NHS Driving Assessment Centre celebrates keeping people safe on the roads for 25 years

NHS Driving Assessment Centre celebrates keeping people safe on the roads for 25  years

NHS staff, former clients and representatives from the Department of Transport and Driving Mobility came together in Haydock on 8 May to celebrate The North West Driving Assessment Centre’s 25th anniversary.

The service, based in Haydock, Merseyside and delivered by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater), welcomed over 650 people with a range of disabilities, illnesses and health conditions across the region through its doors last year.

Two thirds of healthcare staff affected by significant stress levels

Stress worker at desk

As Mental Health Awareness Week takes place, a study has revealed that people working in healthcare are amongst the most stressed in the UK.

Two thirds of those working in healthcare reported suffering from significant levels of work-related stress, according to a study of 3,000 UK workers – making them amongst the most stressed employees in the UK, behind financial services (69%) and Government (68%).

Work was significantly more likely to cause stress and emotional strain for healthcare workers than any other aspect of their lives.

48% of healthcare workers reported experiencing stress relating to money and finances, 47% relating to loved ones and family life, 39% relating to their own health and wellbeing and 35% relating to romantic relationships.

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


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. 

What does the 2018 Spring Statement mean for healthcare?

Spring Statement Hitesh Dodhia

Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk on the Chancellor's Spring Statement and why it is "a disappointment" where the NHS is concerned…

"Announcing prior to his speech that the Spring Statement would contain 'no red box, no spending increases, no tax changes,' Philip Hammond certainly kept to his word with a somewhat watered down speech. Being a more mundane affair than previous years, the Chancellor has decided to break with tradition and save any key announcements or major changes to spending until the new Autumn Budget later in the year.

More detentions than ever before under Mental Health Act

A review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded that the rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act is an indicator of a healthcare system that is under considerable strain. 

Mental health charity Mind called for a review of the Act and blamed “failings across the system” for the fact that more people than ever before are being detained.

Finance company supports care agency with £250k funding boost

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A care and nursing agency has been able to win additional contract work thanks to a £250,000 funding boost.

Independent Growth Finance, the leading commercial finance provider for SMEs, delivered the factoring facility to Gabriels Care and Nursing Agency, a provider for the elderly, people with learning and physical disabilities, patients with dementia and those in need of palliative care.

Health professionals respond to pressure on NHS

hospital corridor NHS crisis

After the NHS faced an unprecedented demand over the winter months, we take a look at how services coped and explore how improvements can be made to protect the public.

Theresa May faced a backlash when, once again, hospitals struggled to cope under increased demand over the winter. Many routine operations were cancelled, with reports of people dying in hospital corridors. The crisis was so serious, 68 A&E doctors from across the country wrote to the Government with their concerns.

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

The number of foreign nurses joining the NHS has plummeted, according to latest figures.

Recruitment specialist Randstad highlighted the NHS recruitment drop which has seen EU nurses applying to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fall by 96%.

The fall has been blamed on poor working conditions, including long hours and inadequate pay, as well as the introduction of tough new language tests for foreign nursing staff.

Leading charity urges preparation plan for new dementia treatments

Dr Matthew Norton

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is calling for an urgent plan for managing how new medicines are brought to patients, in a report that highlights several obstacles it fears could delay delivery of the next wave of dementia treatments. The report, Treatments of Tomorrow: Preparing for breakthroughs in dementia, outlines a number of challenges and pressures in England’s healthcare system that may pose problems for the roll-out of disease-modifying treatments for dementia. The charity argues that as research continues to make progress, these challenges should be tackled now to pave the way for future scientific advances that could improve treatments and care.

Norfolk residential care home welcomes new home manager

Norfolk residential care home welcomes new home manager

St Leonards Court residential Home in Mundford, Norfolk is proudly announcing the appointment of its new home manager. Shelley Jarred brings with her a wealth of experience from the NHS.

St Leonards Court, which is situated in the village of Mundford on the edge of Thetford Forest, is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides specialist care for elderly people living with dementia. Recently rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the home provides high quality care services, combined with a range of activities to meet the needs of those living at the home.

“The NHS is the closest thing the English people have now to a religion” – Nigel Lawson MP

“The NHS is the closest thing the English people have now to a religion” – Nigel Lawson MP

A team of historians from Warwick University are writing a People’s History of the NHS. By hosting events at the People’s History Museum, the group endeavours to further its understanding of public opinion surrounding the NHS, as well as hear stories and view objects connected to experiences with the health service.

NHS Roadshow

Thurs 11th August, 12.00pm-4.00pm

The group is calling for people’s NHS memories, hopes and fears and encourages people to bring NHS objects along to this drop in session - think baby tags, prosthetic legs, glasses, teeth and anything else! The session is a family friendly event, with badge making for children and some exciting NHS objects on display.

No booking required.

Suggested donation £3

70 per cent of renal units face delays


A recently published report has revealed that 70 per cent of NHS renal units in the UK have a waiting list when scheduling appointments for patient treatment.

Published by healthcare scheduling specialists BookWise Solutions Limited, the report recommends a move to more efficient ways of utilising staff and their time.

“Trying to find real-time, available space across the central hub and satellite units can be a complex and time consuming process” commented Denise Williamson, managing director of BookWise.

“Staff across the public healthcare sector are being increasingly stretched in their roles and responsibilities - technology can help alleviate this.”

"Whats the catch?" asks Rnha after department of health announces interim uplift in NHS funded nursing care rate

“What’s the catch?” is the Registered Nursing Home Association’s (RNHA) reaction to the Department of Health’s announcement of an uplift in the NHS contribution paid to cover the cost of nursing provided to both local authority-funded and self-paying residents of care homes.
“We welcome the fact that a detailed review of actual nursing costs in care homes has led to an increase in the weekly amount to be paid – from £112 to £156.25,” said RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell.  

How the EU Referendum Result might affect the NHS and Care Sector

The King's Fund released a paper this month about the main possible effects that Brexit could have on the NHS and the care sector.

In brief, the ones that will have most impact on the care sector are:

Staffing - as I have mentioned already, it's well known that the NHS is struggling to recruit and retain staff across the sectors and it's the same in the care sector. Approximately 80,000 of the 1.3 million works in Adult Social Care are from other EU countries. The King's Fund is suggesting that certain occupations are added to the Migration Advisory Committee's shortage occupation list however, this is not likely to include unskilled care workers and this will need addressing.

NHS Confederation responds to vote to leave the European Union

Commenting on the public’s vote to leave the European Union, Stephen Dalton, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation, said:

"The NHS has broadly benefitted from being in the EU and leaving it will undoubtedly have implications which are yet to be clearly understood. The priorities for those who lead and are on the frontline of delivering NHS funded services are the sustainability and quality of patient care.

“It is impossible to predict the full impact at this stage, but clearly it is vital that our government seeks a strong, nuanced agreement with the European Union that recognises how interwoven NHS and EU policies have become.