Where will the NHS Stand in June’s Election?
The snap election called by Theresa May last week is likely to be a turning point for the NHS as attention steers towards how the crisis will be handled by the future government.
The Prime Ministers decision to call the election was influenced by the need to create a more stable and durable government for Britain in light of the changes that it will face in the coming years. A victory for the Conservative party would give Ms May longer in power, with a solid foundation on which to take the country forward.
Whilst Brexit agreements will be at the top of the list for politicians in lead up to June, the NHS will also play an extremely important part in the result. The government has received constant pressure from the Labour party about its handling of the NHS crisis, with Corbyn consistently questioning the decisions made by the current health secretary.
With the NHS at breaking point from increasingly higher demand and ever-dwindling resources, it is more important than ever that the UK health service takes a central role in the election process.
Nurses consider strike action
A recent announcement concerning nurses pay, along with pay freezes and caps on pay rises since 2010 has led the RCN to take a vote on whether nurses should take strike action this year. The latest review of public sector pay announced a 1% rise, leading to complaints that nurses are being taken for granted.
This news comes as nursing shortages hit UK hospitals following brexit and increased fees for nursing students. It is likely that these figures will work to further damage nursing recruitment, as more individuals leave the profession in the UK.
Officials are attacking the review, stating that nurses should not be paying for the deficit out of their own wages, as well as shedding light on the fact that these pay cuts cause significant demoralisation and stress for nurses working within the NHS.
Nurses are essential within the health care industry and a shortage will lead to worsened patient care and reduced efficiency within hospitals. Flexible working hours, increased training and elevated support for nurses is absolutely essential to protect nurses and their positions within the NHS.
The poll of RCN members will end on May 7, with results announced at the union’s annual conference later in the month.
TNA supports nurses through IR35
Understanding the rules and regulations attached to contract work is not always an easy task, so at TNA we offer our nurses full support on everything they need to know about personal finances and government legislation to keep them up to speed and fully prepared.
The IR35 is a legislation that all contract or agency workers in the NHS need to comply with. It applies to any contract worker who gains employment through an agency or intermediary and sets out a number of rules affecting tax and national insurance contribution.
All TNA consultants are experienced in managing the IR35 legislation; in fact we probably know the rules better than your accountant, and we provide support and advice to all our nurses throughout their contract. We also offer support in other areas of personal finance, by providing solid PAYE options and HMRC Compliance. We cater to all payment options including PSC/Limited Company payments that are HMRC compliant, as well as allowing Umbrella payments at our candidates request.
We are a multi-framework agency and offer this level of service to our clients UK-wide. Each of our candidates receives one on one support from a dedicated consultant who will cater to their every need and ensure they are fully up to date with the latest regulations for their contracted work. If you are unsure about the legislation surrounding IR35 or need advice on how comply, our dedicated consultants are on hand to guide you through.
Supporting our nurses through these important steps in their work is extremely important to us; that’s why we like to see ourselves as the ‘nice agency’. We are open and honest with all of our nurses about what is required from them and what they need to know about the industry, and we always put our nurses needs first to ensure they feel happy and confident in their positions.
On-going Support for TNA Nurses
At this tumultuous time in the NHS, one thing is certain; the healthcare industry is in desperate need of talented professionals to provide excellent levels of care for patients.
We support our nurses from the first point of contact to ensure that they are able to fulfil their positions and provide a high level of care. Each candidate is allocated a specialist consultant who gives their full attention to finding them the right position, and our compulsory checks mean that we can match the right professionals to the right roles so that all parties are fully confident.
Whether our nurses work on an ad hoc basis or in full time positions, they are constantly supported throughout their working contracts. We make precision and organisation a top priority to ensure that our nurses always have the right information and are never overlooked when it comes to shift work and rotations.
Not only does TNA provide on-going training, and personalised support through our allocated consultants, we also offer an extremely competitive pay package. With nurses in high demand, TNA are looking to fill a number of nursing jobs across the UK. If you are a nurse with a high level of clinical experience looking for part time or full time work, contact us to take the next step in your nursing career.