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It’s time to nominate Our Health Heroes!

Our Health Heroes - John Clifford

Our Health Heroes, the national healthcare awards, are returning for the third year and promise to be bigger and better than ever, with new categories added to recognise more staff within the care and healthcare sectors.

Launched in August at Neath Port Talbot Hospital and organised by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health, Our Health Heroes 2018 aims to recognise the contribution of healthcare workers across the UK.

John Clifford, a Physiotherapy Technical Instructor from Neath Port Talbot Hospital, was at the launch. In 2017, he was among the 930 nominees and won the Clinical Support Worker of the Year award. 

Encore Care Homes continue to combat care sector staff shortages

Encore Care Homes continue to combat care sector staff shortages

Following a recent report issued which highlighted staff shortages within the care sector, due to low wages and workload pressures, Encore Care Homes is pledging to continue to buck the trend.

The National Audit Office’s recent report stated low rates of pay and workload pressures mean some care services are struggling to recruit new team members. However, Encore Care Homes offer staff above average wages and a range of shifts which cater to each individual’s lifestyle and commitments.  

How can employers in the care industry accommodate changing staff demands?

A staff nurse with a patient

Staff shortages within the healthcare industry continues to be a hot topic in the news as of late, with many employers finding it difficult to not only attract new members of staff, but also, retain existing ones.

This means that employers in this industry need to be on the ball to attract and keep the most talented, hard-working individuals.

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.

New care home facility set to bring 90 jobs to Edinburgh

New care home creates 90 jobs in Edinburgh

A new care home facility will bring 90 jobs to Scotland's capital when it opens its doors this winter. 

Due to open in January 2018, Cramond Residence in North West Edinburgh will be recruiting care teams comprising nurses, dementia team leaders and carers at various grades, activity coordinators, catering, housekeeping, and other support staff.

Managed exclusively by Walker Healthcare, Cramond Residence will offer the finest in person-centred nursing and residential care for older people, in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. 

Step challenge improves health of staff and residents

Winning team, The Abemarle Angels, made up of staff from Albemarle care home, Hedon

Staff from a Hull and East Riding based care group have successfully completed a company-wide health and fundraising challenge, walking millions of miles to raise money for residents.

Teams of staff from Hica Group, a not for profit organisation which runs 20 residential care homes and 2 retirement villages, walked almost 34 million steps during the four week competition, raising £814 for their Shine Fund.
The winning group, the Albemarle Angels from Albemarle care home in Hedon, walked 2,300 miles, winning five Fitbit’s for their efforts.  Other teams were also recognised for the most creative ways to gain steps and for the best photographs, winning runners up prizes of books and chocolates. 

Camelot Care strikes gold for quality

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A Wellington care home dedicated to providing the best possible care for all of its residents right up until the end of their lives, has been recognised with a major national award, and has been shortlisted for a national ‘Care Home Of The Year’ award.

Camelot House and Lodge were among 50 homes from across the UK to achieve the success in winning a Quality Hallmark Award for the first, second or third time from the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre, the UK’s largest provider of training in end of life care. Staff from the home will receive the award from Ian Turner, Chairman of the Registered Nursing Home Association, at a special ceremony in London on 30 September.

Care home resident honoured for a decade of charity knitting

A resident at Fornham House Care home in Fornham St Martin, near Bury St Edmunds, has been honoured by staff for her years of charity work.  101-year-old Edna Johnston has been knitting for the Shoebox charity for 10 years, knitting clothes and toys to be sent abroad to children in need at Christmas time.

Manager of Fornham House, Irina Catanescu, has presented Edna with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her years of work for the charity.

Edna moved to Bury St Edmunds to be near her daughter 10 years ago and began knitting for her church, the United Reform Church. The Church regularly donated filled shoeboxes to the appeal and Edna donated hats, scarves, teddy bears, puppets and bags.

Older people are paying the price for cuts to social care

The care and support older people receive increasingly depends on where they live and how much money they have rather than their needs, according to a new report by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.
 
Six consecutive years of cuts to local authority budgets, rising demand for services and shortages of staff have left the social care system increasingly unable to meet the needs of the older people who depend on it. The report finds that this is placing an unacceptable burden on unpaid carers and is leaving rising numbers of older people who have difficulty with the basic activities of daily living – such as washing, dressing and getting out of bed – without any support at all.
 

Bideford centenarian celebrates 100th birthday at local care home

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Staff and residents at Care South’s Kenwith Castle care home in Bideford, enjoyed a very special day at the home recently, when one resident celebrated her 100th birthday. 

Constance Cornwell celebrated with her family at her side, visited by her four children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren to mark this milestone event in style. Staff at the home arranged a celebration in the home’s Old Wing lounge, where Constance, known as Connie, enjoyed a buffet lunch prepared especially by the home’s chef and two cakes for dessert, one made by Connie’s family and the other by the home’s fantastic Chef. 

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. 

What’s the secret to living to 107? Not taking life too seriously!

 What’s the secret to living to 107? Not taking life too seriously!

Kay Hurley, who lives at Friends of the Elderly’s Bernard Sunley care home in Woking, celebrated her 107th birthday this week. This incredible milestone was marked with a special afternoon boat trip on Surrey Care Trust’s Swingbridge with fellow residents and staff from the care home. The home’s chef made a delicious picnic which was enjoyed on the trip.

Local care home opens dementia garden

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Pitcairn Lodge care home in Aberdeen welcomed the community in through their doors to open their new dementia garden on National Care Home Open Day. National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK, and brought residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate and open the home’s new dementia garden funded by local oil company Apache North Sea Ltd.

Bugs bunny (alias Nadine Taylor, Activities Coordinator); Colin Mitchell(Health and Safety Advisor, Embrace Group); Jenny Snowie (Care Assistant); Margaret Andrew (resident); Rupert Bear (alias Denise Morris, Activities Coordinator)

Local care home opens dementia garden

Pitcairn Lodge care home in Aberdeen welcomed the community in through their doors to open their new dementia garden on National Care Home Open Day.National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK, and brought residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate and open the home’s new dementia garden funded by local oil company Apache North Sea Ltd.

Bugs bunny (alias Nadine Taylor, Activities Coordinator); Colin Mitchell(Health and Safety Advisor, Embrace Group); Jenny Snowie (Care Assistant); Margaret Andrew (resident); Rupert Bear (alias Denise Morris, Activities Coordinator)


Residents of local care home celebrate national care home open day

Forefaulds care home in Kilbride welcomed the community in through their doors to celebrate National Care Home Open Day. The doors of Forefaulds were opened to the public for a World War II themed day. National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK every day, bringing residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate.

The care home was truly transformed. An Anderson Shelter was built at the entrance to the home, and staff got into the spirit of the day by dressing up as landgirls and pilots. One resident, Janet McKenzie, had the honour of dressing up as Winston Churchill for the day.