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Why do we have a Privacy Policy?

It is really important to us that we keep any personal information that you give to us safe and secure and whilst we realise that it is not the most interesting of subjects, we would encourage you to read our Privacy Policy as it gives you important information about your personal information and your rights.

Our website provides a platform that can be used by job seekers to find jobs and for employers to advertise vacancies and look for suitable candidates. You can set up your own account and have complete control of the personal information that you give us and what we do with it.

We will always be open with you and so we have written this policy to tell you:

  • What personal information you can give us
  • How we may use your personal information (if you agree)
  • Who we work with to provide your account and our website
  • Where we keep your personal information
  • How long we keep your personal information
  • How we keep your personal information safe
  • Your choices and rights

This website is owned and operated by Niche Jobs Limited. When you have any comments or queries about this website please contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk and a HUMAN will reply.

We last updated this Privacy Policy on 13.04.18.

Personal Information you give to us

Setting up an account or using our website

You may provide us with the following information about yourself:

  • your name and address
  • your contact details including email address and telephone number
  • other information to allow us to provide the services you have requested
  • your CV/details relating to your qualifications and experience
  • what sector you are interested in
  • what jobs you are applying for and have applied for previously

Other times you can give us personal information

You can give us information when you:

  • Set up an account on our website
  • Apply for a position that we are advertising on behalf of an employer
  • Submit a CV to our website
  • Sign up for our newsletter (blog notifications)
  • Sign up for a job alert email
  • Save a job
  • Comment on a blog
  • Contact us via email or by telephone for any reason

Cookies

Cookies are text files that sites store on users' computers. They make sites easier to use. They don't do anything to your own computer (they can't run software or send viruses).

As said, our cookies are used to improve your experience of our site.

We don't follow or track your own personal movements on the site. It provides us with information that isn't personally identifiable. And it also allows us to make your experience of the site better. For instance, when you hit Apply and have to register, you might want to land back on the page you started on.

Remember that you may be able to set your cookie preferences via your browser. But be aware that many sites may not work properly, or as easily, once you do this.

To find out more read our Cookies Policy.

How we may use your Personal Information

With your agreement, we may use your personal information:

  • to process your request to be added to our CV database
  • to pass on to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • to pass on to employers looking for candidates like you where you have given us permission to do so
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this
  • to fulfil any contracts you have entered into with us
  • to tailor the services that we offer to you with your needs and interests
  • comply with our legal obligations
  • to tell you about changes to our services or website
  • to help us develop our website to make it better for all users
  • to get your feedback on our website and services
  • to administer our website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis, research)
  • to keep our website safe and secure

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances. We have listed these below and what information they allow us to process.

1. With your consent

With your agreement we may:

  • set up an account on our website
  • process your request to be added to our CV database
  • provide your details to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • provide your details to employers looking for candidates like you
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this

2. When we have a contract with you

We may use your information to comply with a contract that we have entered into with you:

  • to provide the services you have requested
  • to administer and provide the website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis & research)
  • to tell you about changes to our website or our services
  • to help us (or our software developers) improve the website

3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests

We may provide you with marketing information about our own products and services similar to those that you have purchased or enquired about (unless you tell us to stop).

4. To comply with a legal obligation

We do this when we have to comply with legislation such as tax laws.

Our Marketing

We may provide you with information about products, services, special offers, and other news where we feel these may interest you.

Depending on what contact information you have given to us, we may contact you by email or post. We will only do this where you have consented to receiving such information from us.

You can opt out of such marketing at any time and If you wish to do so, please email us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk.

Working with other organisations

Employers and Recruitment Agencies

With your consent we will make available your 'CV Profile' with hiring employers and recruitment agencies. If you want to see the current list of employers and recruitment agencies, please see here.

When you submit your information you are given a choice as to whether you want your details to be visible to companies advertising on our website, our options are:

  • By selecting hiring organisations to contact you we will allow employers and recruitment agencies to view your CV Profile if they are looking for candidates for positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in.
  • By selecting to 'Hide' this option your information will only be visible to the company whose job you have applied for and yourself and the staff of Niche Jobs Ltd for administrative purposes.

We are not a recruitment agency and we provide our website and services to you free of charge to allow a simple and easy way to access your future job. As such we do not have any control over how an employer or recruitment agency deals with your information once they have downloaded it from our database and they make their own decisions as to what to do with your personal information. We do ensure that any organisation who accesses your information has signed up to terms and conditions requiring that they deal with your information safely and securely and that they comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent UK legislation.

