Starting a Nursing Agency

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Statutory registration
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Nursing agencies recruit and supply qualified nurses to health and social care providers such as NHS and private hospitals, nursing homes, GP practices and schools. They may also be contracted by individuals, their relatives or charitable organisations. Some nursing agencies also supply qualified midwives.

Depending on the scope of their activities, nursing agencies may need to be registered with their appropriate statutory national registration body. Registration requirements differ depending on where in the UK the nursing agency is located. The manager of the agency, often the proprietor, may also need to be registered. Individual nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nursing agencies are regulated under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (as amended). The regulations set out requirements such as the statutory information that should be included in agencies' contracts with both nurses and clients, and the circumstances in which nurses may and may not be charged fees by the agency.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a nursing agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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