An app which enables care and nursing homes to hand pick temporary nurses without having to use a traditional recruitment agency has been launched.
The ‘Florence’ app empowers care home managers to work directly with nurses and to see clearly their training, accreditation and ratings from previous jobs before booking them for shifts.
More than 1,000 registered general nurses have already signed up with Florence which enables them to build a professional reputation and so be selected by care and nursing homes for their expertise, not just their availability.
The app, which care managers can access online via a computer or mobile, is the latest in a number of ‘disruptive’ technology solutions for the care sector and has been created by Charles Armitage, a 28 year old London doctor.
Glebe Court nursing home in Bromley, Kent, has been using Florence since March. Its chief executive, Patricia Goan, said: “We like Florence because it’s easy to use and it’s transparent. You can see the full profile of who you’re getting for each shift, and because it includes their photograph you recognise them when they arrive – managers find that reassuring. We have saved around 20% on the cost of using agencies to fill registered general nurse shifts.”
Homes can use Florence to create a profile, post available shifts and then select from a database of pre-vetted RGNs. Managers can see each nurse’s training, compliance documentation and feedback from previous employers.
“Florence puts managers in direct contact with each nurse available for the shift,” said Charles Armitage. “It means homes get a better sense of who they’re employing and removes any doubt about a nurse’s abilities.”
Florentina Ichimuta is one of the RGNs signed up to Florence. She regularly finds work through the app.
She said: “I can see all the available shifts, the rate of pay on offer and the location. It’s so easy to use.”