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Volunteers in hospitals play a vital role in improving the experience of patients and relieving pressure on frontline staff, according to a new report from The King’s Fund. 

The report, commissioned by Royal Voluntary Service and Helpforce, is based on a survey of nearly 300 hospital staff in England including nurses, doctors and support staff – the first time that NHS frontline staff have been surveyed for their views about volunteers.  

 

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Sara Livadeas from The Fremantle Trust

Sara Livadeas has been appointed Chief Executive at The Fremantle Trust, a registered charity and not for profit organisation providing care and support services for older people and adults with a learning disability. She will take up her position on 23rd January 2019.  

Sara has extensive experience working across social care, health and housing and has held executive roles in a large local authority and a national charity.

Sara started her career in health and social care with a range of posts in commissioning, operational management, strategy and service development.  She is currently consulting, having previously been the Strategy Director for the Orders of St John Care Trust, leading on the care home development programme. Before that she was the Deputy Director, Adult Social Care with Oxfordshire County Council, leading on the commissioning of services for all age adults and children.

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Hospice exterior

A HOSPICE is on course to open a £500,000 satellite unit that will create 15 jobs and provide vital end-of-life care for patients in isolated areas of north west Wales.

St David's Hospice plans to unveil the new four-bed inpatient complex in 2019, with building work set to start next April at a converted ward at Penrhos Stanley Community Hospital, Holyhead.

The opening will mark a year since the Llandudno facility was merged with Hospice at Home to form one charity covering Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.

 

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Etac R82 team at BHTA Awards 

Etac R82 has achieved success at the annual British Healthcare Trades Association Awards – winning a 'Highly Commended' Best Product accolade for its paediatric R82 Meerkat dynamic stander.

A strong proposal was submitted to the BHTA Best Product category as the Meerkat has proven highly successful since its 2017 launch. It is a fully adjustable, ergonomic simple stander that offers posterior and anterior support with the option to add a rocker under the base. This rocker provides a dynamic element for disabled children, so they can move forwards and backwards – challenging their balance and improving core stability. Following eight years of research and development by R82, the Meerkat now delivers a significant development in paediatric standing frames as it bridges the gap between static and dynamic therapy.

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Care Home Celebrates Outstanding Report From CQC

Staff at a Plymouth residential care home are celebrating after the service was given the Care Quality Commission’s highest rating following a recent inspection. After its previous CQC inspection in January 2016, Restormel House was given an overall rating of good. But following its latest inspection, in September this year, it has been upgraded to outstanding.

Carla Dearing, who has been manager of the service for four-and-a-halfyears, said: “I’m so pleased that the hard work, commitment and passion demonstrated by the staff here has been rewarded with the CQC’s highest rating.

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Hillgreen Care Limited fined £300,000 - for not monitoring ‘sexual predator'

A care home provider has been fined £300,000 for allowing a man in its care with a history of sexual assaults the freedom to prey on vulnerable people.
The Care Quality Commission brought the case against Hillgreen Care Limited for not providing the constant, one-to-one supervision required for the man, who was described in court as XX. 
CQC prosecuted Hillgreen Care Limited for failing in its duty to protect people in its care, exposing them to the risk of sexual abuse. District Judge Susan Williams also awarded CQC £141,000 in costs. The judge ruled that residents at the care home must not be identified.

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Gary becomes a Telephone Friend for those feeling lonely 

A care provider based in the Ribble Valley has been in touch with his first The Silver Line ‘telephone friend’, after volunteering with the helpline in a bid to help combat loneliness. 

Gary Derbyshire, partner at Promedica24, wanted to do more for The Silver Line after it was chosen as the live in care provider’s charity of the year.

The Silver Line provides information, friendship and advice to people aged 55 and over, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 

Gary, after completing his The Silver Line training and becoming a Telephone Friend, has recently made his first phone calls and said it is “one of the very best things” he has ever done. 

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Woman zipping across the Tyne for charity and residents

DAREDEVIL care home staff flew across the Tyne on a zipwire to raise funds for residents and charity.

Over £1,000 was raised by staff from The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, Northumberland, after they launched themselves off the Tyne Bridge.

The home’s carers and support staff jumped from the bridge’s balustrades before zipping across the river on a cold autumn day.

