How to prepare for 'Big Data' in healthcare

big data in healthcare - doctor on ipad

Technically minded individuals such as data managers are only just beginning to understand the extent that Big Data can influence the way that both UK businesses and healthcare services are run. 

“Our overarching objective is that by 2020 we will have revolutionised the way technology, data and information are used to transform the delivery of England’s health and social care services.” – NHS Digital

However, for the less tech-savvy people out there, there is a great degree of confusion as to how Big Data will affect us and what we need to do to get involved. 

To ensure that this system works effectively for all, preparation and implementation plans need to be generated so that your organisation can adapt and take advantage of these exciting changes. 

Canine companion brings joy to care home residents

Oscar pat dog brings joy to care home

A FURRY friend has been helping care home residents with dementia by providing company and cuddles. Oscar the PAT dog and his owner Paula Gascoigne have paid a visit to Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle. Paula, who is from Dumpling Hall, Newcastle, is a volunteer with North East based friendship dog charity, Wag and Company.

They enable visiting dog teams to build meaningful new friendships with older dog lovers.

Friendship dog Oscar has been helping care home residents with dementia by providing company and cuddles at Waverley Lodge care home.

Michelle Park, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, on Bewick Crescent, said: “Our residents loved seeing Oscar and the smiles on their faces just said it all. 

Hillbrush Hygiene Anti-Microbial Cleaning Tools - a solid defence for reducing the risk of cross contamination and infections

Hillbrush Hygiene Anti-Microbial Cleaning Tools

Providing the best possible healthcare is always at the top of every healthcare providers list, and this includes ensuring that any potential health risks are effectively minimised and controlled. 

Throughout the healthcare industry there are significant risks from infectious bacterial cross-contamination, especially in shared living spaces such as care homes and hospitals. The risks are magnified in facilities for older and frail people where cleaning regimes are not strictly controlled. This can lead to the spread of potentially deadly pathogenic bacteria, such as Campylobacter, MRSA, E.coli, Legionella, Listeria and Salmonella amongst others.

Three new Parklands care homes planned in £16million Highlands investment

One of three new care facilities planned by Parklands

The latest phase of a multi-million pound investment by independent care provider Parklands Group has been given the green light. Plans for a £6.5 million care hub for older people in Inverness, one of three new Highland care homes planned or already under construction, have been approved by the Highland Council.

The largest single investment by Parklands, the Inverness facility will be built in two phases, the first consisting of a two-storey care home featuring 48 bedrooms, a café, hairdresser and eight day rooms. The second phase will offer 16 assisted living suites, with three day rooms, and will be linked to the care wing on both ground and first floor levels. The site will include landscaped gardens, 42 parking spaces and sheltered cycle racks.

Borough Care Providing Person Centred Dementia Support

Borough Care logo

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, with World Alzheimer’s Day falling on 21 September each year.  September 2018 marks the 7th World Alzheimer’s Month, which is an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.  It is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, has over 20 years of experience supporting people with dementia.  Nine of Borough Care’s eleven homes are specialist dementia care homes.

Golden wedding anniversary for Chester-le-Street couple

Golden wedding anniversary for Chester-le-Street couple

CHAMPAGNE corks were flying at a Chester-le-Street care home in celebration of a resident’s golden wedding anniversary. 

Pelton Grange Care Home resident Dennis Fullerton and his wife Margaret were surprised by staff when they returned from an anniversary lunch to banners and flowers.

Staff also presented Margaret with a bouquet and Dennis with a bottle of whisky – before offering the happy couple glasses of bubbly to toast their 50 years together.

The pair married in September 1968 at Byermoor, near Stanley, County Durham, spending their wedding night in London and honeymoon in Austria.

Dennis was a uniform inspector for the Northumbria Police, before retiring and eventually moving into Pelton Grange Care Home in March 2017.

Bum bag brigade helping care home residents

Bum bag brigade helping care home residents

A BUM bag brigade is marching around a Northumberland care home helping residents with dementia feel calmer and more sociable.

Staff at The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, have taken to wearing the 90s fashion accessory filled with items to help the residents reminisce. 

Each bag has a set of vintage playing cards with different pictures, including animals, flowers and Christmas icons. They also carry two small pots of fragranced oils, such as coconut, chocolate, candy floss and toasted marshmallows.

As care staff conduct their daily duties, they can stop and show residents a card or offer a fragrance, which has been particularly beneficial for those living with dementia.

Essential Healthcare Solutions get tough on cross infection prevention with Miele

Essential Healthcare Solutions get tough on cross infection prevention with Miele

Eradicating potentially harmful bugs such as C.diff, MRSA and Norovirus is just one of the tasks Essential Healthcare Solutions performs daily. As a specialist provider in medical equipment and service, the Yorkshire-based organisation supplies, decontaminates and services Dynamic Air Mattresses for the NHS and care homes throughout the UK. 

The mattresses are specifically designed for the needs of hospital patients and care home residents, to alleviate areas of pressure and provide comfort for those who spend long periods of time in bed. When the mattress is no longer required by a patient, it is returned to Essential for specialist cleaning, decontamination, servicing or repair.

Makaton Choir Appeals For New Platforms

Makaton Choir

A Shrewsbury-based choir whose performances focus on signing rather than singing is appealing for an invitation to perform in front of a new audience in the region.   Kim Walshaw, a qualified Makaton trainer who works as locality manager for care-provider Regard and has launched a signing choir for colleagues and the people they support, said: “You only have to watch our choir to see how much the members love what they are doing, and their performances spread such joy.  

“We’d love people to contact us with suggestions for inclusive local events where they would like us to perform.” 

The Firefly Club independent living suites open in Hampshire

The Firefly Club - bedroom and lounge area

Omega Elifar, a UK leader in long-term care accommodation, has opened The Firefly Club – an innovative residential care development in Bordon, Hampshire. The property comprises 10 independent living suites alongside eight full-care suites and a large activity suite, and is designed to deliver a unique assisted living experience guided solely by each resident’s needs – with an industry-leading provision of high staffing ratios.

Borough Care Supporting Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Borough Care Supporting Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, is supporting the Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September.

Each of Borough Care’s eleven homes will be hosting a coffee morning for residents, their families, healthcare professionals and staff.  Staff at Borough Care’s head office will also be getting in on the act by bringing in cakes for their own fundraising coffee money.  All the money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Care home gets keener fuel price by going greener 

Care home gets keener fuel price by going greener 

The Government’s Clean Growth strategy may seem like bad news for off-grid rural care homes as they face phasing out heating oil in favour of lower carbon fuels.

The sector is already being squeezed by rising costs and local authority spending cuts – but a care home in the Cotswolds has shown the way to go greener and save money at the same time, working with LPG supplier AvantiGas.