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EXCLUSIVE: Care UK shares successful nursing recruitment formula

Andrew Knight

During the launch of its latest nursing home, Millers Grange in Witney, Oxfordshire, CEO of Residential Care Services, Andrew Knight, explained Care UK’s successful recruitment formula

In the midst of a sector-leading care home development programme, Care UK launched its latest nursing home, Millers Grange in Witney, Oxfordshire in June.

Andrew stressed the care provider’s ongoing commitment to nursing, highlighting how all but 19 of its 120 homes provide nursing care.

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“We are staying in nursing,” Andrew told CHP.

The Care UK boss said the provider’s successful formula for nursing recruitment was due to a combination of factors.

“Firstly, we look at getting recruitment right on a home by home basis,” Andrew noted.

Care UK has also managed to attract more nurses by reshaping its career offering, including the creation of a nursing manager role offering extra responsibilities.

Andrew acknowledged that attracting high quality nurses remained a challenge for the sector, however, adding Care UK’s creation of a senior carer with medication dispensing responsibilities had helped compensate for the shortfall.

Care UK’s adoption of eMAR through its partnership with Lloyds Pharmacy has supported this step change by making medicine management safer and more efficient. Andrew said eMAR had contributed to a significant drop in, the admittedly small, number of medication errors.

He added that ensuring sustainable NHS, CHC and private nursing rates was a further key component of nursing care.

In combination with this, the CEO cited Care UK’s successful overseas strategy that began targeting nurses in Dubai, the Caribbean and India well ahead of Brexit.

“It’s been a good programme for us,” Andrew noted.

“We have 50 nurses currently going through the process of coming to
the UK.”

With its combination of residential, residential dementia, nursing and nursing dementia care, Millers Grange is a typical example of how Care UK meets the full range of elderly care needs in a state of the art setting.

“We are very proud of the home,” registered manager Steve Reader
told me.

“It’s a magnificent building and has been an amazing opportunity to build up something from scratch.”

As well as e-medication, the home employs the latest technology, including Caresys electronic care planning, Medicare nurse call systems and a Tovertafel interactive activities table.

Care UK has played a leading role in providing high quality and nursing care facilities for the sector with 47 new homes coming on stream since 2011 and another 26 due to open in the next four years.

While doing this, the provider has also managed to boost profitability by raising its percentage of privately funded residents from a little under 30% to 50% in the last five years.

With Care UK recently having passed its 8,000th bed milestone, 2019 is set to be another busy year for development, with six new care homes following over the coming months.

As global property adviser Knight Frank has warned that the UK has a 100,000 shortfall of market standard beds, and the situation is set to worsen as demand increases, Care UK is playing a vital role in helping to close this gap.

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