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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…

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 specialistteam@bluestonesmedical.co.uk or give them a call on 01244 555 020

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

To keep up to date with everything that happens at Bluestones Medical, please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram & Twitter

Lara’s top-tips for healthcare professionals during the festive period

The festive period is a time for people to unwind, relax and enjoy the company of those they love the most. It’s a time when people also like to spread love and joy and reflect on the year gone by, all whilst living by the phrase ‘eat, drink and be merry’.

However, working in the healthcare industry means that the festive period may not always be like it is in the films for you. It might not be magical, cheerful, and about spreading love and joy. It can be quite lonely, sad, and distressing.

Whilst others are visiting friends and family, you could be looking after a patient in ICU whose family hasn’t been able to visit them due to Covid.

You could be holding the hand of a patient who is suffering with their mental health and doesn’t know how they can carry on, whilst others are visiting the wonderful Christmas markets.

You’re visiting a sick, elderly patient at home whose only form of human contact is you, whilst your friends are drinking mulled wine at a carol concert.

Now, we know these are things you experience all year round, but they become even more difficult at this time of year, leaving you feeling deflated, burnt out, and distressed.

We wish there were something we could do to make this time of year easier for healthcare professionals, but unfortunately, there is very little we can do other than be there to support our Medical Marvels and do our bit to take away as much of the stress as possible for them.

However, our fantastic Clinical Lead, Lara Lamb who is an experienced Nurse, has kindly provided us with her top tips for working during the festive period.

Lara’s festive top tips…

  • Do not get hung up on sticking to a specific day to celebrate Christmas. As we all know, Healthcare Professionals can’t always have Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year off
  • Make time for you and your family
  • Look out for your colleagues and be kind – the holiday period isn’t a positive time for everyone, so take the time to be kind to others
  • Get plenty of sleep and get the rest you need. Covid isn’t over yet, so we may still be facing staff shortages over the festive period
  • Last, but not least – make sure you enjoy yourself when you get the opportunity! Leave work behind and remember you deserve to enjoy yourself too!

We would like to take this as an opportunity to thank all healthcare professionals for their bravery and the sacrifices they have already and continue to make for us. Bluestones Medical & Bluestones Medical Complex Care really do appreciate YOU!

If you would like to get in touch with us, you can do so by calling 01244 555 020 (north), 01633 499 689 (south), 01244 445 072 (Complex Care)

Bluestones Medical Complex Care awarded CQC Registration

Last week, Bluestones Medical Complex Care was awarded our CQC Registration! This registration means that we can demonstrate to our clients and service users that we are providing a service that meets essential standards of quality and safety.

Darren Logue - Managing Director - Bluestones Medical Complex Care

Darren Logue, Managing Director of Bluestones Medical Complex Care said: “It is a privilege for my team and I at Bluestones Medical Complex Care to achieve and be awarded our recent CQC registration.”

“Now that we have this registration, our duty, vocation, and mission are to change and save more lives and raise the standards of care given to those who need us most.”

“Bluestones Medical Complex Care was born out of a passion and hunger to change the standards of care given to those who fail to have a voice in their own care needs. To ensure that the care these individuals receive is person-centred, personalised to their care needs and to enhance their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, for the better.”

“Being CQC registered means Bluestones Medical Complex Care will be audited, inspected, and monitored continuously by the CQC – so that our care is core to their key lines of enquiry framework.”

“Once again – this registration is a privilege for us all at Bluestones Medical Complex Care – as we continue on our mission to save and change as many lives as we can through the highest standards of care.”

Being awarded this registration means that we can accelerate our efforts in supporting our service users to live their best possible life, whilst supporting our Nurses, Support Workers, and Healthcare Assistants to be in a rewarding and fulfilling role.

To keep up to date with everything we get up to here at Bluestones Medical Complex Care, please follow us on LinkedIn & Facebook

To view some of our current Complex Care roles, click HERE

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 Crowned Charity Football Champions!

On Friday 8th October, Bluestones Medical laced up their boots and took to the football pitch to challenge our rivals, Bluestones Investment Group in a charity football match. The game was set up to support our efforts in raising money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, our chosen charity for the year.

The match took place at Goals in Chester, and it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of excitement surrounding the much-anticipated game, and some competitive words and conversations were exchanged between the teams in the run-up (all said in jest, of course!)

Bluestones Medical were repping yellow and black, whilst Bluestones Investment Group chose blue to be their team colour. Both teams were fighting to lift our brand new ‘Bluestones Charity Football Champions’ trophy and neither of them wanted to go home empty handed.

With supporters from both teams surrounding the pitch, the 5-a-side game kicked off. There was a huge sense of competitiveness from both sides, with the game getting a little rough at times. However, a little bit of friendly competition never did anybody any harm, right?!

In the first 15 minutes of the first half, it was fair to say the Bluestones Investment Group were the better team, and they quickly went ahead. Medical showed signs of tiredness early in the game, but it wasn’t long before they found their feet and we’re able to get the ball in the back of the net several times to take the lead at half-time.

After a much needed 10-minute break, the teams stepped foot on the AstroTurf to battle out the last 25 minutes. By this point, Medical we’re really picking up the pace and not only showed off some impressive skills, but also some fantastic teamwork, which seemed to do the trick as they continued to press ahead of their rivals. It was goals galore in the second half, but Bluestones Investment Group didn’t give up. They also managed to score some impressive goals, but this simply wasn’t enough to beat us, and we went on to win with an impressive 15-10 score line.

