Care & Nursing News

Childcare voucher-style scheme proposed to tackle social care crisis

social care vouchers proposal

The County Councils Network has warned that social care funding will face a £2.5bn gap by 2019-20. This problem should not surprise anybody, as forecasts over the last several years have predicted this.

There have been few practical suggestions to solve this problem, however a new salary sacrifice scheme similar to childcare vouchers has been proposed as a way to partly fund the future of adult social care. 

Currently, there is no obvious and financially viable solution to this problem despite predictions that the issue will continue to worsen. 

Hampshire care experts hold summit to facilitate better digital care

The Hampshire Care Association (HCA)

The Hampshire Care Association (HCA), the body representing care providers in the county, organised a care experts’ summit to discuss how technology can be used to provide better outcomes for service users.

Held at The Winchester Hotel, the private roundtable, Using Digital Care to Provide Better Outcomes for Service Users, was chaired by Mark Allen, Head of Strategic Commissioning at Hampshire County Council and was attended by key care sector figures who over the morning shared best practice advice on using digital care effectively and the challenges of adopting technology in the care sector, based on their extensive subject knowledge.

Your Health Group partner with Dechoker to help nurses and carers to support their residents

Dechoker Airway Clearance Device

Derbyshire based Your Health Group which encompasses Your Health Limited and ENA HomeCare Services, a Domiciliary Care agency, have become the latest high-profile provider to choose the Dechoker Airway Clearance Device.

Care teams in all ten care homes across the country which provide services including day care and residences for adults with an array of physical impairments and mental health conditions, are already undergoing a rolling programme of training. This is being delivered by Your Health’s own support team who have received additional instruction from Dechoker.

Teesside care home throws party for NHS 70th anniversary

NHS Foundation Trust

A NURSING veteran was among those celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS at a special event in Stockton-on-Tees.

87-year-old Sheila Bradley was joined by members of Teesside’s health services for the celebration at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane.

Sheila was an NHS mental health nurse for over 30 years, having trained at Newcastle University and worked at North Tees Hospital.

Now living at The Beeches, she presented goodie bags as a thank you gift to members of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust district nursing team, community matrons, GPs and dentists.

The bags contained wine, chocolates, face masks, notepads and pens as well as a personal thank you card to each of the attendees.

CQC publishes its review of how local health and social care systems work together in Northamptonshire

CQC Publish new findings

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its findings following a review of health and social care services in Northamptonshire.

This report is one of 20 targeted local system reviews looking specifically at how older people move through the health and social care system, with a focus on how services work together. The reviews look at how hospitals, community health services, GP practices, care homes and homecare agencies work together to provide seamless care for people aged 65 and over living in a local area.

During the review carried out in April 2018, CQC sought feedback from a range of people involved in shaping and leading the system, those responsible for directly delivering care as well as people who use services, their families and carers. 

Busy Bees first to launch NHS-approved menu

Busy Bees

As part of celebrations to mark 70 years of the NHS, Busy Bees, the leading childcare provider in the UK, has launched a new summer menu which achieves NHS Startwell accreditation.

The voluntary accreditation provides guidelines for nursery settings to ensure the meals they prepare have the right nutritional balance pre-school children need for healthy and happy early years.

Busy Bees is the first nursery group to achieve the NHS Startwell menu accreditation, which also meets Public Health England Early Years guidance.

The official launch of the new menus took place on the NHS’s 70th birthday (Thursday 5 July) in Busy Bees at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital nursery, which is one of Busy Bees’ 351 settings that care for more than 35,000 children in the UK.

Family farm raises hundreds for Teesside care home residents

Ingleby Care Home

PIZZA, pints and prosecco have helped raise hundreds of pounds for Teesside care home residents.

A fundraising event was held at Lowfields Farm, near Stainton, for residents at Ingleby Care Home, Ingleby Barwick.

Pints of cider and lager, prosecco and soft drinks, a cake sale, pizzas, blow-up gladiator and sumo activities and a bouncy castle generated £621 in donations.

The farm is owned by the granddaughter of one of the home’s residents, Joyce Marsay.

Jayne Kendall threw the event after being impressed with the improvements in her grandmother’s mobility and sociability since moving into the care home.

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

A large-scale project led by senior nurses to improve the health of care home residents in Calderdale, Yorkshire has reduced emergency admissions by 33 per cent with the help of technology-enabled care. Analysis1 commissioned by Tunstall, has indicated this type of care model could release £1 billion NHS capacity if deployed on a national scale.

Compton Care appoints BAM to build £2.5m Care Coordination Centre

Care Coordination Centre plans

Wolverhampton-based charity Compton Care has today named BAM Construction as the company that will build its much-anticipated Care Coordination Centre. 

The Centre, which is being funded in majority by a donation from former members of the Unite Union Goodyear Wolverhampton branch, will allow the charity to effectively coordinate its services from one central point in order to create a more responsive service for people living with complex and incurable conditions.

BAM was selected as the successful company from a series of applications submitted through the ProCure22 (P22) –a Construction Procurement Framework for the Public Sector. 

Anyone for tennis? Homes at Castle View Windsor include sporting bonus as new show apartments are revealed

Castle View retirement village

Active retirees wanting an urban lifestyle and great transport links can now view the newly launched show apartments at Castle View retirement village in Windsor which come with the added bonus of a lifetime membership to Windsor Lawn Tennis club, right next door to the development.

Residents will be able to jet of Heathrow just 20 minutes away, while London can be reached in about 35 minutes on the train.  Offering additional excellent facilities, Windsor town centre is just a mile away, while the M4 can be reached in just two miles.

The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The beach was brought to The Beeches when the care home’s staff threw a summer BBQ for residents.

The Stockton-on-Tees based home created an indoor seaside with a paddling pool and sand pit for those unable to travel to the coast.

There was also entertainment from Michaela Marshall from Musical Memories, which specialises in providing costumed, interactive shows for care homes.

Michaela performed beach themed 1950s and 60s classics, including “Rum and Coca Cola”, “We’re All Going On a Summer Holiday”, and “Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside”.

Volunteer and friend of The Beeches Care Home, Ruth Atkinson served up burgers and sausages from the BBQ, as everyone enjoyed the summer sun.

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

A dementia nurse consultant from Perth-based care home company, Balhousie Care Group, has celebrated winning an award for leadership with the Mother of Dragons herself, Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Yvonne Manson scooped a national nursing award for her innovative work in dementia practices at the prestigious RCNi Awards in London last night which celebrate excellence in nursing care throughout the UK.

Harvest Healthcare

Harvest Healthcare

At Harvest Healthcare, we help Care Homes by being part of a solution to their problems. Through working with Care Home groups, we have identified some key problems such as; price pressure, compliance, attracting and retaining staff, rising costs, improving clinical outcomes and occupancy rates. We believe that our ‘3 C’ approach, focusing on compliance, costs and care can help to solve these problems.


We offer services to make sure you are complaint with legal standards.

 LOLER and PUWER testing make sure equipment is safe to use and complies with bed rail regulations. 

Help you to comply with the Care Quality Commission’s Key Lines of Enquiry.

Planned preventative maintenance optimises safe and reliable operation