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Here our team share their insights, views and expertise on the world of healthcare and the Virgin Care Difference, as they see it. Hear from our leaders, experts - and from those delivering our services every day. We cover a broad range of topics from discussing technology, practices today and our vision of how tomorrow might look.

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Interview Do’s and Dont’s!

Maybe you haven’t had an interview for years; maybe you have suddenly become nervous and want to pull out? Or maybe you feel calm and collected and know you are going to give it your all. Here is our guide for you on our interview do’s and don’ts, aiming to set you up for a brilliant interview.

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How we’ve improved appraisal rates, to help us deliver improved outcomes

A happy team delivers better outcomes. Our people director Samantha writes on our blog today about what we’ve done to ensure we have a happy team.

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How I am improving the lives of older people with incontinence

Brian Kinsella is Clinical Lead and Clinical Nurse Continence Specialist in East Staffordshire. Over the last 18 months, Brian and Learning Disability Nurse Steph Brinklow, have been visiting care and assisted living homes together, educating staff about continence issues and helping to change the lives of people they care for.

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Why it’s wrong to say we sued the NHS because we lost a contract in Surrey

Much has been written and said about the procurement process which the NHS in Surrey ran back in 2016 to find the best organisation to deliver vital children’s services until 2022. A lot of what has been written is misleading or misinformed, and all of it has lost the key point: a procurement process is meant to be about picking the right provider – a principle we agree with.

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Improving engagement and motivation in West Lancashire

Carmen has been with Virgin Care since the company began its partnership with the NHS in the area in May 2017, stepping up from nurse practitioner to clinical lead nurse a little over 12 months ago. She works across the Skelmersdale and Ormskirk sites, splitting her time between clinical practice and managerial work.

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Grimbsy and Scunthorpe’s ray of sunshine

Adele Dick is a healthcare assistant at dermatology centres in Grimsby and Scunthorpe. She was nominated for a Feel the Difference award by her area manager for her unwavering cheerful demeanour.

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Bringing colleagues together with Single Point Access

Anna Dobie is locality business support manager for Wiltshire Children’s Services. As part of a wider transformation project which started this year she helped form a new Single Point of Access team for all children’s services across the region. She was nominated for a Feel the Difference award for her positive management during this challenging transition.

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A new way of working for Wiltshire’s Health Visitors

Jacqui manages seven large teams of health visitors across the county and has recently transformed the way colleagues work with the implementation of mobile working

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Bold and courageous community practitioners

Helen Tilke is a community public health nurse team leader for Devon Integrated Children’s Services and was recently nominated for a long service award. She started nursing 34 years ago.

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Going the extra mile during times of severe weather

Martyn O’Neill-Cooper works as a staff nurse at Norwich Prison, where they can have up to 212 prisoners at any one time. He was nominated for a Feel the Difference award for his generous spirit during the adverse weather conditions at the start of the year.

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Stigma on incontinence: how we are helping those who suffer

Melanie has been focused on raising awareness of the service she offers to the community and encouraging people to seek treatment for incontinence-related conditions. She has been in the role for two and a half years, having previously been a community nurse at Farnham Hospital.

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Best health visitors in the country

This year Debra was instrumental in the Health Visiting Service in Bath and North East Somerset achieving stage three accreditation in the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. She also took two local children’s centres through the assessment process for the first time and they achieved full accreditation alongside the service in May.

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