'NHS funding gap is preventing an integrated health and social care service'

health and social care Tim Barclay

Tim Barclay, CEO of Appello, talks to Care & Nursing Essentials about why the Government needs to follow through with promises to integrate health and social care.

"With a wider remit, and a new job title following the latest cabinet reshuffle, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt has the unenviable task of finding funds to plug large holes in both the NHS and social care budgets. While we do not yet know how the newly formed Department of Health and Social Care will arrange its funding pools, but there is no doubt that he will need to find a significant amount of funding to relieve current, and future pressures – with some estimates at around £2.5bn by 2019-20 for social care and a further £30bn by 2020/21 for the NHS.

Improving quality of life with dance

Improving quality of life with dance

Recent studies reveal an increasing number of health benefits from dance – particularly for dementia sufferers.

Clifden House, a leading dementia care centre in Seaford, advocates dance as a therapy. Dance, in any form, not only requires physical movement but also involves important cognitive stimulation. The mental and physical coordination required to dance stimulates several regions of the brain.

Nial Joyce of Clifden House said, “Life doesn’t have to stop with a dementia diagnosis. Finding fun and active activities liked dancing is proven to improve well-being and is a great way to take part in light exercise, provide cognitive stimulation and promote social interaction with others.

In their own words: Elderly people reveal what stops them visiting the dentist


First hand accounts from elderly people have revealed what is really getting in the way of them making regular visits to the dentist.

In a series of focus groups involving people over 65 years old, researchers discovered exactly what barriers they face when it comes to looking after their teeth1.

The most common major barriers which were identified included anxiety, poor general health, cost and the physical aspect of being unable to travel to a dentist.

Many of those interviewed described that as they aged they found brushing their teeth difficult due to forgetfulness, with one respondent said: “You become shaky and have bad sight, you don’t care in the same way as you get older.”

Health professionals respond to pressure on NHS

hospital corridor NHS crisis

After the NHS faced an unprecedented demand over the winter months, we take a look at how services coped and explore how improvements can be made to protect the public.

Theresa May faced a backlash when, once again, hospitals struggled to cope under increased demand over the winter. Many routine operations were cancelled, with reports of people dying in hospital corridors. The crisis was so serious, 68 A&E doctors from across the country wrote to the Government with their concerns.

Our Health Heroes finalists revealed

Healthcare Workers who provide excellent patient care across the UK have been announced as finalists and regional winners for the Skills for Health’s Our Health Heroes Awards 2017, sponsored by Health Education England. 

The Our Health Heroes Awards, established in 2016 aim to celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, that go above and beyond in their roles every day. After a successful debut, the Awards expanded to include three new categories.

Healthcare Professionals were asked to nominate their Integrated Team of the Year, Workforce Planning Team of the Year and Apprentice of the Year, alongside the already established Clinical and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year awards.

Re:Cognition Health launches new Alzheimer's clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health Launches New Clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health, a leading provider of final phase, international, clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, has launched a new centre in Birmingham.

Located in the Calthorpe Medical Estate, at 100 Hagley Road Road, B16 8LT, the new site will provide access to the very best healthcare and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, whilst pioneering research to ultimately help pave the way to finding a cure for the disease.

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.

Our Health Heroes awards return to celebrate the UK health sector

 Health Heroes

The UK's healthcare workforce is set to be applauded as the Our Health Heroes Awards return once again. 

Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health announced the second year of awards, which have grown to incorporate new categories including Apprentice of the Year, the Workforce Planning Team of the Year, and an Integrated Team of the Year, alongside the already established Clinicaland Operational Healthcare Support Worker of the Year awards. 

With the continued support from UNISON, new headline sponsorship from Health Education England and category sponsorship from The Open University, NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Our Health Heroes Awards will celebrate those that deliver the best in patient care and keep the NHS moving behind the scenes.

NHS Confederation appoints new chief executive

Niall Dickson has been appointed as the new chief executive of NHS Confederation

A national healthcare charity has appointed a new chief executive to provide a valuable voice for organisations across the UK. 

The NHS Confederation has recruited the former head of the General Medical Council Niall Dickson who will take over the reins from Stephen Dalton on 1 February. 

Mr Dickson has enjoyed a successful career in health and social care and has worked in senior positions within the GMC and The King’s Fund, in addition to acting as social affairs editor for the BBC and editor of The Nursing Times. 

Chairman of the Confederation Stephen Dorrell said Mr Dickson’s appointment will add “enormous value” to the organisation. 

Power Plate® Brings Welcome Relief to Penhill Residential Home, Bristol

Power Plate

Elderly residents at the Penhill Residential Home in Bristol have given a very warm welcome to Power Plate®, from Performance Health Systems.  Since buying the portable, Personal Power Plate® unit in May 2016, they have been delighted by the new opportunities it has brought them and the improvements in their mobility, balance, circulation and lower leg comfort.  

“Power Plate has been a revelation,” says previous Care Home Manager Trina Birtwistle who on seeing it for the first time immediately recognised its potential to help her residents manage a range of health issues.

Dementia & Depression - 6 ways to boost mood

It’s widely recognised that those living with dementia are more prone to depression. According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression in the UK affects around 22 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged 65 and over.

While one in five people in the UK experience depression at some point, Alzheimer’s Society says that depression is more common among those living with dementia. It estimates that 20-40 per cent of those with dementia may have depression.

Award-winning brain health experts, Re:Cognition Health, who are conducting clinical trials into groundbreaking drugs to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, are keen to raise awareness of how living with dementia can affect mental health.

A person with dementia may feel depressed due to:

Care Control at your fingertips

Care Control puts quality Care Home care monitoring and management at your fingertips. Care Control was developed by a care home and so is a dedicated care home system. Using a unique, easy-to-use App your staff can record individualised care, improve quality and meet the regulator’s demands for robust evidence. CQC in a 2016 inspection stated;“the system promoted people’s health and wellbeing”.

Choosing your Power of Attorney is a decision that you can’t take lightly.


Would you want a daughter who is terrible at managing her own money or a son who has a gambling problem being responsible for managing your finances if you couldn’t do it yourself?

Would you want your husband with opposing medical beliefs and values or your sister who is unable to make decisions at the best of times making decisions about your health and care if you couldn’t do it yourself?

There is no automatic right for a spouse, children, siblings etc to make decisions for you if you can’t.  If you want to select the people who will help you in the event that you can’t make decisions yourself you MUST make Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPAs).   These documents enable you to control who will help you if you lose your mental capacity.

Whistleblowing in health and social care

Raising concerns at work, often known as whistleblowing, is the act of reporting a concern about a risk, wrongdoing or illegality at work, in the public interest. Raising concerns should be the norm and accepted as an important part of people’s day- to- day work as they reflect on their professional practice and work to improve their service. Whistleblowing is an early warning system which gives managers an opportunity to put things right before anything catastrophic happens. It is a big step for many people and we know that staff who speak up can often feel isolated and stressed. 

Care and health providers highlight importance of overseas workers


UKHCA welcomes the formation of the Cavendish Coalition of social care and health representatives, created to ensure that sufficient numbers of workers are available following Britain’s exit from the EU (note 2). The Coalition aims to assist those leading Brexit negotiations with expert knowledge of issues affecting the social care and health sector. UKHCA has joined the Coalition because it believes that non-British nationals from the European Union and the rest of the world make a major contribution to the care and health workforce. According to UKHCA’s figures, there are around 329,000 people employed as homecare workers in England (note 3). The Association estimates that 6.4% of the homecare workforce is made up of non-British EEA nationals.