A Nurse's Guide

Nursing is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding career paths out there. It can, however, also come with many challenges and strains. In this article, we highlight some of the main problems you can come across in your day-to-day working life as a nurse, and we explain how you can overcome each of these hurdles. 

Understanding Stress and Burnout

What Minster Care Group is doing differently to increase their CQC ratings

Care Group

Minster Care Group are a leading national provider of residential and nursing care in the UK. They are always looking for innovative ways to offer the very best care and further increase customer satisfaction. As with all care providers, Minster Care Group’s care home managers were constantly torn between providing care and managing paperwork.

With this in mind, the management team at Minster Care Group have introduced a state of the art IT solution called c360care, to reduce duplication of work and continually improve their processes in line with CQC regulations.

London to Paris charity cycle ride for Hill Care MD

Managing Director of Hill Care Group

A GRUELING charity cycle ride will be undertaken by the Managing Director of Hill Care Group.

Wendy Waddicor will pedal over 300 miles from London to Paris to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. She will spend four days in July next year travelling between the capital cities of England and France under her own pedal power.

The challenge will be the highlight of nine months of fundraising activities across the care home group, which is based in Chesterfield and operates homes across the north of England.

She announced the ride at Hill Care’s annual conference, which focused excellence through leadership, inspiring the group’s homes to organise their own events and activities in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Over half of people living in Britain wouldn’t know what to do in the event of a fire

 Great Fire of London in 1666,

To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in 1666, comparethemarket.com carried out a survey of 2,000 people living in Britain to find out if they would know what to do in the event of a fire. The research has revealed some surprising statistics:

• 54% of people living in Britain wouldn’t know what to do in the event of a fire 

• Almost 20% of people living in Britain don’t have building or contents insurance policies

• 44% of younger millennials (18-24 year olds) also don’t have building or contents insurance policies

• 38% of Britons also admit that they wouldn’t know what to do in the event of fire, flood or storm

Bright Start for Innovative Sure Call Service

Maureen Richardson

Leading housing and care provider Bield are taking full advantage of advances in technology to create services that enable service-users to lead fuller, more flexible lives, while at the same time reducing the workload of care providers.

‘Sure Call’ is an automated daily wellbeing call service that arranges a telephone call every day or on specific days depending on the individual’s requirements.

Managed by Bield Response 24 (BR24), tenants answer calls in the morning at a time of their choosing and identify, by selecting an option, whether they need any assistance.

If assistance is requested, BR24 will contact the individual to establish what support is needed and respond as necessary.

Dementia & Depression - 6 ways to boost mood

It’s widely recognised that those living with dementia are more prone to depression. According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression in the UK affects around 22 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged 65 and over.

While one in five people in the UK experience depression at some point, Alzheimer’s Society says that depression is more common among those living with dementia. It estimates that 20-40 per cent of those with dementia may have depression.

Award-winning brain health experts, Re:Cognition Health, who are conducting clinical trials into groundbreaking drugs to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, are keen to raise awareness of how living with dementia can affect mental health.

A person with dementia may feel depressed due to:

Evening Support Service Opens Door in Falkirk


Bield’s Day Care Centre at Thornhill Court in Falkirk hosted an open evening this week to highlight the importance of its Evening Support Service.

The project has made a life changing impact on a number of tenants and their families as well as many other older people in the Falkirk area.  

Running every Tuesday and Wednesday, this free service enables those who attend to enjoy themed socials in the development, such as craft evenings or quiz nights or to get out and about to see places of local interest whilst their carers enjoy some valuable rest time.

Kevin Rowe, Fundraiser for Bield, said “The Evening Support Service has been a huge success for the staff and those we care for at Thornhill Court and in Falkirk more broadly. 

Source more than just products at Care Roadshows

With the end of 2016 approaching, Care Roadshows are gearing up for their final event at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Tuesday 15th November. Care professionals from far and wide have access to free CPD seminars, workshops conducted by the engaging Oomph! Wellness along with a host of varied suppliers and experts launching new products and services dedicated to the care industry.

