• Birds of a Feather actress joins 2,700 others to take part in London Memory Walk!

    Birds of a Feather star and Loose Women panelist Linda Robson admitted she “did not know whether to laugh or cry” after taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society London Memory Walk.
    Linda, whose mother was living with dementia when she died, opened up about her mixed emotions after she joined 2,700 people taking part in the Memory Walk which took place at the Honourable Artillery Company, Finsbury Barracks in London.
    She describes how the event brought cherished memories
  • Frontline training scheme poses a threat to social work education

    Government should halt £50m tender to extend the fast-track children’s social work training programmeA recent Society Guardian piece suggested social work academics and the Frontline fast-track training scheme should end their “feud”. This distracts from important questions about what Frontline means for the future of social work education and practice.Frontline is seen by the academic community as a significant threat to the traditional model of university-based generic
  • Tackling the rise in self-harm: ‘Many professionals feel ill-equipped’

    A range of initiatives for social workers aim to improve understanding of the problem The scale of self-harm among young people is beyond worrying: a study published recently found that almost one in four girls aged 14 self-harmed in the past year. In the same month, the NHS reported that the number of girls aged under 18 admitted to hospital in England after self-harming had nearly doubled in the past 20 years.Dig into what’s driving this crisis and experts working in children’s men
  • Government should support care services to combat loneliness

    Care providers say the Government should support existing services to help tackle loneliness as well as introduce new measures.
    As the Prime Minister launched the first government loneliness strategy, The Independent Care Group called for more to be done to support services that are already available but under-funded.
    The new strategy allows GPs to refer people to take part in social activities like clubs and art groups. An extra £1.8m was also announced for community projects like cafes,
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  • Somerset Care celebrates care staff with annual awards ceremony

    At the end of September, The Somerset Care Group held their annual awards ceremony, recognising staff from across the Group for their outstanding achievements, contribution and dedication.470 nominations were received this year; over 120 of those nominations came through for the People’s Choice award, which was open to nominations from Somerset Care’s customers and their family members.The Somerset Care Group Awards was held at the Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton and hosted
  • Council budgets to be cut by a further £1.3bn as social care teeters on the edge

    In response to the CQC’s annual report into the State of Care, Tim Cooper, Chief Executive at United Response, said:
    “The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) State of Care report into health and social care rightly highlights that overall quality has largely been maintained in the face of significant challenges. The social care sector is one that the UK can rightly be proud of and the report highlights the year-on-year improvements that have occurred. However, these achievem
  • Scottish carers recognised for outstanding performance and dedication

    2018 Award Winners with Mary Preston (Operations Director of Meallmore) and Gerry Hennessey (Managing Director of Meallmore)
    A group of top carers have been recognised for their outstanding performance and dedication at the Meallmore Staff Awards. 
    Members of staff from Meallmore’s 23 care homes across Scotland came together at Perth Race Course to celebrate a successful year and recognise employees who make a real difference to the lives of residents and their family members. 
  • Surviving a stroke helped me find my vocation in care work

    After I recovered, I knew I wanted to help others in the way I had been helpedGuardian Jobs: see the latest vacancies in social care
    I never imagined I would work in care – when it was first suggested, I laughed at the idea. But I’ve gone from learning to walk, talk and eat all over again after a stroke to working in homecare, and I love my job.I was 44 when I had the stroke 12 years ago. I can’t remember much about the day it happened. I had a busy job at the time, working for
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  • Stockport care provider takes part in World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

    Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, has been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
    Each of Borough Care’s eleven homes hosted a coffee morning for residents, their families, healthcare professionals and staff.  Staff at Borough Care’s head office also got in on the act by bringing in cakes for their own fundraising coffee morning.  The Boroug
  • Chester care centre appoints activity coordinator to encourage better wellbeing

