Many of our nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs) study and take the decision to do part-time agency nursing work to supplement their income. We spoke to HCA Evelyn, who has been registered with Medacs Healthcare for a number of years, and has found the support and training provided invaluable to her career.
Q. How long have you been registered with Medacs Healthcare?
“I've been registered with Medacs Healthcare for nine years now, initially as a full time HCA, working in mental health for around four years. Some of the staff who originally helped me with my registration are still working there, such as Margaret [Owen], Sharon [Smith], Trish [Davidson] and my consultant Elaine [Douglas]. It’s nice to have familiar people to deal with, but all the staff are really friendly and helpful.
“When I first registered, Medacs Healthcare was much smaller, and it’s great that the service and friendliness hasn’t changed a bit, even though they are now much bigger.”
Q. How supportive have you found them as an agency?
“A couple of years ago I decided to train as a nurse and Medacs Healthcare were more than supportive of my decision. They gave a reference to my university, doing all they could to help me. They’ve been on hand to support me where they can.”
Q. What makes Medacs Healthcare stand out as an agency to you?
“For me, the fact that Medacs Healthcare offers their staff free training makes a big difference, not just financially, but also because it shows they care about making sure their staff are fully trained and don’t put their clients at risk with under-trained staff.
“It’s a real pleasure working for Medacs Healthcare. They’re like my family and I wouldn’t think of registering with another agency. I would like to say thank you to my consultant Elaine. She has been with me from day one and has been so wonderful making sure that the shifts I am offered suit me perfectly.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them when I finish my course and progress my career.”
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