It was a tough and tiring game, but the team worked hard and came together to bring home the trophy. We asked Raul, what it felt like to lift the trophy and here is what he had to say…

“The feeling was like no other. It was amazing to get to lift the trophy after battling for 50 hard minutes against the Bluestones Investment Group army. All the hard work paid off, as the trophy now sits in our beautiful office where it always belonged “.

Start player Ginnie makes her football debut!

A HUGE thank you to all the players and supporters who took part and donated to the Hospice!

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Julie Rogers joins Bluestones Medical as a Clinical Lead!

Bluestones Medical is delighted to introduce Julie Rogers as our new Clinical Lead!

Julie has been representing Bluestones Medical as one of our community nurses for a while now and has built a fantastic relationship with the team.

We saw hiring Julie to be one of our wonderful Clinical Leads as an incredible opportunity not only for the business but for all our Medical Marvels too, as we will all now have access to her amazing skills and expertise.

We asked Julie a few questions so we could get to know her more & here is what she had to say…

Three words to describe yourself?
Tenacious, honest, and compassionate.

What’s your favourite film?
Before sunrise.

Who do you admire most and why?
Barack Obama. He is warm, he cares, an amazing orator and leader, and wants to guide people to a better world. He overcame cultural discrimination in the world of American politics to make history.

Name three people you’d invite to a dinner party (alive or dead)
Barack Obama, Nelson Mandala, and Mother Teresa.

What do you do best?
Live my own truth.

What’s your pet peeve?
Bad manners.

What’s your favourite drink?
A glass of Champagne.

​​​​​​​In your own words, tell us a bit about yourself .
I am a registered nurse with dual clinical experience both in various hospital settings and in the community district nursing teams. My mother was a nurse and my sister is also a Bluestones Medical Nurse.

Compassionate care runs in the family and I can honestly say, that without a doubt, nursing is the most privileged profession in the world.

Recently, I have been appointed clinical lead for Bluestones Medical and work within the office and at home conducting interviews and clinical support. Prior to this, I held various roles with a major high street building society, culminating in the role of district manager, responsible for borrowing and investment targets and staff management of 3 branches.

I was made redundant following the merger and acquisition of various lenders resulting in the building society becoming a major bank. At this point and following another major change in my life, I decided it was ‘now or never’ and decided to pursue my dream of becoming a Nurse.

I began my training in 2010 and in 2013 I qualified with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing. For the last 7 years, I have worked full time plus as an agency nurse and feel this has developed my clinical skills, allowing me the opportunity to work in clinical settings, I would not have otherwise been exposed to.

With this amount of experience, it was extremely important to me that I was represented by an agency who had my best interests at heart, who look after and genuinely care about their nurses and are constantly looking to improve and have an open and caring approach with the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

In taking a current practicing nurse in-house, which is unique amongst agencies, I am able to represent my colleagues and their needs, which prove invaluable for the outstanding service Bluestones Medical offers.

Outside of my working life, I have two daughters aged 23 and 17 whom I am extremely proud of. I also have a Cockapoo puppy named Lola, with the longest eyelashes in the world!!!

She is now 17 weeks old and has brought so much joy to our family. In addition, I also founded and own a business called Essence of Soul which is a real passion for me. It encompasses my life coaching and mentoring services underpinned with holistic modalities and corporate well-being service, all of which is particularly relevant in the last couple of years as the world has edged slowly through a global pandemic, leaving a lot of people lost and searching for meaning.

In what little spare time I have, I enjoy playing golf, theatre and love horse-racing, cricket, rugby, and football.

What does it mean to be a Bluestones Medical Marvel?

Being an agency nurse means you’ll rarely be working in one place for a significant period of time. As a result, you’ll regularly be working with new people, you’ll often be the ‘newbie’ and you may sometimes find it difficult to know where you belong.

We strongly believe that the benefits of being an agency nurse far outweigh the negatives, but we’re not oblivious to the fact that it doesn’t come without its challenges. We know, from speaking to our nurses every day, that it can be difficult to find your sense of belonging.

Here at Bluestones Medical, we believe that we have built something different. Something unique that we’re proud of. This is, that everyone involved with Bluestones Medical, from our incredible nurses to our consultants, right through to our cleaner, Brenda, is part of something special. Something that goes beyond a job role. Something that gives them a purpose and the knowledge that, without them, Bluestones Medical wouldn’t be the same.

Everyone who is part of Bluestones Medical is important, recognised, and very much needed. We feel privileged to be in a position that allows us to support the NHS to care for those who are most in need. To help families hold on to loved ones and to ensure that those at the end of their life don’t feel alone. This is our purpose. This is what gives us a sense of belonging.

You can read what two of our brilliant nurses had to say when we asked them to tell us about their experience of being a Bluestones Medical Marvel by clicking THIS LINK.

When you become a Bluestones Medical Marvel, no matter if you’re a Community Psychiatric Nurse, A&E Nurse, or a Scrub Nurse, you become part of our purpose. You also become our priority, meaning we will work tirelessly to find you not only the job role but the pay and the work-life balance that you’ve always wanted.

We want all our Medical Marvels to wake up and feel proud to put on their Bluestones uniform. We also want to hear about your day, whether it was good or bad, we want you to know you can call us anytime and we’ll be there. We want to build strong relationships with you, that goes beyond us just being your employer. We LOVE getting to know you, your hobbies, and your interests, it makes our job so much more enjoyable. But most of all, when you’re wearing your Bluestones Medical uniform, we want you to know that this is where you belong. You belong at Bluestones Medical and are a vital part of the team. When you work with us, we never want you to feel alone and if you do, just know we are only ever a phone call away.

