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  • Don’t blame GPs for NHS crisis. Blame chronic cuts to social care | Zara Aziz

    Increasing our working hours will not stop hospital trolley queues. Only the proper funding of care for older people will do thatThe ongoing A&E crisis has shifted attention on to GPs. We are being blamed for being less accessible (with appointments hard to get or surgeries not being open for long enough), while A&E is open 24/7 and therefore faces unchecked demand. Related: May's scapegoat attempt could spark mass resignations, says top GPContinue reading...
  • Brexit threatens social care jobs and funding | Alfonso Montero

    Leaving the EU could make social care recruitment harder, working conditions worse and funding sparser – services for vulnerable people will suffer mostOver the course of the EU referendum debate, immigration took centre stage as people grappled with claims and counterclaims about the extent to which British society has changed due to the number of migrants coming to work and live in the UK.Citizens from other EU countries are an important part of the UK workforce, accounting for one in 15
  • Worcester care home supports national wildlife conservation initiative

    A Sanctuary Care home in St John’s, Worcester has supported a national wildlife conservation initiative today with the help from local schoolchildren. 
    The team and residents at Regent Residential Care Home in School Road welcomed pupils, aged 8 to 9, from St Clement’s Church of England Primary School to celebrate National Nest Box Week (14 – 21 February). 
    Rolling up their sleeves, residents and the youngsters came together to paint beautiful designs on bird boxes an
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  • Council funding freeze 'means cuts to many essential services'

    Head of local government body issues warning after funding settlement offers no additional money for authorities in 2017/18A senior Conservative peer has warned that councils will need to slash a range of essential services after ministers released a funding settlement for councils that offered no additional money during 2017/18.Gary Porter, who chairs the Local Government Association, said authorities would have to cut back on filling potholes, collecting waste, maintaining parks and running ch
  • Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill

    Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government Association warns today.
    All councils can raise council tax by up to 1.99 per cent in 2017/18 to fund local services without the need for a referendum – most district councils can increase by £5 per year at Band D level.
    England’s 151 social care authorities can increase council tax by up to a further 3 per cent in 2017/18
  • Feathered friends visit Care UK’s homes

    Skylark House
    Birds and wildlife of all shapes and sizes were spotted at 39 Care UK homes across the UK as residents took part in the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
    This is the third consecutive year that Care UK homes have taken part in the initiative which forms part of the organisation’s commitment to activity based care, whereby residents are supported by care teams to maintain links with the local community and to continue doing the things they enjoy.
  • All the horror stories I came across as a care worker were about employers | James Bloodworth

    It was easy to get the job, but care slots can be as short as five minutes and pay often dips below minimum wage. No wonder many give up
    I spent six weeks last summer in Blackpool. I was not there for a stag do or the traditional British seaside fare, but instead to be a home care worker for a private provider.Around 300,000 people live in residential care homes in the UK, while some 500,000 elderly and disabled people rely on home care visits for things such as washing and dressing. As the UK&r
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  • Stranraer care home joins Zimmer frame craze

    Emma Henry, Support Worker and Jean Mc Quistin of Thorneycroft
    Thorney Croft Care Home in Stranraer has joined the national ‘Pimp My Zimmer’ campaign – a unique initiative aimed at brightening up the traditional walking aids with personalised decorations. The craze has also seen significant health benefits, helping reduce the risk of falls within care homes. 
    The campaign was devised by creative care home manager, Angela Donlevy from Essex, after she dreamt about how she c
  • Jewish Care resident in Barnet receives the French Legion of Honour medal

    Earlier this month, Hyman Pittal proudly received his French Légion d’honneur medal, recently awarded by the French government has been awarding to D-Day veterans from many different countries, as a way of honouring and thanking those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War.
    Jewish Care’s chief executive, Simon Morris presented the medal to Harry at a tea in the Wohl Synagogue at the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre, wher
  • Hightown shows great ‘Digni-tea’ to Hitchin supported living residents

    Staff and residents in Hightown Housing Association’s supported living scheme in Hitchin enjoyed a ‘Digni-tea and cakes’ event for Dignity Action Day to celebrate the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity.
    Residents created their own ‘Digni-tree’ of thoughts and ideas associated with dignity and what it means to them, as well as discussing treating each other with respect, listening to others and how the staff treat them with dignity.
    It was part
  • Teaching boys about healthy relationships: 'They need it from birth'

    A course in schools, youth justice departments and youth centres aims to prevent violence against women and girls“Misogyny is getting worse and it’s toxic for boys to grow up in a society where girls and women are treated poorly,” says Birmingham headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson. Last year, her primary school became the first in the UK to hire community interest company A Call to Men UK to train two male members of staff to talk to boys aged between nine and 11 about what it m
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  • Newly qualified nurse wants to inspire others to volunteer to support children with disabilities

