University of Bolton celebrates first non-commissioned nursing programme in England


The first nurses in England to complete self-funded studies celebrate as they approach graduation from the University of Bolton. The non-commissioned pre-registration course was developed in addition to Health Education England’s commissioned students and ensures local talent ‘stays local’, supporting nearby healthcare initiatives.


Eleven student nurses, who this week are approaching the end of their three-year self-funded studies, are celebrating their achievements at the University of Bolton before graduating and taking their places in hospitals across the North West later this year.


A new ‘game changing’ approach to assessing staff in care homes

A new ‘game changing’ approach to assessing staff in care homes

Standards in care homes have been scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since 2015 when the regulator revealed that 18,000 care homes in England ‘required improvement,’ whilst 7% were considered inadequate

Whilst the CQC reported in May that three quarters of care homes originally ratedinadequate have improved following re-inspection - providing consistent person-centred care is an on-going challenge. 

One care home provider addressing this is Belong. Belong rolled out a new approach to assessing its carers last year. Working in partnership with Cognisco, it developed a ‘Dementia*Care assessment’, a unique assessment that measures and evidences the competence and competence of carers in all aspects of their work. 

Delayed Care Fees Cap ‘Will Cost UK Families Thousands of Pounds’

The government’s delayed care fees cap, which was due to be enforced in April 2016 and has been postponed to April 2020, will mean that the average person in residential care with nursing will lose out on thousands of pounds of financial assistance during the next four years.

Research from JMW Solicitors found that somebody who begins paying for residential care with nursing in 2016 will have passed the £72,000 lifetime care fees cap by the time it is introduced in 2020, exceeding the cap by over £60,000 in certain parts of England.

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”.

Care England, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society

Care England, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, is conducting research into GP care for care home residents living with dementia. They would like care home providers and managers to complete a short survey exploring how the health service meets the physical and mental health needs of people with dementia living in care homes, how GP practices provide primary care services to care homes and if GP practices charge care homes for these services.

We wondered if you might put this information, and an invitation to participate, into your next edition? This would greatly aid our information-gathering and strengthen the impact of the research. The research period will draw to a close in early-mid February.

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Guide to care and support in Kent

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

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

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. This new 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.