So yes, it may sometimes be difficult to know where you belong when you’re moving from trust to trust and role to role, but when you feel like this, just remember that you are part of the Bluestones Medical community, and this is exactly where you belong.

You call or text your consultant at any time and they will be happy to chat with you. We’re always here and we’ll always have your back.

Phone: 01244 555 020
Email: medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk 

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!

Why being an agency nurse can equal a better work-life balance

It has been proven that human beings are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled when their job is aligned with their values and priorities.

As a healthcare professional, your values and priorities will probably include things such as spending more time with patients, ensuring you always provide them with the best possible care, and having the opportunity to progress.

However, you will also have personal values and priorities. These could include spending more time with friends and family, giving back to the community, and doing the things you have always wanted to do. 

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Working in healthcare can make it particularly difficult to juggle all your values and priorities. Your shift pattern and the demanding situations you face daily can be a tremendous blocker. This can result in feeling burnt out, disappointed and unsatisfied.  

At Bluestones Medical, we want all our Medical Marvels to enjoy their job. We want them to have a work-life balance that suits them and be able to fulfill their values and priorities. We allow all our Marvels to find a schedule to suit them and their circumstances whilst earning the pay rates they deserve. This is the beauty of being an agency nurse.

Here are some of the things you can expect as a Bluestones Medical Marvel…

  • The opportunity to generate experience within a new specialism
  • The opportunity to explore what it’s like to work in different trusts
  • A structured progression plan to help you achieve your goals and be the best you can be
  • The ability to choose your own work schedule that fits with your personal values & priorities
  • The opportunity to earn fantastic pay rates, even when working part-time
  • The support from someone who genuinely cares about your needs on both a personal and professional level

After the unprecedented time that all healthcare professionals have had to face in the last 18 months, we’re proud to help our nurses and healthcare workers enjoy their jobs again and remember why they started their career journey. We can do the same for you too.

By becoming a Bluestones Medical Marvel, you will take back control of your work-life balance without impacting your income.

So, if you work in general nursing, theatres, mental health, complex care, or community nursing, let us support you to enjoy your job again whilst enjoying a work-life balance that leaves you feeling fulfilled.

You can register your interest in becoming a Bluestones Medical Marvel HERE.

Please also feel free to give us a call on 01244 555 020 or email us at medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk

Why not look at all our current opportunities by clicking HERE.

COMPETITION TIME! Help raise money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd

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Win a luxury afternoon tea hamper!

As you’re probably aware, this Saturday, several of the Bluestones Medical team will be climbing Snowdon to raise money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd!

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, it really does mean the world to us & the Hospice!

To raise as much money as possible, we thought we would run a little competition…

To enter, all you must do is…

  • LIKE our Facebook page or FOLLOW our Instagram page
  • COMMENT on the competition post and guess how long it will take us to climb to the top of Snowdon (Llanberis Path)
  • DONATE any amount you can
  • TAG a fellow nurse or friend and invite them to take part too

The person who guesses the closest time will win a hamper full of goodies! If more than one person guesses the correct time, a winner will be chosen completely at random.

So please, get guessing, and let’s raise some funds for the amazing Hospice of the Good Shepherd!

You can find our Facebook page HERE

You can find our Instagram page HERE

You can find our JustGiving page HERE

Terms & conditions

  • 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 12:00 Local Time 9th Aug 2021 to 17:00 Local Time 16th August 2021
  • Entries to be made through official Bluestones Medical Facebook or Instagram pages by liking/following our pages and commenting on selected posts
  • A winner will be chosen at random
  • The winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the competition closing
  • 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:
  • X1 luxury afternoon tea hamper
  • 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

Promotions galore for Bluestones Medical HCAs

It has been a hugely successful week for 4 of the Bluestones Medical HCAs. Gillian, David, Christelle & Sian have all been promoted to Senior HCAs. Their promotion is a result of their reliability and their loyalty to Bluestones Medical. Their hard work and dedication is second to none and they have consistently received fantastic feedback in regards to their care and compassion from our clients.

We would like to say a HUGE congratulations and also a BIG thank you to Gillian, David, Christelle, and Sian. We feel privileged to have them represent Bluestones Medical and look forward to watching them progress further!

Top tips for Nurses working in hot weather

Temperatures are set to soar over the next few days, and this is something that most people will welcome with open arms. However, as lovely as this might be, it can pose a real threat for both patients and healthcare professionals. With the risk of dehydration and heatstroke, we thought it might be helpful to put together some top tips for healthcare professionals working in the hot weather.

We asked some of the fantastic nurses that work with Bluestones Medical for their top tips for working in hot weather and here is what they had to say…

Stay out of the sun

The temperature tends to be the highest between 11-4, meaning that you are most likely to get heat stroke at this time of the day. Our nurses have advised to stay indoors if you can during this time (preferably in front of a fan!). They also said to drink plenty of water before and after your shifts.

Say no to coffee (as difficult as this may be)

Coffee is known for having a diuretic effect. This can result in extra water loss and then dehydration which can be even more dangerous in the hot weather. On hot days, try to stick to drinking water or squash. You could even try an energy drink if you need a little energy boost.