    Jodie Rogers and holiday maker
    Jodie Rogers, a newly qualified nurse from Carmarthen, Wales, who has been praised for her work volunteering on holidays for children with complex disabilities, is now calling on others in her position to volunteer on breaks across England and Wales.
    For over 40 years, national disability charity, Sense, has provided a range of holidays and short breaks for children, young people and adults who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs. The br
  • A morning of pampering for Northfleet care home residents

    A morning of pampering treatments went down a treat with residents at The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s Dene Holm Residential Care Home in Northfleet.
    Staff brightened up the residents’ day at the Dene Holm Road care home last week, when they treated them to a therapeutic morning of indulgence and relaxation.
    Residents of the home were treated to hand and arm massages, as well as manicures, from the on duty staff whilst they warmed up with a hot cup of tea and nattered away
  • Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

    Despite council tax increases, authorities will need to defund services to meet rising costs warns Local Government AssociationCouncil tax rises due to come into force from April will not be sufficient to avoid deep cuts to services including road repair, parks, children’s centres, leisure centres and libraries, local government leaders have warned.The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils across the country, said authorities will have to continue cutbacks to essent
  • Tony Blair's Brexit speech 'not helpful', says Jeremy Corbyn

    Labour leader urges former prime minister to respect referendum result and focus energy on future relationship with EUJeremy Corbyn has criticised Tony Blair’s call for pro-Europeans to form a new cross-party movement to oppose Brexit, urging the former prime minister to “respect the result” of the referendum and to put his energy towards building relations in Europe.Corbyn, who was questioned on the comments after addressing Labour’s local government conference at Warwic
  • Personalized physical therapy brings relief for lower back pain

    Impaired movement control may result in chronic lower back pain. A new study shows that the combination of manual therapy and exercise is an excellent way to combat movement control impairment in the lower back. This combination reduced the disability experienced by patients and significantly improved their functional ability. A personally tailored exercise program was more beneficial for patients than a generic one, and the treatment results also persisted at a 12-month follow-up.
  • Discovery of genetic 'switch' could help to prevent symptoms of Parkinson's disease

    A genetic 'switch' has been discovered, which could help to prevent or delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, report scientists.
  • Garforth care home design secures shortlisting for Pinders Healthcare Design Awards

    A Meridian Healthcare home in Garforth, Leeds, has been recognised as one of the very best developments in care-related property, being shortlisted in the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2017.
    Augustus Court, opened in February 2016, will be judged along with another two care establishments, with the final awards recognising the very best developments in care-related property.
    As part of the awards process, judges visited Augustus Court and were able to see the building’s extensive qualit
  • Fuel Poverty Awareness Day: Grants available for older people struggling to heat their home

    Today marks Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. National charity Friends of the Elderly is encouraging older people who need help heating their homes to apply to its small grant scheme.
    The charity offers one-off grants to older people to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income. 
    Mary, 78, from Oxfordshire, contacted the charity because she had nowhere else to turn and no one to talk to. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer and said she was
  • Recruitment programme begins for new Altrincham care home

    With a brand new, state-of-the-art 57 bed care facility due to open in Sale in ten weeks, Altrincham-based New Care has launched its latest recruitment programme.
    The company is actively looking to employ approximately 80 members of staff to work at Ashland Manor, in Ashton-on-Mersey, with a wide range of positions available, including medical, hospitality and administrative roles.
    On the medical side, New Care requires nurses, senior carers and care assistants.  The company a
  • MP puts care home’s winning photographers in the picture

    A CARE home resident who claimed first prize in a photography competition has had his winning picture presented to him by Stoke on Trent MP Rob Flello.
    Adderley Green, a local neurological centre for adults with complex needs, held the competition for residents and asked them to capture images of Stoke on Trent and the surrounding countryside.
    Ian Izzard, a resident at Adderley Green, was awarded first prize with his photograph of a silhouette of a bird nestling in a tree taken at Westport Lake.
  • Help elderly stay at home without home help…

    A report has revealed that 1.4 million individuals reported having a medical condition or disability that resulted in them requiring specially adapted accommodation, of whom 22 per cent considered their current home unsuitable. And authorities believe this is actually an underestimate!*
    By 2025 almost 1.5 million people aged 75 or over will be unable to manage at least one mobility/daily living activity on their own- specifically including going to the toilet on their own.*
  • Belong Wigan residents take a trip down memory lane

    Residents and staff members from specialist care village, Belong Wigan in Platt Bridge, along with people from the local community, donned their best Lancastrian-inspired outfits to enjoy an evening of themed entertainment and food, at the village’s traditional ‘Lancashire night.’
    Residents embraced the spirit of the event by sporting mop caps and pinafores and were treated to Manchester tart, Lancashire hotpot and real ale, provided by the village’s Bistro caterin
  • Canterbury care home residents grab a slice of the action!

