Sure Healthcare says ‘Thank You’ to its health heroes

In a matter of just a few short months, the Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the world we live and work in.

In that time there have been many tragic and untimely losses. But even through the dark times, there have been rays of light. These difficult times have brought out the best in many people and led to a new respect for our health heroes and key workers.

At Sure Healthcare, our employees have and continue to play a vital role in the fight against COVID-19, serving elderly and vulnerable people and providing the essential care they rely on to keep them safe and healthy.

That’s why we’d like to formally recognise their efforts and pay a huge ‘Thank You’ to each and every one of our team.

We’d also like to highlight one particular carer, Tracey Clarke, who has shown tireless dedication to her role and really gone the extra mile to care for others.

On behalf of Sure Healthcare, thank you to Tracey, and the wider team, for all your hard work and for stepping up during these unprecedented times.

Thank you to Tracey and all the team at Sure Healthcare!

 

 

UK job postings increase by 64% as recruitment industry recovery begins

As lockdown measures gradually begin to be lifted in the UK, at Sure Group we are cautiously optimistic that the recruitment industry is slowly but surely on the road to recovery.

Data published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation recently has shown that the number of new jobs advertised in the first week of June was up 64% compared to the last week of May.

The REC has launched a new Jobs Recovery Tracker, which aims to help recruiters, businesses and policymakers see how the jobs market is evolving as the economy recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This research uses job postings data to spot signs of growth in different local areas and occupations across the UK.

The latest Jobs Recovery Tracker reveals that the number of active job postings in the UK has been rising slowly over the course of May – increasing from 950,000 in mid-May to 963,000 in the first week of June.

The number of new job adverts in the first week of June was 112,000, a significant 64% more than in the last week of May. This could indicate more companies starting to hire again as lockdown measures are eased, and that the recovery is starting to pick up speed.

At Sure Group we are hopeful this trend will continue as we aim to continue to provide our partners with capable and skilled personnel across the sectors we operate in.

To see the full figures from the REC’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker, visit: https://www.rec.uk.com/our-view/research/recruitment-insights/jobs-recovery-tracker

To find out how Sure Group can support your recruitment needs, get in touch by calling 01482 629797 or email info@sure-grp.co.uk

Refer a friend to join Sure Healthcare and win £50!

As part of #CarersWeek and to support the #MakeCaringVisible campaign, we’re promoting caring as a career choice, telling people about the great reasons to work in the care sector and offering incentives for a ‘refer a friend’ scheme to work for Sure Healthcare. Successful applicants will receive full training and care certificate will be provided.
 
If you know anyone who is interested in becoming a care worker at Sure Healthcare, ask them to get in touch with us by calling 01482 629797 or emailing their CV to info@suregrp.co.uk. If they join our team we’ll give you a £50 referral prize!
 
To find out to get involved and support Carer’s Week visit: https://www.carersweek.org/get-involved

Sure Healthcare pledges support for Carers Week

This week is Carers Week and at Sure Healthcare we’re pledging support by adding our voice to the #MakeCaringVisible campaign.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

We’ll be sharing our activities online via social media to promote the selfless dedication of unpaid carers across the country.

We’re also offering advice and support to any carers who would like to receive guidance on best practice from our dedicated and empathetic team of care providers. To get in touch with us visit https://www.sure-healthcare.co.uk/contact/

To learn more about Carers Week and see our pledge online visit: https://www.carersweek.org/get-involved/pledges

 

PPE Kit response- Thank You from Sure Group

We received an amazing and overwhelming response to our PPE kit delivery offer in the last few weeks.

Unfortunately we’ve now donated our last remaining batch of kits but we’d like to thank everyone who has got in touch and provided such kind feedback. We hope the kits have helped you during these difficult times and enabled you to make your essential trips.

From the whole team at Sure Healthcare and the wider Sure Group, stay alert, stay safe and look out for each other.

Image: Our PPE kits were delivered direct to peoples’ doors by our friendly team!

Sure Healthcare to make FREE PPE delivery for elderly and vulnerable

Our team at Sure Healthcare is on a mission to support elderly and vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic with PPE kit home deliveries.

