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Scotland gets new nursing agency for theatre specialists

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An enterprising nurse in Aberdeen has set up her own agency for nurse specialists.

Alena Bate, a local nurse with 20 years experience, said she set up Aberdeen Surgical Nursing Ltd at the end of last year after identifying a gap in the provision of specialist nurses.

The agency, which concentrates on recruits with qualifications in intensive care, high dependency, theatre and surgery, currently has around 20 nurses on its books.

Ms Bate said the agency aimed to provide highly-qualified and experienced nursing practitioners with agency work that ‘actually fits their individual experience and ensure they receive the rate of pay their qualifications and expertise merits’.

‘There is a definite gap in the Aberdeen market for a specialist nursing agency,’ she added.

‘In the past, skilled theatre, HDU and ICU staff required by organisations to cover shifts in the North-east [of Scotland] have often had to be sourced from the central belt because local agencies do not specifically recruit specialist nurses for specialist roles,’ said Ms Bate.

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