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. 


    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.


    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?




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. 


    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 


    "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


    "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 


    "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 


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

    Di Ainsworth, Regional Operations Manager 


    "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 


    "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. 

    Why do you think gender balance in the workplace is better? Let us know in the comments section. 

    For more insights, click here. 

25 February 2019

Government announces 200,000 people to control their own care with personal health budgets

  • Wheelchair users, people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and those receiving adult social care, will gain more power to choose the type of care they want, as part of government plans to give 200,000 people personal health budgets.

    The Department of Health and Social Care have announced plans to increase the number of personal health budgets, targeting 200,000 by 2024. The current number is 40,000. 

    What are personal health budgets? 

    The personal health budgets are intended to give people greater control over their care with money that supports a person’s identified care needs. This is agreed between the individual and their NHS team or healthcare professional but it is not new money, only a different way of spending it.

    The budget can, for example, be spent on specially adapted wheelchairs, a choice of personal assistants who can be trained, technology and assistance dogs to reduce reliance on a carer.

    In response to this announcement, Caroline Dinenage, the Minister for Care, stated that:

    “I’ve seen first-hand how personal health budgets can give people a new lease of life, granting them the ability to enjoy their lives to the full. 

    "These budgets help to join up health and social care services, improving people’s experiences and outcomes whilst ensuring value for money for taxpayers.

    “We are therefore extending access so many more people can benefit, a key part of our NHS Long Term Plan which will see personalised care become the norm for millions more.”

    Increasing access to personal health budgets is part of the NHS Long Term Plan, which aims to extend personalised care to 2.5 million people by 2024.

    Do you think giving people personal care budgets is a good idea? Let us know in the comments section!

    Newcross provides healthcare and complex care services for both adults and children. Whether you require personal care support or an alternative to residential admission, we will work with you and your family to create a personalised support plan to provide suitably skilled nurses or healthcare assistants for your care package.

    Contact your local branch to find out what we could do for you. 



25 February 2019

Public Health England and NHS England unite to combat cardiovascular disease

  • Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England are teaming up in what is the first ever national attempt at improving the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (A-B-C) – three major causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

    There are around 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK: 3.5 million men and 3.5 million women. 

    Why is this coalition so important?

    Public Health England and the NHS coming together to combat CVD is the first big step to changing the 'heart health' of Britain.

    Detecting and treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation can prevent or delay the onset of CVD. However, the early symptoms of CVD seldom show, meaning millions are unaware they are at risk and in need of treatment. There are in excess of 5 million people currently living with high blood pressure undiagnosed in England alone.

    By 2029, PHE and NHS England aim to:

    • to detect and treat millions more people living with high blood pressure who are currently undiagnosed; currently, just over half (57%) of those with high blood pressure have been detected (6.8 million people) – the ambition is to increase this to 4 in 5 people (80%)
    • to ensure three quarters (75%) of 40- to 74-year-olds have received a formal CVD risk check and have had their cholesterol levels recorded; currently, fewer than half (49%) of those eligible for a formal check have received one (7.6 million people)
    • to increase from 35% to 45% the proportion of 40 to 74-year-olds at high risk of developing CVD who are treated with statins.

    How can A-B-C conditions be tested? 

    The A-B-C conditions can be detected through routine checks across community and healthcare settings.

    People aged between 40 and 74 are being urged to get their free NHS Health Check, which helps detect the early warning signs of CVD. The ambitions seek to build on the vital work being carried out by local authorities to deliver the check, which has reached millions of people.

    Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England, said:

    "Know your numbers and save your life. We know our PIN numbers but not the numbers that save our lives. Thousands of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented by more people knowing their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and by seeking help early. Prevention is always better than cure."

    What is CVD? 

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels.

    CVD is the leading cause of premature death and disability in England, causing a death every 4 minutes. Achieving the national ambitions would help meet the long term plan target to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and cases of dementia within a decade.

    Professor Stephen Powis, NHS Medical Director, said:

    "This shows the fantastic commitment being made by this coalition to identify and treat heart disease and stroke which are top priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan. These ambitions will save thousands of lives by identifying and targeting people most at risk of these preventable conditions."

    Who is most likely to develop CVD? 

    The ambitions also commit to reducing the health inequalities associated with CVD, with people in the most deprived communities four-times more likely to die prematurely from CVD than those in the least deprived. Health inequality data on each of the high-risk conditions and tailored plans to address them will be published by 2021.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

    "Prevention is at the heart of our vision for improving the health of the nation, empowering people to stay healthy, not just treating them when they’re ill. Almost half of those with high blood pressure are going about their daily lives without it being detected or treated. Millions of people are needlessly at risk of heart attacks or strokes when it could be prevented. So I want to help more people take the time out to protect their future health and get checked.