We will be transporting hundreds of PPE kits to people in need, totally free of charge, as part of a campaign to support vulnerable residents in the region.

The kits, which include gloves, masks and hand sanitisers, will be delivered personally by Sure Healthcare’s team and will be transported using distribution links from its sister company Sure Logistics, which operates vehicles across the UK.

The initiative has been launched by Sure Group after its directors made the decision to allocate funding to Sure Healthcare to purchase additional PPE supplies that can be used in the community.

Sure Group Managing Director Charles Draper explains:

“In light of the current unprecedented situation, our board held a meeting to discuss how we can help the community as a business. We quickly realised that with Sure Healthcare’s supplier contacts and access to PPE provision, there would be no better way to support people than to pull together as a group to provide funding for additional PPE which we will then deliver to the elderly and vulnerable in the region.”

“These kits will be made available to provide peace of mind to anyone who feels vulnerable and still needs leave their home to make essential trips. People can apply for a kit via email and our team will respond to arrange deliveries.”

While NHS England continues to manage the procurement of PPE in hospitals, access to equipment in the community is currently limited for many.

Sure Healthcare’s Director, Will Draper, explains how the business will utilise it’s stock and contacts to make a positive impact in the community:

“During this difficult time, we are aware of the higher risks of infection to the elderly and people with existing medical conditions. As a business that works primarily in care environments, we require regular access to personal protective equipment, and we will now be purchasing additional PPE that we can donate in kits to those who need it most in the community.

“We are lucky to also have good supply chain relationships and we have been working with our suppliers to provide these kits and will be distributing them over the next few weeks when we have identified the residents that are most vulnerable.”

Will added: “Healthcare is the foundation of our business and a large proportion of our customers are elderly and vulnerable, so we wanted to do something to show our support in these unprecedented times.”

“We are now able to offer this support in the community as procurement teams have fully supported our Care Teams with all required PPE including new full face visors. Our suppliers have assured us that other clients and care providers have caught up on their back log of orders and do not urgently require re-stocking, although if any do, they are welcome to get in touch with us. Therefore, we believe whilst we have our professional bodies fully stocked with PPE, it is time we looked to the community to offer peace of mind to those who do not have access to these basic amenities.”

As well as delivering the kits, Sure Group’s transportation business, Sure Logistics, has been supporting the fight against COVID-19 by delivering hospital beds to several new NHS Nightingale Hospitals that have just opened in the north-west of England.

Sure Logistics received a call from the bed manufacturers requesting two urgent collections from Milton Keynes the following morning. Given the urgency and importance of the loads, the team moved around its delivery schedule to free up two vehicles at short notice.

The firm made deliveries to hospitals the following day in Carlisle, Kendall, Barrow, and Whitehaven, meeting all delivery targets.

If you are or know someone that is vulnerable and would like to apply for a PPE kit from Sure Healthcare, get in contact by emailing ppe@sure-healthcare.co.uk.

Sure Group Managing Director Charles Draper (left) and Sure Healthcare Director Will Draper (right) pictured with the group’s branded PPE kit bags, containing gloves, masks and hand sanitisers. (Both are observing social distancing by keeping 2m apart)

Sure Healthcare will continue to support its partners

Whilst these are exceptionally challenging times for industries working in response to COVID-19, at Sure Healthcare we want to assure all of our clients that we continue to operate at care homes and facilities to provide to provide essential care in these unprecedented times.

As Sure Healthcare continues to support our partners we would like to assure you that we have adopted safe working practices to safeguard our clients, candidates and colleagues. Full PPE is issued to all our team members and we are committed to adhering to the guidelines set by the Government.

For more information you can read our Coronavirus business update here.

To get in touch with the team, please call 01482 629797 or email info@sure-group.co.uk

Sure Group backs nationwide ‘Clap for our Carers’ NHS celebration campaign

Sure Group and our healthcare division Sure Healthcare is backing a campaign for people to celebrate the amazing work of our NHS.

‘Clap for our Carers’ is an event calling for people to join in a round of applause to show appreciation for the hard work of NHS workers during these unprecedented times with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The appeal, which has gone viral after being shared thousands of times on social media, says:

“Please join us on March 26 at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc) to show all who are working at the front line, our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against this virus.

