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Care Worker’s Contribution Is Perfect Tonic For Award

A member of staff who helped create a traditional ‘pub’ for residents at a Glasgow care home has been nominated for this year’s Scottish Care – National Care Home Awards.

Kenny Roy, Maintenance Manager at Bupa’s Craigbank Care Home has been shortlisted in the Ancillary & Support Staff category for his daily dedication to Craigbank’s residents and to improving the environment of the home and gardens.

One of the key reasons for Kenny’s nomination was his extensive involvement in the construction of ‘The Doncaster’ – a ‘pub’ which aims to provide a recognisable social environment for residents to relive the past and share memories and stories.

RISING ELDERLY POPULATION KEEPS CARE HOMES VIGILANT

The rise in longevity means that 10 million people in the UK are over 65 (1) and this rising population means that there are more elderly people going into residential care homes. Care homes must remain vigilant when it comes to residents’ health which includes thorough hand hygiene.

The number of older people using residential care homes has risen by 21 per cent from 135,000 to 164,000 from 2006 to 2013 (2).

Recruitment and retention resources to help you

Finding and keeping workers is an online resource which supports adult social care providers of all sizes with their recruitment and retention challenges. It contains a wide range of good practice from across health and social care and the resources have been grouped into four key themes to help you:

•    attract more people
•    take on the right people
•    foster talent and increase skills
•    keep your colleagues.

There is also a searchable library called resources to help you, which allows the user to search for the information which is most relevant to them. To find out more go to www.skillsforcare.org.uk/findingandkeepingworkers.

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Departing NHS England patient

Departing NHS England patient and information director to deliver swansong speech at UK’s largest digital health show

London 14th October 2015 – Outgoing NHS director for patients and information Tim Kelsey will speak for the last time in his current role to healthcare technology leaders at EHI Live, the UK’s largest digital health event.

As one of the keynote speakers, Kelsey will open the conference, and share his final thoughts on how the NHS can build on the vision to harness the power of information to support health and care services. In December, Kelsey plans to take a new job in Australia to become commercial director of Telstra.