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Two thirds of healthcare staff affected by significant stress levels

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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.

Care & Nursing Essentials' Naidex 2018 highlights

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Naidex 2018 – Europe’s largest and most established event for the disability sector – took place alongside the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo at Birmingham’s NEC last week.

Our editor Victoria Galligan went along to meet exhibitors, are here are some of her highlights:

• Watching the SANO stairclimber take a wheelchair backwards up four stairs was truly remarkable – for people who have steps out onto the street or are unable to fit a ramp, this piece of tech is ideal. The SANO reps told me some supermarkets have invested in stairclimbers as part of their emergency evacuation plans. See more here.

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

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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.

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.

Accountable care explained by the King's Fund's Anna Charles

accountable care Anna Charles

The health sector is seeing a shift from competition between organisations to a collaborative, locally-controlled approach: accountable care. It’s the latest health policy buzz phrase but where did the model come from and what does it really mean? Here Anna Charles of The King’s Fund – the independent charity working to improve health care in England – has the answers to how accountable care works…

 

What is accountable care?

The basic idea behind accountable care is that different organisations from the health and care system work together to improve the health of their local population by integrating services and tackling the causes of ill health.

Rohit Patni, CEO and co-founder of wellness management app WeMa Life

From booking home carers to physio sessions, WeMa Life is an online marketplace and app that brings together health and care providers with individuals seeking a wide range of services. The multi-service HealthTech platform offers benefits to both consumers and businesses. For people seeking health, care and wellbeing services – either for themselves or someone close to them – WeMa Life makes it easy to source, book and pay reputable providers. 

Innovative new Droplet mug helps carers tackle dehydration

Droplet Mug jug

A new smart mug that helps people to independently hydrate thanks to a light and sound alert has boosted water intake in clinical trials. Droplet is the new modular hydration solution that encourages people to drink more. Featuring a simple and engaging design, the Droplet mug has been specifically created to lessen the risk of dehydration and support the work of healthcare providers in hospitals and care homes.

Connect2Care launches healthcare apprenticeships with United Lincolnshire Hospitals

Connect2Care, an expert provider of training and apprenticeships in the care sector, has expanded its offer with the launch of its first healthcare apprenticeship standards across hospitals within Lincolnshire.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and its Talent Academy has teamed up with Connect2Care to deliver bespoke nursing development apprenticeships in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Louth. Eleven cadets are already enrolled on the scheme – which started in October – and plans are in place for a further 70 to commence a Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship.

Tanglewood Employees In Line for Care Awards

Care Awards

Fourteen employees at Tanglewood Care Homes are keeping their fingers crossed ahead of the second annual Lincolnshire Care Awards next week. 

The 14 team members have all been nominated for awards by care home managers, colleagues, residents or families – and they will find out if they’ve won at a ceremony in Lincoln on 22nd February.

Tanglewood employees make up one-fifth of the total nominees, and 11 of them work in one care home – Cedar Falls in Spalding.

The shortlisted candidates are:

Nursing category

Gabriel Curila – Hunters Creek Care Home in Boston

Stephanie Hewat-Jaboor, Mariana Anton and Susan Palethorpe – Cedar Falls Care Home in Spalding

Residential category

Moira Tasker – Tanglewood Care Home in Horncastle

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant
Becoming a healthcare assistant

At school Jessica Bland Jennings knew she wanted to work in healthcare. Her A Level choice comprised of PE, AS in Geography and a BTEC health and social care and her ambition was to become a paramedic.

When she left school, she worked as a life guard but she also completed an anatomy and physiology top up course to secure the qualifications needed to become a paramedic.

Blood test equipment can ease A&E admissions of elderly

A new piece of equipment is helping to reduce local A&E admissions of frail patients as it can complete a blood test within just four minutes.

HORIBA UK Ltd, Medical recently installed the Microsemi CRP in Thame and Marlow Community Hospitals within Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The machine is the latest point-of-care testing analyser which streamlines existing diagnostic pathways in the community.

Digital care support services expanded by retirement housing provider

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Digital care services including a video call system have been introduced in a retirement housing provider, setting new standards in supported living.

Housing & Care 21’s investment – in partnership with Appello, a leading provider of smart living solutions – is part of an overall plan to deliver the best modern care and support services possible for its residents.

Outstanding rating for home care service

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Staff at a domiciliary care agency are celebrating after being rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

SweetTree Home Care Services – which is based in Swiss Cottage, north-west London, but provides home and live-in services across the capital – was judged as being well-led and responsive. It was rated good for being safe, effective and caring. The agency provides support to a range of people from the elderly and people living with dementia, to those with brain injuries and learning disabilities.

Our Health Heroes finalists revealed

Healthcare Workers who provide excellent patient care across the UK have been announced as finalists and regional winners for the Skills for Health’s Our Health Heroes Awards 2017, sponsored by Health Education England. 

The Our Health Heroes Awards, established in 2016 aim to celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, that go above and beyond in their roles every day. After a successful debut, the Awards expanded to include three new categories.

Healthcare Professionals were asked to nominate their Integrated Team of the Year, Workforce Planning Team of the Year and Apprentice of the Year, alongside the already established Clinical and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year awards.