Cool yourself down

A couple of our nurses mentioned that running your wrists under cold water for 30 seconds each is a great quick fix for when you are feeling a little too warm. As a nurse, you will be washing your hands a lot during a shift. Try this trick at the same time and it should lower the temperature of the blood in your wrists and arms. As a result, this will then recirculate into the rest of your body and help you to cool down.

Plan ahead

Be sure to bring plenty of your favourite soft drinks with you to your shifts and pop them in the fridge. If you make these readily available to you, you are much more likely to stop and enjoy them. You could even keep a big jug of water in the fridge for your colleagues to enjoy too! You are fantastic at caring for others but be sure to care for yourself too!

TAKE YOUR BREAKS

Finally, be sure you are taking your breaks. Being a nurse is exhausting at the best of times, but even more so in the hot weather! Try your best to find somewhere cool and ventilated and sit down with one of those drinks you cleverly remembered to put into the fridge.

Thank you…

Whilst everyone is out enjoying the sunshine, we will not forget about you working in the heat to care for others. We hope that these top tips help make your shift a little easier and please remember to look after yourself too!

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You can view all our jobs HERE and if you would like to join us, please give us a call on 01244 555 020. We would love to hear from you.

Bluestones Medical supports local Hospice

We are delighted to finally be able to announce that we have partnered up with The Hospice of the Good Sheperd and will be raising funds for them over the next year.

As a business, we wanted to do more to support a local charity. Therefore, we asked the entire team to vote for a charity that they would like to support over the next year and The Hospice of the Good Sheperd received the most votes!

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About The Hospice of the Good Shepard

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is a respected provider of palliative care for residents of Chester, Ellesmere Port, Deeside, part of South Wirral, and Western Cheshire.

Early in 1983 two nurses attended a meeting of the Chester Lions and spoke about their work in caring for patients suffering from cancer. When asked where they were based the nurses explained that they had no base but talked about the idea of a local Hospice.

Under the leadership of Noel Rouse, acting Secretary of the Chester Lions, they approached local business leaders and healthcare & community leaders to see if there was sufficient interest in the idea of setting up a local Hospice in Chester. Following a considerable groundswell of support, a community meeting was held on 28th September 1983 in Chester Town Hall where it was agreed to set up a working group and committee. At a subsequent meeting on 15th November 1983, Vivienne Smith was appointed as Chair of the inaugural Hospice Committee.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd opened on 6th February 1989 and the first patient is welcomed by Matron Mrs. Ann Teaney and staff. The Hospice was officially opened by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, escorted by the Duchess of Westminster, our Patron, and watched by many supporters, staff, and volunteers.

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A pillar of the community

Today, their specialist team of medical and nursing staff deliver end-of-life care to their patients and support their families, carers, and friends. The services offered by the Hospice are varied across several disciplines and reflect the diverse nature of their care and support. For example, during the past year, the Hospice has provided almost 300 In-patient stays and had over 1,000 Day Therapy attendances. There were also over 800 medical consultations in Hospice Out-Patients. The Hospice offers social, psychological, and spiritual support from their social workers and spiritual care team. Together with the support offered by their bereavement team, almost 1,000 families benefited from these services.

Our mission

Did you know it costs £11,000 PER DAY to run the Hospice? Did you also know that only around one-quarter of the running costs come from the government? But importantly, services for individuals are always provided entirely free of charge. Therefore, The Hospice of the Good Shepherd must generate about 75% of its running costs through donations and other fundraising.

As a team, we have committed to raising £11,000 for the Hospice over the next year to pay to run the Hospice for a day.

We are extremely committed to working together as a team to raise as much as we can for the Hospice. We will ensure that we let everyone know of any initiatives that we run, and we would be extremely grateful for any money you can donate to this incredible cause.

When it hit home

Last week, we were lucky enough to have been paid a visit by Justin Caroe and Nicola Suggitt who are part of the fundraising team at the Hospice. They spoke about some of the fantastic work that the hospice does, from the formidable patient care they provide to the support they offer to bereaved family and friends. The stories they told really hit home and made the team even more determined to do whatever we can to raise as much money as possible for them.

We would love your support!

Please do keep your eye out on our social platforms to keep up to date with our fundraising initiatives. We know times have been tough for so many people, but just £1 can help us on our way to hitting our £11,000 target.

You can donate to our JustGiving page HERE.

If you aren’t already, please follow our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn pages.

Natasha Davies gets promoted!

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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.

The Benefits of Working With Bluestones Medical

Our job here at Bluestones Medical is to recruit and place the highest calibre of nurses and healthcare staff into hospitals and NHS trusts all over the UK.

Although this may sound transactional, our role goes much, much deeper than this. We have the privilege of working with astonishing people every day. People that save lives, protect the most vulnerable and care for the people who need it most. We will never take this for granted.

Every member of the Bluestones Medical team knows how fortunate they are to be working with the fantastic candidates that we have, and so we set out every day to provide them with the same standard of service they provide to their patients.

Recently, the team has been working on what we want our company values to be and what we want Bluestones Medical to stand for. After careful consideration, we came up with the below and we will ensure we abide by them every day.

Our Values…

Teamwork

Whether you work internally or externally for Bluestones Medical – we are a team and together, we are better. With this, we ensure that no matter what your role is, there will always be someone, somewhere to support, listen and lift you – whenever you need it.

Humility

We are always open to feedback and constructive criticism. We show respect and always recognise the roles and contributions of others.

