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Shropshire nursing hubs launch to tackle staff shortages

By Lisa O'Brien | Telford | Health | Published: | Last Updated:

Shropshire’s largest independent care organisation has launched two nursing hubs to help tackle the region’s growing nursing shortages.

Coverage Care Services, which operates 14 care homes across the county and employs 1,000 staff, developed the hubs to boost opportunities for qualified nurses in the area.

The move comes as the not-for-profit organisation experiences increased demand for its services and celebrates one of its most successful years with all homes in its portfolio now rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by independent care home inspectors.

Samantha Woosnam, head of HR said: “As demand for our services continues to grow we are tasked with making sure we have high quality, trained nurses in place to deliver the exceptional care our residents deserve.

“It’s a careful balancing act but with well publicised nursing shortages both a local and national problem, there is a need for both a radical and innovative approach to recruitment which addresses some of the key challenges around pay, working hours and flexibility.

“Our new nursing hub aims to resolve some of these issues by offering nurses permanent work, guaranteed structured hours, higher rates of pay and paid travel expenses.”

Coverage Care has created two nursing hubs, one covering its homes in Whitchurch, Shrewsbury and Oswestry and the second incorporating homes in the Telford, Bridgnorth and Newport areas.

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Nurses applying for jobs within a single hub will work core hours in up to three different homes during a contracted working week depending on where support is required.

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Mrs Woosnam added: “Restricting the amount of travel time for nurses to just three homes within a set geographical area provides greater continuity from a care perspective for our residents but also reduces the impact of travel distance and costs for nurses.

“The nursing hub really is the first step in Shropshire towards addressing nursing shortages and we are confident it will not only speed up the recruitment process but will also continue to drive up standards of care.”

Health and social care charity The King’s Fund recently said that staffing was the ‘make or break’ issue across the social care sector.

Its director of policy Sally Warren was commenting on the new state of care report from the Care Quality Commission.

Just last month, Coverage Care, which has been providing nursing, respite and residential care services for older people and those with dementia for more than 20 years, launched a new specialist recruitment website to assist care staff looking to either start or further their career within the sector.

For more information on jobs available within the nursing hub or other vacancies across Shropshire visit carehomejob.co.uk

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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