A Guide to Working in Social Care – Employment Overview

Written by Daryl Buggle

The purpose of social care work is to provide support to individuals and groups who are disadvantaged, in vulnerable circumstances, at-risk or impacted by negative environmental factors. The social care sector covers a wide variety of disciplines and specialist areas affected by the above criteria including homelessness, disability, fostering support, residential care, addiction, and asylum/refugee.

Services available to the identified groups requiring social care support are provided normally by public, private and charitable organisations. These organisations require social care employees to provide services to service users and typical employment grades can include: social care worker, deputy manager, unit manager, service manager, operations manager and director of services. Due to the nature of the services provided, there is a need to have a steady team of individual employees who work permanently in the services, bu whot also are supported by a more flexible employment methodology to aid in times of crisis or increased service demand over a shorter time period.

As such, employment is most often offered on a permanent or locum basis. Permanent employment is offered by the employer directly to the employee.  These positions are sometimes hired directly but frequently employers recruit a specialist recruitment service, such as Cpl Healthcare Social Care division, to identify suitable employees on the behalf of the given organisation.

The other option is locum or flexible employment. This employment is required in the social care sector due to the changeable requirements in services. An increase in referrals, the development of crisis situations, and permanent employees on sick leave, etc. create the demand for immediate additional staff support within these organisations. In this case, some employers have relief staff panels but often a specialist recruitment provider is engaged to offer shorter term employment for individual clients. Cpl Healthcare are Ireland’s premier locum recruitment provider, and in addition to working with private clients are also exclusive partners to the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland.

It is also worth notin,g employer organisations require a current Garda Vetting for all permanent or locum employees in their services. While employed with Cpl Healthcare we manage and obtain Garda Vetting on your behalf.

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A Guide to Working in Social Care – Education & Training

Cpl Healthcare’s Social Care division manager, Daryl Buggle, provides an in depth look at the sector with a special series of blogs exclusively for Cpl.

Cpl Healthcare’s specialist Social Care division cater solely and exclusively with employers and job seekers operating in this sector. Our team employs social care workers with direct experience in the sector offering our customers, both employers and job seekers, in depth advice, knowledge and recruitment strategies.

In our three part blog series I will offer advice in relation to education, and employment overview and information on further training for social care workers in Ireland.

Our first Blog covers Education

Education:

Social Care Workers traditionally were qualified by experience until the mid-1990’s where thereafter various qualifications including Social Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Social Care degrees where accepted as meeting entry criteria. Since the late 2000’s, with input from HIQA and also impending registration by CORU, the only qualification currently sought by employers is an Ordinary or Honours degree in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Some organisations may not require this specific qualification, however from our experience this is a small percentage of the employment market.

The third level qualification in social care is taught at many of Ireland’s institutes of technology including: Athlone IT, Dundalk IT, Galway Mayo IT, Limerick IT, Cork IT, Tralee IT, Waterford IT, Carlow IT, St Patricks College Carlow, and Dublin IT.

For adults returning to education, Carlow IT has proved to be a popular option with their offering of offsite learning.

There are currently people employed in the social care sector with the previously accepted qualifications of Sociology, Psychology, etc. and also job seekers who have more recently completed some of the associated qualifications who are interested in entering the social care sector or continuing their careers but are now finding they are restricted because of the requirement to possess specifically a social care degree. We are now seeing third level institutions become aware of this education gap and develop typically one year “conversion” programmes, which offer the opportunity to obtain a qualification in Applied Social Studies in Social Care for jobseekers. These are designed for jobseekers that already possess experience and/or similar qualifications in the social care field and wish to further develop their career in this chosen speciality.

A further consideration to gaining the appropriate qualification is the impending registration of social care workers by CORU. CORU is responsible for the registration of all healthcare professionals in Ireland and has already completed the registration of Social Workers. The benefit of registration is a transparent identification of all social care professionals. The process will also determine in a more concrete fashion the education, continuous professional development and accountability expectation in the social care sector.

