Additional Capacity During Nursing Winter Pressures
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Medacs Healthcare enacted an implementation plan in September with a clear focus on recruitment and candidate attraction as well as working with our approved suppliers to increase the number of nurses available to the Trust on the agreed ‘go-live’ date.
A new rate card was created to specifically target nurses who would traditionally opt to work for off-framework agencies, offering an attractive but manageable rate for both the nurse and the Trust.
The additional nurses were assigned to specific wards for the duration of their assignment which allowed them to establish and embed themselves in the Trust, build rapport with colleagues and provide enhanced continuity of care for patients.
Early planning, coupled with a longer lead-in time and more proactive approach to staff attraction were key factors to the success of this project. Working closely with the Trust’s existing team, Medacs Healthcare identified suitable candidates from our existing talent pool, attracted new nurses and engaged a supply chain of Trust approved agencies.
All nurses supplied were NMC registered and fully compliant in line with NHS Employers and CQC standards, with further pre-placement employment checks undertaken to ensure they had the required skills to deliver a positive patient experience. Dedicated on and off-site teams were mobilised to supply and support with rostering, onboarding, mentorship, clinical support and training for each nurse throughout their assignments.
Performance was monitored and reviewed each day to ensure that ongoing rota requirements were confirmed, additional requests could be made in good time, fill rates were correctly tracked and any operational or clinical issues were quickly identified and rectified.
Medacs Healthcare significantly relieved our staffing challenges, providing additional nurses and HCAs, managing onboarding and achieving excellent fill rates. This vital support allowed us to keep additional beds available, avoid using high-cost agencies and safeguard patient care over the winter months
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality