12 April 2019

What is Flexi Pay?

  • If you're thinking about applying to one of our current healthcare vacancies, you might have already seen 'same day pay' and 'Flexi Pay' featured within Newcross Healthcare's many exciting benefits in our job ads. Flexi Pay is just one of the reasons why UK healthcare professionals are choosing to work for Newcross over other healthcare employers - and you can too!

    What is Flexi Pay?

    Newcross invented Flexi Pay with you in mind. It is an advance payment mobile app feature of our brilliant HealthForceGo® app. Thanks to Flexi Pay, you won't have to wait until Wednesday payday to receive your wages. 

    Twice daily, you'll be able to draw down on your wages. The cut-off times for same working-day payments are now 9:00AM and 5:00PM.

    How does Flexi Pay work?

    Flexi Pay is manned by our helpful Finance team, who work hard to ensure everyone is paid on time - and beyond! 

    You can withdraw up to 50% of the verified pay value of shifts you’ve worked that have not already been processed to you via weekly payroll. This amount includes shift pay and any claimed mileage and expenses.

    Flexi Pay payments will appear as an advanced amount in your next payslip.

    For more information, you can read the Flexi Pay Terms & Conditions or our White Paper. 

    To find and download our healthcare app, simply search HealthForceGo® in the Apple and Google Play stores.

08 April 2019

EU healthcare professionals may continue to work in the UK after Brexit

  • European Union nurses and other health and care workers will have their qualifications and registration recognised in the UK - regardless of whether the country leaves the EU with or without a deal, it was revealed last week. 

    On 4th April, it was announced that health and social care workers from the EU with professional qualifications can continue to practise in the UK as they do currently.

    Legislation introduced on 7 March 2019 means health and social care workers with professional qualifications from EU and Swiss institutions who are currently registered can continue to practise in the UK as they do now, guaranteeing their ability to work in the NHS.

    This means up to 63,000 NHS staff and 104,000 social care workers who qualified in the EU or Switzerland can have their training and experience accepted by all regulatory bodies for the health and social care sectors, including:

    • General Medical Council
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council
    • General Pharmaceutical Council
    • General Dental Council
    • Health and Care Professions Council

    Employment contracts will not need to be changed if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and staff won’t have to reapply for their current positions after exit day.

    The government is also encouraging EU workers to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

    The scheme officially opened on 30th March and you can now apply for free. Those who have lived in the UK for 5 years or longer can apply for ‘settled status’. Those who have lived in the UK for under 5 years can apply for ‘pre-settled status’.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

    "Every day across the health and social care system, our EU colleagues and friends make a difference to millions of lives, and this vital legislation means they will be able to continue work here, whatever the Brexit outcome.

    "My message to EU staff is clear – we all want you to feel valued and stay in the UK. Today’s announcement builds on our NHS Long Term Plan’s commitment to recruit and retain a world-class workforce over the long term.

    "My priority is to make sure high standards are maintained across the healthcare system and patients continue to receive the high-quality care they deserve – this legislation helps ensure that will continue to be the case."

    Like the NHS, Newcross wishes for its EU workforce to remain with the company. CEO Stephen Pattrick said:

     "Our employees come from different countries across Europe and help us to deliver a best in class service to our clients. Newcross Healthcare will do everything in its power to retain its EU employees and provide any necessary guidance during this period."

    For more news, click here.

     

    Source

    gov.uk

22 March 2019

5 Recent developments in dementia research

  • Can early dementia be reversed? Does the food we eat make a difference? Can quizzes and brain tests prevent the onset of the condition? These are just a few of the once-mysteries experts have attempted to solve regarding dementia. 

    ‘Dementia’ is an umbrella term which refers to a group of symptoms associated with the gradual decline of the brain and its abilities. Symptoms include problems with memory loss, language and thinking speed.

    The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer'’s disease. Vascular dementia is the next most common, followed by dementia with Lewy bodies.

    According to Alzheimer’s Society, there are around 850,000 people affected by dementia in the UK. Some 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, which equates to one person every three minutes.

