Why MCG Healthcare?


I’m always being asked this. 

“Why are you a MCG Agency Nurse?”

“Why don’t you want a permanent job?”

“Don’t you have a proper job?”

Proper job?!

I’ve been booked for a long day on ward seven. I start my shift just like everyone else does. Handover completed, patients allocated and prioritised, so down the corridor I go to introduce myself to the first.

“Hello, I haven’t seen you before.”

“I’m a visiting nurse, here to help when the ward needs me”

“Well,” she says “I’m in lots of pain today …” and so my day begins.

Patients don’t care if I’m a visiting MCG nurse or a permanent member of staff - their main concern is that I am able to help.

By the end of the shift, we’ve bonded. She trusts me, she’s feeling comfortable and her pain is controlled.  Like any permanent member of staff I document the care-plan for the next nurse on shift whether they’re full-time or from an agency like myself.

Looking at tomorrow’s rota, it looks like I’m on ward two.

I love my job and I choose to be a MCG nurse.  But why?  Why do I choose not to be permanent?  Why do I choose not to be contracted?

The truth is that I have been.  I’ve seen both sides, but I honestly prefer the flexibility that McGinley offers me. I can work when I want to, I can take as many holidays as I please… quite frankly I even earn more.

Yes, the new Government capping will affect that extra pay; yes, the changes to limited companies will affect my extra pay and yes I will go back to PAYE.  But even after all these changes, I will still earn 50% more than a contracted nurse.

These changes will NOT affect me receiving my holiday pay and will not affect me being paid my overtime.

As a MCG agency nurse, I work to my schedule.  I have a dedicated MCG consultant who helps me find shifts based around my diary.  I can choose to work fewer hours the week after some tough shifts or, at the drop of a hat, I can move to a completely new location , with new faces or I could simply choose to stay on in a ward that I love...  Either way, it’s my decision and a win-win situation.

I even have access to a clinical specialist who is available 24/7 for after those tough shifts or when I just need some guidance.  She’s currently helping me through my re-validation which is yet another burden from my shoulders.

And this is why I encourage you to consider becoming a MCG Agency nurse. 

Call on 0330 024 1345 or email your CV to hello@mcghealthcare.co.uk to discuss your options with the MCG Healthcare team.

About the author
Ash Higgs Managing Director

Ash Higgs is the Managing Director of MCG Healthcare. He has a long-demonstrated history working in recruitment and has now been involved in the medical industry for over 5 years. During this time, he has gained a strong understanding of the issues that both Primary & Secondary Care are facing regarding the recruitment of healthcare professionals.

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