Future Healthcare returns to London in 2019

Future Healthcare returns to London in 2019

Future Healthcare is the UK’s only exhibition and conference showcasing healthcare products and services to a global audience. Taking place at Olympia London from 18-19 March 2019, Future Healthcare gathers more than 4,000 buyers from 65 countries for two days of education, networking and cross border purchasing. The event is organised in association with UKIHMA – a strategic partner of Healthcare UK, a UK government trade promotion organisation jointly funded by the Department for International Trade, the Department of Health and NHS England.

Event Director, Dawn Barclay-Ross said: “Gathering thousands of buyers from around the world, Future Healthcare 2019 is a fantastic springboard for suppliers to find new business on the international stage.”

Moffat’s new hospital foodservice trolley delivers flexibility, energy efficiency and food quality

Moffat’s new hospital foodservice trolley

Developed with hospital caterers, latest Vgen also sets new standards in ease of use

Moffat’s new hospital foodservice trolley created waves when the prototype was shown at HEFMA and the HCA conferences earlier in 2018.  That’s because it provides what the company believes is the most flexible and practical solution on the market.  The latest incarnation of the British manufacturer’s Vgen series, the trolley is now in production and is the result of two years R&D during which Moffat’s designers consulted with hospital caterers to develop a solution that not only meets today’s needs but is also future-proof.

Technicolour dressing gowns to keep elderly warm this winter

Hazelgrove Court Care Home resident Pat Keleher knitting a belt for a dressing gown as part of a Knit for Peace UK initiative

JOSEPH’S technicolour dressing gowns were knitted by Hazelgrove Court care home residents in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, on Randolph Street, created the gowns for elderly people to keep warm this winter in their own homes.

They were taking part in a Knit for Peace UK initiative, which encourages knitters to produce items for those in need.

The care home residents chose to make dressing gowns by knitting six by six inch squares and then attaching them together to create the finished piece.

The gowns take 114 squares to produce, as well as a knitted belt to match.

Music study investigates communication in people living with dementia

Chelsea Court music therapy - Derek and the team are behind the dementia therapy research

Chelsea Court Place, a residential home for individuals living with dementia, is working with the University of Roehampton in a research project entitled Beyond Words, which uses ‘micro-songs’ to recapture and sustain functional language in people with advanced dementia.

The study aims to investigate the power of music, enabling people living with dementia to retain their speech and help communicate their wishes and needs for a longer period than would be normally be the case in the natural deterioration caused by the disease. 

Sally Magnusson announced to chair Future of Care Conference 2019

Sally Magnusson announced to chair Future of Care Conference 2019

The organisers of the Future of Care Conference are pleased to announce that BBC broadcaster and dementia charity founder, Sally Magnusson has been confirmed to chair the second annual event taking place on 19thMarch 2019 at The King’s Fund in central London.

Sally has presented a range of programmes for the BBC over the years, from Breakfast Newsand Reporting Scotland to a range of documentaries and investigations, including Panorama. She is also the author of ten books to date, including the best-selling memoir, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, and founded the music and dementia charity, Playlist for Life in 2013.

Lincoln care home grants resident’s wish

Lincoln Care Home Hair Salon

A resident at a care home in Lincoln had her wish come true when she was surprised by a new hair salon at the home.

Yvonne Radford, who is a long-term resident at Bernadette House, in South Park, has always enjoyed visits to the hairdressers and a dream of hers was that the home would have their own salon one day.

After undergoing refurbishment, Bernadette House wanted to fulfil Yvonne’s wish, so they decided to build a salon in the home. 

“I’ve always loved having my hair done, said Yvonne, “and now it feels even more exciting. Everyone loves the salon.”Lincoln care home grants resident’s wish

Book explores how to enable older people to live independently for longer

Valerie - author of book that explores how to enable older people to live independently for longer

A new book, exploring the increasingly important area of reablement services in community care, has been written by health and social care professionals at the University of Chester.

