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Nov 17, 2021

What the statistics say

Healthcare all over the world has been severely impacted by the global pandemic, making it fragile and extremely vulnerable to meet the health needs of communities. Regulators have witnessed a serious shortfall of health professionals and are facing increasing challenges in attracting qualified and competent staff while meeting their recruitment targets.

In December 2020, a report by the Health Foundation, said the government will need to exceed its target of 50,000 new nurses in England by 2024/25 if it wants the NHS to fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The NHS has seen significant changes in the profile of its staff as it struggles to fill widespread and growing nurse shortages. New analysis by the Health Foundation shows that the health service is increasingly having to rely on less-skilled clinical support staff to fill gaps in services when there aren’t enough nurses.

Figures also show that, in response to a severe drop-off in the supply of EU nurses since 2016, the UK has significantly ramped-up its recruitment of nurses from non-EU countries over the last year as it struggles to train enough nurses domestically.

The business opportunity

With the shortage of medical professionals and nurses, healthcare companies such as hospitals, nursing homes, long term care, transitional care, and corporate industries are turning to healthcare temporary, permanent placement agencies such as nursing agencies, to fill the staffing needs.

Hospitals and care facilities are understaffed, so sourcing the well qualified staff needed to fill some of these positions, is important in keeping our hospitals and care facilities going.

To this end the medical staffing agency business has become a booming industry providing lucrative opportunities for those wanting to start their own healthcare businesses. So if you've been thinking about setting up or growing your healthcare business, now is the perfect time to take the next step.

A step-by-step guide

While this creates a great business opportunity, it is important to know how to correctly go about starting a nursing staff agency. There are many specific requirements that can be complicated, because setting up a nursing recruitment agency is very different from setting up a regular recruitment agency. It’s a specialist form of recruitment, especially if you are planning to recruit internationally.

Some of the steps that the Healthcare Business School will teach and take you through to enable you to develop business skills in setting up your own agency are:

  • Step-by-step guide on the overall registration process for your business
  • Step-by-step guide on Compliance - briefing on policies and procedures for your healthcare business and step-by-step guide on the Compliance process i.e., policies and procedures, DBS registration, HR Policies and regulation updates
  • Information on how to get contracts for your new and/or existing nursing recruitment agency
  • A guide to funding
  • Strategic marketing tips for your healthcare business
  • Tips on how to recruit staff for your new healthcare business
  • Contracts and Tendering opportunities for your business
  • Tips on other opportunities to expand your business

Healthcare Business School is ready to take every step with you through the setting up of your businesses. Our Healthcare Business School provides a full range of support services for our Clients and will equip you with all the necessary tools to enable you to start-up a fully compliant nursing agency.

Learn more about our Business in a Box packages, which will provide you with all the necessary tools to ensure compliance from day one.

If you need a little additional help and support, then our 1-2-1 coaching will give you access to a dedicated mentor who will guide you through the process of setting up your business.

If you’d like expert advice and guidance or would like to find out more about any of our services, SIGN UP HERE so that we can explore ways of assisting you and get your care agency off to a flying start.

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