News and blog posts from Bluestones Medical Nursing

Welcome to our news centre. Here you can keep up to date with everything the team at Bluestones Medical have been up to, key developments in the sector and announcements about upcoming work, legislative changes and other interesting snippets.

NHS ban on agency shifts lifted

In a complete backtrack by NHS Improvement, they’ve published the following announcement:

Following feedback from nurses about our latest agency rules on substantive staff, we’ve clarified our rules. Until further notice, we’re pausing our instruction that providers should ensure staff employed through an agency are not substantively employed elsewhere in the NHS.

This new rule will not start from 1 April 2017 and providers normal processes can remain in place.”

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New timesheet

Due to new framework requirements, Bluestones Medical Nursing has had to amend our company timesheet. You will see a few changes to the new timesheet including confirmation that you have completed a ward/site orientation and that you have your ID badge present.

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Professional pay for nurses

So, the latest news is that the government has announced that health workers are set to receive a ‘derisory’ 1% pay rise (source: Guardian). As you might imagine, unions, nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers affected by the decision are justifiably furious with the decision.

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Guest blog: agency work – just do it

I am a mother to two beautiful boys, Cory aged 12 and Jett aged 3. I live in a village just outside Wrexham with them and their father in our cosy little home. I’m not currently a full time agency worker I just pick up shifts when I can to suit our hectic family life.

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Agencies aren’t the bad guys here

Having just dusted myself off from the recent IR35 developments I cant say that I was ready to be informed about NHSi’s recent guidelines. We currently represent over 2,000 RGNs, RMNs, ODPs and HCAs and I genuinely feel that recently, all we furnish them with is bad news and more restrictions on how they live their lives.

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Substantive posts and agency workers

You may have recently heard about the NHS’s new guidelines to Trusts. From the 1st April if you hold a post within the NHS – then unfortunately, you can’t work agency shifts for other NHS Trusts.

BUT PLEASE DON’T PANIC

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Agency working viewpoint

Hi, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Amanda and I have been qualified as a nurse since 1998. I currently work part-time in the NHS as a Home Oxygen Assessment Specialist Nurse and I work part-time for Bluestones Medical agency.

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New website for Bluestones Medical Nursing

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

Following extensive research and exploring potential options, we’ve refined our online platform to make life even easier for our healthcare partners to register, find new roles and submit applications through a simplified interface.

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Off Payroll working in the public sector

Off Payroll working in the public sector. Reform of IR35 from April 2017

As you may be aware, there is yet more HMRC legislation on the horizon so we have put together the following guide to inform you of what the implications are of the latest changes.

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Our social media activity

If you don’t already follow us on any of our social media channels, then we certainly think you should! Obviously we would say that, but it really is one of the best ways of keeping up to date with everything that’s happening in the Bluestones Medical world… whether that’s general nursing news, latest shifts and roles information, or ad-hoc opportunities that we’re asked to help fill. We’re on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn – so just click on any of the icons below to find us, or see our live, integrated social stream below.

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