she is still shocked at the stigma that is attached to mental health. The lack of resources and services for people who are suffering is still apparent and a massive concern; even more so with the increasing referral numbers to services due to the pandemic. Rachael quoted “If I can make a difference doing what I do as Business Manager for Bluestone Medical’s mental health division, I will always go home feeling as though I have achieved something great by using my knowledge and drive to help those in need the most.

Candidate testimonial

“I have worked with many agencies before I come to join Bluestones Medical, and since I started with them I have seen that there are animals in the jungle and there is the lion. To the best of my knowledge Bluestones is the lion in the jungle, they are the king in agency and temporary staffing business. Bluestones is reliable, they have one of the best customer service I have ever experienced from an agency company, their office staff are brilliant.”

“Having Rachael Pilkington as my consultant has been one of the best things that has happened to me as an agency employee. She is always there to answer any questions and solve any problems presented to her. Moreover, she will always make a huge effort to secure shifts for staff which is all agency staff need. I will encourage anyone to give Bluestones Medical a trial. It worked for me I believe it will work for you.” – Celestine

Joining Bluestones Medical

If you work within mental health and would like to enjoy all the benefits that come with being an agency worker, Bluestones Medical would feel privileged to have you on board with us.

With Rachael’s unrivalled knowledge and experience of the sector, you couldn’t be in safer hands to help develop your career, whilst offering you a flexible work schedule to suit you and your individual needs.

There has never been a more exciting time to join Bluestones Medical. Our promise to you is that we’ll make it our priority to:

  • Build a positive and strong relationship with you
  • Understand your individual needs and expectations
  • Offer you incredibly competitive pay rates
  • Provide you with consistent, unrivalled support
  • Support your career progression
  • Provide you with opportunities to expand your experience

So, if you’re considering becoming an agency mental health practitioner, or think you’d like to switch agencies, call Rachael today on 01244 555 020 or you can email her at rachael.pilkington@bluestonesmedical.co.uk. She will be delighted to talk you through your opportunities, what Bluestones Medical can offer you, and hopefully get the ball rolling for what will be a long, happy and positive relationship with you.

For more information on the Bluestones Medical mental health division, click here.

Bluestones Medical Celebrates International Nurses Day

Celebrating International Nurses Day

Wednesday 12th May 2021 marks International Nurses Day.

This day allows us to celebrate nurses and healthcare workers all over the world. This past year more than ever before, healthcare staff working on the frontline during the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing and demonstrated to the world the fundamental role they play in patients’ safety.

International Nurses Day is an extremely important date in the Bluestones Medical calendar. It allows us to say thanks and show our appreciation to the healthcare staff that we work with every day. We have spoken many times before about the importance of frontline workers which you can read here.

How we’re celebrating

To celebrate, we thought we would host a competition on our official Facebook and Instagram pages, giving nurses and healthcare workers the opportunity to win X2 £250 vouchers! We also videoed some of the team talking about why they are grateful for nurses and healthcare workers, and why they love working with them so much.

The world would be lost without nurses!

Since the Crimean war in 1853, nurses like Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole have been at the forefront of caring for patients in difficult and trying situations. These nursing pioneers helped showcase to the world how critically important nurses and healthcare workers are and today’s nurses are doing the same thing. In the last year, not only have nurses and healthcare workers been responsible for saving countless amounts of lives, but they have also had to take on the role of caring for people in situations where family and friends cannot be close because of the virus and risk of infection.

Bluestones Medical would like to say thanks

The selflessness, courage, compassion, and dedication of the Bluestones Medical candidates is something that amazes us each day. How amazing is it for us that the work we do to support the careers and wellbeing of our candidates helps them to provide the best possible care for their patients. What an amazing incentive to ensure that we are constantly giving our all, working hard and feeling passionate about what we do.

So today, on International Nurses Day, we would like to say thank you to every nurse and healthcare worker who works tirelessly to improve the lives of others. The Bluestone Medical team will be using today to reflect on what you do and how grateful we are for your dedication and kindness.

We also encourage all nurses and healthcare workers to use today to reflect. Reflect on what they have been through this past year, the lessons they have learnt, the lives they have enriched and the fact that without them, the world would not have been able to make it through this last year. If they did not realise how important they were to society before, they certainly should now. You can read our blog on the importance of reflection for nurses here.

Happy International Nurses Day! We hope your day is a special one and you get recognised and spoilt just like you deserve to.

  • The promoter is Bluestones Medical whose registered office is Bluestones Medical, Holden House, Chester Business Park, Chester CH4 9QU
  • Promotion is open to anyone aged 18 or over, excluding employees of Bluestones Medical
  • Promotion runs from 08:00 Local Time 12th May 2021 to 17:00 Local Time 17th May 2021
  • Entries to be made through official Bluestones Medical Facebook or Instagram pages by liking and commenting on selected posts
  • A winner will be chosen at random
  • The winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the competition closing
  • The winner must be able to provide us with the healthcare worker they tagged to win the competition details (full name, address, phone number and email address)
  • If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 working days, Bluestones Medical reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner
  • Prizes to be awarded are as follows:
  • X2 £250 shopping vouchers
  • Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative
  • Bluestones Medical reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time
  • Bluestones Medical reserves the right to change, amend or cancel the promotion at any time and will be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage
  • By entering the competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions
  • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England

Are you feeling the effects of Covid exhaustion?

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Covid exhaustion is real, it is happening, and it is taking over the healthcare industry. The Nursing Times published an article back in January which highlighted one nurse’s experience of covid exhaustion. She said that the physical exhaustion that she would sometimes feel after shifts before the pandemic was now paired with mental exhaustion. Sadly, we are sure many of you reading this can relate to her. In a survey conducted by the Nursing Standard, eight out of ten nurses said their mental health had been affected by the pandemic, while six in ten said their physical health was suffering. They survey also found that nurses largest concerns were around the lack of PPE, contracting the virus themselves, and the health of family and friends.

Something we at Bluestones Medical care passionately about is the mental health of our candidates. Making sure that you go to work feeling happy, healthy, and motivated to tackle whatever comes your way is of upmost importance to us, and we will do whatever we can to support you and your mental health. So, before we continue, we want to remind you that we are only ever a phone call away and the Bluestones Medical team will always be here for you.

Although things are starting to look up, you know better than anyone that we are not in the clear yet. People are still losing their lives and becoming seriously ill because of the virus and with the lockdown rules slowly easing, along with the unpredictability of this virus, who knows what will happen over the coming weeks.

With this in mind, we thought we would provide you with some information, tips, and advice on how you can best protect your mental health. Moreover, if you feel as though you are already struggling, we hope this information will help you feel a little better.

Do not forget to think about YOU!

One of the many roles of being a nurse is to care for other people. You are so busy fixing other people’s problems, that caring for your own is not a priority. Although it just goes to show how much of an incredibly selfless person you are, you should never forget just how important taking care of your own health is, not only for you, but for your friends, family, and your patients.

Mind’s tips for looking after yourself in work

Take some time before your shift

Mentally prepare by working through a readiness checklist. This could include the following:

  1. Challenging negative thoughts and assumptions about what the day might bring. Imagining the worst will fuel any anxiety.
  2. Taking six deep breaths, to slow your heart rate and put your body into a calm, ready state.
  3. Purposefully leaving worries behind. Write them down, say them or shut them in your locker.
  4. If you enjoy mindfulness or relaxation exercises, this might be a good time to do them.

Take your breaks

Sometimes it is tempting to work right through and get the job done, especially in this environment of increased pressure. But taking a break is important and can allow you to rest and recuperate, even for just a little while.

Look after your body during your shift

The measures you need to take to keep yourself and your patients safe and protected are probably forefront in your mind now. But do not neglect other aspects of your physical health too. For example, it is not always practical or easy to eat well. However, preparing meals and healthy snacks before shifts or at the beginning of a work week can help us eat well, feel energised and get the correct nutrients for a taxing shift. It is just as important to stay hydrated before, during, and after shifts. When you do manage to get breaks, try to catch up a bit on sleep where you can. Click here for some quick and easy meal ideas for busy nurses like you

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Think about your work/life balance

Working long shifts in such a challenging and fast-paced environment can leave you exhausted. This makes it more important than ever to take care of yourself by doing something you enjoy. Home life has transformed for most of us. Think about ways to take some time for yourself in this new environment. Build in opportunities to do things that relax you and make time to stay in contact with those you care about.

Check-in with your mind and your colleagues

Make a point of regularly pausing to focus on how you and your colleagues are doing. You could complete a wellness action plan (WAP) and encourage your team to do the same. Click here for a resource that will help you make you very own WAP.

Leave work at work

The fact is, shifts are likely to be tough, and traumatic experiences do happen, especially during these times. Having a ‘going home checklist’ that you do before you leave the building can help you switch from work mode to home mode. You could do the following:

  1. Take a moment to think about the shift.
  2. Acknowledge three things that were difficult. Take any learning that is needed, then let them go.
  3. Consider three things that went well.
  4. Choose an action that signals the end of your shift. Something as easy as doing the same action when clocking out.
  5. Now switch your attention to home. Think about how you are now going to rest and recharge.

Make self-care a priority

Feeling guilty for taking time out for yourself is extremely common but is something that should be spoken about and encouraged so much more than it is! Actively taking care of yourself and your mental health, no matter what your profession, should NEVER be something you feel guilty about. You would never judge someone for doing it, so why judge yourself?

Why not set yourself a challenge of taking at least half an hour a day to do something you enjoy. Walking, playing golf, cycling, reading, watching TV, painting, have a bubble bath or even just sit in silence for that half an hour. Make time for you and make yourself a priority, no matter how hard this may be, and we guarantee you will feel happier about all the other aspects of your life.

Set yourself up to be able to take on any challenges that come your way. If you take care of yourself, there is nothing you cannot do.

The Nursing Standard released an article containing 5 of the best nursing podcasts to get you learning whilst you listen, so why not start with taking time out to listen to one of them:

Talk, talk and talk some more

It is a well-known fact that a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking about your feelings is so important when it comes to supporting your mental health. Now, we understand that this isn’t always easy, and many people find it difficult to talk about how they feel or simply don’t have anyone they can speak to. However, finding the courage to speak up will be one of the best decisions you ever make. You will feel as though a weight has been lifted and hopefully the person you chose to speak to will be able to support you. Failing that, you can always call us, and we will always be happy to listen to you and offer you the best possible support we can. We genuinely care about you and your wellbeing, and so we will always have your back.

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If you still do not feel comfortable speaking out, you can always get in touch with one of the following:

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. A charity providing a mental health helpline and webchat.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Remember – You are doing great!

Something we want you to NEVER forget is that you are doing great. You show up, you do your best and you give your all when it comes to caring for your patients. This is a difficult time and your feelings, no matter what they are, are valid and important. We think you are amazing, and you should think you are too!

Have you considered joining an agency?

If you have got to a point where work has left you feeling stressed and overwhelmed day in day out, then joining an agency could be exactly what you need. If you were to join Bluestones Medical, you would get:

  1. Your very own specialist consultant, trained to find you the best possible opportunities, offer you the best advice and support you in paving the career path you have always wanted.
  2. Flexibility – by joining Bluestones Medical you will have complete control over when and where you work by booking your shifts on the Sirenum app.
  3. Opportunity to become a member of our famous 5 club, offering you exclusive club benefits.
  4. Perkbox subscription giving you access to hundreds of brilliant discounts, cashback and free gifts!
  5. Competitive pay rates
  6. The best nursing and healthcare opportunities in line with your career aspirations.
  7. Access to industry-leading and accredited training.
  8. Open and honest communication and feedback.
  9. Cash rewards for recommending colleagues and friends.
  10. A reputable brand, with a track record for delivering exceptional care and customer service.
  11. You will have the advantage of the Bluestones Medical team’s knowledge and expertise anytime you need it.
  12. Most importantly – an appreciation and thank you for the hard work you do.