“Please share this message, so we can make sure the word spreads and reaches all to join!”

With doctors, nurses and other NHS staff working around the clock risking their own health to help others in the battle against this virus, we want to show our support here at Sure Group, and our teams will be joining the campaign by taking part in a round of applause at 8pm this evening (Thursday 26th March).

Our healthcare division, Sure Healthcare, supplies healthcare professionals and auxiliary staff to clients in a range of sectors, including NHS trusts.

While not solely catering for NHS remits, as a provider of health and social care in the community, we want to also thank and include our team of dedicated and fantastic Healthcare workers who are still supporting the community for their daily healthcare needs.

We understand the dedication and passion staff bring to these roles and want to highlight their fantastic work in this difficult period though the ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign.

We hope you’ll join us this evening and show our NHS your support by taking part in a nationwide round of applause at 8pm.

Sure Group Coronavirus Business Update

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last night (Monday 23rd March) we want to offer our staff assurance on how we are handling and treating this situation.

Sure Group supply to key sectors such as Food, Logistics, Recycling and Healthcare.

Therefore some of our workers are treated as ‘key workers’ and are still allowed to travel to their place of work as they will play a crucial role in the country’s fight against Coronavirus.

In these torrid times, there is a lot of concern but we want you to be reassured we are doing our upmost to ensure everything runs like normal for everyone. This includes being paid weekly and on time and having a member of our team on hand should you have any questions.

Do not worry, we are here for you. Although most of our staff will be working from home from today (Tuesday 24th March) we will continue to be available for you as normal. We will be servicing our clients’ requirements and doing our best to ensure everyone has work and keeps a wage coming in until otherwise advised by them or the Government.

Please note our offices will now be closed with immediate effect as from Tuesday 24/03/20 and our teams will be only contactable by phone. Please be patient with your account manager, as mentioned they will be working remotely but may take a little longer to respond. We will be providing vital PPE to all our workers at planned collection times so please liaise with your line manager for your requirements.

We will continue to provide update on a frequent basis so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels.

All that remains is that you listen to the news and follow the advice from the Government.

Stay calm and stay safe.

From all the staff at Sure Group

Coronavirus (COVID-19) company update

In light of the potential impact related to COVID-19, we feel it’s important that we update you on our business continuity infrastructure.

Let me start by saying that at this moment in time and until advised otherwise it is business as usual for the Sure Group. We have business continuity plans in place and these are well tested on an annual basis and are designed to cover many areas including pandemic impact and in the past such measures have been implemented during times of bad weather, with very little interference in our service levels.

We are confident that our plans will mitigate the impact to our clients and workers and have been designed specifically to minimise workflow interruption. Sure Group has secondary back up locations with full operational infrastructure, and our team of consultants and back office support teams can work independently and remotely from any location including their homes if required, this includes full access to our phone and IT systems.

We are confident that any further widespread developments will have little effect on our day to day operations, including; Service Levels, Order Fulfilment, Payroll Processing, Compliance Management, and Recruitment/On boarding processes and that you will continue receiving the quality of level of support and service you have grown accustomed to from the Sure Group.

We are aware that due to COVID-19 some clients are taking precautionary measures and as such have decided to go on lockdown and refuse client visits etc, however due to the nature of our business we will continue our duties as normal with regards to attending site for daily check in, service reviews etc unless otherwise instructed by our clients.

I can confirm that we have preventative measures in place with regards to the health and safety of our workforce and candidates and we have issued everyone with a Coronavirus Fact Sheet which provides them with guidance on how to prevent them from catching or how to proceed in the event of having caught the virus. Furthermore we have introduced a new health questionnaire which has been issued to not only our current workforce, but also to all new candidates who come and register with ourselves and covers the key areas in relation to having the any of the main Coronavirus symptoms, recent travel movements in the last 14 days etc.

We will keep all our clients and workers up to date with the latest government guidance and are here to support any queries you may have.

In the meantime if you require any additional support during this period, then please do not hesitate to contact your account manager via your normal channels If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or our team for more information.

Kind regards,

Mark Newby

Commercial Manager