96% drop in nurses coming from the EU makes RGNs even harder to find

One of the biggest challenges for social care recruitment and the NHS is finding good nurses.

The Royal College of Nursing recently reported that in England, 1 in nine nursing posts were vacant in May this year. Many of these vacancies are covered by agency staff, but this doesn’t mean that it’s an easy fill for them by any means. At Connect2Kent we offer flexible shifts with good rates of pay and fantastic clients in the beautiful county of Kent, however still struggle to find workers, and it looks like it isn’t going to get any easier.

In July 2016, 1,304 nurses from the EU applied to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. In April 2017 this had fallen to just 46. And with numbers falling so dramatically, the pressure will be falling more heavily on agencies to supply than ever before.

So what makes an RGN choose agency work? Our nurses emphasise the flexibility to pick and choose shifts as one of the most important incentives. As Connect2Kent are the managed service provider to Kent County Council, we provide continuity alongside the ability to pick and choose when you work. The working environment in KCC’s Integrated Care Centres across the county is second to none and there is as much support and training as you need from the team at Connect2Kent.

We’d love to know what you value in your agency and what might put you off? Let us know in the comments below – we’re forever working to improve our service and your experience!

If you are an RGN, or indeed a care or support worker, or you know someone who is, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We also offer a great ‘Refer a Friend’ scheme so you can be rewarded just for letting us know they’re looking for work!  

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Catherine Lane

Senior Unqualified Care Consultant  
Specialisms: Health Care
Tel: 01622 236712
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