    Let's explore some groundbreaking developments regarding dementia medicine...

    1.) One hour of exercise a week 'can halve dementia risk

    A study published in the Lancet Neurology - the first to quantify the combined impact of lifestyle factors influencing dementia - identifies exercise as the most significant protection against the condition. 

    Those who did not achieve three 20-minute bursts of vigorous exercise per week, such as jogging or football, or five 30-minute sessions of moderate activity, such as walking were 82per cent more likely to go on to develop dementia. 

    Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development at Alzheimer’'s Society said:

    '"This valuable study adds to a growing body of evidence strongly suggesting that simple lifestyle changes can help lower our risk of developing dementia. 

    “What is good for your heart is good for your head and there are simple things you can start doing now to reduce your risk of developing dementia. Regular exercise is a good place to start as well as avoiding smoking and eating a Mediterranean diet.”

    2.) The FDA is considering the first-ever machine to treat dementia 

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is officially considering the use of the first-ever medical device to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

    The machine, called the NeuroAD, is technically already approved for medical use in Israel, Europe and Asia, according to IEEE Spectrum. The device manufacturer has been seeking FDA approval since at least early 2016.

    The machine uses a technique called “transcranial magnetic stimulation,” a treatment that is more commonly used as a treatment for depression. While the patient is strapped into the device, they do cognitive training exercises consisting of basic memory tests related to language and comprehension, in order to strengthen neural connections in the brain.

    “Meaningful Improvement”

    Clinical trials of the device show “meaningful improvement” to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, according to Neuronix CEO Eyal Baror.

    “For a tough disease like Alzheimer’s, this is a really important tool,” Baror told IEEE Spectrum. “We’re not attempting to cure Alzheimer’s, unfortunately, but we’re attempting to modify the course of the disease.”

    3.) Dementia rates falling thanks to smoking reductions, according to Public Health report 

     

    The risk of developing dementia is falling, thanks to lifestyle improvements such as reductions in smoking, new research has found.

    Professor Albert Hofman, who led the research at the Harvard School of Public Health, said:

    “We know that recent decades have seen a radical decline in smoking rates for men.

    "While many people may have been persuaded to stop smoking due to an increased risk of cancer or heart disease, it is also a key risk factor for dementia.

    “With other dementia risk factors such as obesity and diabetes on the rise, this apparent decline in dementia rates may not continue for long."

    A recent poll conducted by the Alzheimer’s Research UK, at whose conference the new results were presented, found just a third of people think it is possible to reduce their risk of developing dementia while 77 per cent of people think it’s possible to reduce their risk of heart disease.

    4.) Potential for new dementia treatment following research trial

    New research shows a link between reducing amyloid in the brain and slowing cognitive decline.

    Research presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) has found evidence in support of the 'amyloid hypothesis'.

    The drug treatment BAN2401 was found to reduce amyloid in the brain, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. 

    Researchers found that after 18 months, the highest dose of the drug:

    • Significantly reduced amyloid in the brain of 81% of patients

    • Slowed cognitive decline by 30%

    Only the top dose showed this effect, lower doses of the drug did not show this effect.

    5.) 'Holy Herb' found in California may help treat Alzheimer's

    Yerba santa, a plant with a long history of medicinal use in its native California, contains an active compound that could treat people with Alzheimer's disease one day.

    Lab manager Professor Dave Schubert and his team identified a molecule in the shrub called sterubin, which they discovered is its most active component. 

    The researchers tested sterubin and other plant extracts for their effects on nerve cells in mice.

    They found sterubin had a strong anti-inflammatory impact on brain cells known as microglia, which are vital to the development of Alzheimer's disease.

    Newcross Heathcare hosts an Excellence in dementia course, which aims to improve the learner's understanding of dementia and its effects on the service user and how these may be managed to support the individual and their carers. The learner will gain a greater understanding of strategies that may assist the individual and their carers in the management of the disease and its effects.

