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of fairly firm assumptions can trained as nurses are as good health care could not be done
be made as to the future as as their NHS counterparts and if these workers did not do
we “talent manage” the health therefore the local population what they do for us. (If you,
service on the island. receives an excellent service dear reader, think that a
from them. And, training in ‘house keeper’ just cleans a
Firstly, the recruitment of Jersey gives another career ward - like you clean your own
nurses to work in Jersey will option to those islanders who home but on bigger scale -
depend upon getting the neither wish to enter the then you are sorely mistaken).
balance right between financial services industry nor
recruiting from overseas – to take a university place in The range of skills and
ostensibly the National Health the UK. So everyone is a behaviours required by manual
Service – and “growing our winner. workers and administrative
own”. Increasingly we are staff is impressive by any
investing in training and As for trained medical measure. We invest in these stimulating professional
recruiting nurses from the practitioners, it will always be staff groups by training and environment, which manifests
indigenous population here in the case that we will recruit constantly briefing them on good morale, which invests in
Jersey. Until very recently an off-island. This applies to such matters as new skills development as an
islander wishing to train and general practice as it does to equipment, new working intrinsic business activity, and
qualify as a nurse would have secondary care consultants – methods and operating which treats its staff with
to undertake some of that although there are some protocols as well as newly respect.
training on the mainland for a wonderful examples of identified hazards and risks
significant period of time. For islanders who have trained in within the work place. The development of skills in
those islanders – principally the medical profession in the Jersey’s health care system
female islanders – who had UK to a very high standard Why do health care then is a mixed economy of
caring responsibilities for aged and who have been able to professionals of all callings growing our own, of judicious
relatives or children this was return to their homeland to choose to work for one health recruitment of the best from
effectively disbarment to ever practice and to serve their care organisation and not elsewhere, the enhancement
becoming a nurse. Foresight community. another? Not because of the of further skills by our
and planning a few years ago superficially attractive and investment in in-house
now has made it possible for While the focus is often placed impressive glossy training, and by motivating
an indigenous islander to on the registered professions – advertisement or the telephone existing employers of all
undertake all of his or her the doctors, nurses, midwives manner of the person handling grades to increase their
training here in Jersey and so and therapists – when we the job enquiry (although contribution by constantly
the bar has been lifted. contemplate sourcing and these particular contributions upping productivity and
retaining labour, we need to should not be discounted!). raising the quality threshold at
The benefits of on-island nurse remember that health care is Such professionals – whose the same time.
training are many-fold. All the delivered through teams. skills are scarce and at a While we will make tactical
evidence tells us that the vast Porters, cleaners, catering staff premium - choose to work for adjustments within this
majority of such nurses trained and maintenance staff – what they believe to be a good framework of skills from time
in Jersey will (somewhat together with administrative employer. A good employer in to time, the concept of the
obviously) remain in Jersey – and finance staff – are the business of providing mixed economy is the only
therefore, they are bound by indispensable members of our health care services is one realistic game in town – now
“golden handcuffs”. Islanders teams. The job of providing which offers a challenging and and into the future.
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