 

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aaBand 5 Staff Nurse opportunities with reputable NHS trust in Exeter, UK

Staff Nurses required for an NHS trust in Southern England Interviews: Exeter each Wednesday & Portugal – 15th–17th October 2013 Vacancies: General Medicine, Acute Stroke, Rehabilitation, Respiratory, Acute Care of the Elderly, Renal, Theatre, Surgical, Emergency & Intensive Care Cpl … Continue reading

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Amazing Nursing opportunities now exist for EU trained Nurses in Saudi Arabia

Attention EU Nurses!!
Nursing Opportunities in Saudi Arabia

Location advantages; Sun, Sand and Savings.

Interviews in London; 30th September to 4th October 2013
Interview flight costs covered for short listed applicants.

Saudi Arabia is truly like another world, in a good way. It is a unique country rich in culture, religion and tradition; hence the country has a lot to offer its visitors. This is a great chance to live and work in a tax free environment, gain solid work experience in reputable hospitals and yet be mesmerized with its bizarre and magical world.

Cpl Healthcare in partnership with its client now has vacancies for experienced Nurses. Our client is one of the Middle East’s largest employers of medical staff, in some of the most innovative and technologically forward health facilities in the world. Our client offer an attractive financial and benefits package, including subsidized housing and return flights to a certain value each year. Communities are well developed and established. Your living area will be a single occupant flat. Other amenities include; gyms, swimming pools, running tracks, tennis courts etc.

Vacancies
(Staff Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse)
Cardiology, HDU, MICU, SICU, A&E, Orthopaedics & Paediatrics

Requirements:
•Qualified Registered General & Paediatric Nurses, trained in Ireland and/or England
•Eligible to work in the UK and/or Ireland
•Minimum 2 years  post graduate experience in an acute hospital setting
•Hiring disciplines; Cardiology, HDU, MICU, SICU, A&E, Orthopaedics & Paediatrics – all levels

Benefits:
•Subsidised housing – own apartment with all mod cons
•Established Communities – shopping malls, bars and restaurants, gym, pools, private beach, running tracks, tennis courts, etc
•Return flights yearly
•Tax free living
•Yearly Salaries £34K +
•Indefinite Term Contracts – retirement age in KSA is 60 years

Applicants welcomes from the UK, Ireland and EU countries at this time.

Apply in the strictest confidence:
Cpl Healthcare Contact: Catriona Ph +353 91 507504
E: catriona.kelly@cplhealthcare.com
www.cplhealthcare.com

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It’s a Nurses Life! Living and Working in Saudi Arabia

I am currently recruiting nurses from Ireland and the UK for Staff Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse Roles for one of the Middle East’s largest employers of Medical staff. This is a great opportunity to live and work abroad, in some of the most innovative and technologically forward health facilities in the world! However, people seem to be reluctant to take on a new challenge like this, but from the research I have carried out, I have found that Saudi Arabia offers wonderful opportunities to build nursing careers and it also offers an exceptional way of life!

Saudi Arabia is the largest state in Western Asia. It has an estimated population of 27 million, of which 9 million are registered foreign expatriates.


Saudi offers great career progression opportunities. Nurses get international experience and also get to work in some of the worlds most modern and state-of-the-art facilities.

I am specifically working with Saudi Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company. It is a Saudi Arabian national oil and natural gas company based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco’s value has been estimated at up to 10 trillion US$ in the Financial Times, making it the world’s most valuable company. Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organisation is the complex of company-operated and privately contracted hospitals that serve Saudi Aramco employees and their dependents, numbering about 500,000 in total.  There are numerous community clinics designed to take care of ordinary medical needs. More significant health problems are handled at the Dhahran Health Centre by referral from a clinic physician. The Dhahran Health Centre consists of a 483-bed hospital, with an 8-bed intensive care unit, plus various outpatient services. The Dhahran Health Centre is accredited by JCI.

