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Meet Emily Sorfleet

15 August 2018

Hi, my name is Emily Sorfleet, I am originally from Liverpool and moved to London a year ago. I am a Booking and Resource Coordinator and have been with Swiis over 8 months. I am responsible for the day to day booking of shifts and I thoroughly enjoy speaking to all of the different nurses when booking them into shifts.

My ambition is to continue progressing with Swiis and hopefully grow and expand our business in the North West.

I am a twin sister and have two nieces Amelia and Masie. I am also a massive fan of travelling and try to go on holiday as much as I can!

Meet Dale Elliott

03 August 2018

My name is Dale Elliott and I am the Operations Manager at Swiis Health and Social Care. I have been with Swiis since 2012 after working in the Metropolitan Police for 11 years.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the business and overseeing the bookings and resource teams, as well as attending client meetings across the UK.

I am very passionate about Swiis and have watched our nurse base grow year on year. My ambition is to continue to expand the Swiis Team with excellent Nurses and Carers and to provide a dedicated and professional booking service to all our healthcare staff.

I am a father to two boys, Bobby (5) and Harry (2) and have been married to my beautiful wife Liz for two years. I am a massive Tottenham Hotspur fan and love watching and playing football with my son Bobby.

4 Ways to Relieve a Tension Headache

14 February 2018

Most nurses spend the majority of their shifts on their feet. By the end of the shift, your muscles can feel stiff and you can also suffer from tension headaches. They are called ‘tension’ headaches for a reason! Stress relief and relaxation can be an easy cure. Here are a few quick tips to help relieve your discomfort: 

Loosen up your muscles

Heating or cooling can really help with tension headaches, but you must be careful which one you choose. Sore neck muscles usually prefer heat, but in the case of headaches, heat can sometimes make the headache worse. Trust your instincts: what will work in the case of a headache is whatever feels soothing to you. It may vary from one time to the next. Sometimes alternating back and forth feels great. Don’t forget to include your neck, face and jaw muscles.  

And breathe…

Deep and slow breathing is a great way to relax muscles and put you in a better state of mind. Try this simple breathing technique and exhale away any discomfort: 

Imagine a point just below your belly button. Breathe into that spot, filling your stomach with air. Let the air fill you from the stomach up, then let it out like deflating a balloon. With every long, slow breath you breathe out, you should feel more relaxed. 

Slowing down your breathing will also help you relax. Do this by taking long, slow breaths. Count slowly to five as you breathe in and then count slowly to five as you breathe out. Your body will naturally relax as your breathing slows.  

Sneak in a neck stretch

The chin tuck is a great way to stretch your neck muscles: 

  • Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.  
  • Draw your shoulder blades together and keep your head facing forward.  
  • Gently move your head back, making sure to keep it level; you don’t want your chin to lift up or dip down.  
  • Hold this stretch for five seconds and repeat five to 10 times.       

Treat yourself to a massage

If other methods aren’t working for your headache, a good head, shoulders and back massage can alleviate tense muscles around the skull and therefore tension headaches. Massages also improve your posture and reduce the frequency of headaches. 

Need an excuse for a bit of pampering? This is definitely the best option! 

Do you have any top tips on how to help with tension headaches? Let us know on our Facebook page