This event is an established platform for all those working within the sector and has been sold out for exhibitors’ months in advance. Industry experts including Ablyss Care Management Systems, Boots and Citation will be on hand to answer questions and to offer advice throughout the day, which is free for visitors to attend.

Planning Permission Granted For 66-Bed Care Home In Duston

plan for  care home

LNT Care Developments has received planning permission to build a 66 bed care home on a site on Duston, Northampton.
Northampton Borough Council Planning Committee approved the planning application on 18th October 2016 for the care home, which will be owned and operated by Oakdale Care Group.  The facility will provide a care home for those aged over 65 years.
Construction will began on site in November, with a predicted completion date for September 2017. This site represents an excellent opportunity for a new care facility, in a prominent location fronting Timken Way South, sustainably located adjacent to the St Luke’s Primary Care Centre and the ‘key focal building’ at the gateway to the heart of the developing community on the former British Timken site. 

Care Home has ambitions to raise dementia awareness

dementia awareness

A Glasgow care home has given invaluable training to parishioners and Sisters of a local church to help raise further awareness of dementia. 

Bupa’s Craigbank Care Home, on Saracen Street, ran a training session at its dementia cafe which was attended by the Sisters of the Church of St. Teresa of Lisieux, the local community and relatives of the home’s residents.

The ‘Promoting Excellence in Dementia Care’ training programme was run by Craigbank Home Manager Pauline Hunter. It provides an insight into recognising the initial signs and symptoms of the disease as well as allowing those attending to be better equipped, more confident and offer a more personal approach in their interactions with anyone who has been diagnosed.

Increasing patient empathy in pain management

Dr Cormac Ryan

It is estimated 50-80% of older people experience persistent pain associated with increased risk of falls, poorer sleep quality and declined function as well as reduced opportunities for social interaction leading to social isolation. 

The number of older people is growing, and by 2037 over 65s are expected to account for 24% of the UK population.

The NHS must therefore adapt to meet this current and growing healthcare need and we need to provide adequate undergraduate training so that graduates are fit for purpose. However, pain education on UK healthcare courses is sparse and needs to be considerably enhanced – with specific gaps highlighted in carer empathy.

Younger generation become dementia friends

Dementia Friends at Wellington School

Public-spirited students at Wellington School have opted to become part of a national movement called Dementia Friends which aims to teach people what it is like to live with the condition and how they can support those living with dementia to feel a part of the wider community.

Fourteen sixth-formers and Year 11 students attended an initial briefing session run by Jason Lejeune, training manager at Camelot Care whose head office is in Wellington, and then made a visit to the specialist local nursing home.

The organisation has been providing nursing and specialist dementia care for 15 years, and now operates nursing homes in Wellington, Plymouth, Bridgwater and Yeovil. The majority of their residents are people living with symptoms dementia. 

Why it’s important to talk about end-of-life care

Michael Beresford

Contemplating the final days of life can be a depressing if not taboo subject for some. Yet it’s an important issue and one worth facing sooner rather than late raccording to SweetTree Home Care Services, experts in palliative care.

For many people living with a diagnosis of dementia, the daily challenges can be enough to contend with. However, it’s important to start thinking about the type of care you would like in the future, especially the care you would like to receive towards the end of your life.

Care homes group proudly announces dementia care awards finalists

dementia care awards

Healthcare Homes Group is proud to announce that two homes have been announced as finalists of the 2016 National Dementia Care Awards.  Joe Ballard from Home Meadow in Toft is a finalist in the 'Dementia Care Personality' category, while Overbury House residential home in Wroxham is a finalist in the Best Dementia Interior Design category.

A judging day took place on 10th October in London with all finalists and the winners will then be announced at a gala reception in Brighton on 3rd November.

The National Dementia Care Awards celebrate the very best people in Dementia Care highlighting excellence in all parts of the sector and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care.

Project into end of life care

Project team

Hospice and university recruit bereaved carers for research project into end of life care

Carers who have looked after people in the final hours of their lives are being invited to take part in research.

The study, carried out by Bucks New University and South Bucks Hospice, is investigating ways to improve support for those looking after terminally ill people at home. The aim is to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions which would go against the wishes of many dying people and to provide carers with the necessary skills and knowledge to care for a person at the end of their life at home.