    Fast growing care home operator New Care has appointed Lisa Forth from North Wales as activities coordinator at its flagship care centre Grosvenor Manor on Heath Lane in Chester.
    In her new role, Lisa is responsible for delivering a purposeful and meaningful activities programme for the residents at Grosvenor Manor.  From musicians, singers and entertainers to physical, therapeutic and wellness activities and day trips, celebrations and parties, Lisa will ensure the weekly programme
  • 200 mile round trip to Yorkshire to celebrate 100th birthday

    Marjorie Fisher (Madge) turned 100 last week and celebrated by travelling to York with five friends from Smalley Hall in Derby to visit her sister Phyllis aged 95 in a Yorkshire nursing home.
    The group travelled over 200 miles to enable the sisters to reunite after a long six years without seeing each other, Madge was delighted to show her sister the card she received from the queen and they spent time looking through old photographs and reminiscing about the time they both worked as bus
  • Postpartum depression linked to mother's pain after childbirth

    While childbirth pain has been linked to postpartum depression, the culprit may be the pain experienced by the mother following childbirth, rather than during the labor and delivery process.
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  • Steep fall in home help despite rise in the number of old people

    Half of English councils surveyed in Freedom of Information request have reduced care packages for the elderly since 2015The number of old people receiving social care support in their homes has fallen sharply over the last three years, despite a rapid rise in the elderly population and repeated government promises to tackle a crisis of provision, disturbing new figures reveal today.Data obtained through Freedom of Information requests to local authorities in England show that more than half of
  • 'I'm afraid a child will die': life at the sharp end of council cuts

    Withdrawal of early intervention services in Somerset reflects mounting national emergency
    In July last year, Frances and her two children walked out of their family home in south Somerset. Over the previous few years, her husband had been repeatedly violent towards her, and cruel and aggressive to her eldest daughter. The arrival of a new baby seemed to only make things worse. “He would lock my daughter out in the rain; he called our baby the ‘c’ word,” she says. “
  • Why the secrecy around babies being taken into care? | Louise Tickle

    The number of newborns being removed from their families in England has shot up and there’s a worrying lack of transparencyWhen a research study reveals that the number of newborn babies removed from their mothers due to child protection concerns has more than doubled in the past nine years in England, questions need to be asked.Some 2,447 newborns were subject to care proceedings within one week of birth from 2016 to 2017, compared with 1,039 in 2007-08. Over the nine-year period, a total
  • Admiral Nurse team puts Colten Care at ‘forefront of dementia expertise’

    The new Colten Care Admiral nurse team. Adam Smith, Kay Gibson and Tracy Logan.
    A south coast care home provider has tripled its investment in highly specialist nurses to help support more people and families living with dementia.
    Colten Care has welcomed two more Admiral Nurses to its team, including one at consultant level, under an expanding partnership with Dementia UK.
    The move follows the success of a first Admiral Nurse, Kay Gibson, in developing a group-wide dementia care strategy.
  • Community groups transform wasteland into dream garden

    A green-fingered group of Optalis customers have been out in force with gardening gloves and hedge trimmers transforming a wasteland into a garden, which is now flourishing.
    The garden at Turgis Farm, near Basingstoke, has been transformed over the years by the Conservation Group at Optalis’ Learning Disability Day Services using donations and upcycled objects.
    Optalis’ Senior Support Worker, Kelly Story, said: “I’m so proud of what our customers have achieved. They&rsqu
  • Company and cuddles for care home residents with dementia

    Reach Sled Dog Rescue recently visited Stocks Hall Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire to meet all the ladies and gentlemen living at the Home.
    REACH is a sled dog rescue founded in November 2015 focusing mainly on Huskies and Malamutes. Its five founders are all experienced sled dog owners with prior experience in animal rescue.
    The rescue relies heavily on the dedication of its community members with help fostering unwanted dogs, assisting with events and fundraising, as well a
  • Safe in Tees Valley National Citizenship Service engages with the elderly

