Patient Handling

Less than half of care home staff say they have bariatric facilities to look after obese residents

One in 10 care home staff have had to turn down obese residents due to lack of bariatric facilities
 
With one in four British adults now obese in older age, new figures from carehome.co.uk, the leading care home reviews website, reveal that only 39% of care home staff say they have the bariatric facilities to look after obese residents, with one in 10 care home staff (13%) having to turn them away due to lack of these services.
 
The figures have been sourced from a survey completed by care home owners, managers and staff as part of the carehome.co.uk Summer Survey, and the term ‘bariatric’ relates to people who weigh more than 25 stone.
 
Davina Ludlow, Chair of carehome.co.uk, said:
 

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.

New framework puts people at the heart of health and social care

New framework puts people at the heart of health and social care

A new framework that aims to support a patient-centred approach for health and social care has been announced today. 

This approach, outlined in the Five Year Forward View, puts people, families and communities at the heart of health, care and wellbeing. It encourages people to speak with staff about what is important to them, helping to develop a shared understanding of what matters to them.

5 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

 5 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

If you feel like your mobility is limiting your quality of life, a mobility scooter could be ideal for you. Life should be about getting out and living, not being stuck at home or relying on lifts! Scooters can help make life simpler, there’s a wide range of models available with different features for different needs.

Keep on reading to learn about 5 of the many benefits of owning a mobility scooter.

 

Feeling of independence

Calls made for stricter guidelines around cancer care after nurses reveal shocking symptoms

MindMetre's Paul Lindsell talks of shocking find

An independent research organisation is calling for more rigorous guidelines around the administration of cytotocix drugs following an alarming discovery in the the healthcare sector. 

The recent study from MindMetre has revealed that chemotherapy nurses are at risk from exposure to hazardous drugs, with some reporting significant symptoms as a result of their work, including hair loss and an unusually high rate of miscarriage. 

In addition to investigating claims about the effects, the Mindmetre report also considers whether the measurement and monitoring of exposure levels is sufficiently rigorous. 

Oakdale Care Group Appoints New Manager for First Care Home

Oakdale Care Group, the newly formed business backed by LNT’s Turn of Key “Plus” package has appointed a new manager for its first care home, Kingfisher Court at Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Paul Quirk is an experienced care, hospitality and services manager with several awards and has previously worked with Avery Healthcare and Sunrise Senior Living.  “I am delighted and excited to be working with this new innovative and growing care group” said Mr Quirk. “Commissioning a new home is the aspiration of many care home managers so I am looking forward to assembling my new team and opening Kingfisher Court in Easter”.

 

 

Rifton TRAM

 Rifton TRAM

More than a user lift system, the Rifton TRAM combines three powerful functions in one device: gait training, sit-to-stand transfers, and seated transfers.

 

The Rifton TRAM is a transfer and mobility device designed for the safety, convenience and dignity of both user and carer. Offering more utility for less cost, the TRAM seamlessly performs seated transfers and raises a user for standing and supported ambulation.

 

The Benefits:

ProMove Sling

ProMove Sling

 

Established in 2007, ProMove UK Ltd manufactures and supply’s the ProMove sling. The unique design of the ProMove sling means it can be used to move an individual in a confined or outdoor location where a hoist cannot be used.

The ProMove sling allows an individual to be moved without being manhandled and with the least risk to the operator. It has been independently tested to carry a range of different sized individuals, from children aged 3 years to large adults weighing up to 45 stone.

MediEnlist Recruitment

Do you need Nurses / Healthcare Assistants? MediEnlist recruit healthcare staff from the EU for care providers in the UK. Pay only an affordable one off fee and avoid those crippling monthly agency fees!

MediEnlist provide cost effective permanent and temporary recruitment solutions for the health and social care sector. Our health care recruitment process is far more than matching CV’s to job vacancies. MediEnlist aim to reduce the amount of time you spend sifting through CV’s. With a wealth of experience in both nursing and the health care recruitment sectors our team of dedicated professionals work together with your company to ensure the best possible candidates are put forward for your selection process.

Safer manual handling of people training

With over 900,000 working days lost in 2014 as a result of manual handling injuries, one of the biggest challenges in the caring profession is making patient handling safer for the patient and the care worker, addressing this challenge with excellent training means the risk of injury can be reduced.

The SSTAR Manual Handling of People training programme, designed to comply with Manual Handling Regulations, requires all staff involved in the handling and moving of people to be trained in accordance with current best practice. SSTAR training covers the following topics: regulations, anatomy and physiology of the spine, safe handling practice, types of handling equipment (including mobile hoist with slings) and risk assessment.