Private nursing care
We believe that everyone has the right to live within the comforts of their own home, regardless of their health care needs. With private care from Helping Hands, you can rest assured that all of your clinical needs will be taken care of, whether you need round-the-clock support with a live-in carer or regular visits to support you at home from your local care team.
Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, our expert team of private nurses manage all of our complex support packages. From meeting with you and your loved ones, selecting the right private carer for you and contributing to your support plan, to liaising with other healthcare professionals and ensuring your care is tailored entirely around you – there isn’t a stone left unturned. Everything is centred around maintaining your independence and wellbeing.Request a callback Email us
What is a private nurse?
A private nurse or clinical nurse is an experienced clinician who will have many years of expertise in the care and health industry. They will oversee and manage the care delivered by your private carer to ensure that every single aspect of your care caters to your needs.
Getting to know you and your requirements, your private nurse will work with you to ensure that your support plan is centred around you and your preferences – not just on a practical basis, but to support your emotional wellbeing too.
At Helping Hands, we have several private nurses, all of which have clinical experience that spans over 70 years collectively. You can find out more about them here.
What are the responsibilities of a private nurse?
For those with complex care needs, private nurses oversee your care from the very beginning of your time with us. Their responsibilities include:
- Completing an initial assessment with you alongside a local live-in care manager.
- Liaising with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and Continued Health Care (CHC) funding panels if your care is wholly or partly funded by the NHS or local authority.
- Working closely with other medical professionals involved in your care, such as social workers.
- Finding a private carer that has the relevant skills and experience in your care needs.
- Providing bespoke training to a chosen carer if they need upskilling for your specific health condition.
- Contributing to a fully comprehensive support plan that includes medication, health condition(s), personal care and hobbies & interests.
- Visits to check that your care plan is up to date and to see how you are.
Why choose Helping Hands private nurse care?
For over 30 years, we have been providing person-centred clinical care to those with complex health conditions that wish to continue living in their own home. Instead of the stress and worry of leaving your beloved home and possessions to move into residential care, private nurse care enables you to stay in the place you know and love whilst receiving one-to-one support tailored for you.
We can provide support for a wide variety of different health conditions and needs, including:
- Acquired brain injury
- Neurological conditions
- PEG feeding
- Tracheostomy care
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Catheter, bowel and stoma management
- Ventilated care
Our private nurses have extensive experience in both the public and private health care industry and have the expertise to ensure the right support is delivered to you. For example, Kerry Feltwell, clinical lead for the south east, led a screening programme for bowel cancer for over 10 years, providing one-to-one care and support throughout her time there. Additionally, Carole Kerton-Church, clinical lead for London and Essex, specialises in care and assessment of post-operative and end of life care, as well as experience caring for those with multiple sclerosis (MS), cancer and motor neurone disease (MND).
Having such a variety of experience in our private nurse team means that we have the knowledge and proficiency to provide quality care for a single condition or multiple care needs.
Private nurse jobs
To provide the best home care, we only recruit the very best private nurses to join our credible team. Therefore, the selection process that we implement is thorough and detailed, ensuring that we select individuals with experience across a variety of different nursing disciplines and who are dedicated to maintaining the independence of our customers.
All of our nurses must have an up-to-date registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as experience in training and upskilling staff in clinical practices.
During the selection process, prospective nurses will undertake competency-based tests, present to a panel on the Four Pillars of Nursing Practice and be interviewed by another clinician within Helping Hands, as well as full employee and character background checks.
Our private carers who deliver care to our customers are all provided with award-winning training, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed when providing care within our customers’ homes. Modules cover manual handling, personal care, dementia care, medication and safeguarding, amongst many others.
For complex care, carers who do not already have the required experience for that particular customer will have one-to-one, bespoke training delivered by one of our private nurses. This allows training to be tailored around the customer’s specific needs, and only provided by their carer once the training has been signed off by a private nurse.
Page reviewed by Kerry Feltwell, Regional Clinical Lead on February 25, 2020