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
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Join us on the 4th March 2020 for a recruitment day at The Plough, The Roe, Saint Asaph, LL17 0LU.
This month we will aim to provide useful information on the following subjects:
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.”
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.