Welcome to Poppy Nursing

For Nurses, By Nurses

Founded in 2014, we saw a gap in the market for reliable and quality temporary healthcare. All too often agencies offer inexperienced, sub-par staff, and Poppy Nursing wanted to bridge the gap between agencies as a last resort and permanent staff, offering fully-trained, fully-vetted nurses and carers both on a short-term and long-term basis.

We currently supply nurses and carers to hospital trusts and care homes across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and the wider UK. With hundreds of staff on our books from across the nation, we are able to place individuals into locations that may otherwise be difficult to staff. We also understand that the nature of the care industry can be extremely last minute, and that’s why we have a 24-hour helpline to assist you with any emergency shortages.

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Why we are different

But what really makes us different? Our co-founder Claire Woodman has more than a decade of nursing experience, holding managerial roles within the NHS and developmental roles within care homes, thus understanding first-hand what it takes to make a truly valuable staff member. We know that working in healthcare can be tireless, and so we do our best to look after our team, offering gift incentives, training opportunities and most importantly of all, respect and understanding. Our nurses and carers appreciate being treated like human beings rather than numbers on a rota, and in return, they work passionately and tirelessly to represent the Poppy Nursing name.

Our Approach

Unlike other agencies, we vet each and every one of our agency nurses and agency carers before we book them into a shift. All of our Poppy Nurses have to complete a medications assessment before they even reach the interview stage, at which point every applicant is invited to meet one of our recruitment team. We believe that not enough can be gleaned from a CV alone – it’s crucial to meet face-to-face and understand the person that will be providing the care. Alongside that, all of our Poppy Carers have a one-to-one induction with a clinical educator and trained nurse, plus mandatory training in line with the Care Certificate.