New Ambition 24hours Nurses Guide to NHS Buying Solutions Occupational Health Compliance

All the occupational health requirements for the NHS Buying Solutions - Purchasing and Supply Agency - for nurses may seem daunting to medical staff who want to register for temporary assignments. However, a new guide by Ambition 24hours nursing agencyA24Nurses sets out the steps to take to ensure compliance for working with the agency. There are also details of useful contacts, such as independent medical laboratories in the UK where immunity tests are available. To view please Click Here

The NHS Buying Solutions occupational health requirements cover immunity for Varicella (Chicken Pox), TB (Tuberculosis), Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Hepatitis B - as well as additional immunisations required for EPP (Exposure Prone Procedures): Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, Hepatitis C and HIV.

A24Nurses is leading the way amongst nursing agencies in offering a number of ways in which medical staff can obtain the necessary compliance in order to work with the agency. As a preferred supplier to the NHS, A24Nurses offers compliant candidates shifts across the UK in areas and at times to suit staff best.

Before A24Nurses can offer candidates work, the NHS requires them to supply the agency with valid documentary evidence of immunity. Available options are to organise immunisations with an occupational health department, if the candidate has access through his or her place of work, for example; or secondly, where this does not apply, they can visit the web link to find the nearest NHS Occupational Health Department , and contact them to organise immunisation. As a third option, private occupational health providers can be contacted to organise immunisations.

A24Nurses operates amongst the most advanced compliance systems of any UK locum or nursing agencies, to ensure the highest standards of safety in the provision of medical staff – and to assist candidates easily to monitor and upgrade their status with additional annual training or other measures. The bespoke management ICT system was developed by the agency's in-house team to meet the needs of candidates and healthcare service providers alike for fast support and access, safely and securely.

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Ambition 24Nurses recruits Agency Nurses for Homecare

Leading UK nursing agency Ambition 24Nurses - Ambition 24 Hours-  is recruiting agency nurses for its domiciliary homecare team, Ambition 24Direct.

There are currently vacancies for RSCNs with experience of Diabetes in Surrey and for RSCNs in Hampshire, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. The nursing agency also is recruiting ICU, PICU, trained and experienced nurses in the same areas. Senior HCAs are needed in Norfolk, Northampton and Peterborough. HCA�s with Learning Disability experience are being recruited in Southampton.

Ambition 24Nurses operates nationwide, including in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Leeds; Leicester; Liverpool and London. Also in Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Sunderland and Wakefield.

Ambition 24Nurses offers vacancies for the following categories: RN Registered Nurse; RGN Registered General Nurse; RMN Registered Mental Nurse; EN Enrolled Nurse; SEN State Enrolled Nurse; ENG Enrolled Nurse General; ENM Enrolled Nurse of Mental Health; RSCN Registered Sick Children�s Nurse; and RFN Registered Fever Nurse. Also RM Registered; Midwives; and RHV Registered Health Visitor.

For homecare or nursing, an Ambition 24Direct care assistant or qualified nurse will visit a patient at home to provide the experienced homecare or private nursing needed - at any time of the day or night.

It�s the reassurance of professional private nursing or home care, overnight if necessary, just when it is wanted. Nurses and healthcare assistants are qualified and selected to ensure the highest standards of quality care provision for private nursing. Ambition 24Direct also works in close partnership with Local Authorities, PCTs and SHAs.

Ambition 24Direct is a member of the A24 Group, the leading independent specialist in healthcare staffing. A well-established organisation with some 13,500 healthcare professionals on call nationwide in the UK. There is a 24-hour booking hotline, so patients can call for an initial assessment by a qualified nurse, any time.  Key features are:

  • An immediate 24-7 solution to homecare worries
  • Fast & convenient provision of private nursing
  • Instant booking by hotline and credit card
  • Experienced, qualified nurses and care assistants
  • Home care when you need it, day or night
  • Schedule of Care on a daily or weekly basis
  • Assurance of a national, well-established private nursing organisation

One third of nurses may refuse to have the swine flu jab

A poll by 'Nursing Times' magazine shows that one third of UK nurses may refuse to have the swine flu jab. Of 1,500 readers polled, 30 per cent would not say 'yes' to the vaccine, while 33 per cent said 'maybe'. Only 37 per cent said that they would definitely have the jab.

Of those who said they would refuse the jab, 60 per cent said their main reason was concern about the safety of the vaccine. A further 31 per cent said they did not consider the risks to their health from swine flu to be great enough, while 9 per cent thought they would not be able to take time off work to get immunised. Some 91 per cent described themselves as frontline nurses.

Professor David Salisbury, the Department of Health's director of immunisation, said it was unfortunate nurses would 'knowingly leave themselves at risk'. 

The survey comes after health chiefs said doctors should watch out for cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome when the vaccine is introduced in October. The syndrome, which affects around 1,500 people a year in the UK, attacks the nervous system and can result in temporary paralysis.

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