Medical devices company Bespak seal Cordant staff deal

Bespak - Gary Bradley of Cordant

Bespak, the leading developer and manufacturer of complex medical devices, has awarded The Cordant Group a three-year contract to provide temporary staff at three of its UK manufacturing locations.

Under the terms of the deal the Cordant Group businesses PMP Recruitment and Cordant People will provide around 120 candidates each week to sites at Kings Lynn, Cambridge and Nelson, near Burnley. They will support the existing workforce in the development and production of a range of respiratory and injectable drug delivery devices with the business operating on a 24/7 basis. An onsite PMP Recruitment team will manage all aspects of the recruitment, training, performance and payroll at the Kings Lynn and Cambridge locations whilst Cordant People take the lead at Nelson.

Mental Health Awareness Week: are you coping with stress?

Mental Health Awareness Mark Rowland blogs on stress

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is asking: are we coping with stress?

After carrying out research into the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications, the MHF is urging people to raise awareness of mental health issues: the report found that 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. The survey, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and undertaken by YouGov, polled 4,169 adults in the UK in 2018. 

Two thirds of healthcare staff affected by significant stress levels

Stress worker at desk

As Mental Health Awareness Week takes place, a study has revealed that people working in healthcare are amongst the most stressed in the UK.

Two thirds of those working in healthcare reported suffering from significant levels of work-related stress, according to a study of 3,000 UK workers – making them amongst the most stressed employees in the UK, behind financial services (69%) and Government (68%).

Work was significantly more likely to cause stress and emotional strain for healthcare workers than any other aspect of their lives.

48% of healthcare workers reported experiencing stress relating to money and finances, 47% relating to loved ones and family life, 39% relating to their own health and wellbeing and 35% relating to romantic relationships.

Accountable care explained by the King's Fund's Anna Charles

accountable care Anna Charles

The health sector is seeing a shift from competition between organisations to a collaborative, locally-controlled approach: accountable care. It’s the latest health policy buzz phrase but where did the model come from and what does it really mean? Here Anna Charles of The King’s Fund – the independent charity working to improve health care in England – has the answers to how accountable care works…


What is accountable care?

The basic idea behind accountable care is that different organisations from the health and care system work together to improve the health of their local population by integrating services and tackling the causes of ill health.

Parkinson's patients helped by rock music, say Chroma Therapies

Chroma Therapies MD Daniel Thomas

The pulsing beat of the Dire Straits song Walk of Life has helped a Parkinson’s patient recover balance and brain function, found healthcare provider Chroma Therapies.

Scientists have discovered that certain rhythms allow the brain to by-pass sections that have been damaged by stroke, traumatic injury or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia.

Rhythmic beats or songs with a strong connection to the patient have been shown to reactivate nerve cells and reboot the brain’s sensory pathways to enable patients to communicate or recover physical ability.

Top tips to avoid falls and boost confidence

Norman Niven, chief executive of

As many as three adults over the age of 65 have a serious fall every year, and around 70% of those fear falling again, according to health and care technology experts

When someone takes a nasty fall it can have a huge psychological impact, as well as a physical one, but there are steps you can take to restore the confidence of your residents and reduce the risk of them falling again. 

Chief executive of Norman Niven has a wealth of advice for people looking at ways to help make a difference. Norman Niven, chief executive of

Prime Minister urged to take action as nurses warn that the NHS is at breaking point

The Royal College of Nursing has issued a stark warning to the prime minister after staff declare they are at “breaking point.”

Healthcare professionals, charities and organisations have written a letter to prime minister Theresa May to demand urgent investment into the NHS.

With reports of patients waiting in corridors for up to 23 hours and overcrowded accident and emergency departments armed with “too few staff”, the RCN has described the situation as a “crisis” which is putting lives at risk. 

Chief executive and general secretary of the RCN Janet Davies said: “How long does the government think the NHS can survive on the dedication and good will of staff who are at breaking point?

Brent King Healthcare Finance

Brent King Healthcare Finance

When did you last check your care home finances are in the best shape they can be?

Are you paying more interest than you think you should for your business loan or mortgage?

Do you have plans to improve your care home but need to work out the best way to finance them?
Are you thinking of consolidating your business loans but not sure where to start?

Is your own bank being uncooperative and unhelpful?

Are you considering other ways of financing your business improvement project, such as crowd funding, but unsure of how to proceed?

Are you looking at acquiring more care homes to add to your portfolio?

If you answer yes to any or all of the above, simply email me and book your

Care homes group proudly announces dementia care awards finalists

dementia care awards

Healthcare Homes Group is proud to announce that two homes have been announced as finalists of the 2016 National Dementia Care Awards.  Joe Ballard from Home Meadow in Toft is a finalist in the 'Dementia Care Personality' category, while Overbury House residential home in Wroxham is a finalist in the Best Dementia Interior Design category.

A judging day took place on 10th October in London with all finalists and the winners will then be announced at a gala reception in Brighton on 3rd November.

The National Dementia Care Awards celebrate the very best people in Dementia Care highlighting excellence in all parts of the sector and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care.

Brent King - Healthcare Finance

Hello, I'm David King and welcome to our September newsletter.

Now the summer break is over and staff holidays are calming down, now is the time to invest some time and money in your care home, fixing and repairing, refurbishing, updating and extending.

With interest rates at all time lows, there are some great deals to be had so you need to make sure you are not paying over the odds or caught in a costly and unfair finance deal. There are also different ways to get finance such as crowd-funding and business angels if you want to steer away from the traditional banks and mortgage companies.

Healthcare Homes group announces key staff promotion

Healthcare Homes group announces key staff promotion

Langham-based Healthcare Homes Group, which provides residential, nursing and homecare support, including specialist dementia care, is pleased to announce the internal promotion of its new Finance Director.

Mathew King has been appointed to the position, having worked for the organisation since 2008. As part of the role, Mathew will be looking to progress a number of projects to implement new group finance systems.  These will improve the efficiency and accuracy of management information across the business, allowing operational teams to have enhanced access to information they need to deliver their work. 

Pain profiling has potential improve quality of life for older patients

Pain profiling has potential improve quality of life for older patients

A two part paper published recently in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of The British Geriatrics Society, reveals that pain profiling in older patients has the potentialto improve quality of life, and help target resources to those most at risk of disability.The study also found that the use of new pain profiles, which took into account the impact of pain and its subjective nature, might enable better management of pain, and more accurate predictions of healthcare utilisation among older people.

Healthcare of the Future

The world never stands still. People come and go, we move from one place to another, and technology continues to shape the lives that we lead. That certainly is the case where the healthcare industry is concerned, with new technological innovations set to prompt a revolution in the ways in which healthcare is administered.

The provision of clean linen is a fundamental requirement of care

As identified by the Department of Health in its Health Technical Memorandum 01-04 - Decontamination of linen for health and social care:  “The provision of clean linen is a fundamental requirement of care”. Berendsen, a leader in outsourced laundry services for healthcare, has developed outsourced laundry services to the care sector, including residents’ clothing.