Agency staff to rescue as impact of Covid takes toll on care workers

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Ocean Healthcare - Credit: Submitted

The pandemic has put a spotlight on the incredible service and commitment of care home staff up and down the country.

The demands of the last 18 months have taken their toll and the care industry is experiencing its highest staff turnover - at  30 per cent - in living memory. The combination of exhaustion, the lure of other industries, the mass exodus of foreign workers and mandatory vaccination has left care homes precariously short staffed, putting some at risk of closure.

Paignton-based Ocean Healthcare are Devon’s leading healthcare and nursing agency.

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Ocean Healthcare - Credit: Submitted

They day the requirement for agency workers has escalated to an all-time high and thousands of health agency care workers and nurses are stepping in to give their industry colleagues some much-needed support.

Caroline is a healthcare assistant from Paignton and says, “Carers and nurses have always done an amazing job. The pandemic has shown everyone the care and selflessness like never before. I think we’re finally starting to gain the recognition we deserve.”

Unlike permanently employed care workers, agency staff work flexibly, choosing when and how much they work. They are also used to working in different locations. They have been crucial to keeping care establishments going through the pandemic as they have stepped into the breach.

“I have to say, it’s been a Godsend really, to be able to work like this,’ says Nikki, a registered general nurse.

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“I look after my elderly father and this kind of flexibility means that I can still work because I can choose hours and days that work for me.”

Recruiters in the Ocean Healthcare offices manage a careful process to ensure that appropriately skilled and experienced carers and nurses find work opportunities that suit how they want to work.

Recruited healthcare workers are able to select their shifts, times and days based on an easy-to-use app so that incoming requests can be responded to as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The most recent challenge to the care industry came when Ministers decreed all care home staff in England must be vaccinated against Covid-19 by November 11. This is not something they have imposed on the NHS yet. Instead, it is care homes that must adapt to this first.

Another big challenge after an already extremely challenging period. It is estimated by the government that about seven per cent of the 570,000 people employed in English care homes will refuse the vaccine. That represents some 40,000 staff who will no longer be able to work in them and care for the elderly.

Joanna King, Director of Operations at Ocean Healthcare, said: “Many care homes are in a really difficult position and government’s line on mandatory vaccines has created more pressure for them. We work very closely with our care home clients and really empathise with their situations. Our care establishment clients provide such a crucial service within health and social care. We want to see them thrive, not just survive."

For more information on how to join the Ocean Healthcare team as a Healthcare Assistant, RGN or in Complex Care text OCEAN to 82228 - or go to:# https://join.oceanhealthcare.co.uk/hca https://join.oceanhealthcare.co.uk/complex-care https://join.oceanhealthcare.co.uk

Ocean Heath Care have several jobs available

Support Worker. They are looking for experienced Support Workers to provide care to clients within local Supported Living Homes and Residential Settings in Paignton and surrounding areas.

Part time and full-time opportunities are available.

Pay Rates are from £10 to £17.50 per hour (depending on shift & including holiday pay).  Weekly pay. Free Training. No rotas. Free uniform and DBS check. Paid Mileage. To find out more or to arrange an interview text OCEAN to 82228 or call us on 01803 262003

They are also looking for experienced Healthcare Assistants. They must have a minimum of 12 months healthcare experience.

Pay rates up to £17.50 per hour (depending on shift and including holiday pay); weekly pay; agreed mileage payments; flexible working; free uniform; free DBS; free training.

To find out more or to arrange an interview text OCEAN to 82228 or call 0803 262003.

They are also looking for experienced nurses. They have immediate opportunities for experienced RGNs and RMN. If you have a valid PIN and experience working in a nursing home environment, they would like to hear from you.

Pay rates up to £35 per hour (depending on shift and including holiday pay); weekly pay; agreed mileage payments; flexible working.


To find out more or to arrange an interview text OCEAN to 82228 or call us on 01803 262003

Complex Care Assistant.

Opportunities for Support Workers to assist with the care for adults, children and young people with various complex physical and mental healthcare needs.

Ideally you have a Health and Social Care Certificate.

Full training provided; dedicated Nurse-led line manager support; excellent pay rates from £10.00 - £17.50 per hour (depending on shift & including holiday pay); full and part-time work available; permanent and temporary opportunities available; paid attendance for enhanced clinical skills training; career progression; paid mileage; free DBS check; free uniform.

Call 01803 470025 to find out more or apply.