Recruitment marketplace Florence has expanded its service by adding carers to its pool of qualified healthcare professionals working through its innovative platform.
The online marketplace, which is designed to help care providers save on costly agency recruitment fees, helps carers to find work and nursing homes to fill temporary shifts.
Charles Armitage, Co-founder and Managing Director at Florence, said: “We’re a nation at crisis point in terms of the future of our social care system and we can no longer hide from the endemic problems around staffing and recruiting in the social care sector. With an aging population on the rise, we need to find real solutions to address the ever-widening workforce gap.
“The addition of carers to the Florence marketplace signifies our commitment to being part of that solution – offering healthcare professionals greater access to high-paying shifts across the UK, not to mention saving care and nursing homes money while boosting the quality and continuity of care throughout the sector.”
Florence puts a pool of qualified nurses, and now carers at the fingertips of care and nursing home managers. The manager has the option to add a nurse or carer to a list of ‘favourites’, allowing them to easily select individuals for future shifts which helps to achieve continuity of care. The platform also includes a reviews section, where managers can leave feedback on the nurse or carer – a feature which has proven to foster a greater sense of accountability.
From a nurse or carers’ perspective, Florence provides easy access to and true transparency over the temporary shifts on offer in their local area. Similar to the experience of the care home provider, a nurse or carer can read feedback about the home setting so they can decide if they feel it is a good fit. Florence also encourages homes using the platform to pay carers the national living wage.