Dhahran is a city located in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and is a major administrative centre for the Saudi oil industry. Large oil reserves were first identified in the Dhahran area in 1931, and in 1935, Standard Oil drilled the first commercially viable oil well. Standard Oil later established a subsidiary in Saudi Arabia called the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), now fully owned by the Saudi government and known as Saudi Aramco. Dhahran has been Saudi Aramco’s headquarters for 80 years and is its first and largest gated compound with over 9,700 residents. The Residential Camp makes up most of the city of Dhahran today.

The benefits of working as a nurse with Saudi Aramco are plentiful;

  • Indefinite term contract – great job security!
  • Yearly Salaries £34K +
  • 30 days annual leave & 10 / 11 public holidays
  • Monthly bonus – 19% annual bonus
  • Yearly salary review
  • 1 return flight yearly
  • Emergency leave of 10 days if required

I am looking for nurses with a minimum of 2.5 years acute experience in the areas of;

  • ER
  • Cardiology
  • CCU
  • Surgery ICU
  • Medical ICU
  • HDU
  • Paeds
  • Ortho

These are excellent opportunities to progress your nursing career! If you would like to get more information about living and working in Saudi Arabia as a nurse, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Niamh Rooney| Recruitment Consultant | Permanent Nursing Team | Cpl Healthcare
niamh.rooney@cplhealthcare.com| Tel +353 91 507516 (Ire) or  +44 2033 686640 (UK)

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Amazing Opportunities for Newly Qualified & Experienced Nurses

Opportunities for Experienced and Graduate Nurses in Southern England

I’m just sitting in our newly redesigned Cpl Healthcare offices on Merchants Road in Galway city and I’m trying to figure out how to reach out to experienced and graduate Nurses who may be interested in our Nursing vacancies.   I then thought I’d ask for your help, the social media gurus of our society!  My task is to attract top Irish Nursing talent to our client’s vacancies in the UK and I must admit I am not an expert at surfing the World Wide Web for CVs.

Our client is the “Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust” and having visited the site and spoken to several people, I can personally vouch for the organisation.  If you require further evidence I would tell you that we placed 85 nurses with this trust last year and 12 months on 80 remain. Nurses placed have stayed with the organisation as there’s a very positive culture in the hospital, with the leadership team supporting and encouraging their staff to reach their full potential.  The location is also an advantage; the cultural city of Exeter has an international airport and is 20 minutes from one of the finest surfing beaches in Ireland and England.

Have you any advice or tips for me, how will I reach out to experienced and final year nursing students to notify them of these great opportunities?  I’ve been in recruitment for many years but with the recent trend of job seekers changing their behaviour and looking for jobs in non traditional places such as facebook & youtube I’m at a loss where to start!  I have added status updates on my profile but I’m not sure it’s reaching the right audience.

I’ve been reading the papers (see I’m old school) and understand that only eight graduate nurses have been employed under the controversial two year contracts on lower pay offered by the HSE, with another five due to start next month.  What are all the other final year Nursing students going to do in Jan 2014?  If you know of any fourth year General Nursing students who would consider pursuing a career with the NHS in England (equivalent to the HSE), do ask them to contact me.

Here are some reasons why a Nurse would consider working for the NHS
*Best Career and Pay progression based on application of knowledge and skills
*Agenda for Change Pay Scales – guaranteed a salary that matches their ability and responsibilities, and given every opportunity to increase it through training and development.
*Pay enhancements to reward out of hours, shift and overtime working
*Pension Scheme in place
*Training and Development available
*Competitive and Flexible Benefits Packages
*Staff Discounts
*Holidays 27 -  33 days a year plus 8 general and public holidays
*Cutting edge healthcare
*Yearly personal development review meetings
*Patient Centred Care

Career Progression Pathways
*Yearly personal development review meetings
*Training and Development
*Broad range of specialties to broaden your skill and knowledge base
*World recognised experience

Interviews will take place in Belfast Aug 13th and Dublin Aug 15th 2013 – please help me spread the word!

