OSJCT Care Workers Commended for Excellence

Twenty care workers from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and quality of care at a special awards ceremony held by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT)at the Guildhall in Salisbury on the 11th November.

Nominated for their dedication, commitment and continually going above and beyond the call of duty, OSJCT Chairman, Don Wood presented the OSJCT employees with awards at the Trust’s Chairman’s Commendation Awards ceremony.

Unique collection of Virginia Woolf letters acquired by St Andrews

Archive of official bibliographer reveals insights

Dozens of letters from Virginia Woolf’s friends and family, detailing her life and work, have been acquired by the University of St Andrews.

The archive of typed and handwritten letters includes two previously unseen photographs of the writer among the treasures collected by biographer Brownlee Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick consulted and gained the confidence of Leonard Woolf who subsequently recommended her to the publisher Rupert Hart-Davis as Virginia Woolf's official bibliographer in 1951.

The most important section of the archive is contained in Leonard Woolf's letters and in his two previously unseen photographs of Virginia Woolf, which were given to Kirkpatrick as a possible frontispiece for her work.

Do you know a caregiver? Win them a hard-earned holiday

If you know an inspiring caregiver, a new award could win them a holiday worth £3,000 Do you know an inspiring caregiver? National Accident Helpline's British Caregiver Award is looking for those who provide unpaid care for people who have been injured in an accident. Whether you're the caregiver in question, the person who is cared for or you just know about someone esle's hard work, you can enter now to win a seven night, full board holiday worth £3,000. The award, which is free to enter, includes travel expenses and spending money of £500. The holiday includes 24 hour nurse-led care  on call and personal support for the person who is cared for, with care packages tailored to individual needs.


Constantly measuring, monitoring and improving quality is integral to the successful delivery of residential and nursing care in the private and public sectors. Meeting patient and resident needs, complying with legislation and finding innovative ways of working, often across multiple agencies, demands communication, co-ordination and extensive organisation.

Richard Ratcliffe, managing director at Firefly Online Ltd, shares insight into how the company’s latest software technology, developed in partnership with West Sussex County Council, is helping the local authority gain greater understanding of the market forces within the health and social care sector, target resources more effectively and share information about residential and nursing care more efficiently.


A Dundee care home which developed a pioneering ‘village’ to enable those living with dementia to reconnect with old memories has been shortlisted for two respected UK-wide awards.

Bupa's Balcarres care home, in Broughty Ferry, is in the running for the Person-Centred and Compassionate Care plaudits at the annual Bupa Clinical Excellence Awards, thanks to its innovative and attentive approach to dementia care.


EVENING class learners from Buxton & Leek College have been part of a community project involving the newly refurbished Wooldridge Court sheltered accommodation, The City of Stoke on Trent Council and the 17th Century timber-framed farmhouse, Ford Green Hall.

Learners from the Monday evening Art class at the College were approached by staff at Wooldridge Court to provide artwork that would remain on display at the accommodation. And, with the housing being so close to Ford Green Hall, the learners took inspiration from the site’s history and heritage to create their work.

Tutor Laura Hall said: “We did some research on the Smallthorne area and took our inspiration from the Hall, which is a beautiful old building with a lot of history attached to it.”

Hospitals Must Act Against Pathogenic Bacteria

Hospitals Must Act Against Pathogenic Bacteria, Says Mario Pinca

“It is time to act decisively against pathogenic bacteria. They can cause serious impacts on patient health in hospitals”, Says Copma

“In Brindisi, was everything possible done in terms of prevention?" said Mario Pinca, CEO of Copma, a leading Italian healthcare services provider. Pinca made his remarks following the decision of a public prosecutor to open an investigation into the death of 19 patients at the Perrino hospital in Brindisi last week.

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.