Passion

A passion to change lives and save lives is a must for anyone working for Bluestones Medical. We put that passion into every hour we fill, every contract we place a candidate in, and the care plans we facilitate.

Trust

Bluestones Medical will always remain transparent and honest regarding our relationships and transactions with our employees, candidates, and clients. This trust is extended to anyone that works with or alongside Bluestones Medical through a trusted advisory approach. We do right by all our partnerships, whatever the relationship may be.

Innovation

Bluestones Medical will always strive to develop and implement new products, processes, or services to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and competitive advantage.

What we offer our candidates.

Our candidates are the beating heart of our business. Therefore, we want to do our best to offer them a benefits package that is worthy of them and what they do (although we’re not sure that any benefits can equal this).

Benefits include:

  • Excellent pay rates
  • Access to industry-leading and accredited training
  • Unrivalled support from a team of experts
  • 24/7 service
  • Revalidation support
  • Access to the best permanent and temporary roles
  • Book shifts, view timesheets and compliance via our app, Sirenum
  • Free Perkbox subscription giving you access to hundreds of discounts, cashback, and more!
  • We will support you to arrange travel and finding accommodation (if applicable)
  • Faster pay through a range of payment options, including PAYE and approved umbrella companies
  • A promise from us to you that we will give our all to support you and your career goals and aspirations

Watch the short video below to find out more…

Join us today.

We are passionate about building relationships with our candidates, supporting their growth and career development, along with supporting them on a more personal level.

If you decide to come on board with us, we can promise you that the entire team will have your best interest at heart. First, we want you to succeed and have career satisfaction. Second, we want to support you and your situation, to help you build a schedule that suits you and your needs.

If you are considering becoming an agency nurse/healthcare worker, you can register with us HERE. You can also call us on 01244 555 020 anytime, and one of the team would be delighted to speak to you.

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Introducing our new Community Nursing consultant, Andrew Carroll

We are delighted to introduce you to our new Community Nursing consultant, Andrew Carroll!

Andrew began his career at Bluestones Medical just over 6 months ago, when he was approached by our Managing Director, Darren Logue. Darren asked him if he would be interested in immersing himself in the recruitment industry. Fast forward to today, and Andy now heads up the community specialism for the business!

When asked what the best thing about his new role is, Andy replied “being able to look after our fantastic Community Nurses”.

Andy has said that his ability to have a personal approach to the community division, by having fun, light-hearted conversations with all his nurses is what makes him stand out. Andy is also extremely passionate about Community Nursing, as his Mum has been working on the community for over 30 years and is still going strong to this day as an Emergency Response Nurse. Her drive and motivation inspire him to do the best he can whilst working at Bluestones Medical.

To introduce himself, Andy has created a video so that you can all get to know him a little better and to allow you to put a face to the person you speak to every week. Click the video to see what he had to say…

Get in touch with Andy…

If you would like to discuss all the opportunities we have for you here at Bluestones Medical further, give Andy a call on 01244 555 020. Andy has prioritised catching up with his nurses regularly and promises to keep them all up to date with all our full and part-time vacancies.

With Andy’s drive, passion, and commitment, we know he will be able to offer our community nurses the best possible service. His hard work and dedication have already resulted in him achieving great things, and we are very excited to see how far he will go.

You can view all our community nursing opportunities HERE. If you would like to keep up to date with the latest industry news and everything we get up to here at Bluestones Medical, follow our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages.

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?

covid exhaustion

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

healthy breakfast

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.

speak out

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

Better than Black Friday

Black Friday is great… but FREE perkbox is even better!

With year-round deals, there’s something for everyone.

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RCN COVID-19 Webinar

We want to ensure that all our workers – and in this instance, our broader healthcare network – are kept up to date with events and news that we think are important and could benefit you. So we think it’s important that we let people know about the RCN webinar that’s taking place today, at 3.30pm.

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New headquarters

Bluestones Medical, one of the leading national healthcare staffing providers has completed its move into new headquarters on the outskirts of Chester.

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Happy Halloween 2020

The Bluestones Medical team have enjoyed a socially distanced fancy dress Halloween day to mark the end of our spooky prize draw competition.

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Halloween Prize Draw

This Halloween, don’t be scared… be a prize draw winner with Bluestones Medical’s Halloween Prize Draw!

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World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow (10th October) is World Mental Health Day and this year, we’re helping to raise awareness for the very real challenge many are facing, particularly throughout this pandemic.

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New team structure

With the introduction of our new work app, Sirenum (have you downloaded it yet?) we have also taken the opportunity to switch our internal teams around too.

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How to find the best nursing blogs

Nursing and professional development is a lifelong process; and looking at the constant changes, new methods and clinical skills are imperative to keep up to date with current practices and profession regulations.

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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.

Can the record growth of nurses be sustained?

Everyone who is of has worked within the healthcare industry will be aware of how important and how much we rely on overseas nurses.

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Are we supporting our nurses?

As an RGN, I am fully aware of the physical and mental impact the role can have. Nursing comes with a great sense responsibility and can impact the lives of others immensely. Shutting off after a twelve-hour shift is proven to be very difficult, which I am sure many would agree.

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Agency working tips

What to think about before starting an agency shift

Joining any agency can be difficult, especially when it is for the first time. With any agency you join, it is important to seek out the support you are offered beforehand, this support is something that you should expect from the moment you decide to join and every day throughout your time working. Agency work can be lonely at times, but having that support will make all the difference. Asking friends and colleagues what their experiences have been like, and what support they should expect can be beneficial. Sit back and think what the reasons are and where do you want the agency to take you?

