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The big question: are there enough checks in place to ensure agency nurses are 'fit and proper' to work?


A national initiative is underway to try and ensure agency nurses used by the NHS in England are high quality and up to the job.

Organisers say the scheme should give nurses more confidence in the credentials of agency colleagues and help keep the costs of hiring temporary staff in check.


Are agency nurses’ credential checked thoroughly enough?


Readers' comments (2)

  • Anyone at the NT interested in speaking to an agency manager? To give your articles some balance?

    There are already frameworks in place to ensure the quality of agency nurses, is it the agencies fault if the NHS does not audit and take corrective action? If it is the case that the NHS is using poor quality nurses then surely it is the NHS who is to blame, they appear to be paying a premium for sub-standard goods, this is public money.

    If LPP is aware of agencies who do not provide a good standard then they should stop using them, name them, surely they have a duty to inform to ensure patient saftey.

    In my own experience a very high percentage of agency nurses hold substantive NHS posts.

    I think this is a worrying tactic that LPP appear to be scare-mongering trusts into using their frameworks.

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  • I had a very bad experience with an agency nurse one. When administering medication she gave me 25mg of a drug rather than 2.5mg (when she realised a couple of hours later she asked me why I hadn't noticed I was taking more tablets than usual!). Needless to say I spent the rest of the day vomiting and generally very unwell. The hospital I was in reported her to the agency and black listed her. Not long after I found out that she was still working for the agency, and they had not taken any action against her.

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