    A BELLY dancing display and inspirational messages were used by young volunteers to cheer up elderly care home residents. 
    Students from the Safe in Tees Valley National Citizenship Service (NCS) took part in activities at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton-on-Tees.
    As well as putting on entertainment, such as belly dancing, they also designed and created canvases with inspiring messages to be displayed in the home.
    The group, all aged 15-to-17-year-old, also repainted the bri
  • Children were abused for decades in Catholic homes, Scottish inquiry finds

    Homes in Lanark and Rutherglen were places of fear and abuse, says inquiry chair A public inquiry has found that nuns, priests and staff at two Scottish children’s homes subjected children to regimes of fear, physical and sexual abuse for many decades.In its first interim report, published on Thursday, the Scottish child abuse inquiry (SCAI) found that boys and girls housed in two Catholic residential homes in Lanarkshire were systematically starved of love, dignity and compassion. Continu
  • New social work model: ‘You can take longer view, not just stick a plaster on issues’

    Named social worker programme has a simple goal: to help people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions lead a good lifePeter* has autism and a learning disability. Over the years, he and his family have had many social workers. Between the ages of four and 10, he had a good support worker, but when she left they lost a connection to someone who knew them well and who they could rely on. Peter’s parents said his social workers “changed with the seasons”;
  • Cold Weather Priority Initiative Aimed at Tackling Winter Deaths

    According to The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), each year in the UK, there are 40,000 so-called ‘excess winter deaths’ as a result of cold. 82.5% of these are among the elderly (aged 75 and over). Based on ONS data, in England alone there were as many as 1,724 extra deaths during the ‘Beast from the East’ (22 February to 3 March 2018). Across the UK the number the number may even be as high as 2000.
    In response to this and with winter approach
  • Lytham St Annes primary school children forge friendships with older people

    A local primary school in Lytham St Annes has forged an ongoing link with a recently opened care centre and will be delighting residents with regular visits.
    The junior school children (aged between eight and 10) from Heyhouses Church of England Primary School on Clarendon Road North in Lytham St Annes will be visiting the The Hamptons care centre, off Heyhouses Lane, two or three times each month for an uplifting afternoon of fun and interaction with the residents.
    Each visit will
  • Borough Care participate in Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk

    Borough Care staff recently took part in an Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk, which took place at Heaton Park in Manchester.  The group of twelve, along with one of the team’s dog, walked a total of seven kilometres around the park.  So far, the group has raised over £500 for Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s Society is a charity for anyone affected by dementia.   
    Borough Care staff have been participating in the Memory Walk for the past four year
  • Eachstep Blackburn delighted with CQC inspection!

    The Care Quality Commission has rated the care being provided at Eachstep Blackburn, operated by Community Integrated Care, to be Outstanding following an inspection August this year.CQC inspectors revisited the service to check whether improvements, identified at the previous inspection in 2017, had been made. Inspectors found that the service had taken the previous concerns seriously and addressed them, as well as making further improvements.Previously Eachstep Blackburn was rated Good overall
  • Social care at tipping point as quality of care dependent on postcode

    This year’s State of Care shows that most people are still getting good care – when they can access it.
    The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual assessment of the quality of health and social care in England shows that overall, quality has been largely maintained, and in some cases improved, from last year. This is despite continuing challenges around demand and funding, coupled with significant workforce pressures as all sectors struggle to recruit and retain staff. The effo
  • Care injustice as social care reaches tipping point and access to services sporadic country-wide

    This year’s State of Care shows that most people are still getting good care – when they can access it.
    The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual assessment of the quality of health and social care in England shows that overall, quality has been largely maintained, and in some cases improved, from last year. This is despite continuing challenges around demand and funding, coupled with significant workforce pressures as all sectors struggle to recruit and retain staff. The effo
  • NHS watchdog warns good healthcare is becoming more of a postcode lottery

    CQC chief blames ‘geographical disparities’ in England for lack of access to quality carePatients in England are increasingly being subjected to “care injustice” in which they can access either no or poor quality hospital, mental health and social care services, the NHS watchdog has warned.Access to good care is more and more of a lottery depending on where people live, with some areas providing only services that have been deemed substandard, according to the Care Qualit
  • New appropriate use criteria for lumbar puncture in Alzheimer's diagnosis

