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Calling Nurses and Healthcare Assistants – We Can Help You

Posted by: Lynn Sedgwick

Sir Simon Stevens has said that the COVID-19 outbreak is the ‘single biggest challenge facing all European health services, and the NHS will be no exception’.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, we were already in the midst of a 40,000 short nursing crisis: it is now even more crucial that care organisations find the staff that they need to fill critical roles.

At Clayton Nursing, we specialise in finding healthcare staff the roles that fulfil them – and we currently have a greater need than ever – we can help you to find a nursing or healthcare role today.

In an unprecedented time, and with help from the government, there are currently more opportunities than ever for nurses and HCAs to find roles – read on to find out more about our current nursing and HCA staff needs.


New Legislation

The government recently announced a new piece of legislation to try and limit the spread of COVID-19, including measures to help care organisations with staffing shortfalls.

The law, which you can view here, includes changes to current rules which prevent retired nurses from working no more than 16 hours per week.

Recently retired nurses are going to be critical in the fight against COVID-19. So, we are inviting retired nurses to get in touch with us to discuss employment opportunities in light of the recent outbreak.

Nurses who have left the profession for any number of reasons are also being urged back into care roles to help deal with the crisis, with government measures in place to help those with school-age children – let me explain further. 


Childcare for Nurses and HCAs

Being a mostly female-dominated sector, nursing and healthcare workers often feel the impact of struggling to juggle careers and family life at the same time.

The primary reason for female nurses and healthcare workers to leave the profession or have a career break is to raise a family.

Understandably, nurses and HCAs who might be considering returning to work or top up their hours will be concerned about the impact it will have on their family. Nurses and healthcare workers are in the protected ‘key worker’ category, so their children are exempt from the recent school closures.

For more information about critical workers and childcare during the coronavirus, click here.

Day-by-day the government is announcing new measures to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, with the most recent update including a plea to retired and currently not-in-work medics, nurses and healthcare assistants. Let me explain further which roles we are aiming to help the government to fill.


What Staff Do We Need?

We have positions available right now that urgently need filling. We are looking for the following:-

Registered Nurses

There was a shortage of 40,000 registered nurses in the U.K. before the coronavirus outbreak. If you are a registered nurse not currently in a healthcare role, or you are working part-time and want to explore your full-time options – we want to hear from you.

Student Nurses

The coronavirus bill has relaxed the rules around student nurses. Those who are near the end of their training will now be deployed to help alleviate the strain on registered nurses. If you are a student nurse nearing the end of your training – get in touch with us today to discuss your options.

Retired Healthcare Staff

On the 20th March, the government revealed that they had sent 65,000 letters to retired doctors and nurses urging them to return to work to help tackle the outbreak.

If you are a retired nurse, healthcare assistant, or have previously worked in any kind of unskilled healthcare role – your services are in much-needed demand right now.

Unqualified Care Staff

One of the most crucial sections of any healthcare organisation is the unqualified care assistant roles, which are the backbone of every organisation.

The figures for before the coronavirus outbreak show that one in every 11 care work role remain unfilled, and this will deepen as the care crisis evolves.

If you’ve been considering moving into a care role, but have been delaying the move for any number of reasons – there has never been a better time to make the move.

Training on the job is provided in many roles, and we can work closely with you to find a position that suits.


Your Healthcare Career: The Future

Although things feel very uncertain at the moment, and the effects of COVID-19 are likely to have a ripple effect which could impact the U.K. for quite some time. Looking to China, it is expected that things will begin to calm down within the coming weeks and months.

Clayton Nursing’s number one priority is patient welfare, and that is why we work tirelessly to place excellent nursing and healthcare staff in care organisations across the North West.

While the uncertainty about the future can feel unsettling, healthcare employees can be assured that their jobs are safe – it is one of the sectors where the need for staff has dramatically increased with the recent events.

If you feel unsure about your North West healthcare career, and would like to discuss your longer-term options for once the pandemic has run its course – we can help with this. Call our team on 01772 259 121 or contact us here.





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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