Agency work can be an amazing experience once you have found the right team to look after you. It can give you that work-life balance, which we all know working within the health care setting, can be impossible at times. Different experiences will widen and build your clinical skill set dramatically, along with building your personal development. Anyone who has worked for an agency will be aware that sometimes it can be daunting especially at first, new faces, environments and in my case even driving to a new hospital was quite worrying at first.

The following information will guide you on how to prepare and feel confident when carrying out your first shifts.

Be prepared

When arriving at your allocated placement, ensure you have all of the relevant equipment. Such as pens, ID badge, correct uniform and your NMC pin number.

We all know the first impression can make a big impact, and being prepared will make you stand out from others. Doing this the day before your shift will help with any unexpected stresses you may face on the day.

Arrive early and be aware of where you are going beforehand. This is one thing I learnt early on in my agency career; I am happy to say my Nursing skills are far better than my directional skills and my ability to follow a sat-nav system. Arriving early will enable you to have a look around, gauging your surroundings, and the atmosphere can set you up for the rest of your shift. Showing your dedication by doing this will also make you stand out and be remembered.

 Never be afraid to ask questions

Being an agency nurse for the first time, regardless of how well trained you are or experienced, does not mean you are expected to know everything. Nursing and Healthcare is a daily learning process for everyone involved. When arriving at your allocated placement, ensure you are given an induction. If this is not offered or expected information is not given, then ask. Explain this is your first time in the trust or placement.

From previous experience, this is the required information I should be expected to be told:

  • Fire procedure, exits and meeting points
  • Emergency procedures, crash trolley, oxygen and emergency bells
  • Where policies and procedures are located
  • How notes are documented paper/online system
  • Who is in charge and who to speak to for support?
  • A short walk around the area who will be working in
  • Restrooms and of course the coffee machine

Once you are happy with the induction process and you feel that you have all the information needed to carry your shift safely, this is when you can exchange handover. Regardless of where an individual has previously worked a handover should be very similar. This will allow you to determine how many patients are in your care, their health condition, and any other needs they may have.

Communication

We all know communication is an integral part of any health care professional role, communicating with our patients is something i am sure we all do to be best of our ability. However, do we do with our co-workers to a similar degree? I can honestly say previously attempting to start a friendly conversation with a new colleague was something I found difficult in a new area; however, the initial difference it makes at the start of a shift outweigh that 30 seconds of anxiety. Try to remember names and interact with the team you are working with, we all try our best with our patients, so it is just as important to do it with our co-workers.

Reflect

After your shift has finished always reflect on what happened, what went well and what did not go so well – this will put you in good stead for the future. If your first shift did not go well, do not be too hard on yourself. Agency work can be an entirely new world for some, especially those who have worked within the same employer for many years. Feedback to your agency, if they have clinical staff ask for advice, there is a good chance they will be able to offer help or support. The main thing to remember that although agency work can seem lonely at times, a good and supportive agency will be there 24/7 to ensure you are not alone.

What is reflection?

Reflective practice was introduced way back in the early 20th century by the famous John Dewey. Following on from this – the theory of reflection has continued to grow and had developed immensely. The process itself allows an individual to continuously improve with professional practice and personal development. This is done by allowing yourself to be able to make sense of an experience.

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International Nurses Day 2020

12th May is International Nurses Day and perhaps now, more than ever, we can reflect on the essential work, unfailing commitment and superhuman efforts our nurses demonstrate every day.

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International Nurses Day in Kelly’s Corner

Not only is it the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife this year – but also today we mark the 200th year of the birth of Florence Nightingale. As we all know this day is to celebrate the amazing work nurses are doing daily around the world. In addition to this I think it is important that we acknowledge that this year is not your average year!

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An intro to Kelly’s Corner

As a registered nurse myself working on the front line – I wanted to firstly thank you all for the amazing compassion and professionalism you have shown throughout these times of uncertainly.

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Bluestones Medical appoints new MD

This week marks an important milestone for the Bluestones Medical business as Darren Logue joins as its new Managing Director. Darren joins Bluestones Medical from Randstad, where he’s spent the last 9 years establishing a high-performing, multi-million pound nursing and healthcare division.

On joining Bluestones Medical, Darren said:

As a well-established business with an excellent reputation in the market, strong framework presence and a national footprint – it wasn’t a difficult choice to take on this new role. I’m looking forward to getting to know the team and helping the business continue to evolve in to the market-leading force I know it can be.

Bluestones Medical is an elite brand within the Bluestones Investment Group’s portfolio of recruitment companies. The Group’s Divisional CEO, Trish Stratford commented:

This appointment is a clear indication of our intention to both support and grow our medical recruitment business. With Darren’s guidance we will continue to be customer-focused, expand into new geographies and develop new business streams.

His background and professional experience speaks for itself, but importantly for me, it’s also well-balanced with his personability and can-do attitude – and I’m excited to see where we can take the business.

Darren continued,

Clearly we’re living through challenging times with the COVID-19 outbreak affecting all areas of our lives. The NHS and other healthcare providers are facing exceptional challenges and are demonstrating their inherent value every day through the work they do.

Bluestones Medical is here too, actively working to support the national healthcare effort and although I’m taking on this new role now, I’m already encouraged by the passion our teams are demonstrating and the essential work they’re undertaking.

