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September 2016

The team at Essential have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to ensure that we were awarded a place on the National Clinical Staffing Framework. After a rigorous tender exercise, we scored highly in all selection criteria and are now supplying quality staff to NHS Trusts. Essential heart View our press release here.

We are extremely proud of our achievements and our recent CQC inspection and subsequent report is testament to the hard work of all of our team. We are only as good as the team that we employ and we certainly employ the best.

Proud to Care!

We are indeed Proud to Care and we continue to support Bournemouth Borough Council’s campaign which is working to raise the profile of homecarers. We work closely with all of the Local Boroughs and Councils as an approved supplier, so much so that our domiciliary carer, Lynda, and one of her service users are featured in the winter edition of BH Life Magazine. Below is their story:

Professional care workers who look after people in their own home are very often undervalued and their contribution to the care sector underestimated. But without them, local residents would not be able to continue to live independently in their own home for as long and so they play a vital role in the community.
Linda, 56, is Domicillary Carer for Essential Nursing covering the Boscombe and Southbourne areas. She explains why she enjoys homecare work and how it benefits her client, Alice.

Linda said: “I went in to care work because I like to look after people.I have a big family, I have seven children so I’m used to looking after everybody. I really enjoy care work and I wouldn’t want to do anything else. It’s a very rewarding job. There are other jobs out there which are more highly paid but I think as long as you wake up every morning and look forward to going to work that’s the main thing, I think it’s a good career and I enjoy it.
“The most enjoyable part of my role is going in to a client’s house and seeing them smiling at you when you walk in and as a lot of people are on their own they are really pleased to see you, it’s very rewarding.”

“Nothing really phases me when it comes to care but it upsets me when we lose someone especially if you’ve been seeing someone for a long time.
“To be a good carer you’ve got to have it in you. I always treat people and do for people what I would expect for myself or how I’d want my mother to be treated. You also need common sense.”
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Alice is aged 79 and lives in Southbourne and receives a visit from Lynda once week to help her shower and provide emotional support.
Alice said: “It’s a bit daunting when you first have a carer coming in to see you and you don’t know what to expect. But I now see Lynda as a friend, sometimes I get depressed and it’s good to see her and talk and hold her hand. We always have a laugh and so I think sense of humour is something a good carer should have, it makes a real difference. Without a carer it would make life harder, it would make my husband’s life harder as he has his own health issues too.”
Bournemouth is celebrating the contribution that professional homecare workers make to local residents lives with the launch of a campaign called ‘Proud to Care’.

Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The purpose of the Proud to Care campaign is to wave the flag for our homecare workers and highlight the crucial role that homecare workers play in empowering our residents to live independent lives and enabling them to continue to live their own homes.”