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there's much anecdotal evidence from many healthcare settings that Nurses have no say in the use of Nursing Agencies, it is now a procurement decision

Recent articles concerning the use of Nursing Agencies by both the NHS and private healthcare providers (notably Nursing Homes) have focused on the cost of Agencies and/or vitriol from politicians and senior healthcare figures alike. This has included the Nursing Press; publications such as the The Nursing Standard and The Nursing Times are happy to print stories concerning cost and detriment to patient care without sizing up the meaning this has to Nurses and their pay.

The fact is with the present agreements concerning Nursing Pay there is no inducement to move to an area with a greater shortfall of Nurses nor is their the possibility of seeing an actual wage rise (compared with inflation), indeed Nurses have not seen a real rise in Pay for over three years.

The only way that a Nurse can see a pay situation that comes close to normality is to register and work for an Agency, such as Hospital Solutions Ltd. This will mean that they move around and have to have a high level of flexibility in their role, but they will be well rewarded for work well done - indeed a good Nurse may be induced to stay in one place for a significant amount of time should they perform well.

The Nursing Press would better serve Nurses by supporting any employment situation that allows Nurses to be paid more than the artificially suppressed wages available to them at present.

Indeed a better focus would be the efforts that organisations go to in order to reduce their Agency spend, often times completely sacrificing any sense of Nursing Care Quality or attempt at reliability. Indeed there's much anecdotal evidence from many healthcare settings that Nurses have no say in the use of Nursing Agencies, it is now a procurement decision despite overwhelming complaints regarding the suitability and reliability of Nurses supplied.

The truth is that better Nurses work for better, and hence more expensive, Agencies. It is the use of better Agencies that the Nursing press should be concentrating on, to both boost Nurses pay and the quality of patient care. It is our opinion that all of the Nursing Agency associated Patient Safety concerns can be alleviated with a better selected, better paid Registered Nurse from an Agency with a Nursing pedigree.

Rob McAdam is the Managing Director of Hospital Solutions Ltd and is a Registered Nurse, he can be reached on:
Email: rob@hospitalsolutions.co.uk
Tel: 07972932753

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