    Frances Neil
    Residents of Connors House Care Home in Canterbury grabbed a slice of the action on National Pizza Day, and spent a morning making their own tasty pizzas from scratch.
    Residents of Connors House Care Home in Canterbury celebrated National Pizza Day on Thursday 9th February, by pulling on their oven gloves and making their own pizzas from scratch.
    The residents got together in the dining room at the Craddock Road care home, to roll out their dough, spread the tomato pur
  • Appointments: Brunelcare appoints new CEO

    Kevin Fairman
    Brunelcare announces a change to its executive team with the appointment of Kevin Fairman as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Working previously as Brunelcare’s Finance Director, Kevin has been with the organisation since January 2016.
    Kevin said:“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity as CEO and I am excited about the times ahead for Brunelcare. “We have a strong reputation for providing high quality services across our housing, care
  • New learning disability services open in Dundee

    Danshell Group has opened two new learning disability services in Dundee.  Following a comprehensive review of its existing provision, and in partnership with commissioners, a decision was taken to develop a care pathway with more bespoke care and support options being made available.
    Thistle Care Home with Nursing offers a four bed service, Lomond, specifically for people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and a separate unit for up to six adults living with a learni
  • ExtraCare: Housing White Paper can take a ‘huge step to solving looming crisis’

    The ExtraCare Charitable Trust welcomes the commitment in the Housing White Paper to work with housing providers and older people to deliver a greater supply and range of retirement accommodation. 
    Mick Laverty, chief executive of ExtraCare, said the charitable housing association would share its expertise in developing and running large-scale retirement villages that produce better outcomes for residents and save the taxpayer money.
    Mick pointed to the inquiry into housing for older people
  • Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims

    Government refutes verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015An unprecedented rise in mortality in England and Wales, where 30,000 excess deaths occurred in 2015, is likely to be linked to cuts to the NHS and social care, according to research which has drawn an angry response from the government.The highly charged claim is made by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Oxford University and Blackburn with
  • Kirkless council breached parents’ human rights by removing baby

    Council ordered to pay £11,250 after removing week-old baby over father’s ‘unorthodox views’ about benefits of formula milkSocial workers have been accused of breaching the human rights of a couple after their week-old baby was taken off them in hospital when the father praised “the benefits of formula milk”.Continue reading...
  • Kirklees council took baby from parents over 'formula milk' remark

    Council ordered to pay £11,250 for human rights breach in removing week-old baby over father’s ‘unorthodox views’ about benefits of formula milkSocial workers have been accused of breaching the human rights of a couple after their week-old baby was taken off them in hospital when the father praised “the benefits of formula milk”.Continue reading...
  • Placebo and valium are equally effective for acute lower back pain in the ER

    Emergency patients treated with naproxen and placebo had outcomes as good as or better than patients treated with naproxen and diazepam (trade name Valium) for acute lower back pain, according to the results of a double-blind, randomized clinical trial.
  • Carer dubbed a true guardian angel wins national award

    Caregiver of the year Amanda Campbell centre left Mark Darnell right Rosie Darnell
    A MUM-of-two from East Northants described as a guardian angel – has been crowned as Home Instead Senior Care’s national carer of the Year.
    Kind and compassionate Amanda Campbell devoted five years to caring for a client with advanced Motor Neurone Disease, helping to bring them quality of life despite the debilitating muscle wasting condition.
    Sadly her client, who described Amanda
  • Tell us about the state of social care in England

    Report says social care in England is facing ‘complete collapse’. Whether you provide or receive care, or have family who are affected we’d like to hear from you
    Age UK has called for an urgent cash injection for adult social care in the spring budget, after it published a report warning of the risk of collapse in the sector in England.
    According to previous analysis by the charity, almost 1.2 million people aged 65 and over are failing to receive adequate care and support. Con
  • Care UK shortlisted for best care sector employer accolade

    HR Director Leah Queripel
    Care UK’s Residential Care Service has been shortlisted for a prestigious award, acknowledging its position as one of the top care sector employers in the country for developing the skills of its teams.
    The fifth largest care home operator in the country, Care UK has been shortlisted by Skills for Care in the Best Employer of Over 250 Staff category in its 2017 awards, which celebrate excellence in the adult social care community.
    Care UK employs mor
  • Salisbury care home residents raise £2,000 for children’s hospice

    From left: Braemar Lodge Activity Organiser Sylvie Rodulson and Home Manager Alison Bremner; Naomi House ambassador Pauline Bailey; Braemar Lodge residents Ruby Cutler, Dorothy Noyce and Betty Winter; Braemar Lodge Clinical Lead Jackie Cash; and Naomi House ambassador Stephen Bailey.
    A charity that helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families has thanked a Salisbury care home for raising nearly £2,000 in precious funds.
    Residents and staff at Colten Care’
  • The apps taking on social care's 'broken' business model

    A new breed of technology-driven care providers is slashing costs, but will money be reinvested into care worker salaries? Leila Karim* started doing care work two years ago, earning £8 an hour. It was, she says, a “chaotic” experience. There was a different manager every two to three weeks, the systems were all paper-based and “it was difficult getting to clients on time because we weren’t told when our next shift was”, says the 19-year-old student. “So
  • Classic jukebox provides the sound of music at Shropshire care home

    Enid Verdmore and Margaret Richardson with the new jukebox at Innage Grange.
    Residents at a Shropshire care home are being entertained by the sound of music thanks to a new arrival – an iconic Wurlitzer jukebox.
    The machine, which holds 2,500 CDs from the 1950s to the 1980s, has been bought for Coverage Care’s Innage Grange in Bridgnorth from a generous legacy left to the home. 
    The modern recreation of the original Wurlitzer has taken pride of place in the main communal
  • New memory cafe takes guests on trip down memory lane

    A newly launched monthly ‘memory café’ in Wellfield has given guests the chance to enjoy a nostalgic peek into the past.
    The new service, hosted by Earsdon Grange, a residential care home for the elderly which also offers care for people living with dementia, has received praise from residents and local healthcare professionals and has now been expanded to welcome guests from the local community, including family carers.The informal café is held each month and features
  • Somerset landmarks become major talking points in specialist dementia-care nursing homes

    Murals showing well-known Somerset landmarks are becoming major talking points in local specialist dementia-care nursing homes run by Camelot Care.
    In particular the large mural of Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor (pictured) which has been installed at Camelot House in Wellington is proving a firm favourite with residents, prompting them to share their memories about the reservoir which has been a favourite destination for ‘days out’ since it was created in 1979.
    Clare Woodhea
  • English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

    Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term planSocial care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to address the crisis engulfing the sector, Age UK has warned.The charity’s latest report on the healthcare of older people calls for a cash injection into the adult social care system in the spring budget and the development of a long-term solution to a problem that
  • Biomedical scientist struck off following substantive review

    Biomedical scientist struck off following substantive review
  • Health chiefs should not use the threat of hospital closures to impose weekend working says Nuffield Trust

    It is a mistake to use seven-day standards as the basis for deciding to downgrade or close down hospital services, new research by the Nuffield Trust suggests. A extensive review of the London Quality Standards (LQS), the London-wide precursor to the Seven Day Services Standards being incorporated into plans across England, finds that the threat of closure is counterproductive. It also shows that the evidence for benefits to patients is not clear enough to be compelling.
    The LQS aimed to
  • Social care charity and St Helens Rugby League Club deliver sports sessions to adults with learning disabilities

    Social care charity, Community Integrated Care and St. Helen’s Rugby League Club – The Saints – have formed an exciting new partnership, offering adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to take part in health and wellbeing activities, as well as special match day experiences. 
    Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities, supporting thousands of people in England and Scotland with learning disabilities
  • Scunthorpe care home appoints new manager

    A Scunthorpe care home has appointed a new manager following significant refurbishment.Anthony Egan, an experienced manager with more than two decades of experience in the care industry, joins Sunningdale Court, a home operated by Hull-based Hica Group.
    Anthony, who was inspired to join the care sector after fostering 25 children in 1990s, began as a carer for people with disabilities and older people. He then went on to be appointed to senior and managerial roles at residential homes and domici
  • The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense | Deborah Orr

    Early intervention on mental health and proper social care are vital if the health service is to stop merely lurching from one crisis to the nextTheresa May is busy enacting the “will of the people”, seemingly unaware that she’s not actually in her own elevated position due to the “will of the people” at all. And the nation is looking on, mesmerised. We may look back on this period in British politics and marvel at how the country was so busy leaving Europe that it
  • Teesside care home residents celebrate National Pizza Day

    TEESSIDE care home residents enjoyed a slice of Italy as National Pizza Day rolled into town. 
    A pizza party at Frankie and Benny’s, at Stockton’s Teesside Park, saw elderly residents don their aprons to create their own Italian inventions.
    The Ingleby Care Home residents rolled out the dough and chose toppings before their pizzas were baked and served by restaurant staff.
    The Italian-American restaurant usually hosts children’s pizza parties but welcomed the
  • Time to talk for Hannah: Raising awareness to mental health needs

    Hannah with her dance trophies
    With schools, businesses and charities nationwide holding events to mark ‘Time to Talk Day’, the annual awareness day to get people talking about mental health, a Chester woman with mental health needs is helping promote that understanding by sharing her own story.
    One in four people will face a mental health problem at some point in their life and since it launched three years ago the Time To Talk campaign has sparked millions of conversations.

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