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Are You Looking For Quality Nurses and HCAs? A Guide

Posted by: Lynn Sedgwick

The recent coronavirus outbreak has created an increased demand for nursing and healthcare staff in an already depleted sector.

Before the outbreak in October 2019, the UK Care Homes Trading Performance Review revealed that staffing issues are the number one challenge in the sector; something I am sure you are fully aware about.

At Clayton Nursing, we work closely with nursing and care homes in the North West, and we understand the continual struggle for staff.

It is more crucial than ever in the current coronavirus outbreak that your care organisation is fully staffed with the dedicated employees you need.

Here’s how we can help alleviate your situation.


Our COVID-19 Mission

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, we realise that the healthcare staffing situation is unprecedented.

Having over 30 years in healthcare recruiting, we believe that it is our duty to increase our efforts to help nursing and care homes find the staff they need right now.

Do you have vacant positions in your organisation that you have intended to fill for a while, but haven’t had the time to recruit? If you now realise that these positions can’t go unfilled any longer – we can help you find the staff you need.

The nursing and healthcare staff crisis is so vital right now; the government has introduced emergency measures to help employers hire the staff they need. Clayton Nursing aims to work alongside the government and the local authority to help as many care organisations as possible to reach full-staff capacity.


Government Guidelines

The government has brought into effect a new piece of legislation which aims to help businesses and the public through the COVID-19 outbreak.

The coronavirus action plan, published on March 3rd contains measures to help frontline NHS and adult social care staff. The guidelines help care organisations and staff by ‘enabling them to work without financial penalty, to support people and communities in taking care of themselves’.

The key areas which directly help care organisations are:-

  • Increasing the available health and social care workforce. For example, by removing barriers to allow retired NHS and social work staff to return to work, and to allow retired nurses to work more than 16 hours per week (which they have previously been restricted to).
  • To ease the burden of frontline staff by reducing the number of administrative tasks, allowing local authorities to prioritise care for those with the most pressing needs and allow key workers to perform tasks remotely, if needed. 
  • Supporting employers by allowing statutory sick pay from day one and supporting employers who need loans or grants to pay ill or self-isolating workers.

As you can see, the government has been incredibly supportive of the health sector in protecting care businesses and helping increase the workforce.

But organisations struggle to recruit on their own. Especially now, as HR and administrative staff are being called to help on the frontline of care.

This is where Clayton Nursing can help.


How We Can Help

We have been recruiting in the healthcare sector for over 30 years, and we can provide fast, essential recruitment services to care organisations in need.

Our industry expertise in finding top healthcare staff has set us up perfectly to help your organisation right now - when you need it the most.

We understand that recruiting has slipped down the list of priorities for nursing and care homes right now as they try to tackle the coronavirus – but being fully staffed right now is crucial.

We are currently working with the following candidates to help place them in organisations where their skills and expertise are needed:

Registered nurses who are looking to increase their hours or take on a new role where they are needed.

Student nurses who have been given special dispensation from the government to be deployed into struggling organisations.

Retired nurses who have been called out of retirement by the government to help alleviate the coronavirus outbreak. 65,000 retired nursing and medical staff have been contacted by the government, with many returning to help this week.

Unskilled care staff who play pivotal roles in every organisation. We have plenty of HCAs and other care employees who are currently looking for roles to help the care crisis.

If you need any of the above staff right now for your care organisation – get in touch with us today. We will quickly find you the employees you need while you concentrate on controlling the coronavirus situation in your care home.

Call our team on 01772 259 121 or contact us here to find the nursing and healthcare staff you need today.




Clayton Recruitment has been partnering with organisations across the country since 1989 and during that time has built up an excellent reputation for trust and reliability.
With specialist divisions covering Commercial, Financial, Industrial, Nursing, and Engineering appointments, on both a permanent and temporary basis. If you are looking for your next career move, we can help. Call us on 01772 259 121 or email us here.


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