Industry shortlist honour for local care force

Industry shortlist honour for local care force

Healthcare staffing agency Local Care Force, which has offices in Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times award in Improved Patient Safety.

Local Care Force is the only agency to be shortlisted across all categories and over 200 entries, and is up against large healthcare institutions such as the NHS and Virgin Healthcare.

Created in 2004 by former healthcare professional Leanne Silverwood, Local Care Force supplies workers to the nursing, healthcare and social care sectors. The agency has 50 staff, comprised of recruiters, medical professionals and medical trainers.

Fundraisers pedal their way to victory in care home cycling challenge 

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A charity cycling event saw young footballers and elderly care home residents join forces to cover almost 200 miles on exercise bikes. 

One of the participants was 75-year-old Margaret Waggitt, a lifelong cycling enthusiast from Pelton Grange Care Home in Chester le Street. 

Margaret covered almost two miles in just one sitting and added a further three miles later on in just 15 minutes.

New care home facility set to bring 90 jobs to Edinburgh

New care home creates 90 jobs in Edinburgh

A new care home facility will bring 90 jobs to Scotland's capital when it opens its doors this winter. 

Due to open in January 2018, Cramond Residence in North West Edinburgh will be recruiting care teams comprising nurses, dementia team leaders and carers at various grades, activity coordinators, catering, housekeeping, and other support staff.

Managed exclusively by Walker Healthcare, Cramond Residence will offer the finest in person-centred nursing and residential care for older people, in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. 

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

A leading care provider celebrated a right royal occasion earlier this month when it opened its doors to a new £6.74m care facility. 

The Orders of St John Care Trust officially opened its newest home - The Lakes Care Centre - on 20 July in South Cerney, Cirencester. 

As part of the celebrations, HRH The Princess Royal visited the centre and met with residents and employees as she took a look around and found out more about the baking and reminiscence activities at the care facility. 

Princess Anne also met with Mrs Sybil Fleury, the first resident to move into The Lakes, who invited the Princess to see the spacious bedroom and en-suite wet room facilities available to residents. 

North East care home celebrates resident's 103rd birthday

Care home celebrates resident's 103rd birthday

Major celebrations are underway at a Chester-le-Street care home as one resident turns 103 years old. 

Born on the brink of WW1, Ada Dodd has lived in Great Lumley all her married life, only moving to the Pelton Grange Care Home in May 2014.

At the age of 22 she married William ‘Billy’ Dodd, and had worked in the service industry before becoming a cook at Chester Le Street Hospital.

At the outbreak of WW2 in 1939, Ada began working at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Birtley, alongside 950,000 other women around the UK employed to produce munitions for the war effort.

Our Health Heroes awards return to celebrate the UK health sector

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The UK's healthcare workforce is set to be applauded as the Our Health Heroes Awards return once again. 

Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health announced the second year of awards, which have grown to incorporate new categories including Apprentice of the Year, the Workforce Planning Team of the Year, and an Integrated Team of the Year, alongside the already established Clinicaland Operational Healthcare Support Worker of the Year awards. 

With the continued support from UNISON, new headline sponsorship from Health Education England and category sponsorship from The Open University, NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Our Health Heroes Awards will celebrate those that deliver the best in patient care and keep the NHS moving behind the scenes.

Pop-up car wash raises funds for Chesterfield care home residents


A POP UP car wash has raised over £200 for Chesterfield care home residents.

Springbank House Care Home, on Ashgate Road, organised the car wash and BBQ to raise money for the residents’ fund.

The fund helps pay for day trips and luxury items for those living at the home.

Staff and volunteers from Springbank House washed, rinsed and dried more than 20 cars, raising £210 in total.

Karen Busby, home manager, said: “We probably could have washed more cars but we ran out of time.

“We’ve already had lots of enquiries about whether we’re going to run another car wash fundraiser so we’re planning on doing it again in August.

OpenPASS film: Connecting Families

The hero piece of content is our ‘Connecting Families’ film that documents the end to end experience of openPASS, and how it connects the person in care to their families. The film features our customer Melody Care and their clients, the Macro family, demonstrating an efficient, modern method of care giving, using The PASSsystem during a care visit, and most importantly capturing the emotional peace of mind gained by the family accessing openPASS.