    In preparation for more tools that detect and measure the biology associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias earlier and with more accuracy, experts have published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for lumbar puncture (spinal tap) and spinal fluid analysis in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Almost 17,000 newborn babies taken into care in England in past nine years

    Many infants taken from their mothers in hospital within hours or days of deliveryThe number of newborn babies removed from their parents in care proceedings in England has increased by 136% in the past nine years, according to a report.Evidence published on Wednesday has revealed that 2,447 newborns were subject to care proceedings within one week of birth from 2016 to 2017, compared with 1,039 in 2007-08. Over the nine-year period, a total of 16,849 newborns were subject to care proceedings. C
  • Bradford care home enjoys ‘Outstanding’ result after CQC inspection

    The Care Quality Commission has rated the care being provided at Mill View to be Outstanding following an inspection April this year. The service is operated by Anchor Carehomes Limited and part of Anchor Trust.
    Mill View, on Bolton Lane, Bradford is a care home that provides accommodation and personal care for up to 50 people. It was previously in special measures after a CQC inspection in March 2016 rated the service Inadequate. Inspectors returned to the service in the following November and
  • 2018 award winners announced at NACC gala dinner

    The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) announced the winners of the 2018 NACC Awards at a gala dinner.
    The innovation, achievements and dedication of teams and individuals that make an exceptional contribution in the specialist field of care catering were rewarded and celebrated by the association’s members, industry partners and guests at the awards dinner held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. 
    The 2018 winners are:
  • UK-wide art campaign highlights problem of ‘bedblocking’

    Bed-based installations hope to raise awareness of patients stuck in hospital, which costs the NHS £550 a minuteOver the last month hospital beds have been popping up all over the UK – Chichester Cathedral, Princes Street in Edinburgh, Southampton and St Thomas’s hospital, London, to name a few. One is a bed that had pillows and blankets made of sandpaper, another bed frame has various body parts attached to it, while one piece features a man lying in a park with a 3D model of
  • Bolton care home acquired by new care operator

    DC Care have announced the completion of the sale of The Bungalow, Bolton in Lancashire.
    DC Care were instructed by Graham and Margaret Lowe to market the home which was offered to the market at a guide price of £775,000 approaching a range of buyers, from those seeking their first acquisition, to more experienced operators seeking to expand their portfolio.
    The home has been acquired by first time buyer and property investor Michael Greer who commented:- “I have recently purc
  • Statins show little promise for conditions other than heart disease

    Medicines commonly prescribed to reduce people's risk of heart attack may have limited use for treating other diseases, research suggests.
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  • Beaming smiles as Olwyn takes to the skies!

    99 year old Olwyn Hopkins with Davers Court lifestyle coordinate Katie Ramsbotham and pilot Liz Russell, ahead of her glider flight.
    The team at Davers Court care home in Suffolk really did reach for the skies to make the wish of one resident come true recently.
    Not content with organising an exhilarating sail in a two-person dinghy or a spin round the park in a rickshaw for other residents, the team members took things up a notch when they fulfilled the wish  made by 99-year-old Olw
  • Child mental health services will not meet demand, NAO warns

    Spending watchdog says even promised £1.4bn extra would leave ‘significant unmet need’Mental health services for children and young people will fall well short of meeting a growing demand for help, despite pledges by ministers to increase funding, a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.The National Audit Office said even if current plans to spend an extra £1.4bn on the sector were delivered, there would be “significant unmet need” because of
  • Hallmark Care Homes facility wins Knight Frank ‘Luxury Care Home’ award