If you have indicated to us that you wish to apply for jobs overseas, then we may provide your information to organisations who are not subject to the same data protection legislation that we have in force in the UK. In these cases, we only deal with organisations who have agreed to deal with your information in line with GDPR and UK legislation.

Other third parties

In order to provide your account and our website we may have to allow our trusted partners to have access to your personal information. These organisations include:

  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Our website developers who need to see your information in order to keep our website up and running

We work with the following organisations:

What laws we may have to comply with

We may have to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

Third Party Privacy Policies

Our site may contain links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Where we keep your Personal Information

Storage of Personal Information

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party located in the EEA.

All third parties who provide services or software to us are required to sign a contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Retention of information

We will store your CV Profile (name, email, employment history etc) for as long as you wish us to.

At any time you can login to add to it, edit it or remove it completely.

After a year of first registering a process will start to regularly remind you that you are storing your file with us.

As soon as there has been a period of 12 months since you last logged in we will:

  • a. automatically 'Hide' your CV Profile (even if you originally consented to it)
  • b. email you*
  • c. make it clear how you can add to your CV Profile (to add new qualifications, update your recent employment records etc), edit your details or remove everything completely
  • * if your email no longer receives we'll delete your records since you won't be able to log in to do it yourself or receive our notices that it needs updating

Plus, we will email you 6 months after you last logged in to remind you to hide your CV Profile if it is still visible.

And we will stay in touch to remind you that you are using the site to store your CV Profile for future easy use throughout your entire career.

If we do not have hear from you (if you do not login), we will delete your account after 5 years.

Emails

If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to your information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at [Data queries Email] or write to us at the address above

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information. You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

You can also login to see all the information you have given us about your career profile to do the above yourself, at any time.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal information is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called "data portability"(. Please contact us at [Data queries Email\ with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.

Complaints

If you make a request to us under this Privacy Policy and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Managing Director who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. They can be contacted as follows:

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Telephone: 03031231113

Address:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We review our Privacy Policy on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy which can be sent to jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

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My Diary As An RNLD Nurse: Part 2

My Diary As An RNLD Nurse: Part 2

Lauren Young offers advice on skills, experience and career opportunities to those looking for a career in RNLD Nursing.

Written by Lauren Young

I have now finished my degree in learning disability nursing and social work, and I am waiting to start my new job. In fact, each person in my cohort has a (professional level) job to go to. A reflection of the current climate for nurses and social workers.

Nursing is often cited as a ‘difficult course’, with three years combining lectures at university, and placements in settings including hospitals, care homes, and the community.

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Advice for those pursuing the profession

There were a wide variety of people in my year. We were different ages, with different backgrounds, cultures, life stages and experience. Some had children or new born babies, some had a mortgage, and others were renting in university accommodation. Some were embarking on a major career change, and others had come straight from college.

This added to the richness of the group, and shows there is no typical ‘nursing student’. All experience is valuable.

It was also useful to realise that everyone was in the same boat in the end. Despite our different journeys getting to the course, our eventual destination to become a qualified professional was the same. We could lean on each other, exchanging ideas, and giving support when needed.

My own path towards qualifying as a learning disability nurse and a social worker was through a three-year degree at a UK university. The dual course is not widely available, however there are many single honours courses for different branches of nursing, and social work. You could also study another type of dual degree, which would give you qualifications in two branches of nursing (for example, adult and mental health nursing).

If you already have a degree, you may wish to study instead for a Masters or Post-Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Nursing. These post-graduate courses are also sometimes called accelerated courses, as they are usually shorter than a degree.

Remember to check each course for their specific requirements. You could also contact the admissions department to ask what the entry requirements are, and whether they need any work experience. This will allow you to tailor your experience to the course, and increase your chances of being accepted.

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My top tips to any current, future, or potential nursing students would be:

• Gain a good understanding of the demands of the course – academically and emotionally,

• Have a good understanding of your own existing skills and knowledge,

• My course requires at least two weeks’ experience, so try to get experience working or volunteering in a care home, children’s clubs, or other suitable places,

• Contact the course you are applying for via their admissions department,

• Speak to people on open days,

• Research what you need to do to make sure you have the best chance of a successful application.