The team included care assistants Samantha Porter and Linda Palmer, senior carer Sarah Geggie, care assistant Jessica Maxwell, maintenance man Chris Sogorski, senior carer Paige Gallagher, activities coordinator Natalie Brimelow, and care assistant Sarah Ferrow.

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Chocolate Treats Given To Care Staff

Care sector staff who told Investors in People inspectors how much they ‘love coming to work’ have even more reason to be happy after being rewarded by their employers – with chocolate!

Comments from staff were instrumental in the Regard Group, the UK’s third largest private care provider in its sector, retaining the coveted Investors in People Gold status.

Staff across the whole organisation were randomly selected for interview by the inspector and encouraged to be open and frank about their views on how they felt Regard meets the Investors in People standard.

Less than half of organisations nationwide succeed in retaining the Gold status when they are reassessed.

To celebrate, everyone who works for Regard received a golden envelope with ‘Gold’ chocolates.

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Staff dressed up for elf day

ELVES were running around a Tyneside care home spreading Christmas cheer and raising funds for the fight against dementia. Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, near Newcastle, took part in The Alzheimer’s Society’s annual Elf Day.

Staff and residents’ family members all dressed as Santa’s helpers for the day.

The residents enjoyed watching Elf, among other Christmas movies, singing carols, playing a Name The Elf game and tucking into a selection of cakes.

Lynda Jones, daughter of resident Joan Welsh, baked pumpkin cake and iced lime cake for the occasion.

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Huddersfield Giants teens entertaining care home residents

BINGO brought teenagers and elderly care home residents together in Huddersfield. National Citizenship Service (NCS) students from the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust have been paying regular visits to Aden Court Care Home.

The 15-to-17-year-olds organised a bingo night with nibbles and drinks, as well as a games afternoon, quiz and arts and crafts sessions.

Pairing up with the home’s residents, the students helped create gift tags and decorations for Christmas.

Resident Jean Heapworth teamed up with volunteer Cameron Parks. She said: “No matter how old you get or how long your husband has been gone you always miss male conversation. Cameron has made my day.”

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Exemplar Health Care residents Christmas cards

As the countdown to Christmas begins, care home provider Exemplar Health Care have revealed how they are working to make this Christmas special for their residents.

Providing care for adults with complex needs, Exemplar homes and services are tailored to the needs of the individuals in their care. With the aim to make every day better, it’s no surprise that there is a great deal of activity and enthusiasm about the Christmas season.

Supporting independence is at the core of care plans and this year Exemplar have worked with their Service User Council to develop a Christmas card competition. Residents across the care homes have been involved in designing cards to be sold from their home with regional winners announced.

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Abbotswood Court Staff At Their Coffee Morning

Abbotswood Court, a luxury care home in Romsey, Hampshire, hosted a carers’ coffee morning on November 29, to mark Carers Rights Day 2018 (November 30), with expert speakers.

Some 20 carers attended a special information event organised by Abbotswood Court care home in Romsey, marking Carers Rights Day 2018.

The coffee morning, which was open to carers from the Abbotswood Court family and the wider community, saw staff at the home and expert speakers, from Hampshire County Council, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Unity Volunteering, sharing information and tips to help carers understand their rights and how to access the vital support they are entitled to.

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Bluebird care at Charity inaugural ball

Local provider of at home and live in care, Bluebird Care, were headline sponsored of a charity’s ball, where all proceeds go to fighting chest, heart and stroke conditions.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) put on a night to remember at their first ever St Andrew’s Ball at The Hub set on the historic Royal Mile.

In true Scottish fashion guests were piped in to celebrate a night of fine-dining, ceilidh dancing and supporting the charity’s vital work of helping people in Scotland rebuild their lives after diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke.

 

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Father Christmas with his elf

FATHER Christmas made an appearance at a Chester-le-Street care home’s festive fayre – helping to raise over £1,000 for residents.

The event at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, attracted dozens of visitors, including family and friends of residents and staff.

Santa’s grotto, jewellery and bric-a-brac stalls, homemade Christmas cards, cakes and hotdogs all helped raise £1,016.

The money will be added to the residents’ fund, which helps pay for events, activities and outings throughout the year.

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