How to maintain your employability status in healthcare roles.
Patient care is number one on the list of priorities of any healthcare job. Whether you are caring for children in a residential home or working in a hospital. There are strict codes of conduct that benefit both yourself and the patient but also keep you safe. In order to stay at the top of your game and be attractive to employers, you must continuously develop your skills, knowledge and experience. The healthcare industry moves at such a pace, it is easy to fall behind and get lost in the latest policies and requirements.
Cucumber has deep roots in the healthcare industry, having begun our recruitment services in the sector and our team are more than capable of providing support and guidance in all areas. Read on for ways to maintain your employability status in the healthcare sector.
6 qualities of truly great health and community care
- Passion for the job.
- Good communication skills.
- Ability to multitask.
- Fit and active.
- Good problem-solving skills.
- Empathy and compassion.
- Able to advocate for your patient.
- Accessing resources.
- Decision making.
- Practising health-enhancing behaviours.
Continuous improvement in your own services as a care provider
How many times have you been frustrated or concerned that the service or care you give is not as good as you would want or could be and you think there must be alternatives? This is what ‘improvement’ is all about: continually working to improve the experience and outcomes for patients and looking for other ways to provide health care that continuously improves the way it meets the needs of those who depend on it and the working lives of the staff who provide it.
Making improvements not only allows you to provide a much higher level of care but keeps you assertive and focused. It stops you from becoming complacent and getting stagnant in a role that demands so much from you.
- Develop ways to involve patients, carers and users and understand their needs.
- Develop approaches to measuring outcomes that are meaningful to them as people and as patients.
- Design safe processes of care to connect these needs and outcomes.
- Create working environments within which staff teams are provided with opportunities to learn and design improvements to the care they provide.
Take the lead
Anyone can take the lead. Leading is about taking action and showing others that change is possible and looking at how healthcare can be improved. The best place to start when making a change is to consider how you can change your own way of working. Take the initiative and then share what you find out with your colleagues. Or perhaps you are looking to start a campaign to make sure people get the care and services they deserve. Having this information gives you authority when explaining the changes you want to make to others and ways to deliver high-quality healthcare. In some organisations, you might be part of a team responsible for putting guidance into practice or improving quality. Or you might be working across many organisations and sectors and have the opportunity to connect with people and share the knowledge you have gained. If you have the vision and can clearly communicate it, you can make a difference.