Budget Cuts and Lack Of Cooperation Make Care Act ‘Less Effective’

Legal Experts Examine Success Of ‘Biggest Change To Adult Social Care In 20 Years’ A year after it was introduced, public law specialists at Irwin Mitchell <>  have said that budget cuts and a lack of compliance from local authorities are making The Care Act less effective than hoped. When it was brought in last April, the Care Act 2014 was billed as the biggest change to adult social care for more than 20 years, which aimed to give disabled adults and their carers a greater understanding of their rights.

The NACC names the national finalists for Care Cook of the Year 2016

NACC Care Cook of the Year 2016

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has named the 12 talented chefs that are to compete for the title in the national final of the NACC Care Cook of the Year 2016 competition. Each finalist showcased their exceptional knowledge, talent and flair in the specific field of care catering throughout the regional heats to impress the judges and secure their place in the final line up. They will compete for the coveted title of NACC Care Cook of the Year 2016 on Wednesday 8 June at Barking & Dagenham College’s Technical Skills Academy.

The 2016 NACC Care Cook of the Year National Finalists are:

Scottish Region:

·       John Grover – Ivybank House Care Home, Polmont, Falkirk

Reposa® Synergy: Alpine HC’s new Hybrid Air-Static Pressure Mattress

Introducing the Reposa® Synergy, an innovative hybrid mattress system designed to take pressure relief to the next level. This revolutionary non-powered mattress is the very art of synergy; merging exceptional comfort through specialist foams, with effective pressure distribution by integrated air-foam cells to produce a premium pressure relieving experience.Users enjoy the comfort of a static mattress whilst benefitting from the advanced pressure relief that an alternating pressure mattress provides.

Survey shows Healthcare professionals work one month a year of unpaid overtime

Working 9 to 5… The average Brit works for free from the 14th September each year! Overtime Calculator reveals how much work you actually do for free… You go to work every day, and you get paid for the work that you do there. Or so everyone assumes. Imagine being told that you were actually giving your employers a month, or more, of free work every year, that they didn’t pay you for – you’d be furious, right? Well, it happens more often than you realise. Staying for a few extra minutes after home time to prep tomorrow’s task list, working through lunch because you want to get that crucial report done… we’ve all done it.

Cartref Y Borth Nursing Home receives a top 20 ranking in national awards


Residents and staff at Cartref Y Borth Nursing Home in Conwy are celebrating after the home received a top ranking as part of the annual Top 20 Care Home Awards. The Awards recognise care homes across the UK which have received top recommendations from residents, their family members and friends. Cartref Y Borth has been announced as one of the most highly recommended nursing homes in Wales, after receiving an average Recommendation Score of 9.7 out of 10.


In the wake of this year’s Nutrition and Hydration Week, Roz Witney, Nutritionist at Dine Contract Catering, shares her advice on how to ensure residents receive the hydration they need to remain as healthy as possible … “With recent research suggesting that one in five older people living in care homes has dehydration, this year’s Nutrition and Hydration Week was a timely opportunity to raise awareness and improve understanding of the importance of good hydration – and the role that both food and drink can play in this.

Should You Keep Your Elder Relative Home After a Dementia Diagnosis?

If you have an elder relative that was diagnosed with dementia, it may seem like acting fast to move him or her into a professional care facility is the best option. After all, you want to ensure their safety. However, moving anyone into a nursing home or assisted living facility is a big change that can cause feelings of anxiety. Depending on the details of your loved one’s case, it may be a better idea to keep your elder relative in their home and offer support.

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Alessandro Caruso Architecture and Interiors

At Alessandro Caruso Architecture and Interiors (ACA+I) we believe in a total design inspired by our Italian heritage. Our use of colour, natural materials and light – considering internal and external factors – creates healthier and happier experiences for patients and staff. Since its formation, the Practice has rapidly developed a reputation as “Partner of Choice” for a number of Health and Social Care Organisations. We provide sustainable design solutions combining unique, Italian, creative design with a prompt response and a dedicated, specialist knowledge, which adds value to any project.


Residents at a care home in Bellshill put their creative hats on and went head to head this week when they took part in an Easter bonnet competition.

Staff at Bupa’s Hatton Lea care home hosted the competition, encouraging the residents to get crafty and design their own unique headwear to be worn this coming Easter Sunday.

Judges MSP Richard Lyle, local councillor Marina Lyle and Ray Mitchell MBE were on hand to announce

Safe cold chain medicine management

How your pharmacy fridge can assist with compliance, safety and cost

In the Care Quality Commission’s recently published The state of health care and adult social care 2014/15, the CQC remarked that their biggest concern was the safety of services in social care, yet this was the key question for which providers were most likely to get an inadequate rating. One of the safety failings most frequently seen by CQC inspectors was medicine management. The CQC often found in residential care that ‘medicines are not administered properly, and some are out of date and not stored properly’.

Webroster launch Two-Way Messaging for their remote worker app Bee

Bee is an easy to use app designed for field based staff, giving them quick and easy access to all the information they need for their daily visits or bookings. The app works alongside the online workforce management software and is available for both Android and iPhones. Bee gives workers access to their daily and weekly roster, with changes and updates communicated in real time cutting down on administration and phone calls to staff in the field.

Sunrise Senior Living of Southbourne Receives ‘Outstanding’ Rating by the Care Quality Commission

Sunrise Senior Living of Southbourne has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care services in England. Just 1% of care homes have received this rating so far.

The rating has been announced following an inspection in October 2015, and the report detailed how Sunrise of Southbourne “…benchmarks good practice, shares learning, and makes changes for continual improvement”.

Orders Of St John Care Trust Invests Over £1 Million In Dementia Refurbishments As Part Of Trust-Wide Strategy

A leading UK care provider has invested over £1 million towards enhancing the dementia care and facilities at two of its homes.

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), one of the UK’s largest not for profit care providers, is midway through a refurbishment project at Coombe End Court in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and has officially announced a £795,000 refurbishment project at The Polars, Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.

The Poplars, which currently houses nearly 40 older people from Lincolnshire, is set to undergo an extensive renovation project that will see the number of dementia beds increased to meet a growing demand for additional specialist care within the local area.