Bluestones Medical operates from two regional hubs and is a framework provider to the NHS in England and Wales. The business specialises in finding roles for nurses, theatre staff and healthcare professionals across both the public and private sector.

For more information about the company, please browse our website or contact us.

Importance of key workers

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as of 25th March 2020, the UK government has produced a list of key workers that it deems are critical to the COVID-19 response.

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Government guidance and COVID-19

It’s important that everyone plays their part in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak, whether that’s on the front-line as a healthcare provider or by self-isolating and social distancing.

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Business continuity

Recruitment never stops, even in these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly where medical and healthcare provision is concerned.

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Best practice hygiene advice

We wanted to share our best practice hygiene advice in relation to COVID-19.

Please follow the below and do this for EVERY shift:

  • Get changed at work and again before you leave work – please do not arrive in your uniform prior to your shift or leave after your shift in uniform. This will decrease the risk of contamination.
  • Wear a clean uniform for EVERY shift – if you require an extra uniform please let the office know
  • Boil wash your uniform
  • Sanitise your hands when starting your shift and periodically throughout
  • Inform us of any changes to your health – please let us know if you decide to self-isolate and the reason why or if you are diagnosed with COVID-19. This is essential for us to know so we can take any actions needed.

External resources and information about COVID-19

There are some excellent sources of information from gov.uk and NHS websites. We’e shared a handful of links below, that reference the latest guidance:

Coronavirus update

As you’re no doubt aware, Coronavirus (or COVID-19 to give it its proper name) is now present in the UK. As a healthcare professional it’s important that you understand what this means for you and your role, so this guide brings together some helpful government and NHS information.

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Open Day in St Asaph

Join us on the 4th March 2020 for a recruitment day at The Plough, The Roe, Saint Asaph, LL17 0LU.

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New training dates added

We’re pleased to announce a series of new training dates have been added to our training calendar, right up to the end of February 2020.

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The final countdown

It’s the final countdown… well, the final day of our Christmas Coundown anyway!

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Countdown to Christmas continues

Our Christmas Countdown continues… with just 5 days of prize draws over the 5 remaining days till the big day!

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Christmas opening times

Want to know when the Bluestones Medical offices will be open over Christmas? Then check out our Christmas Opening Times information here.

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Interview tips

Interviews can be a daunting experience for anyone. Going into a new environment and getting judged on your experience, knowledge and attitude in a short period of time can be tough to prepare for. You never truly know what you’ll be faced with and you can rarely be too prepared. But with our quickfire interview tips you’ll be better equipped to ace that next interview.

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Countdown to Christmas continues

To help everyone get into the festive mood, we’re celebrating with our ‘Countdown to Christmas’ prize draw.

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Big Sleep Out, completed

Well it wasn’t easy, it was cold & wet but we did it and thanks to additional donations overnight we have now smashed our funding target!

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Countdown to Christmas

To help everyone get into the festive mood, we’re celebrating with our ‘Countdown to Christmas’ prize draw.

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Supporting Alzheimer’s Society and Elf Day

Across Bluestones Medical the team have really got into the Christmas spirit today, dressing up as elves to support Elf Day and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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10 ways to guarantee more agency shifts

No matter where in the world you practise, agency nursing can be hard work. When it comes to agencies a lot of nurses join alongside their current role to earn a little extra money for a rainy day. But what about when you want to take on agency nursing full time? The flexibility to work when you want and freedom to have time off whenever you feel like it, sounds perfect doesn’t it? So why aren’t nursing doing it? Well, with set contract of actually getting work nurses often feel a lack of security. But, for the last 8 years, Bluestones Medical has been working with many full-time agency nurses!

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Bluestones Big Sleep Out

The Bluestones Medical team will be sleeping out under the stars in Chester in order to raise money for a very worthwhile cause this Christmas.

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Christmas payroll deadlines

We know it’s a little early, however, we wanted to share our Christmas payroll deadlines so you can plan around the holidays!

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Flu vaccinations for health professionals

As many of us are aware flu season is fast approaching. Seasonal influenza is unpredictable but still a huge recurring pressure within healthcare settings (Public Health England, 2019).

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Welcome to Ginnie

Welcome to Ginnie Garnett, the new hire at Bluestones Medical. Joining the Chester office, Ginnie will be focused on permanent recruitment.

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New training dates released

Bluestones Medical has released new training dates for their CPD qualifying courses in Chester and Newport.

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Ladies Night sponsored by Bluestones Medical

Bluestones Medical is proud to sponsor an upcoming Ladies Night! The night is being organised by Rebecca Newson who is a student nurse at the Glyndwr University in Wrexham.

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Bluestones Medical secures platinum Neuven award

As part of HTE Framework requirements Bluestones Medical have to go through an annual audit to enable us to continue to supply healthcare staff through the framework.

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Bluestones Medical secures impressive audit result

Bluestones Medical is very proud to announce it has scored platinum in this year’s Healthtrust Europe HTE framework audit for Nursing. The Compliance team, led by Tracy Lumb, scored an impressive 100% on the annual audit which is designed to ensure recruitment agencies are working compliantly on everything from worker checks, pay rates, charge rates, umbrella companies, training and more! Without these audits, Bluestones Medical would not be able to supply such a volume to the NHS and other government bodies.

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South Wales training success

We had another fantastic training session in our South Wales office this week, with a focus on Tracheostomy and Advanced Airway Management on 20th Feb and a follow-up session the next day on IV Medication, Cannulation and Venepuncture.