    "The NHS Long Term Plan has a target to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and cases of dementia within 10 years. By coming together across the system to agree these ambitions, we have set the goal posts for how we will achieve this target and continue our fight against the nation’s biggest killer."

    Read 'Will Matt Hancock's 'Prevention Plan' increase life expectancy?'







22 February 2019

'Every day is different' - Government urge young people to work in care

  • The care sector is experiencing an ongoing carer shortage caused by three main factors: Brexit, care budgets and an ageing population. In response, the government is hoping to attract young people into care by targeting lower age groups online with a new recruitment campaign: “Every Day is Different”. 

    Last year’s report by Skills for Care on the state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England estimated that just under 340,000 social care employees leave their jobs each year.  

    "In adult social care, no two days are the same."

    While around 1.45 million people work in social care, an extra 650,000 workers will be needed by 2035 to look after rising numbers of older patients, ministers said.

    However, charities and care groups said that the “long overdue” recruitment drive would not be enough without fundamental changes to improve working conditions.

    Who is affected by recruitment issues in the UK? 

    It isn't just care workers that are affected. The turnover rate has increased from 27.82% to 30.7% which is more than twice the industry average of around 15.5%.

    There has also been a decline in other health and care staff numbers. Nurses and health visitors working in community health services have continued to fall, and by July 2018 had declined by 1.2%. While numbers of hospital-based doctors is on the rise, as of September 2018, GPs numbers fell by 1.6% which is the equivalent of 450 full-time doctors.

    What is the care worker campaign about?

    The recruitment drive will be running in February and March and will focus on the rewarding and diverse nature of care work.

    The Every Day is Different recruitment drive highlights the rewarding nature of care work, and how each day differs from the next. 

    It includes the personal stories of young people who have built careers in the sector.

    How will the campaign target young people for care worker roles?

    The campaign will cost The Department for Health and Social Care around £3m in advertising and will be delivered through social media and online platforms. It asks people of all ages to consider a caring role, but is mainly targeted at the under 40s and promotes care worker, therapist and activity co-ordinator roles.

    Research shows that younger people are the most likely to work within the care sector and it has been widely recognised that the care sector needs a long term plan to deal with the ageing population to cope with future demand.

    Skills for Care estimate that if the adult social care workforce continues to grow at the same rate to keep up with demand, there will be another 350,000 care jobs needed by 2030, an increase of 21%. 

    Why choose Newcross? 

    Healthcare professionals are choosing Newcross first thanks to our flexible approach to working, excellent pay rates and access to ‘same day pay’ via Flexi Pay.

    We don't believe in 'zero hours.' Our care team have minimum guaranteed hours in their contracts and the ability to choose those hours by allocating their availability on the HealthForceGo app.

    Our staff are also supported in their professional development. Every month we deliver between 150 and 200 courses which can be paid for via training credits accrued during worked shifts.

    Read why our staff love working for Newcross. 

    Are you a young carer working for Newcross? We'd love to hear your story.

    What made you go into the care sector and how has your experience been so far? Please leave a comment or email marketing@newcrossshealthcare.com with your answer. 








21 February 2019

Newcross apprentices tell all!

  • National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019) will take place from the 4th to the 8th March 2019.

    This annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

    Something for everyone

    At Newcross, we have apprentices in roles across the whole organisation, from Operations, Finance and IT to HR, Central Recruitment, Marketing and Learning & Development. The courses range from ILM and Business to Customer Service, Marketing and more. Successful participants gain NVQs in areas which relate to their particular department, with the support of their team.

    We caught up with a few current and former Newcross apprentices about their experiences... 

    Apprentice Healthcare Advisor, Natasha Woods

    "I learned many valuable and transferable skills during my apprenticeship. When I first started at Newcross I really struggled with my confidence, but during my time here I have been given the support and guidance to be able to grow not just in confidence but also in many other aspects of my life.

    "It has been two years since I finished my apprenticeship and I have continued to expand my knowledge of the company, I have relocated to Bristol where the recruitment team are now based and have helped train new staff that have joined the department. I wouldn't have been able to have this experience without doing an apprenticeship. 

    "As an apprentice, I was given the opportunity to freely explore and discover a new career path with the help of an extensive support network across the business. Without the apprenticeship, I wouldn't have been able to find out what my dream job is and the best way of getting there."



    Management Account Analyst, Morgan Riley 

    "Studying while working on the apprenticeship programme was a valuable, worthwhile experience. 

    "I'm fortunate to have a very supportive, knowledgeable & friendly team here in the Finance Department. I had the opportunity to work within many different departments i.e.  Credit control, purchasing & month end accounts to ensure that my learning topics were transferred into my working environment.

