Guide to care and support in Cornwall

Guide to care and support in Cornwall – a crucial time for independent information

A new, updated, independent care services directory has been published today which gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Cornwall.

With the Government recently postponing plans to cap the costs of social care, it’s never been more important to have impartial information to guide you through choosing and paying for care and support. The directory helps readers to understand their options, highlights where to go for advice and gives information on how the paying for care system works.

With no cap on care costs at present, this information is invaluable to help navigate the system.

Network Learning Centres ‘Investing in your future’

Network Learning Centres UK Ltd is a private training provider, delivering private and government funded accredited programmes nationally to candidates of all ages. Established since 2008, we are one of the largest and most successful training providers in the UK, specialising in the Care sector.

We use innovative methods to deliver the highest level of learning possible, with fully qualified & experienced Assessors visiting each candidate every 6 weeks offering information, advice & guidance throughout the duration of the program. In 2014 we gained the Matrix Accreditation, meaning we deliver Information, Advice & Guidance in line with the high standards of Matrix, and Graded ‘Good - Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2014 as part of a consortium competent visit.

Guest Blog: Managing the Physical Demands of Old Age

By Andrew Atkinson on behalf of MobilitySmart

As any formal or informal carer will know, old age brings physical demands. Many of the things that we learn during our childhood and take for granted through our younger adult years can again become a burden as we age. Growing older can bring mobility difficulties and other physical demands that have the potential to become undignified, unless they’re properly managed by those that are providing care and support.

Mobility Struggles

Denying nurses entry into the UK is putting 'patient safety at risk'

NHS Employers warns that immigration rules are compromising patient safety, cost controls and leaving a shortage of nurses and doctors at a crucial time.

Around 1000 nurses from outside of the European Union have been rejected to date by the Home Office with a further 1000 nurses expected to apply to work in the UK in the next 6 months.

New online tool to help staff achieve care industry standards

National training provider, Age UK Training, has introduced a new learning solution in response to the recent changes in care industry standards and the introduction of the Care Certificate in April this year. The online tool supports workers in the care sector by offering them an easy-to-use, web-based assessment and evidence monitoring system.

Age UK Training has developed the online tool in response to a number of enquiries from the care sector and those whose work involves direct contact with older people. The solution is designed to enable care workers to meet the new standards set out in the Care Certificate - which aims to ensure the workforce provides care that is always compassionate and dignified.

NACC Training & Development Forum 2015 for the care catering sector

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Training & Development Forum 2015 aims to engage, educate and energise the care catering sector when it returns to the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, on 30 September – 2 October.

The two-day event guarantees to engage, energise and entertain delegates, whilst sharing the latest innovations, ideas, guidelines and advice to boost their business’ catering provision.

Open Letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer on National Living Wage 

Five of the largest care home operators are urging the government to provide more support to help the care sector meet the increased costs of implementing The National Living Wage.

Four Seasons Health Care, Bupa, HC-One, Care UK and Barchester said the measures announced in the Budget would cost the care sector £1bn by 2020.

The big five point out that staffing accounts for 60% of the cost of care.

They have sent a letter to the Chancellor George Osborne to raise their concerns.

The UK Homecare Association made a similar warning last month.

Blue Stream Academy

Blue Stream Academy is the UK’s leading provider of eLearning to GP Practices. We offer highly effective online training systems to suit the needs of Nursing and Residential Care Homes, Dental Practices and GP Practices.

With over 45 modules available covering more than 250 topics all of which are RCGP and CPD accredited, we aim to ensure CQC compliance and reduce costs for our customers, each module can work out at as little as 0.99 pence per person per module.

Some of the available modules are:

Being Open
Deprivation of Liberty
Fire Safety
Infection Control Clinical/Non Clinical
Legionnaire’s Disease
Mental Capacity Act
Nutrition and Hydration
Privacy and Dignity
Safeguarding Adults
Safeguarding Children Levels 1, 2 and 3

HIV guidance to address knowledge gap in care sector

NAT (National AIDS Trust) has developed new guidance for care workers on how to support older people living with HIV.

There is an increasingly ageing demographic of people living with HIV. A decade ago one-in-eight people with the virus were over 50, this is now one-in-four.

As people with HIV age they face an uncertain future. The full impact of HIV on ageing are still unknown, as are the long-term side effects of medication. What is known is that HIV stigma and discrimination is an unfortunate reality for many people living with HIV and this is often experienced within a healthcare setting. This can be further compounded by racism or homophobic attitudes, as the communities most affected by HIV are gay men and black Africans.


Dementia and dysphagia – SLTs have a vital role

It is important that people affected by dysphagia, difficulty in swallowing, receive professional support as soon as possible.

Patients following a stroke, those who have motor neurone disease, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, and people with dementia, can experience swallowing difficulties, as well as other symptoms.

Dysphagia can vary in its severity. When mild, people report a feeling of food taking longer to pass through the oesophagus. This can be painless and liquids may well cause no problem.

When severe, it can mean both solids and liquids do not pass at all down the oesophagus.

Three additional SCIE videos to support caring with dignity

Research shows that there are eight main factors which contribute to providing dignity with care. Each of these dignity factors contribute to a person’s sense of self respect, and they should all be included while caring for someone. The SCIE recently launched three more videos about dignity.

SCIE had already produced films on five of these factors previously, which focus on choice and control, communication, eating and nutritional care, privacy and social inclusion.

Carers can watch all of the films, including the new ones, on Social Care TV. The films show a number of innovative ways to contribute to caring with dignity while being sensitive towards personal hygiene, change management and practical assistance.

Personal hygiene

Marc Block - entertainer

Working in the East Midlands, I sing in care homes, accompanying myself with acoustic guitar, Irish bouzouki and harmonicas. I don't use amplification or backing tracks, it's all unplugged and live. I have a large and varied repertoire of popular songs, mostly from the 50s and 60s, lively foot-tapping sing-along songs and gentler ones for each occasion. I can often do requests too, and if I don't know them I'll learn requested songs for return bookings. Call me on 07745175515 to discuss your booking.