Caring for carers: practical ways to make a difference

Russell Pillar of Spearhead Healthcare on caring for carers

Russell Pillar, director of care interiors at Spearhead Healthcare, advises how the right equipment and training makes a huge difference – to staff, residents and families…

All of us are aware that the care sector is burgeoning as our elderly population continues to rise. In fact, the Office for National Statistics has predicted a 36% growth in people aged 85+ between 2015 and 2025, up to 2million, and this is expected to lead to even higher demand for care home services.

How can nurses and carers progress their careers?

Michael Johnson-Ellis of Healthier Recruitment on career progression for nurses

Michael Johnson-Ellis, one of the managing directors of Healthier Recruitment – an agency that fills vacancies for NHS, private and third sector healthcare organisations with permanent staff only – discusses career development…

With services under pressure, tighter budgets and a lack of staff and resources, many nurses and carers report feeling stunted with regard to professional development. However, there are a number of things you can do to progress your career regardless of the external situation.
Here are some potential pathways to development:

Society’s social care training benefits residents and staff alike

Royal Alfred's Anne Kasey on social care training

Anne Kasey, Home Manager and Clinical Lead for maritime charity, the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, discusses the importance of investing in training in the social care sector and how it benefits residents…

It doesn’t matter which sector one operates in – having the right staff for the job is paramount to the success of any business. In the social care industry, this is more important than anywhere as staff are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of residents and have a duty of care to fulfil. 


Representatives from LGBT+ training facility Opening Doors London

Opening Doors London, the largest provider of training and consultancy for health and social care professionals working with older LGBT+ people, has been endorsed by Skills for Care as meeting their national standards for quality learning and development in adult social care.

Training and Consultancy Manager Jim Glennon is delighted with the result, less than a year since the new training offer was developed.

Baxter Education Centre offers training on home therapies

A Baxter Education Centre bedroom

Baxter Healthcare Ltd has announced the opening of a new residential education training centre in Swinton, Manchester for patients, the first centre of its kind in the north of England. The Baxter Education Centre offers a dedicated, purpose built space where patients who require renal dialysis or intravenous nutrition are educated, trained and supported by specialist nurses to be able to independently carry out their home-based therapies. 

Safeguarding: steps to identify if a child is in a high-risk environment

Safeguarding in healthcare - a nurse talks to a child

Healthcare professionals will be well aware that identifying when a child is in a high-risk environment is a crucial step in taking action to safeguarding against both abuse and neglect.

There are over 600,000 children in the UK who are living in what is described as a “high-risk” environment. This is a crisis within our child welfare services; therefore, the government is providing £17m of additional funding to inspire organisations like yours to modernise child services by improving information sharing across safeguarding organisations.

Training must be a key focus for the care sector

Training must be a key focus for the care sector

Fay Gibbin, Chief Executive Officer, BB Training Academy, talks about the recruitment and retention challenges in the health and social care sector and why training has to be a key focus of the upcoming green paper.

We know the health and social care sector is facing significant recruitment and retention challenges. These issues aren’t new but without meaningful action, they’re a concern that grow day by day.

With the UK’s impending exit from the EU, forecasts predict that these challenges will only be exacerbated as the pool of talent to choose from is reduced further. 

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered theoretical and practical training about dementia to a group of 15 students from Sidmouth College.

The aim of the sessions  - to give teenagers empathy about what a person effected by dementia goes through.

As part of Dementia Awareness week the college was invited to visit Malden House to work with the staff and residents.

Apprenticeships: How to engage with Generation Z

Apprenticeships: How to engage with Generation Z

Recruitment and retention are major concerns within the health and care sector, but professionals are being urged to tap into the talents of Generation Z to ensure top-quality staff are on-hand to plug the growing skills gap. Connect2Care, the leading provider of training and apprenticeships in the Care Sector, discusses ways employers can reduce this gap by boosting engagement with young apprentices. 

The importance of recruiting effectively in the care sector

The importance of recruiting effectively in the care sector

It has never been more important to recruit effectively in the care sector, says care home specialist Caresolve.

James Parkin, Co-founder and Operations Director of Caresolve, says many care homes find it difficult to find – and keep - high quality care staff whether that’s registered manager, senior carers or ancillary staff.

He says: “It is a common problem around the country because demand for good quality staff far outweighs supply at present in the care home sector.

“It means that it has never been more essential to retain your staff once you’ve recruited them.

New online tool set to support healthcare professionals giving palliative care

marie-curie_0.jpgA leading charity has set up a free online tool to help support professionals in the health and social care sector in giving palliative and end of life care. 

This resource has been launched by Marie Curie who has collated a selection of in-depth material on end of life care and made it freely available in a quick and easy to access place. 

Research suggests that some health and social care professionals are not at ease when talking to patients about the dying process, creating a huge barrier between them and the people receiving end of life care. 

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.

Dorset care home accredited with the highest possible rating for end-of life care


The Malthouse residential care home in Gillingham, Dorset, has been awarded with the highest possible rating for its end of life care.  The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provides specialised care for the elderly and has been inspected by experts from The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) and awarded ‘Beacon’ status – the highest possible ranking.

The GSF is a national training and accreditation scheme which helps staff in a range of care settings across the UK to provide a gold standard of care for people nearing the end of life. 

Conference to explore the introduction of accreditating restraint training

Restraint Reduction experts are set to explore the practical and policy solutions for minimising the use of restraint, including a debate on the merits of accrediting restraint training, at this year’s Restraint Reduction Network European Conference in Birmingham. 
Leading figures from across the health, social care, policy, education and policing sectors will participate in the Conference in Birmingham, on the 6th and 7th October, sharing their insights into best practice and the policy solutions for restraint reduction. 

Innovative care training puts resident’s needs first

Innovative care training puts resident’s needs first

The largest ever staff training programme is underway at leading Hull-based dementia care specialist Hica Group. 

More than 1,000 employees across 20 care homes in the Hull and East Riding area are set to receive fresh and enhanced training. 

Initially this investment involves training the entire senior operational team in advanced methods of dementia care to ensure skills are embedded within the organisation, ensuring managers are qualified to train future employees.