Stockton care home prepares for RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Stockton care home prepares for RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

STOCKTON pupils and care home residents have been working together to create bird feeders ahead of a national survey of Britain’s avian population.


The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch takes place from the 28th to 30th January – when keen bird watchers are asked to look out for winged visitors to their gardens.


Hill Care operated care homes across Teesside are participating in the event, with local schools invited to help residents prepare bird feeders to attract local wildlife.


Oakdale Care Group Appoints New Manager for First Care Home

Oakdale Care Group, the newly formed business backed by LNT’s Turn of Key “Plus” package has appointed a new manager for its first care home, Kingfisher Court at Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Paul Quirk is an experienced care, hospitality and services manager with several awards and has previously worked with Avery Healthcare and Sunrise Senior Living.  “I am delighted and excited to be working with this new innovative and growing care group” said Mr Quirk. “Commissioning a new home is the aspiration of many care home managers so I am looking forward to assembling my new team and opening Kingfisher Court in Easter”.



New training programme launched to help care homes improve infection control

Care homes across the UK can get up to speed on infection control, continence care and health and safety thanks to a new training programme. 

Infection control product specialist Cairn Care has launched the online tool that provides homes with up-to-date training materials that can be downloaded at any time of the day or night. 

Resources include advice on cleaning schedule, infection control plans, advice posters and basic workplace training tools. 

It also contains useful information to help care home customers use Cairn Care’s products correctly and effectively.

The training hub forms only part of Cairn Care’s new website which also comprises of a new online store dedicated to the UK residential care sector in the UK. 

New software launched to manage Doctor training

Lee Copestake

Healthcare scheduling specialist, BookWise Solutions has announced the launch of a new software application designed to improve the management of doctors in training at Trusts across the UK and further afield.

StudyWise has been designed to improve transparency and provide access to real time information concerning the doctor’s request for study leave and the authorisation workflow along the way. The platform also allows staff members to see what areas of training each individual Doctor has previously undertaken, which can then be considered when authorising requests for future training.

Cairn Care Launches Online Training Hub for Care Homes

Infection control product specialist, Cairn Care, has launched an online training hub to help care home staff to learn about effective infection control, continence care and health and safety.

Packed with a bank of training materials, it aims to provide a useful resource for managers looking to create a proactive working environment. Accessible free of charge and available 24/7, it offers downloadable easy-to-follow cleaning schedules, infection control plans, advice posters, and basic workplace training tools.

In addition, it contains useful information to help care home customers use Cairn Care’s products correctly and effectively.

Elderly residents’ history project uncovers Hartlepool’s past

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TABLET computers are helping elderly residents in Hartlepool explore their pasts and the history of the town.

Queens Meadow Care Home has been working with Equal Arts to teach the residents to use the handheld devices to carry out the research project. 

A £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund helped the care home buy the tablet computers and pay for lessons.

Two residents participating in the project are Pauline Buttery, 76, and Brian Williams,77.

They have been using the devices to research legendary Hartlepool dance hall, the Queen’s Rink.

Converted into a full-time dance hall in 1940, the Rink was popular for almost three decades before it closed in 1968 and eventually demolished in 1972.

Opening of Greenacres Grange heralds launch of Worksop’s first care village

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A family-run business which turned tragedy into an opportunity to help others has unveiled a state-of-the-art care facility in Worksop, signalling the completion of the first phase of a multi-million pound investment to create the first new care village to be launched in the town.

Pioneered by Dinnington-based Horizon Care, Greenacres Grange, which is situated on Wingfield Avenue was officially opened on Monday 16th January by Cllr Madeline Richardson, vice chair, Bassetlaw District Council. 

Access solutions provider proves to be the key to safe care provision for Homeline

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The issue of delayed discharge, or bed blocking as it is sometimes known, is an increasingly common challenge within the NHS and across other care providers. Latest figures from the Health Service Journal show that August 2016 saw delayed discharge hit its highest monthly level since data was first collected six years ago, with some 6,448 patients delayed in total. 