All enquiries formal or otherwise to Catriona  Ph: +353 91 507504 Mobile: +353 87 9670962 or Email: catriona.kelly@cplhealthcare.com

Thanks,
Catriona

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Specialist Nursing Jobs abundant in Birmingham

Cpl Healthcare is currently recruiting for a number of specialist nursing roles in the UK City of Birmingham. We operate in close partnership with University Hospital’s Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust exciting opportunities exist for experienced Haemodialysis and Intensive Care Nurses. The Trust boasts a state-of-the-art Haemodialysis unit that caters for acute and chronic patients. Their Critical Care facility is the largest such department in Europe and can cater for 100 critically ill patients. Cpl Healthcare is in the process of recruiting for full-time permanent nurses across both of these disciplines.

The Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is an industry leading hospital boasting the latest technologies and service developments. It also serves as the Major Trauma Centre for the local area, accepting critical care admissions for the region’s Air Ambulance. The facility has a reputation for quality care, informatics/IT, research and clinical training. It also features 1,213 inpatient beds, 32 operating theatres and a 100 bed critical care unit, which happens to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Birmingham City is one of Europe’s largest cities and the second largest in England. Situation in England’s West Midlands and has a population of 1 million people. The city has undergone recent redevelopments, encompassing the Bullring shopping centre and the award-winning Water’s Edge development.

Candidates looking to pursue a new and exciting challenge in a vibrant and dynamic UK city will be required to meet the following professional criteria.

  • Qualified Register General Nurse
  • Minimum of 2 years Haemodialysis experience in an Acute Hospital setting (for Haemodialysis specialist roles)
  • Minimum of 6 months experience in the last 1.5 years (for Critical Care specialist roles)
  • NMC Registration or eligibility to apply
  • Eligible to work in the UK

For more information or to apply for these roles, please contact the Nursing Team at Cpl Healthcare

Ph: 01-4825350, 0818 287 297 or UK Number 0844 544 3711 E-mail: QEHB@cplhealthcare.com

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The 5 attributes of a great nurse

Written by Dave Cullen

Since time immemorial nursing is a profession that has been held in high regard. For many people, nursing is more of a calling than a career, the desire to demonstrate compassion towards those in need of care remains a core component of the profession. However, there are a number of other important qualities required to be a great nurse. A nurse must be committed to doing their utmost to alleviate suffering, possess a high degree of EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and maintain a strong technical knowledge of the latest medical practices for their discipline.

The following is a list of 5 key attributes that make a great nurse:

Compassion: A nurse needs to be able to expressing genuine sympathy and concern for those patients in their care. A sick patient will experience a variety of challenging emotional states within a healthcare facility from fear of deteriorating health or death, anxiety, frustration or depression. A nurse must be capable of providing emotional support to not only the patient but also their family members who may be fearful of losing their loved one.

Empathy: In order to effectively convey compassion, a nurse must demonstrate the skill of active listening and encourage an environment where the patient feels comfortable enough to communicate openly with them. Empathy is the capability to recognise the emotions that other people are experiencing. In the case of nursing, it means being able to appreciate the suffering of a patient and imagine their feelings from their point of view.

Selflessness: Being able to go above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of a patient is one of the primary defining qualifies of a great nurse. An example of acting with more concern for the wellbeing of others than yourself may be something as simple as working through your lunch to spend time with a patient.

Technical capability: Becoming a great nurse can only be achieved by a relentless desire to learn and expand the limits of one’s technical knowledge. It is essential that a nurse continues to update their skills and keep abreast of developments in medical sciences, this means reading articles published in academic journals and attending relevant healthcare conferences. The healthcare industry is constantly evolving and improving its practices, for this reason, it is important to periodically familiarise oneself with any policy, compliance or process changes. Additionally, obtaining required certifications in new skills and patient care procedures is a fundamental part of the nursing profession.  Failing to do so could result in placing a patient’s life at risk.

