What is a Nursing Agency and what is a Domiciliary Care Agency?

What is a Nursing Agency?

A Nursing Agency is a business that provides nurses  and usually health care assistants  to people who need the services of healthcare professionals. Nurses are normally engaged by the agency on temporary contracts and make themselves available for hire by hospitals, care homes and other providers of care for help during busy periods or to cover for staff absences. Some nurses may be seconded to private clients who choose to receive their nursing care within their own homes. In UK  nursing agencies are regulated by CQC Care Quality Commision. http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/fundamental-standards

Different countries have different regulations. It is always adversable to check with your local council or country which regulations applies in your area. Care quality commission regulates all social care activities in England and Wales especially if you want to become a care provider. However, when supplying to another provider you are out of scope of registering with the CQC.

As with other staffing agencies, a large amount of capital is necessary to operate, since nurses must be paid by the registry as often as they work, but the hospital or other institution utilizing the services of the registry might not pay the registry until several months after the work has been done. Profit margins for this type of business go between 4% and 70%. However, since we been in the social care industry for many years we have other roots for funding which helps providers dealing with the cash flow.

Nurse Agencies are very busy during  holidays, hospitals  often pay their staff overtime pay, and thus the need for external staffing services is diminished. An opposite effect is felt during summer time vacations when staff employees at hospitals take time off and the services of the nurse registry are in greater need. Weekends and Bank holidays Nursing Homes and Residential Homes face massive shortages due to the fact that workers want to spend time with their families.

In all, Nurse staffing is in demand but also it is  a demanding job and requires a high degree of care and responsibility. There are many policies and  liability issues which must be kept in mind. Claims of negligence and inappropriate actions by the registry’s nurses may result in lawsuits over bodily injury. Malpractice  insurance must be carried by the registry.

As a result of these inherent pitfalls and the progress of web technologies, many nurse staffing agencies evolved to online job boards, which would allow them to match registered nurse candidates with employers’ nursing jobs. The web has transformed the nurse staffing industry, making it a more real-time process. Also, by offering direct contact between the candidates and employers, online staffing sites eliminate much of the liability involved in traditional nurse staffing.

What is a Domiciliary Care Agency?

In a nutshell,  Domiciliary Care is Nursing or Care in your Own Home.

Domiciliary Care in your Own HomeDomiciliary Care   is care  in your Own Home whereby  a  carer visits service users in their own home or in a supported living and helps them with any daily activities the service user cannot safely manage on their own for example (getting dressed; washing around the house; going to the toilet). However, the Care visits  depends  on how many ìone-to-oneî care minutes/hours the service user require.

In UK  alone there’s a growing number of Domiciliary care providers of  over 4000 in the UK and they  are all regulated by the Care Quality Commission in England, by the Commission for Social Services Inspectorate for Wales and Social Care and Social Work Improvement in Scotland.  Its illegal in UK to operate when you have not been inspected and If you have recently come out of hospital or are due to be discharged from hospital you may be entitled to a re-enablement package, this is normally free for an initial period of care, sometimes up to six weeks.

Since 1980’s  there is a growing number of people now  living  independently in their own homes. However,  if you are frail or have long-term care needs, this can be difficult without the help and support of other people and services. Help with personal care and other practical household tasks is called Domiciliary Care. Thus, with the growth of baby boomers  older people are now being cared for in their homes and its evident that there’s never shortage of work within the health and social care sector. According to BBC report dated 29 October 2015 statistics predict an ageing population, with some 29.5% of people aged over 60 by 2039 – up from 23.2% this year. By then, more than one in 12 UK people are expected to be aged 80 or over UK the population is projected to grow by 9.7 million over the next 25 years, to 74.3 million. Latest figures show there are 64.6 million people in the UK. The statistics predict the population is projected to grow by 9.7 million over the next 25 years, to 74.3 million. Latest figures show there are 64.6 million people in the UK. The statistics predict an ageing population, with some 29.5% of people aged over 60 by 2039 – up from 23.2% this year.29 Oct 2015. One friend once said to me its always advisable to equip yourself with health and social care skills if you want to never get hungry.

The number of Care Homes is also on the increase in UK according to a website called Oscar research.

http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/datasheets/carehomes

 

References

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqc-consults-how-providers-can-meet-new-fundamental-standards-care

CQC consults on how providers can meet new ‘fundamental standards’ of care

Aging population    http://www.ons.gov.uk/search?q=ageing+2016

BBC Report on Aging in UK     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34666382

Oscare Research        http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/datasheets/carehomes

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