Double industry award shortlist for agency nursing provider
Agency nursing provider Local Care Force is celebrating after being shortlisted for the second year running in the Nursing Times Workforce Summit Awards, and is the only agency to make the finals.
The leading industry awards showcase excellence across 14 categories, rewarding innovation in the healthcare industry.
The agency is up for two categories, Best Wellbeing and Staff Engagement Initiative, and Best Diversity and Inclusion Project on the back of its ‘Address your stress initiative’ which was created to recognise and tackle signs of stress to improve the mental health of its team.
The business also boats a designated mental health nurse lead to provide support and signposting for all staff, and a ‘buddy’ and mentoring system which ensures there is always someone for staff to talk to. Wellness action plans support the mental health of team members and exercise and healthy eating, is encouraged along with free fruit and free personal training sessions for all staff.
The Diversity and Inclusion award aims to recognise an organisation that has made a significant improvement and continued commitment to the diversity of its workforce and The Wellbeing and Staff Engagement category is aimed at an employer that has made a real improvement to its staff engagement activities and demonstrated a continued commitment to the mental and physical wellbeing of its staff.
Leanne Silverwood, Managing Director at Local Care Force, said; “I am really thrilled to have been recognised for the second year running in these leading industry awards. Our people are our business, they are at the heart of everything we do and we really do focus on the positive mental health and wellbeing of the entire team. Inclusivity is also a given across our business and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of our workforce, so its great to be recognised for it.”
Established in 2004, Local Care Force has offices in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. It supplies workers to the nursing, healthcare and social care sectors and is the preferred supplier of many large private, public and charitable organizations. It also supplies to private hospitals including Nuffield and Spire and a number of prisons. Local Care Force provides temporary and permanent staffing solutions, including qualified and specialist Nurses through to Care and Support Workers. The agency has just under 50 employees and over 1800 workers.