Leithers Play a Key Role in Festival

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Edinburgh locals have been put centre stage at the Leith Festival as a play celebrating the anniversary of one of the areas landmarks has taken inspiration from lifelong residents.


‘Muriel of Leith’, which is playing at the Constitution Bar’s Red Room this week and explores the history and changing landscape of Leith, will feature a number of quotes from tenants at three of Bield’s Leith housing developments.


Produced by Edinburgh company SpartaKi, the piece will take North Junction Street’s famous mural as the centre for a story following a Leith family and their changing background.


Providing quality experiences for care professionals

Care Roadshow Birmingham will be returning to Villa Park Stadium on 4 July following its record highest attendance last year. The exhibition brings the latest thinking, practical advice, products and services under one roof to help healthcare professionals gain access to the support and information they need in order to deliver outstanding levels of care.


The event features a range of talks from some of the most influential names in the business including CQC, National Care Association and Barchester Healthcare. Joining the line-up will be headline sponsors, Quality Compliance Systems who will be on hand to provide guidance and support as well as host their seminar ‘Adapting to the leadership challenge’.


The national event dedicated to securing the future of care returns this month on 28-29th to Excel London

Award winning Health+Care is upon us and will see over 4,000 care business owners, directors and managers gather this month on Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th for another year of inspiration, ideas and in-depth sector knowledge. 

A hard-hitting programme delivered by the highest calibre of speakers will showcase the latest innovations and expert advice to help tackle the mounting pressure on care businesses whilst providing enhanced care for patients and residents.

The Health+Care team are determined to make 2017 the most significant year for care businesses. 

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have unveiled their well-dressing at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.


More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.


The Bakewell team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition.


The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which is now a care home operated by the Hill Care Group.


Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the stunning design from the AJ Welldressing team at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Sunrise Senior Living UK Nominated For Prestigious Motivational Award

Sunrise Senior Living UK Nominated For Prestigious Motivational Award

Residents and staff at Sunrise Senior Living UK are celebrating after the care home provider was nominated for a prestigious award recognising the motivational benefits given to team members.

For the second year running, Sunrise has been put forward for the Most Motivational Benefits prize at the esteemed Employee Benefits Awards.

The award ceremony, now in its 15th year, recognises employers throughout British industry who develop innovative ways to engage and encourage their workforce. This year’s event will take place on Friday 9th June in the stunning Artillery Garden in London.


Put the spring back into your care settings

Care Roadshows are heading to Liverpool for its second stop of the year, returning to the fantastic venue of Aintree Racecourse on 9th May. The event will offer visitors the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded individuals including care home owners, managers and healthcare practitioners whilst being engrossed with the latest innovations and information from leaders within the care sector.


Newham local wins Care Home Worker of the Year in national care awards

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Following hundreds of entries from across all areas of the care community, the winner of Care Home Worker of the Year at Towergate’s Care Awards has been announced as local Newham resident Janette Neal.

The Towergate Care Awards celebrate individuals who demonstrate outstanding excellence in care, paying tribute to those people who go above and beyond to provide the best care every single day.

The Care Home Worker of the Year category recognises those people who play a pivotal role in caring for vulnerable members of society for anything from short term rehabilitation to helping preserve dignity for those in the later stages of life. Janette was selected as winner in the category in recognition of her hard work and overall commitment to the care sector.

Bakewell secures place at RHS Well Dressing Competition

Burton Closes Hall

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have been selected to participate in the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the prestigious event – the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition – when visitors will be able to vote for their favourite design.

More than 62,000 tickets have already been sold for the Show, which takes place from 7th to 11th June, when the Bakewell team’s A.J. well-dressing will be on display.

The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which now operates as a care home.

Make a date with Diabetes Professional Care 2017 – Free to Attend
15-16 November, Olympia London

Make a date with Diabetes Professional Care 2017 – Free to Attend
15-16 November, Olympia London

Diabetes Professional Care 2017 returns to London on November 15 & 16 with a world-class conference programme, new show features and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Now in its third year, the UK’s leading free to attend conference and exhibition for diabetes healthcare professionals has established a reputation as a vibrant and learning-focused forum for sharing real-world knowledge, clinical skills and expertise.

DPC2017 promises to be the biggest and best show yet, with more than 100 hours of CPD-certified content from industry’s leading practitioners. The multi-track conference will deliver an extensive programme of insightful and practical sessions on the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes.