Belfast Telegraph

Healthcare firm on Track with new recruitment drive

Name : Patricia Casement Title : Managing Director Qualifications : Registered Nurse, Adv. Dip in MP (UUJ)

Company CV

Name: Trackars Ltd

Sector: Healthcare recruitment

Workforce: Team of 12 permanent staff managing over 200 nursing and homecare staff

What areas does Trackars Limited operate in? What is the biggest growth area?

We provide exceptional short-term and permanent healthcare staffing and training solutions to both public and private sectors throughout the UK. There is a strong need for short notice supply of professional staff to meet short-term requirements.

Equally we are finding there are more individuals looking for flexible working arrangements to suit their lifestyle or people looking for a second job to supplement their income. Our biggest growth area is training due to increased legislation; First Aid and CPR, Cross Infection, Health and Safety etc.

Do you have any plans for expansion?

We have just moved our new head office to 62 Donegall Pass in Belfast and we are in the process of expanding. We are recruiting not only nurses but also a healthcare trainer and sales executives. We also have offices in Downpatrick.

What is the single biggest issue affecting your business at the moment?

Increased employment legislation takes up more and more staff time.

It's additional work for us but it takes some of the strain off our clients because we deal with issues including meeting criteria to work in position, national insurance, sick pay, statutory payments and other regulations.

What is the biggest opportunity for your business at the moment?

We have invested in our staff and made great strides in efficiency systems, so are moving forward as a fitter and leaner team.

We are growing the service so our next big opportunity will be recruiting new staff.

Have you launched any new initiatives to combat the current challenges in local healthcare?

We recently held an event for the Independent Healthcare Providers, of which Trackars Limited is a member, to speak directly to our politicians so that those going into the next Assembly understand that there are ways to cut costs while not affecting patient care.

How are the financial pressures on the healthcare sector affecting your business?

It has been a challenging 18 months, resources are stretched and reductions in public spending have placed strain on internal management processes to maintain quality of care provision.

How do you compare to other private nursing and home care providers?

We are specialists and only work within the healthcare field. The health service never stops and neither do we.

What could the new Assembly in May do to assist your business going forward into the future?

Implement a fair and equitable system of homecare provision throughout the province. By 2020 the number of people in Northern Ireland aged over 75 years will have increased by 40%.