    "Throughout my learning and time with Newcross I have always felt supported and have been able to achieve and work my way through the AAT learning platform, all the way to level 4, where I became AAT qualified and gained a professional qualification."



    Branch Liason Coordinator, Angela Feliz-Hurtado 

    'As an apprentice, I was given the opportunity to freely explore and discover a new career path with the help of an extensive support network across the business. Without the apprenticeship, I wouldn't have been able to find out what my dream job is and the best way of getting there.’


    Marketing Apprentice, Lara Carillo 

    "I decided to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to work in marketing and I thought this could be a great way of getting into this field. I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to gain experience, learn from my work colleagues and acquire some useful knowledge for my career.

    "I chose Newcross because it looked like a company where I could learn a lot. I thought the marketing department would be really busy since it is a national business, and the fact that it is a healthcare company that helps people was quite attractive as well.

    "I think that Newcross is a company with a lot of opportunities, I would love to stay and progress with my apprenticeship. The marketing team has received me with open arms and the rest of the colleagues from other departments have been really friendly and welcoming."



    Why should you join a Newcross apprenticeship programme? 


20 February 2019

"Bring back the nursing bursary!"

  • In the week Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive, coined the removal of the nursing bursary a ‘disaster’, it was reported that nursing applications have decreased by 13,000 since 2016, the last year students received the bursary. 

    In response, on Friday 15th February, we reached out to our Facebook followers and asked: ‘What do you think would encourage more people into the profession?’ 

    The post was inundated with responses.

    Here is what our Facebook followers had to say about the student bursaries being forfeited...

    Kate Hayward: “The bursary being returned. Being a student nurse is not the same as being an 'ordinary' student and that bursary is often the only way student nurses manage financially.”

    Sophie Martin: “I think it’s shocking they got rid of the bursary. I graduate this year and if it wasn’t for the bursary I definitely would not have managed financially with a two-year-old who I had mid-way into the course. this was also on top of working 18hrs a week even when on placement. So placement weeks your talking 50hr weeks ... It’s not easy in the slightest.”

    Lyndzey Tomlin: “Allowing NVQ’s to count towards UCAS would be a mighty fine start! Most people wanting to go into nursing are the people working in healthcare already.”

    Esther Portlock: “Bring back the bursary. Student nurses must clock up hours of unpaid shifts.” 

    Melissa Louise: “I study in Wales so I receive the bursary. I still have to work as well so I can’t imagine how people manage without. Don’t understand why they would remove it when students have to work 2300 hours over three years for free.”

    Dot Griffiths: “The only way my daughter got her nursing degree was because I worked and paid her rent and her car that facilitated her being able to do her 2300 free hours for the NHS.”

    Hannah Campbell: “Bring back the bursary!”

    Sarah Hitchcox: “Student nurses should have the bursary back and where have all the nursing colleges and accommodation gone?”

    Brian Webster: “Better pay once qualified.”

    Louise Helyer-Jackson: “The bursary... Enough said.”

    Tracey Sleeman: “Go back to paying the bursary!”

    Newcross Healthcare Assistant, Ricky Baker, reached out and told us how he and his peers are feeling the pressure as a result of losing the bursary. 

    “I love being a student nurse, I have met so many amazing people working within the NHS, all passionate about what they do. However, with the axe of the NHS Bursary, student nurses now face many barriers that affect the overall learning experience. 

    “To meet the progression outcomes throughout our training, student nurses are frequently required to demonstrate progress towards working independently. As such, we regularly do tasks for many of the nurses on the ward such as observations, when deemed competent by our mentor to carry out these tasks independently. Whilst carrying out such tasks is a great learning opportunity, helping to develop our skills and understanding, it could be interpreted by many to be ‘free labour’. 

    “The NMC requires student nurses to have clinical experience in the form of placements for 37.5 hours a week. In addition to this, many student nurses, like myself work part time to be able to pay the costs of travel to and from placement, not forgetting the extortionate parking charges when we get there. This leaves little money left from our part-time jobs to pay for housing, bills, let alone food on the table. 

    “There is much focus within the NHS around health promotion, but with being on placement, working part-time and evidencing the work we do around this, the health and wellbeing of student nurses is becoming increasingly compromised. Therefore, health promotion for student nurses needs to be addressed as a matter of priority, recognising the stresses of workload and financial worries student nurses now currently face, before it has a negative impact on our mental health.”

    Newcross Healthcare is committed to supporting all student nurses in its employment. All healthcare staff choose their own shifts by allocating their availability via the HealthForceGo® app.  

    If you are a student looking to 'earn while you learn', and feel as though you would benefit from 'same day pay', choosing your own shifts and having access to training, feel free to apply today. 

    Thank you to everyone who responded in this week's Facebook #NXdebate.