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A day in the life

People often ask what my role as a ‘Compliance Officer’ entails. In short, I collate documents together in order to ensure candidates can be signed off so we can start providing them with shifts, but the reality is that it is not as easy as it sounds.

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Compliance update three

Welcome to your February edition of Bluestones Medical Compliance newsletter. Last month we provided you with an update on the importance of NMC/HCPC checks and revalidation. We hope you found this useful.

This month we will aim to provide useful information on the following subjects:

  • Bluestones Training Academy
  • Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)
  • The importance of DBS update service payments
  • Compliance reminders

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Spread the love

With Valentine’s fast approaching, we’re in the mood for spreading the love! Head to our Facebook page and tell us why you love Bluestones Medical to be entered into our exclusive prize draw.

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Compliance update two

Welcome to the second Bluestones Medical Compliance update. Last time we provided you with an update on keeping you compliant. We hope you found this useful.

This month we will provide you with information on NMC & HCPC checks and Revalidation.

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Compliance update

Welcome to the first in a regular series of Bluestones Medical Compliance updates. We thought it would be helpful to provide you with information on compliance, mainly because of the ever-changing requirements and so that we can keep you updated at every step of the way with how to stay compliant so that we can continue to offer you shifts with us.

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10 things the male agency nurse can bring to your ward for the shift

I do the rounds as an agency nurse. Obviously I’m male hence why I’m writing this. The agency life allows me to experience aspects of nursing I wouldn’t get to try if I held a permanent post in the NHS or private care. Being a male in a predominantly female dominated profession you often get labelled with a couple of stereotypes that come with the title “male nurse”. These fall into questions about sexuality and not being clever enough to be a Dr. Did I want to be a Dr? No thanks.

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Benefits of working with Bluestones Medical

If you want to find out more about the benefits of working with Bluestones Medical, you need to watch our latest video!

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Another great training event

Yesterday saw another great training session in our South Wales office (in Newport), focusing on Cannulation and IVs.

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Movember update

Well, we have been thundering through November and with the weather changing so much this month – it is lucky the lads decided to invest in growing some upper lip warmth!

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Advanced Airway Management training

Our Afternoon session on Advanced Airway Management in Newport, went down a storm yesterday!

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Movember challenge!

Bluestones Medical are looking for people to join our Movember challenge! For everyone person involved we will donate £50.

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Bluestones Medical enter Chester’s Raft Race

Bluestones Medical have entered this year’s Chester Raft Race, scheduled to take place on Sunday 1st July. We will be raising money in support of the Countess of Chester’s Babygrow Appeal and are currently in the process of building our raft… it’s progressing nicely!

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Bluestones Medical records impressive audit score

Being able to offer our workers shift within the NHS is not as easy or straight forward as it seems. An agency has to jump through a lot of hoops and complete a large amount of compliance in order to send just one nurse into the NHS. To consistently support the NHS an agency has to be part of a “Framework”.

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Jonitson Healthcare has been acquired by Bluestones Medical

Jonitson Healthcare and Bluestones Medical
Jonitson Healthcare has been acquired by Bluestones Medical Ltd.

We’re pleased to announce that Jonitson Healthcare will now be known as Bluestones Medical, forming the South Wales division of this leading medical recruitment business.

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NHS ban on agency shifts lifted

In a complete backtrack by NHS Improvement, they’ve published the following announcement:

Following feedback from nurses about our latest agency rules on substantive staff, we’ve clarified our rules. Until further notice, we’re pausing our instruction that providers should ensure staff employed through an agency are not substantively employed elsewhere in the NHS.

This new rule will not start from 1 April 2017 and providers normal processes can remain in place.”

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Professional pay for nurses

So, the latest news is that the government has announced that health workers are set to receive a ‘derisory’ 1% pay rise (source: Guardian). As you might imagine, unions, nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers affected by the decision are justifiably furious with the decision.

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Guest blog: agency work – just do it

I am a mother to two beautiful boys, Cory aged 12 and Jett aged 3. I live in a village just outside Wrexham with them and their father in our cosy little home. I’m not currently a full time agency worker I just pick up shifts when I can to suit our hectic family life.

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Agencies aren’t the bad guys here

Having just dusted myself off from the recent IR35 developments I cant say that I was ready to be informed about NHSi’s recent guidelines. We currently represent over 2,000 RGNs, RMNs, ODPs and HCAs and I genuinely feel that recently, all we furnish them with is bad news and more restrictions on how they live their lives.

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Substantive posts and agency workers

You may have recently heard about the NHS’s new guidelines to Trusts. From the 1st April if you hold a post within the NHS – then unfortunately, you can’t work agency shifts for other NHS Trusts.

BUT PLEASE DON’T PANIC

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Agency working viewpoint

Hi, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Amanda and I have been qualified as a nurse since 1998. I currently work part-time in the NHS as a Home Oxygen Assessment Specialist Nurse and I work part-time for Bluestones Medical agency.

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New website for Bluestones Medical Nursing

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

Following extensive research and exploring potential options, we’ve refined our online platform to make life even easier for our healthcare partners to register, find new roles and submit applications through a simplified interface.

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Off Payroll working in the public sector

Off Payroll working in the public sector. Reform of IR35 from April 2017

As you may be aware, there is yet more HMRC legislation on the horizon so we have put together the following guide to inform you of what the implications are of the latest changes.

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