     

    Sources:

    NHS Online

    The Daily Mail

    The Telegraph

    Alzheimer's Society

20 March 2019

World Oral Health Day: Improving oral hygiene in care homes

  • Oral hygiene and bodily health are closely interlinked. The mouth serves as a 'window' to the rest of the human body, providing signals of general health disorders.

    Over 700 different strains of bacteria have been detected in the human mouth. Normally the body's natural defences and good oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and flossing, assist in keeping these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

    What is oral health day?

    World Oral Health Day is observed annually on 20th March and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene so that governments, health associations and the general public can work together to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.

    Of the world's population, 90% will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime, many avoidable.

    Organised by FDI World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day involves campaigns by national dental associations from around the world with activities in over 130 countries.

    What illnesses are indicated by the mouth?

    Several health conditions can be signified by the mouth, teeth and tongue. 

    For instance, dry mouth can be due to certain health conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, yeast infection (thrush) in your mouth or Alzheimer's disease, or due to autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren's syndrome or HIV/AIDS. Snoring and breathing with your mouth open also can contribute to dry mouth. 

    More than half of older adults who live in care homes have tooth decay, compared to 40% of over 75s who do not live in care homes.

    Who is most at risk?

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have identified the groups of individuals who may be at most risk in care settings. These are: 

    • Those with long-term conditions (including arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and dementia) as such conditions can make it harder to hold and use a toothbrush and to go for dental treatment.
    • Individuals taking medicines to reduce the amount of saliva produced and leave people with a dry mouth.
    • People with their own teeth in old age. Elderly people now keep their natural teeth for longer, but this can mean they need more complex dental care than people who have dentures.

    Thorough assessments and support from skilled and knowledgeable staff can help prevent the pain, disturbed sleep and health problems that poor oral health can cause.

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    How can I help to protect the oral health of those in my care? 

    NICE offer the following advice:

    • Brush their natural teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
    • Clean their dentures (brushing, removing food debris, removing dentures overnight).
    • Use their choice of cleaning products for dentures.
    • Use their choice of a toothbrush, either manual or electric/battery powered and mouth care products.

    NICE’s guideline on oral health for adults in care homes, including the baseline assessment tool, can be used as part of your preparation for inspection and to support requests for help to other services.

    Refer to Improving oral health for adults in care homes A quick guide for care home managers for additional guidance and information. 

    Sources:

    Mayo Clinic

    NICE

    NHS

19 March 2019

Could you be the next Newcross Associate Trainer?

  • Newcross Healthcare is one of the UK's leading providers of specialist clinical training. Every month, we deliver between 150 and 200 courses to over 1,000 nurses and healthcare assistants, supporting them in their professional development. 

    In 2018, we expanded our training team to include Newcross Associate Trainers - which means that if you're an existing Newcross employee, you could be eligible for the role. 

    Led by our dedicated in-house clinical trainers and supported by a network of individually selected local partners, all Clinical Courses are developed with and endorsed by our Clinical Governance Team.

    What does an Associate Trainer do?

    You will be delivering quality moving and handling courses to our Newcross employees, ensuring that they are confident in carrying out moving and handling with our service users.

    What are the benefits of being an Associate Trainer?

    As part of our commitment to your ongoing development and career with Newcross we will:

    • Pay £75 for the first course you deliver in a day and £50 for the second (each course lasts 3 hours)
    • Pay travel after the first 5 miles to any branch you are delivering in.
    • Provide you with moving and handling equipment to use in the training and provide you with a training room at every branch that has a bed and a hoist
    • Provide you with a Newcross Trainer’s uniform
    • You will receive annual updates to the training materials and also receive annual observations and feedback
    • Give you regular feedback on how your training is being received and will observe you at least once a year
    • Provide refresher training at 2-year intervals

    What do we need from you?

    In order to be eligible for the role, you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • You have passed your probation period and regularly work for Newcross.
    • You have worked with a variety of manual handling equipment – including hoists, stand aids and slide sheets.
    • Ideally, you will have a training qualification and/or a qualification in healthcare although this isn’t essential. You will have spent enough time in care settings to make you credible with very experienced care staff.
    • You have a good level skill in of English, Maths and ICT especially Microsoft office.
    • You have a laptop you can use to show MS PowerPoint presentations.
    • You have access to a car and are willing to travel and occasionally stay away.
    • You are friendly and able to build positive relationships with branch staff and healthcare staff.
    • You represent Newcross positively.
    • You are physically able to demonstrate the physical movements involved in manual handling and able to use and carry equipment.
    • You are smart and well presented, flexible and able to plan your diary up to 3 months ahead.
    • You have a passion for learning and are able to provide learners with training at a level and pace to suit their needs.
    • You will be a good communicator.
    • You will be self-motivated enough to keep yourself up to date with current manual handling legislation and to undertake all necessary preparation.
    • You will be available to attend a 3-day trainer training.
    • You will need to invest time in learning the course before you start getting paid.
    • You will be provided with M&H equipment to use in training.
    • You can expect to be observed and given feedback on the effectiveness of your training and will only be signed off when you achieve our high standard. Your BCM will endorse your application (They will confirm you represent Newcross well).
    • You will continue to carry out shifts for your branch as your primary role.

    How do you apply?

    If you are interested in this exciting opportunity you can apply by sending a short expression of interest, describing how you meet the above criteria and which branches you will be willing to travel to kiersten.cornwall-cook@newcrosshealthcare.com and copy your branch manager in.

    We look forward to receiving your applications to join our fantastic Clinical Training team.

14 March 2019

Nutrition and care of the elderly

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week has taken place every March since 2012. Its purpose? To unite people, and to create energy, focus and fun in order to highlight and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and well being in health and social care.

    Last year, a survey from Public Health England (PHE) found that around 9 in 10 people support the notion of the government working alongside the food industry in order to make food healthier. 

    Why is good nutrition important?

    Stating the obvious, your food choices each day affect your health in and, in turn, how you feel today, tomorrow, and in your longterm future.

    Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and promote your overall health.

    The link between good nutrition and healthy weight reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is simply too important to ignore. By taking essential steps to eat healthily, you'll be well on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong.  

    Nutrition and the elderly

    Older people are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. Since both lean body mass and basal metabolic rate decline with age, an older person’s energy requirement per kilogram of body weight is also reduced.

    Degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer, which are among the most common diseases affecting older persons, are all diet-affected. Increasingly in the diet/disease debate, the role that micronutrients play in promoting health and preventing noncommunicable disease is receiving considerable attention. Micronutrient deficiencies are often common in elderly people due to a number of factors such as their reduced food intake and a lack of variety in the foods they eat.

    Adequate nutrition, especially in older age, aids in the maintenance of health and in decreasing the onset of chronic diseases, contributes to vitality in everyday activity, to energy and mood and helps in maintaining functional independence.

    'Nutrient needs' of older people  

    Let's explore some of the most important vitamins and minerals that are particualry important for older people... 

    Calcium and Vitamin D

    Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. Have three servings of calcium-rich foods and beverages each day. This includes fortified cereals and fruit juices, dark green leafy vegetables, canned fish with soft bones, milk and fortified plant beverages. If you take a calcium supplement or multivitamin, choose one that contains vitamin D.

    Vitamin B12

    Fortified cereal, lean meat and some fish and seafood are sources of vitamin B12. 

    Fibre

    Eat more fibre-rich foods to stay regular. Fibre also can help lower your risk for heart disease and prevent Type 2 diabetes. Eat whole-grain bread and cereals, and more beans and peas — along with fruits and vegetables which also provide fibre.

    Potassium

    Increasing potassium along with reducing sodium (salt) may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and beans are good sources of potassium. Also, select and prepare foods with little or no added salt. Add flavour to food with herbs and spices.

    Good fats

    Foods that are low in saturated fats and trans fat help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are primarily found in nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil and fish.

    Ensuring someone in your care is eating and drinking the right things

    There are many ways you can encourage a person in your care to eat food and drink fluids.

    1. If the person eats independently, serve the meal by placing it within easy reach.
    2. Make sure the older adult has all the utensils they will need.
    3. Observe and check frequently to see if they need help.
    4. Offer to cut/prepare food for an older adult who is having difficulty. 
    5. Offer a choice if the individual doesn't seem to be enjoying what they are eating. 

    Newcross Nurse, Maria Jones, said:

    "We often believe that we can handle whatever is thrown our way. It's normal for older people to feel a stubborness around food and drink, but it's really important to keep an eye and make sure they're receiving enough of the right foods, little and often.

    "Protein is particuarly important as it helps to create new cells and keep  muscles healthy."

    Read 'Five 'healthy' foods that aren't so healthy. Surprising lunch break tips for healthcare workers.' 

    Are you a healthcare professional? How do you ensure that those in your care are eating and drinking the right things?

     

    Source

    WHO

08 March 2019

Complex care: Offering choice

  • "Would you prefer a cup of tea or a cup of coffee?" A simple question you're sure to hear in UK households several times throughout the day. Having the power to make these kinds of small decisions plays a part in our everyday lives. However, what happens when the notion of choice becomes a  challenge in itself? 

    "Do I have a choice?"

    On Friday, the Bristol complex care team hosted a care 'choice' workshop which examined how sensory deprivation has the power to affect both our understanding and responses to questions that may be asked in care settings. 

    A volunteer put of a pair of soundproof earphones, a pair of sight-proof goggles and a pair of woolly gloves and was then asked to choose a biscuit from a selection box. Naturally, the sense barriers presented difficulty.

    The purpose of the exercise was to illustrate just how significantly limited hearing, short sight or blindness and other limitations regarding sensory control, can subsequently limit our ability to make fast choices. 

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    Exercising choice in care 

    The point of allowing choice is that it demonstrates that we treat our service users with dignity and respect, as adults capable and willing to be involved in decisions regarding their medical care.

    If someone has the capacity, they have the unwavering right to make these decisions. This includes choices surrounding what they would like to drink, eat, wear and when they want to use the bathroom. 

    Complex Care Manager, Becci Buck, said:

    "A part of looking after vulnerable people is ensuring they do not lose their dignity and to empower them to live the life they want to, not what works best for you as the carer.  One of the ways of ensuring this is by giving the individual choice.  Choice in what they want to wear, eat, how they wish to be cared for and so on.

     "It covers all aspects of their daily life and should never be ignored.  One of the ways I ensure this is maintained is by treating others how I wish to be treated or how I would want one of my loved ones to be looked after.  This ensures there is a continuous approach to all that we look after."

    Thanks to Bristol Complex Care. 

    Find out more about our clinical training, here. 

06 March 2019

20,000 more care workers needed in Wales by 2030

  • Wales is facing a carer staffing crisis, needing thousands of more people to work in caring roles with adults and children by 2030 if it is to keep pace with the growing demand for essential care services. 

    WeCare: A new social care recruitment campaign for Wales 

    To attract more people to work in care, a national campaign called WeCare was launched this week. 

    The WeCare campaign, led by Social Care Wales, will highlight the breadth of career opportunities in care.

    Currently, around one in 17 adults in Wales works in social care or early years and childcare.

    Increasing life expectancy: a growing problem


    The campaign will highlight the breadth of career opportunities in care, from childminders and nursery practitioners to home care coordinators and care home managers.As more people in Wales live longer, more will have specific healthcare requirements that require support inside and outside the home. Projections indicate that around 20,000 more employees will be needed over the next 10 years[1] to answer the growing demands of the population.

    The WeCare campaign aims to show the variety of roles and career progression opportunities available. By using real care workers, the campaign focuses on the challenges they face, as well as what makes their work rewarding and worthwhile.

    Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, said: 

    “In Wales, we are fortunate to have a team of highly-committed and dedicated social care, early years and childcare professionals who go above and beyond every day. From caring and helping our youngest children to develop and thrive, to providing support and compassionate care to adults and older people, they make a huge difference to people’s lives. But we need more people to consider these highly rewarding careers.

    “That’s why I’m delighted to support the new WeCare campaign. It’s been designed to showcase the opportunities social care, early years and childcare sectors can offer to all those with the right caring skills and qualities and the support which is available to help them develop and nurture their skills to support the people they assist live full and active lives.

    “I am grateful to Social Care Wales and their partners, particularly care workers who have shared their experiences, for their work on this campaign. I hope their stories will inspire people to become our next generation of carers, childcare practitioners, childminders and care assistants.”

    We have vacancies for healthcare professionals in Wales. (Cardiff, Colwyn Bay and Swansea.) 

    Click here for more information. 

     

06 March 2019

Healthforce heroes: Making care provision a priority

  • Newcross Healthcare is proud to hire only the very best healthcare staff in the business. This week, Chester Branch Manager, Ami Allmand, told us about a healthforce hero, Nurse Andreana Mircheva, who always puts service users at the forefront of her work.

    A Newcross healthforce hero...

    "Andreana has worked with us since February 2015.  During this time, she has never pulled out of a single shift. She has worked a total of 9603 hours in that time and is always on good form. 

    "Andreana is always keen to attend training and has attended 21 training courses - and is booked on additional five more in next two weeks. I am proud to recognise her dedication and commitment  and I would love to continue to celebrate the reliable staff we have at Newcross.

    "Putting clients first and never pulling out of a shift is a very valuable and commendable thing."

    Patient care is absolutely paramount to Newcross and we take very seriously our commitment to our service users. We also take very seriously our commitment to our employees. 

    Upon being nominated, Andreana told us:

    "I am committed to providing the best care I can and I will always put my work as my top priority."

    If you're like Andreana and want to make the most out of working with Newcross, check out our Learning and Development page. There you'll discover commentary on the latest healthcare issues and information about our extensive range of courses.

    Each week our panel of clinicians, trainers and writers will add publications, insights, research data and training resources and useful documents.

    Looking to apply for a job with Newcross? Join us today! 

     

06 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019: Why is balance better?

  • International Women's Day is celebrated on 8th March every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights, a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity both in and out of the workplace.

    Gender inequality and discrimination against women in the workplace have been a problem for many years - on a global scale. The situation in the UK is slowly improving, but many efforts still need to be made to achieve a better balance.

    A forward-thinking business and innovator, Newcross Healthcare is streets ahead of its corporate peers and competitors judging by global trends and reports regarding gender balance in healthcare leadership.

    According to a new report by global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, women are sorely underrepresented in healthcare leadership. They make up only 30% of C-suite executives and 13% of CEOs in the US.

    In March 2018, NHS Employers and NHS Improvement released the report NHS Women on Boards: 50:50 by 2020. Written by Professor Ruth Sealy of the University of Exeter Business School, it showed that the proportion of women on boards across trust was 42.6%, while it was 39.5% on CCG boards.

    Given that 77% of the NHS’s workforce is female, the lack of women in senior roles is surprising and NHS boards in England need another 500 women to achieve parity. 

    In contrast, at Newcross Healthcare, women are well-represented throughout all tiers of the business, including senior management and operational positions.

    We asked Newcross Healthcare's co-founder, Michelle, director Tracy, and some of its female senior managers: "Why is balance in the workplace better?"

    Michelle Gorringe RN, Co-Founder and Managing Director 

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    "I am proud to be the co-founder of a successful, growing, quality-renowned company that has a predominantly female workforce at all levels of seniority. Gender is not part of our selection criteria and never has been. We have always prioritised who we believe is better for the role.

    "I believe that Newcross benefits on all levels from having a natural selection approach: males and females working together in a productive partnership challenging the status quo with a focused strategy to improve the delivery of healthcare through innovation and a united belief that there must be a better way." 

