Healthcare Management

MRSA: still a threat?

MRSA: still a threat?

Superbugs, which are resistant to many antibiotics, have had a high media profile for at least the last 10 years. In the UK, they became a political issue too. In the run-up to the 2005 general election, the management of superbug MRSA – a specific strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium – was a key policy battleground, following alarming headlines about epidemic-level rates and closed hospital wards.


Top tips to avoid falls and boost confidence

Norman Niven, chief executive of

As many as three adults over the age of 65 have a serious fall every year, and around 70% of those fear falling again, according to health and care technology experts

When someone takes a nasty fall it can have a huge psychological impact, as well as a physical one, but there are steps you can take to restore the confidence of your residents and reduce the risk of them falling again. 

Chief executive of Norman Niven has a wealth of advice for people looking at ways to help make a difference. Norman Niven, chief executive of

Care Plan Example Booklet

Care Plan Example Booklet

Our new Care Plan Example Booklet contains all of our forms including the initial assessment (support plan), care plans, associated assessment tools and other ‘day to day’ forms to accompany the care plans such as Food Charts, Body Maps and Stool Charts.

The comprehensive 70 page booklet demonstrates how to use our care planning system and how they look filled in. A ‘must have‘, for all care homes concerned with excellent, robust and person centred care planning.

It goes through a serviced user’s pre-assessment and admission to the care home, how they should be assessed and included in their decisions about day to day support required. It looks at mental capacity issues with various examples of when mental capacity assessments should be done.

Care sector welcomes "best ever" CQC compliance tool

A new self evaluation tool has been developed to help care providers gauge their CQC (Care Quality Commission) grading. brian-donnelly-with-the-icops-system.jpg

iCOPS has been created by regulator and certification body for assistive technology services, CECOPS, and aims to help providers move away from relying on paper-based systems when preparing for inspections or monitoring improvement. 

The cloud-based system allows staff members to evaluate their team against official CQC standards, find out where they're falling short, collect evidence of compliance and set steps for improvement. 

Omnicell launches OMNICELL EMAR to improve Medication Management

Almost 70% of care home residents have experienced at least one error in their medication regime (1). Omnicell UK & Ireland, a leading provider of medication adherence packaging and automated healthcare solutions, has launched a new automated medication management system that will help tackle this serious issue by reducing the risks associated with using a paper medication administration record (MAR) sheet in a managed care home.

How a degree could boost your career in care

Do you work in healthcare and want to progress to a management role? Have you considered training to take your career in health and social care to the next level, but think you don’t have the time? If so, a degree course from Arden University could provide an ideal solution.  Arden’s BA (Hons) in Healthcare Management: The course is a full-time degree, with part-time hours. Teaching is compressed into two- threefull days, to help students fit study around work, family, and other life commitments. 

How and where is it taught?

Care Home Management - Hoists and Lifting


For an older person or someone living with complex physical disabilities, accepting care and support with day-to-day activities can be challenging – not least because when your mobility becomes limited and you’re faced with the loss of your sense of independence you may feel confused, fearful, guilty or even angry. Care may come from a variety of places, from relatives and friends to care assistants, and the equipment could soon include a wheelchair, stairlifts, access ramps, lifts and hoists.  

Could a Medical Secretary role in the NHS be the challenge you’re looking for?

The role of Medical Secretary in the NHS is a challenging and varied one. Medical Secretaries work across all areas of the NHS, from hospitals to head offices and everything inbetween. The role holds a lot of responsibility and requires close work with health professionals and the general public. 

Medical Secretaries can be safe in the knowledge that their role contributes to people's well-being. There is a good standard of progression available throughout the NHS, from moving to bigger practices with more responsibility, to applying for the role of senior Medical Secretary. Many Medical Secretaries can also move to other areas of the NHS, such as finance or HR.