Led by Valerie Ebrahimi, Programme Leader for the MEd in Professional Education, with Dr Hazel Chapman, Senior Lecturer, the book entitled Reablement Services in Health and Social Care, is a guide for both students and support workers.

Social Care provider celebrates two glowing CQC reports

Social Care provider with their fantastic CQC report

A social care provider is celebrating after two of its services – a rehabilitation team and a care home - both received 100% ‘Good’ reports from UK’s health watchdog.

The Optalis support and rehabilitation team, who provide short-term care and support to people in their own homes across the Windsor and Maidenhead area, was rated as ‘Good’ in all five categories of the CQC report, published on the 8 January.

Delivering support to around 30 to 40 adults per month, the service provides personal care and rehabilitation on a short-term basis to customers recovering following a hospital stay, ensuring they are able to get back to leading an independent life as soon as possible.

Mabon & Ray

Mabon & Ray

Mabon & Ray is a business and consultancy agency specialising in healthcare businesses.  

Mabon & Ray has been founded by former care home owner, whose ultimate aim is to ensure both parties are guided through the whole process to ensure it runs smoothly.

Rachel said she is drawing on her own experiences of buying and selling her care home to help others.

When buying and selling a healthcare business is very different to other businesses due to regulations and the reliance on the purchaser having the registration in place and are able to buy the business.

Hughes Pro

Hughes Pro

Hughes Pro is a specialist provider of commercial laundry and dishwashing equipment as well as providing aftercare, authorised by the manufacturer, to local businesses. 

The service work undertaken is fully guaranteed and carried out by a team of over 30 highly trained and well-equipped engineers. The team are proficient in all of the famous commercial laundry brands, including Miele, Speed Queen, Primus, Amazon, Schulthess, Primus, ADC, Huebsch, Electrolux, Maidaid, Hobart and others. 

The most popular spare parts are held on all engineer vans to promote first fix. The company also has the unique position of having a huge in-house central spares store with extensive inventory of genuine parts for immediate dispatch via laundryspares.co.uk.

Caring for carers: practical ways to make a difference

Russell Pillar of Spearhead Healthcare on caring for carers

Russell Pillar, director of care interiors at Spearhead Healthcare, advises how the right equipment and training makes a huge difference – to staff, residents and families…

All of us are aware that the care sector is burgeoning as our elderly population continues to rise. In fact, the Office for National Statistics has predicted a 36% growth in people aged 85+ between 2015 and 2025, up to 2million, and this is expected to lead to even higher demand for care home services.

SEM Scanner detects pressure sores before they become a problem

The SEM Scanner

Care and Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan spoke to the team at Bruin Biometrics, who are behind the SEM Scanner. The scanner can detect pressure damage before it is visible to the naked eye…

Could you outline the workings of the SEM Scanner - how does it detect the moisture under the skin?

The SEM Scanner is a, hand-held portable device that has been designed to measure sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) (also known as localised oedema) which is an invisible precursor to the development of incipient pressure damage.

St Budeaux Pupils Get Creative

St Budeaux Pupils Get Creative

Residents at a care home in Plymouth say that regular visits from pupils of nearby St Budeaux Foundation School are ‘a breath of fresh air.’ 

The Year 4 pupils come to see their older friends at Freshfields care home as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia. 

Freshfields’ activities co-ordinator Paul Hutt said: “This is the fourth year that St Budeaux children have been coming here and our residents just love their visits. 

“They sit side by side and enjoy a whole different variety of activities when they come here.  

“On their most recent visit they did seasonal arts and crafts activities.” 

Living With Dementia and the Benefits of Gardening 

Woman Living With Dementia and Gardening

Gardening can have a profound impact on someone’s quality of life, especially those living with dementia. Gardens provide a familiar environment of relaxation, sensory stimulation and can also help to create a sense of community.  

With a wide range of benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing, gardening provides an excellent activity for someone living with dementia. 


Gardens are often perceived as places of happiness and joy, whether from childhood memories of playing, seeing and smelling your favourite flowers, or taking part in gardening as a relaxing hobby in later life, they can often spark brilliant memories.