Refurbishment

Staff shortages putting NHS patient safety at risk, warn healthcare professionals

NHS

The majority of independent healthcare professionals (85%) are concerned that ongoing staff shortages will cause a decline in NHS patient safety, a survey has found. 

The research by the Independent Health Professionals' Association (IHPA), questioned 537 independent healthcare staff on a range of issues affecting their working lives.
When asked what they felt is putting the biggest strain on care provision in the NHS, staff shortages topped the list. 

A further 64% of respondents believe that funding cuts are responsible, with 54% stating that management, internal bureaucracy and wastage is to blame. Over one in five (21%) believe that a decline in patient care standards is being driven by the number of patients using the service without genuine need. 

Recover lost time with Snappy Tags!

Recover lost time with Snappy Tags!

Across the UK, busy care home staff spend over 6,000 hours a week rummaging through lost property and residents’ rooms looking for mislaid clothing.  That’s a lot of hours spent on this fruitless task!  With this in mind, one company has identified a quick, easy, and cost-effective solution to labelling residents’ clothing. Snappy Tags ® are discreet and resemble small buttons, making them comfortable and unobtrusive to the wearer. Care Homes who have implemented Snappy Tags® agree:

Record-breaking £100,000 is raised at the Twilight Walk for LOROS Hospice.

Twilight Walk

Saturday’s circus themed Twilight Walk really was Leicester’s biggest girls night out, with total money raised so far hitting an astonishing £100,000.

The total amount of women to sign-up also hit a new record, with nearly 30% more women taking part, resulting in a jaw-dropping 2,541 women showing up at the King Power Stadium in Leicester City on Saturday.

Those that took part were treated to a whole host of carnival entertainment, and walkers came dressed as clowns, lion tamers, mime artists, circus acts and even fortune tellers, taking to the streets of Leicester to walk 10km to raise money for the charity.

Immedia and Molift assistive solutions from Etac to support Naidex Moving and Handling Lab

Immedia and Molift assistive solutions from Etac to support Naidex Moving and Handling Lab

Etac R82, the UK’s leading specialist in Scandinavian-inspired assistive equipment for disabled children and adults, will be supporting Naidex seminars wth Immedia and Molift products.

New for 2018, Naidex will be offering a ‘Moving and Handling Lab’ which provides CPD-acreddited equipment demonstrations for healthcare professionals. These workshops will provide an invaluable opportunity for physiotherapists, carers and moving and handling specialists to learn the latest techniques for safer people transfers. To enhance the experience for all attendees, Etac R82 is loaning a selection of products from its world-class range which will include:

Molift Raiser with Raiser Belt

Immedia SatinSheet in-bed system

Immedia 4wayGlide in-bed system for complex needs

Three ways to reduce food waste in your care home

Food waste care home kitchen

As care homes tighten budgets, it is galling to know that up to three quarters of food waste which we bin is safe to eat*. Not only is this unsustainable due to the negative environmental impact it's having, but it could also be costing your care home a lot of money.

It’s extremely important to pay attention to care home kitchen functionality in order to be able to serve residents with delicious and nutritious meals.

There are steps you can take to reduce food waste in your care home kitchen, and we're going to give you some tips that will help. 

We're backing the Changing Places campaign for accessible toilet facilities

pantsdown4equality Changing Places Sarah

Care & Nursing Essentials magazine are proud to be backing the Changing Places campaign. Tired of not being able to access toilets in public, healthcare workers are joining parents and disability rights campaigners to call on shops, restaurants and public buildings to accommodate adults who need to change in a dignified way.

The Twitter campaign #changingplaces has been highlighting inadequate toilet facilities and praising firms who have invested in hoists, adult-sized changing tables, grip handles and pull-cord alarms to ensure people of all abilities can change without being embarrassed – and so that carers can lift and handle without putting themselves at risk.

Margaret Shares Exotic Travel Stories Thanks to Innovative Care System

CleverCogs

A pensioner who enjoyed her first ever foreign trip has been able to share her holiday photos with the boss of the charity who developed the innovative new care support system, CleverCogs, that allowed her to travel to Vietnam.