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Working in the UK: Career advice for recently graduated Nurses

Written by Dave Cullen

For many Nurses graduating in 2013, they may experience a degree of uncertainty about what direction they should take. News media continuously reminds of the harsh economic conditions and this certainly is a cause for concern for many graduates. Do you intend to stay in Ireland and possibly have to accept a job in a slightly less desirable position than you’d like? Perhaps you may consider a temporary move abroad where employment opportunities in your target profession may be easier to come by.

The Nursing sector is a diverse and exciting one and graduates will discover that there is considerable scope found in larger markets such as the UK. London Independent Hospitals can provide you with invaluable acute hospital experience, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and many great courses that can provide career advancement. A graduate can benefit from these courses by using them to branch out into other disciplines that may not be as easily accessible in Ireland.

However, despite the large number of available roles, actually obtaining eligibility for work in the UK is not as clean cut a process as you might think. For nurses who have not previously trained in the UK, it is a requirement for you to have your qualifications registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). For more information on this process, visit www.nmc-uk.org. The lead time for registration can vary from 6 weeks to 6 months.

We recommend that you also register through a recruitment agency in the UK because they will possess the local knowledge of the market and will be familiar with the hiring managers for the hospitals you wish to work in. Be sure that you have registered with a reputable agency that is authorised to work with UK-based hospitals. Working in NHS and Private Hospitals can be most beneficial as these will potentially provide you with a number of career opportunities.
As with obtaining any job, the interview process is significant part of the process. Be sure to conduct the necessary preparation and research. For more information on how to successfully undertake a job interview check out the following article: Top 10 Tips for Interview Success.
The idea of working abroad may seem like a daunting prospect but the potential benefits are numerous and the invaluable experience and knowledge gained will allow you to return to Ireland with significant career advancement.

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Making the right first impression: Top tips for producing a strong CV

Written by Dave Cullen

One of the most common and fundamental mistakes candidates continue to make is not ensuring they have produced a strong CV. For a recruiter, it is naturally a frustration to receive a poorly constructed and error-ridden CV from an otherwise qualified and suitable candidate. Your CV is one of the most important documents in your procession. It outlines your professional experience and should be structured in such as a way so as to showcase your talents, achievements and skills.

With so many CVs received every day, a recruiter spends an average of only about 20 seconds reading each one. This means that it is vitally important you keep it concise but also eye catching. CVs that contain spelling mistakes, sloppy editing, inappropriate fonts and extraneous details will quickly be ignored.

The following is a list of some top tips to help ensure that you have a CV that will stand out from all other applicants and give you the best possible chance of being considered for an interview.

• Customise your CV to each job you are applying for, this makes it clear to the recruiter / hiring manager that you are interested in working for them specifically.

• Your past experience should be written not as a list of duties and responsibilities but as achievements. Responsibility-based CVs fail to demonstrate how you went above and beyond the requirements of your role. They also don’t give employers any insight into what sets you apart from everyone else and what you bring to a company.

• Avoid writing whole sentences like: “I coordinated and managed all of the day-to-day operations of the east coast sales department”. This statement should read: “Coordinated and managed day-to-day operations of east coast sales department”. Not only is this sentence punchier, it also helps to reduce your CV’s word count.

• Try not to cram your entire CV onto one page. Many candidates attempt to find elaborate ways of condensing their professional experience onto one single A4 page. For example they might try reducing the font size. Such techniques are counterproductive and will only make your CV a challenge to read.

• With high volumes of applications being received every day, recruiters have begun using automated keyword search algorithms to filter through CVs. Make sure that your CV is Search engine optimised by including keywords related to the job opportunity you are applying for. Such keywords can be found in the job ad description.

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