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Plan a successful 2019 – reflect on the past to prepare for the future of your nursing career

Posted by: Lynn Sedgwick

Whether you have some precious time off over Christmas or you’re already looking ahead to what 2019 will bring, the end of the year is the ideal time to pause and think. We’ve looked back at some of the highs and lows of the year, to help you reflect on what’s gone well for you in 2018. We’ve also included a round-up of our most helpful blogs from this year, so that you can plan ahead and get 2019 off to a successful start. 

2018 in review

2018 has been a mixed year for the nursing and care professions this year. Staffing levels within the NHS, which have been a topic of conversation for some time now, have continued to be a challenge. For individuals, this adds pressure to a responsible job, and the political climate hasn’t helped either. In April, official figures suggested that the number of EU nurses migrating to the UK had dropped to their lowest levels, at the same time as the number of EU nurses leaving the UK hit a record high.

And while it’s not easy to do more work with fewer people, 2018 has also brought some good news for the health sector. Demand for nurses and care staff is high and employers are trying their best to attract and retain talent, which puts you in a strong position.

In the summer, an agreement was reached between the Unions and the NHS in England to introduce a pay rise. The move will give employers a total of £4.2 billion to spend on pay rises over the next three years. Not only is this welcome news for staff, it will hopefully allow employers to make attractive offers that make you feel happier and more fulfilled by the salary you receive for your work.

So whether you’re on the lookout for a new position, or you’re starting a new role in January, then you’ll want to get off to a good start. Our tips on how to make a good impression at your new job will help you hit the ground running. We hope you find it useful!

The job market for healthcare professionals in 2018

As hinted above, the supply of nursing and care staff is barely keeping up with demand. And while the employment picture for nurses and midwives tends to be the focus of the media’s attention, we’ve long been behind care workers.

Our ageing population means that demand for adult social care is set to grow, which is a positive for candidates in that it means they are unlikely to be out of work for long. However, the current shortages could become worse in the future: Skills for Care say that at any one time there are as many as 110,000 vacancies in adult social care. Without significant investment in this sector, care professionals could find themselves overstretched in the coming years.

The best bet is to make plans now for the future. Our blog, ‘Undervalued and underpaid: progressing your career against the odds’, has more food for thought on how to get the very best from your work and future career. 

Clayton Recruitment is committed to your success

Our reputation rests on our ability to help you find the very best job for your skills and interests. Two of our key values are trust and relationships and we work hard to build both of these with the candidates we work with. Candidates appreciate these values and the fact that we listen to what you want to get out of a new position.

What’s more, we also build strong relationships with our clients. This is beneficial to candidates because we have a solid understanding of the organisations we work with and the vacancy on offer. By taking the time to know both parties we can successfully match applicants with their ideal role. In the short term, it means that you find the new position that you’ve been looking for, and in the long-term it gives you confidence that you’ll feel happy that your values align with your employer’s values for a long time to come.

Candidates and Clayton Recruitment: success stories

From full-time nurses to part-time HCAs, in our lifetime we’ve helped over 200 care professionals find their ideal role. Our passion for recruitment means that we’re always seeking to improve our service so that we can help more and more professionals.

We like to think that our hard work pays off and these positive comments shared by candidates suggest it’s making a difference:

  • “I approached Clayton Recruitment to find out what full-time positions were available in my area and they found a role which met my expectations – I’ve been offered and have accepted a position. Try them out, it’s much easier than looking on your own!” Registered Mental Nurse, North West
  • “I wanted to explore opportunities and progress my career. The service was very good and the outcome was great. 5 out of 5 stars, the best recruitment agency I’ve worked with.” Registered Nurse, West Yorkshire
  • “I was searching for a new role and found Jennah at Clayton to be excellent. She followed up and was very supportive and encouraging. Good news, I was offered a job! I’d recommend Clayton, they are more helpful and proactive than other recruiters I’ve tried.” Registered Manager, North West

Planning ahead to 2019

There have certainly been obstacles in 2018, though there have been opportunities for nurses also. And while it’s helpful to look back at successes and challenges this year and determine what that might mean, it’s also key to look ahead at what the future holds.

So, if you think that 2019 could be the year that you make a career change, we’ve put together our top five blogs from this year to help you land the role you’ve been dreaming of:

  1. Do I stay, or do I go? How to make the decision whether to stay in your current nursing job or leave
  2. How to tell whether your healthcare job is going well or not
  3. Navigating recruitment to your new nursing job
  4. Set yourself apart with the help of our nursing interview checklist
  5. The nursing job offer – what next?

And if you’re thinking of making a fresh start with a new job in January, it’s not too late to apply! We’d be happy to discuss what you’re looking for and to get things underway ahead of the new year.

Call us on 01772 529 121, and one of our friendly and professional nursing consultants will be happy to help.

You may also like to download our guide on How to Develop Your CV.

In the meantime, we hope you have an enjoyable Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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