    Tracy O'Kennedy, Employee Experience Director

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    "In my role as Employee Experience Director, one of three females on a board of five, I'm responsible for all 7500 People who contribute to Newcross's ongoing success. For twenty-plus years, I have worked as both a senior leader and director in healthcare, home improvements and automotive industries, cutting my teeth as the only female in a very male-dominated world.

    "Reflecting on my career, I recall how gender imbalance in the boardroom often led to aggressive in-fighting, where ultra-competitive males fought against each other. Sometimes, rather than for the good of the business. However, I do also recall many moments of clarity and realisation when my female contribution offered an interesting alternative perspective, that led to a more balanced and, dare I say it, ‘human’ decision being taken.

    "My character/behavioural traits include high dominance and influence as well as quality and process, traits not often associated with women, but my driving force is to deliver effective business outcomes based on love and trust, which can only be generated via truth.  

    "In my ten years at Newcross Healthcare, we've  built a balanced and well-respected senior leadership team who offer a broad range of experience and behavioural traits, all of which make a valuable, challenging and innovative contribution."

    Kelly-Marie Harris, Head of Apprenticeships 

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    "It’s coming up seven years that I’ve had the pleasure of working for Newcross Healthcare and after returning to work after my second child. I am now taking on my next career challenge - heading the Apprenticeship Services and launching our new EPA Service. Just like other women who want it all, I’ve had my share of struggles in striking the right work-life balance and remaining professionally visible. But as they say 'resilience is one of the greatest strengths of a woman!'

    "Having previously worked in a male-dominated industry where the power struggles regarding gender-equality were a daily occurrence, I will always remember those days good and bad as they did help shape me as both a leader and mother. It was tough, relentless, and expectations were that if you want to be treated as equal then get yourself a house husband and focus your efforts on work! That business is no longer trading...

    "Coming to Newcross was such a breath of fresh air. Over the years has had such a transformational impact on my work-life balance, with the concept of no matter your gender/role if you need support either personally or professionally to succeed you will get it!  I am proud to be part of a leadership team that challenges the status quo of gender in roles, by recognising individuals for their strengths to build the successful business it is today and all this whilst fully embracing a family culture.

    "So in summary from a working couple who both hold senior-level positions-  yes we do 'book' date nights and have a family outlook calendar to make sure the boys have one of us about for 'world book day costume rehearsal' but on the flip side I love nothing more than to hear my husband and also my male colleagues speak about the challenges of being a working dad like it is a badge of honour!  

    "Mums, dads, males, females my advice choose an organisation that embraces the differences in all and challenges the norm. Only you can change your future."

    Juliette Millard, Head of Clinical Governance 

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    "Gender balance is better in the workplace because it brings greater diversity, different points of view and improves collaboration."

    Di Ainsworth, Regional Operations Manager 

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    "Acknowledging that men and women are at the same level in the workplace is the first step to creating preofessional balance. We all have strengths and weaknesses - it is not a question of whether you are male, female or trans - we are equal.  Striking a balance is refreshing, energising and uplifting. I believe at Newcross we have struck this balance.  

    "Gender balance is a frequent topic in our household and with two sons aged 14 & 19  they don't see a gender difference,  maybe because I have held a position in senior management for the last fifteen years, so to them this is the norm.   Outside of my world there is still a stark difference and it is up to women like me to shout out about why we are equally able to hold a senior management position or be on a board

    "We are pretty unique at Newcross, we are led by a woman and I am in a team of 6, 5 of which are women.    Born in Manchester I have a connection to Emily Pankhurst, a normal woman fighting for women's rights. Just look how far we have come.  Hats off to Emily and all the women in the world working towards an equal future."

    Mandy Hamilton, Senior Regional Operations Manager 

    MANDY

    "Its created value for our external clients, strengthen our organisation and improved executive decision-making leading us to become more innovative." 

    Thanks to Michelle, Tracy, Kelly-Marie, Juliette, Di and Mandy for sharing. 

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