Margaret Sancken, 65, felt confident enough to book her first ever holiday to Vietnam thanks to Blackwood’s CleverCogs system, a digitally enhanced product which aims to keep people as independent as possible. Blackwood has a commitment to push the boundaries of technology to allow property adaptations which make a huge difference to people with disabilities.

New care organisation plans to transform Hertfordshire nursing home

Chalfont Court

A family owned care operator has acquired a local Hertfordshire nursing home, Chalfont Court, and plans to transform the home over the next couple of years.

Acacia Care, who also own a luxury residential home in Nottingham, has recently taken over Chalfont Court and will be carrying out a major internal refurbishment bringing it to the same standard as their existing home.

Prior to refurbishment works, Acacia Care will be looking to improve local links, supporting community engagement and helping residents and staff to form relationships with groups and businesses in the area.

Advinia Health Care acquires 22 Bupa care homes across the UK

Advinia Health Care

Care home provider Advinia Health Care announced today the names of the 22 Bupa care homes it has acquired, as part of a deal with the international healthcare group that closed in February. The acquisition follows the completion of Bupa’s transfer of 110 care homes to HC-One in December.

The deal means Advinia Health Care now operates 38 care homes in the UK, comprising 3,250 beds, an increase of over 500%. The company is now among the top 10 private care providers in the UK, and has taken over the employment of more than 3,700 staff who previously worked at Bupa. No reductions in overall staff numbers are expected.

Harley Street Spine launch new website to make medical enquiries easier

Harley Street Spine lead surgeon Bob Chatterjee

Recognising the influence of internet when patients are seeking medical guidance, Harley Street Spine has launched a brand new website featuring updates on its services and expertise. 

Mr Bob Chatterjee, director and lead surgeon of the practice, has upgraded the online portal offering patients and medical referrers a chance to further understand a range of potential conditions – and the treatment pathways associated with them.

Age Space: an online resource for relatives going through care process

Age Space Annabel James

Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Annabel James, founder of Age Space, about how people caring for elderly relatives were crying out for some more support – and what she did about it.

Eight weeks visiting her mum in the Stroke Unit at Poole Hospital started Annabel James thinking. She felt increasingly isolated and anxious about the decisions that had to be made; not knowing where to find answers – or even what the questions were some of the time. 

As Annabel shared her experience with family and friends it became clear that she wasn’t alone. She then spent a year researching possible solutions which led to her setting up agespace.org  – a one-stop online resource for anyone anxious about or caring for elderly parents or relatives.

Rescue dog Teddy joins the team at Eastbourne residential home 

Oak Lodge

A two year-old Yorkshire Terrier/Jack Russell cross who was adopted by a residential home, Oak Lodge, for people with physical and learning disabilities last November is brightening their lives with his infectious enthusiasm for life.

The idea of finding a pet for the people who live at Oak Lodge came to one of their senior support workers Geraldine Bird when she noticed how much they enjoyed the company of a dog which regularly spent the evenings with them in the holiday accommodation in Devon where they stayed last summer.

Geraldine said:

Hertfordshire care home rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Tenterden House Care Home in Bricket Wood, St Albans, to be Outstanding following an inspection in January.  

Tenterden House Care Home is run by Bupa Care Homes (BNH) Limited. It is registered to provide accommodation for up to 40 people who require nursing care.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. 

New range of qualifications for the health and social care sector

Highfield Qualifications

A new range of qualifications that will bring clarity and structure to the training landscape in the health and social care sector has been launched by Highfield Qualifications.

The 13 new qualifications, which sit on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), are designed to support learners in roles within the healthcare, adult care and other related environments.

Areas covered include principles of care planning, safeguarding and dignity in adult care, prevention and control of infection, and nutrition and health principles. Also covered are safe handling of medication, understanding diabetes, autism, challenging behaviour and mental health problems.

New online resources for older adults struggling with mental illness

MindEd

MindEd for Older People is a new online educational resource that explains a range of mental illnesses commonly experienced by older people, and offers practical advice for dealing with them.

A team of older people and professionals are the authors behind the new MindEd resources which cover a range of common problems such as insomnia, depression, medications to be aware of, anxiety and alcohol-related problems.

The resources are a vital crutch at a time when demand for mental health services is increasing whilst supply of the mental health workforce for older people is falling. The number of Old Age psychiatrists has declined 8.5% since November 2013.