Our goal here at Bluestones Medical is to provide our candidates with the best possible opportunities whilst supporting them to meet their full potential. Tell us where you want to go, and we will do everything we can to get you there. We understand the importance of flexible working, which is why we have invested in the best technology that can facilitate you choosing when and where you work. We have received fantastic reviews based on our service which you can see for yourself over on our website and we are confident you will not be disappointed.

Call us to discuss your opportunities on 01244 555 020 or email us at info@bluestonesmedical.co.uk

Leighton Hospital Builds Multi-Million Pound A&E Department

Have you heard that Leighton Hospital is building a brand new, multi-million-pound A&E department?

Work is now well underway as a result the government funding Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received last year to reconfigure and expand emergency care services.

The £15m will be put towards a two-storey building next to the site’s current A&E, allowing the hospital to see and treat even more patients.

Dr David Matthews, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, described the new build as “A very important and exciting development for our patients and staff at a time when the NHS has been tested to the maximum.”

The new build is also great news for staff, as they are set to benefit from an extended employee and overflow carpark, which includes more than 300 new spaces.

James Sumner, Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “We would like to thank our staff and local community for their support with this exciting development, and to apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause.”

This new “modern and purpose-built environment” will undoubtedly make working at Leighton even more enjoyable for both permanent and agency staff members.

Would you like to join our exclusive famous 5 club?

To become a member and gain access to all the amazing benefits that come with your membership, you simply have to work just 5 shifts per month in one of our famous 5 NHS Trusts.

  • The Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust

Leighton is part of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and with the new A&E department, now is a really exciting time to pick up shifts there!

If you would like to hear about our current opportunities at Leighton, you can call us on 01244 555 020 or, you can see what shifts we have available there via the Sirenum app.

Bluestones Medical is an approved supplier through the HealthTrust Europe framework

Bluestones Medical is proud to be an awarded supplier through the HealthTrust Europe (HTE) “Total Workforce Solutions” framework.

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Bluestones Medical awarded place on the All Wales Framework for Nursing Services

Bluestones Medical is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a place on the All Wales Framework for Nursing Services.

The contract award enables us to build on the relationships and support we have provided over the last 10 years to Welsh Health Boards and Trusts. This Framework goes live on the 1st March 2021 and will run to the 28th February 2024, with the option of a one year extension

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Through the All Wales Framework, our local Cardiff and Chester regional hubs are able to offer healthcare staff, including healthcare assistants, nurses and ODPs temporary employment opportunities through an approved framework. This means that all worker checks have been rigorously conducted and supplied at a compliant rate. As a result, this minimises the need for expensive off contract agencies.

Darren Logue, our managing director has commented: “Securing our place on the All Wales Framework again is a significant achievement that recognises our regional capability, specialist focus and long-term commitment to providing a best-in-class service to the Welsh Health Board and Trusts”.

If you are a Welsh Health Board or Trust and you would like support with any temporary worker requirements get in touch with your local Bluestones hub who will be able to support.

If you are a healthcare candidate who is interested in opportunities within Wales get in touch today and our specialist consultants will be happy to help.

Bluestones Medical awarded a place on the NHS Workforce Alliance Clinical & Healthcare Staffing Framework

Bluestones Medical is now an approved supplier for temporary Clinical & Healthcare staff to NHS England via the Workforce Alliance Framework. This award follows 10 years of Bluestones Medical supporting NHS Trusts & the public sector with their temporary staffing across Nursing, Allied Health and Healthcare Assistant positions.

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Bluestones Medical nurses administer COVID19 vaccine

Wow; we all felt a genuine sense of pride today when we saw one of our nurses administering the COVID-19 vaccine on BBC News!

We’ve been assisting with staffing across St Helens & Whiston vaccination pods, which opened today… and one of our nurses was captured by the press administering the injection.

Keep up the great work!

Bluestones Medical Vaccination