Leading care home operator Akari Care is putting the recruitment of high calibre nurses at the heart of its Quality Strategy.
To attract the very best qualified nurses Akari has enhanced its terms and conditions and has already seen the number and quality of applications rise.
The improved package includes:-
- Minimum rate of £12.19 per hour
- A sick pay scheme for medically certified absences of 2 consecutive weeks or more with a deferment period of 3 days, paying 2 months at full pay followed by 2 months at 50% pay
- RN’s to be provided with up to £1,000 for Post Registration Education and Preparation for Practice (PREPP) over a 2 year period
- Payment of the £100 annual re-registration fee
The company’s own data pointed to recruitment rather than retention as a key issue to be addressed.
Lynn Fearn, managing director, said: “We are convinced that the recruitment of good nurses is central to our Quality Strategy and that we can offer dedicated nurses the opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of elderly and vulnerable people.
“It is important that the role qualified nurses play in delivering consistently high levels of specialist care is recognised and we have developed terms and conditions that acknowledge this.
“The care sector is a challenging environment with stagnant fee levels and this initiative, along with the significant capital programme being implemented demonstrates Akari’s absolute commitment to quality.”