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Work Experience

Some relevant work experience is needed for the clear majority of healthcare courses. For a Learning Disability Nurse, you could gain voluntary or paid experience in a range of settings. These include:

• Working in residential accommodation for adults or children who have learning disabilities,

• Working with children or adults who have autism spectrum disorders,

• Working as a learning support assistant in schools with children who have learning disabilities,

• Working at a Summer camp for children who have learning disabilities,

• Working in a day centre for children or adults who have learning disabilities.

Bear in mind that any work with adults or children will require a criminal record check, now called a Disclosure and Barring Service check. You could try applying through care agencies, which usually offer training in the basics of care work.

If this is a new career for you, it may be comforting to know that my course was popular with mature students (including me), so don’t let your age become a barrier.

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Skills

A learning disability nurse uses a variety of skills every day, which students also use on placement as a fully integrated part of the team. It is important to really reflect on the experience you have, and look for transferable skills. My own transferable skills really did become apparent and invaluable, saving me time and building my confidence as I moved from student to professional.

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Soft skills:

• Ability to empathise with people who may be in distress or not fully understand their situation,

• Communicate effectively in a variety of ways, such as non-verbal and body language,

• Resilience (on our sister site www.socialcare.co.uk, Mark Redmond discusses the concept of resilience in social care - worth a read!),

• Leadership, for leading a team of support staff and providing leadership in what may be a crisis for service users and their families,

• Problem solving, and able to approach potential issues calmly to resolve them,

• Time management.

Hard skills:

• How specific learning disabilities could affect the service users you work with,

• Clinical skills such as taking blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs,

• Having a thorough knowledge of how to use any machines you may need to, such as feeding machines,

• Mathematics, especially to accurately work out medication dosages,

• Writing and word processing to ensure any notes and information are accurate.

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These skills will be developed throughout any nursing course. Knowing what you need can help you to work on them now, before you apply, and talk about how you have demonstrated these skills already in your working or personal life.

The complex nature of a dual course, but which also applies to practical courses across the health sciences, means I have learnt excellent time management skills as I balanced two different placement sites, two portfolios, assignments, and exams.

As well as this, time spent learning the theories of person-centred care, and lessons from the Francis Report and Winterbourne can look very different when put into practice.

I am always on the alert for signs of abuse, and know what to look for. I have gathered confidence to report such signs, and know procedures to follow should any staff report them to me.

This shift from support worker to shift leader is a fundamental one on the course, and one which should not be under-estimated. Along with learning and practising the duties of shift leaders within care homes, ward settings, and community work, there are plenty of skills needed in managing a staff team, no matter how small.

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Career Opportunities

On completion of my course, students are fully qualified nurses, fully qualified social workers, and graduates of an honours degree. Some pursue post-graduate study, either straight afterwards or later. As discussed, it opens many and varied opportunities which are often unavailable to non-degree holders, and non-professionals.

The course leads to a wide variety of opportunities:

• Working with children,

• Working with adults,

• Working with people with disabilities,

• Working with adoption,

• Working with the criminal justice system,

• Working in the community.

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On completion, most of the people in my cohort are beginning jobs as a learning disability nurse, or a social worker. However, these are in a wide variety of settings. They include:

• Care homes run by the NHS and privately,

• NHS hospitals,

• Private wards,

• The community.

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For social workers, people have secured employment:

• Working with people who have disabilities,

• Fostering and adoption services,

• Neurorehabilitation,

• Companies who realise the value of our skills and knowledge.

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The wide variety of jobs, across learning disabilities, generic services, and physical and mental health sectors, is a recognition that people with learning disabilities access a wide range of services. As people with learning disabilities are also living longer (in line with a general increase in life expectancy), specialist nurses are required across services such as those for people with dementia, physical injuries, diabetes, epilepsy, and acquired brain injury.

Our specialist skills and knowledge can contribute within a multidisciplinary team to provide high quality care.

In my personal experience, it was worthwhile. It is important to bear in mind that a nursing or social work degree is just the beginning of the professional journey.

For the first year, a nurse may undergo a preceptorship programme where skills and knowledge are consolidated and then constantly updated. A social worker may undertake an assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), with lower caseloads to form a bridge between student and professional. Although not essential, these tools can be very helpful in ensuring a smooth and safe transition from placement to employment.

I look forward to beginning mine in mid-September!

Browse our list of RNLD Jobs here.

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My Diary As An RNLD Nurse: Part 1

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