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Why Preston Needs More Nursing and Healthcare Staff in These Testing Times

Posted by: Lynn Sedgwick

The recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created a challenging situation in many sectors, with healthcare being one of the worst affected.

Across Preston, the North West and the whole of the U.K., the government, along with healthcare employers, are introducing new measures and calling on healthcare workers of all ages and abilities to help relieve pressures brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.

In an unprecedented situation, the U.K. is facing a difficult time ahead, with care organisations calling out for as much support as they can get – can you help?


Healthcare Staff Shortage

In times of crisis, it becomes clear what things in life are important, and the way that healthcare staff and the NHS have pulled together has been admirable.

And as the NHS was already under intense strain before the COVID-19 outbreak, now the crisis has deepened.

Now more than ever, it is evident how vital nursing and healthcare staff are to the dignified functioning of the country, but also how stretched and in short supply they are.

Thankfully, the government has now acted to try and speed up the amount of help that is available to COVID-19 patients, along with those who do not have the virus but have been impacted by its knock-on effects.

Let me explain further.


Special COVID-19 Measures

On March 17th 2020, the government published an emergency bill which, among other things, will allow retired nurses to work longer hours than they would typically be able to.

Before the bill, registered nurses who have recently retired are permitted to work no more than 16 hours per week – the new law has lifted this restriction.

The legislation aims to ‘ease the burden on frontline NHS and adult social care staff’.

Family members of those in nursing and care home have also been asked to limit visits unless necessary, to limit the spread of the virus – this will help nursing and HCAs to do their jobs more effectively.


North West Healthcare Needs

At Clayton Recruitment, we recruit nursing and healthcare staff across the North-West, and being based in Preston, we have seen first-hand how nursing and healthcare staff of every description are in much-needed demand right now.

We are calling out to healthcare employees who can help, to get in touch with us if you want to know more about how we can help place you in a care organisation who needs you right now.

Cllr John Fillis, Lancashire Labour Health and Wellbeing, has called on the government to increase its response to COVID-19.

He said, “We need rapid expansion of our health services.”

“The quickest and most practical way to do this is by the government requisitioning all private healthcare beds and medical facilities. We have fantastic teams of directly employed and contracted staff who show true dedication to the people they care for.”

A lack of healthcare employees in Preston will restrict the amount and the level of care that organisations can provide to those most in need.

If you are a recently retired nurse or HCA, or a student nurse/midwife – we can find you a position right now – get in touch with us today here.


How Clayton Can Help

We place nurses and healthcare employees in roles in Preston and across the North West and have done so for over 30 years.

We are experts in healthcare recruitment, and we place candidates like you all year round. If you are a nursing or healthcare employee based in Preston – get in touch with us today. We have placements that are in urgent need of filling, and in light of the COVID-19 situation, it is more crucial than ever.




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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