    Head Judge Mike Parsons, Chair of Hallmark Care Homes Avnish Goyal, Managing Director at Hallmark Care Homes Ram Goyal and Director at Hallmark Care Homes Vidya Goyal
    Chamberlain Court, Hallmark Care Homes’ facility in Royal Tunbridge Wells, has scooped a prestigious design award.
    The residential, nursing and dementia care home, which opened its doors in July last year, won the ‘Luxury Care Home’ title at the esteemed Knight Frank Healthcare Property Dinner 2018.The awards, whi
  • ‘I had a moral duty’: whistleblowers on why they spoke up

    They took on warmongers, sexual abuse and tax dodgers. Would they do it again?In an age where information is tightly controlled by image-makers, spin doctors and gatekeepers, real scandal can often only be revealed with the help of whistleblowers.To mark the 25th anniversary of the whistleblowing charity Protect (formerly known as Public Concern at Work) – we focus on 12 people who have taken great personal risk to expose everything from warmongers to tax dodgers and sexual and physical ab
  • First resident moves into Scunthorpe Supported Living scheme

    A new supported living service run by Eden Futures in North Lincolnshire has welcomed its first resident last week.
    *Kelly moved into one of the eight specialist apartments that have been designed to provide a supported living service for people who require an alternative to residential care provision and with a learning disability or mental health need.
    The new service in Scunthorpe is a re-development of two existing bungalows into enhanced, specialist supported living apartments
  • Blandford care home in the running for national dining award

    Blandford Grange care home in Blandford Forum has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its catering excellence, as part of an innovation ‘Care Dine with Me’ competition.
    The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes group, provides residential and nursing care for up to 63 people, many of whom live with dementia.  Staff at the home pride themselves on the high quality care and support they provide to residents and a big part of this is the food served at the
  • Dementia initiative reinforces ‘Outstanding’ CQC classification for Southport care provider

    Care Manager Jonathan Cunningham takes Betty Beck (91) and James Highton (90) on a trip along Southport’s famous Lord Street.
    A decorated former soldier has used his military skills and imagination to back up his ‘outstanding’ classification from the Care Quality Commission by launching a ‘transformative’ initiative for dementia patients and those with learning difficulties. 
    And, he says, the lessons learned could benefit the whole care industry.
  • Care homes remain a compelling investment despite Brexit volatility

    The UK’s care homes remain a compelling proposition for investors, providing a defensive investment opportunity in the face of Brexit, according to the latest research from global property advisor Knight Frank.
    Knight Frank’s 2018 Care Homes Trading Performance Review demonstrates that the sector continues to be resilient despite uncertainty, with occupancy rates standing at a record high of 89.4%, whilst average weekly fees have risen for the seventh consecutive year, by 3.7%
  • Hospices care for 200,000 people a year, but they're powered by voluntary effort

    There’s a paradox inherent in the hospice movement: they’re integral, yet wouldn’t exist without volunteers and fundraisersHospices across the UK are this week supporting Hospice Care Week: seven days of events marking the extraordinary success of a movement that, in 50 years, has grown to become an essential arm of the nation’s health and care system – largely through voluntary effort.But the week is at least as much a fundraiser as a celebration: although hospices
  • Felixstowe care home resident celebrates 100th birthday

    A resident at Maynell House care home in Felixstowe has celebrated her 100th birthday, marking the occasion with a special party with family and friends. Marjorie Theobald has been a resident at the home on High Road East since March 2018 and celebrated her centennial year on the 5th September.
    Marjorie was born in Faversham in Kent and began her working life as a telephonist.  She married her husband Reginald in 1941 and continued her work as a telephonist during the war.  She
  • Camberley care home Memory Walk goes ahead in the downpour

    Kings Lodge care home on the Kings Ride in Camberley hosted its own Memory Walk on behalf of the Surrey Alzheimer’s Society on Saturday 6 October.
    The official walk for the county took place on the same day in Guildford but Kings Lodge new events manager Sandra Stock wanted to contribute by providing a smaller walk around the stunning grounds and nature trail that surround the award winning home.
    “The rain was not going to dampen our spirits,” Sandra said. “Residents and

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