Alpine HC complete the full interior fit-out of Vida Grange care home

Interior fit-out by Alpine HC

Vida Grange

Vida Grange is a 124-bed specialist dementia care home in Pannal (near Harrogate), North Yorkshire owned and operated by Vida Healthcare.

The home is designed for the nursing and care of elderly residents and residents with dementia, and consists 8 individual 16-bed homes. The individual homes facilitate care that focuses on the resident, ultimately resulting in an excellent quality of care.

Vida Grange spans three floors, it has two separate wings and possesses several lounge,dining and leisure areas including internal gardens and rooftop terraces.

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NHS Confederation appoints new chief executive

Niall Dickson has been appointed as the new chief executive of NHS Confederation

A national healthcare charity has appointed a new chief executive to provide a valuable voice for organisations across the UK. 

The NHS Confederation has recruited the former head of the General Medical Council Niall Dickson who will take over the reins from Stephen Dalton on 1 February. 

Mr Dickson has enjoyed a successful career in health and social care and has worked in senior positions within the GMC and The King’s Fund, in addition to acting as social affairs editor for the BBC and editor of The Nursing Times. 

Chairman of the Confederation Stephen Dorrell said Mr Dickson’s appointment will add “enormous value” to the organisation. 

Prime Minister urged to take action as nurses warn that the NHS is at breaking point

The Royal College of Nursing has issued a stark warning to the prime minister after staff declare they are at “breaking point.”

Healthcare professionals, charities and organisations have written a letter to prime minister Theresa May to demand urgent investment into the NHS.

With reports of patients waiting in corridors for up to 23 hours and overcrowded accident and emergency departments armed with “too few staff”, the RCN has described the situation as a “crisis” which is putting lives at risk. 

Chief executive and general secretary of the RCN Janet Davies said: “How long does the government think the NHS can survive on the dedication and good will of staff who are at breaking point?

Lifestyle tweaks to help defend against dementia


Award-winning cognitive health clinic Re:Cognition Health is passionate about changing the future of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of death in England and Wales and the only cause that is still on the rise.

While there is no cure for dementia, there is hope with promising final phase clinical trials and progressive research. Re:Cognition Health’s esteemed clinicians are cautiously optimistic that by incorporating simple lifestyle tweaks into your daily routine, you may be able to improve your brain function as well as protect it from decline in later years. 


Making 2017 a 'dementia friendly' year

Clifden House dementia care centre

An East Sussex care home has made an unusual New Year’s resolution. It has pledged that all its staff members will become ‘dementia friends’ this year, to help make the local area a dementia friendly community.
Clifden House dementia care centre in Seaford has joined Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative that helps people learn about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that knowledge into action. 

NACC launches training workshop to improve the mealtime experience for those living with a dementia

NACC Training

The National Association of Care Catering, NACC, has launched a dedicated training workshop to support the care sector with the challenges of catering for people living with a dementia, while helping to enhance their life quality. 

Delivered by Dr David Sheard, the CEO and founder of Dementia Care Matters and respected expert in the field, the one-day training workshop will teach care caterers and providers how to look beyond the serving of food and turn mealtimes into beneficial, meaningful experiences.
The first training workshop took place on 1 December 2016 at Aimia Food Limited in Haydock, Merseyside, and the second is on Friday 3 February 2017 at Brakes in Covent Garden, London.

Lois wins a taste of luxury as Bright Care names her 2016's Care Worker of the Year

Lois McNeil

A warm-hearted carer who devotes her life to looking after other people is going to be looked after herself in truly sumptuous style after winning the top award from Bright Care, the fast-growing Scottish in-home care provider.

Lois McNeill, who works with Bright Care's Edinburgh branch, has been named Care Worker of the Year 2016 after clients sang her praises as someone who embodies Bright Care’s commitment to high quality care and companionship for its private clients.

Lois, who has been with Bright Care for five years now, will be treated to a stay in fabulous five-star luxury at Fonab Castle, a unique and extraordinary Highland hotel nestling in the heart of Perthshire near Pitlochry.