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Paramedic training – have you got what it takes?

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Are you considering a career as a paramedic, but feeling apprehensive about the demands of a role on the frontline of the health service? Read on to discover what paramedic training involves and the kind of skills and qualities you need for the job. Paramedics work on their own or with an assistant practitioner and [...]

How to become a phlebotomist

How to become a phlebotomist

Phlebotomists take blood samples from patients, then label and send them off to the laboratory for analysis and testing. If you’re interested in working in a healthcare role and don’t mind the sight of blood, read on for the skills, requirements and training you need. Phlebotomists work in a variety of healthcare settings – mainly [...]

How to deal with difficult patients

How to deal with difficult patients

Most nurses go into the job because they want to help people, but dealing with difficult patients can be hugely challenging, especially for those who are newly qualified. While every patient and situation is different, here are eight tried-and-tested techniques that can help. Nurses are only human and it can be easy to get caught [...]

Becoming a healthy play specialist

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If you enjoy working with children and would like a career in healthcare, a job as a healthy play specialist might be for you. Read on to discover what the role involves and the skills, qualifications, and experience you’ll need. Sometimes referred to as “hospital play specialists”, healthy play specialists are usually based in hospitals, [...]

How to negotiate better pay in the independent sector

How to negotiate better pay in the independent sector

Negotiating salary can be a daunting task for healthcare workers in the private sector, particularly if you’re used to set pay-bands within the NHS. Whether you want to secure a better package at interview or ask your boss for a pay rise, here’s how to make your case and get a better deal. Before you [...]

Furthering your career in learning disability nursing

Furthering your career in learning disability nursing

As a qualified learning disability nurse you already have some experience of the role – but how do you further your career? Heike Guilford, Managing Director of The Coaching Nurse, shares the advice that has seen her successfully progress her own career from support worker to head of nursing services and beyond. If you want [...]

7 myths and misconceptions about revalidation

7 myths and misconceptions about revalidation

Concerned about the new revalidation process? We’ve tackled some of the most common concerns, as well as the myths and misconceptions, to put your mind at ease. Many nurses worry about the reflection piece of revalidation, but you don’t need formal or academic writing skills. Instead, this is your opportunity to share something more personal. [...]

NHS or independent sector – which is best for you?

NHS vs Independent nurse

The majority of new-qualified nurses and midwives go on to work in the NHS, but thanks to the changing employment landscape there are now more opportunities than ever to work in the private healthcare sector. If you’re considering which is right for you, our handy guide may help. The NHS Confederation reported that the organisation [...]