Supporting agency staff as clinical lead
Helen Goldsmith describes her role as clinical lead for an agency
Helen Goldsmith describes her role as clinical lead for an agency.
I am clinical nurse lead for Local Care Force, an agency that provides nurses to care homes, intermediate care units and private hospitals in Yorkshire.
My work is exciting and unique. I support agency nurses and provide regular supervisions and appraisals while they are working. Support can be delivered either face to face or on site, while meeting in town for a coffee or over the telephone.
Agency nursing can be challenging and difficult. Nurses might find themselves working in areas that are short-staffed and with low morale. Medication systems sometimes vary from place to place, and local policies and procedures differ from area to area.
This article was first published under the original title 'My work is unique' in Nursing Standard: 9 September 2015, volume 30, issue 2.