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.

Abstract

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.

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This article was first published under the original title 'My work is unique' in Nursing Standard: 9 September 2015, volume 30, issue 2.

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