Recent UK Care News

Care homes urged to ‘clean up’ infection prevention guidelines

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care homes urged to ‘clean up’ infection prevention guidelines

Care homes are being urged to remind staff, residents and visitors of their infection prevention guidelines during this year’s International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW). IIPW takes place across the globe every October to raise awareness of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) and the effect infection control has on patient and resident safety. These HCAIs cost the NHS […]

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Care homes praise home grown PR

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care homes praise home grown PR

Care homes embrace story telling as a powerful marketing tool as they praise a new, specific to the care industry, do it yourself PR toolkit.   Called Practical PR for your Care Home, the product is the brainchild of Colette Lowe from Chew PR and Simon Beck from Care Home Marketing Expert, who together felt […]

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Victory for adults with autism as new care system changes to recognise hidden needs

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Victory for adults with autism as new care system changes to recognise hidden needs

The National Autistic Society (NAS) announced a victory for adults with autism as changes to the new care system have recognised their hidden needs. The NAS’s social reform campaign, Careless, has won vital improvements to the Government rules accompanying the new Care Act which identify who will and won’t receive help. Careless, which was launched […]

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Care Show Birmingham to kick off with information and advice that every care provider needs!

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care Show Birmingham to kick off with information and advice that every care provider needs!

        The Keynote Seminar Theatre at The Care Show will host more than 30 leading industry commentators during this year’s event at the Birmingham NEC (November 4 & 5).Topics covered include: The Care Act – Implications for Providers; Understanding and marketing to the self funder; Recruitment training and retaining of staff; Occupancy levels and CQC […]

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Hanover Housing awarded for recognising how animals play a part maintaining health and well being

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hanover Housing awarded for recognising how animals play a part maintaining health and well being

For the fourth consecutive year, Hanover Housing Association has retained its RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint. The success is thanks to the age exclusive housing provider’s continued commitment to animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. The RSPCA’S Animal Welfare Footprint is part of a scheme designed to celebrate, promote and reward the work of housing providers […]

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Care England welcomes positive platform for stakeholders in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care England welcomes positive platform for stakeholders in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View

Care England welcomes positive platform for stakeholders in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View   This Five Year Forward View presents a positive platform for stakeholders from a range of sectors to work more co-operatively over the next five years and beyond.   Care England particularly welcomes the acknowledgement that residents in care homes often […]

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NHS Confederation, NHS Employers and NHS Partners responds to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
NHS Confederation, NHS Employers and NHS Partners responds to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View

Welcoming NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, NHS Confederation chief executive Rob Webster, said: On Leading Change “The NHS requires a new burning ambition that we can all get behind – one that will deliver a 21st century health and care system for the future. The Five Year Forward View provides many of the elements […]

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Care home residents switch on to the power of Skype

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home residents switch on to the power of Skype

Residents and relatives at Burnham-based, Lent Rise House, a nursing home run by local charity, The Fremantle Trust, recently enjoyed a demonstration on the benefits of staying in touch via the internet. There was a demonstration on how simple it was to make a call via Skype from both a laptop and a tablet by […]

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Alzheimer’s Society responds to the new national criteria for social care eligibility

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s Society responds to the new national criteria for social care eligibility

Today the Government has published the final regulations and guidance for the implementation of part one of the Care Act. Coming into force in April 2015, changes include a national minimum eligibility criteria for social care. Responding to this, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘In setting the eligibility criteria for council-funded social care so […]

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Bank of Scotland Senses Need for Eco-Garden

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bank of Scotland Senses Need for Eco-Garden

An innovative sensory eco-garden that is specifically designed to bring positive benefits to people living with dementia is to open in Milngavie. The Bank of Scotland Foundation awarded a grant of £11,000 to Scotland’s leading care and housing provider, Bield, to develop the project at their Oakburn Park Day Care in Milngavie. Plans to create […]

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Holiday rescue mission leaves residents bowled over

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Holiday rescue mission leaves residents bowled over

Bupa care home staff stepped in to save the day after a long-planned weekend break for residents threatened to fall apart at the last minute. The annual trip to an Ayrshire holiday park is one of the highlights in the social calendar for residents at Bupa’s Ailsa Craig Care Home in Glasgow. So staff and […]

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Investing in staff is key to business success says giant of social care

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Investing in staff is key to business success says giant of social care

A GIANT of the UK social care sector says investing in his staff has been one of the main reasons for his success.   Mike Parsons, the founder and former chief executive of Barchester Healthcare, was a keynote speaker at the recent meeting of the Wrexham Business Professionals where he shared some of the secrets […]

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Keeping active pays off in your 70s and 80s

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Keeping active pays off in your 70s and 80s

Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research has revealed. The findings, published in the journal PLoS ONE, reinforce the need for exercise programmes to help older people stay active. It could […]

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Bernard Cribbins stresses importance of connecting young and old through storytelling

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bernard Cribbins stresses importance of connecting young and old through storytelling

A charity is tackling the disconnect between generations as research reveals nearly half (47%) of older people think younger people are simply not interested in what they have to say. Proving this point, research by older people’s charity Anchor found a third of children questioned said they didn’t know what their grandparents had done for […]

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Home care company proud to support local Welsh care awards

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Home care company proud to support local Welsh care awards

With so much negative press surrounding the care industry, we are constantly reminded of the sector’s failings.  In actual fact, the awful stories we watch, hear and read about over-shadow the incredible work that is done everyday by thousands of dedicated carers.   This Friday, the Wales Care Awards will be celebrating all of the […]

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Improving communication with elderly people

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Improving communication with elderly people

5 tips for better communication with elderly people In this blog we explore how to improve communication with elderly people. Follow our 5 tips for better communication with the elderly and reap the rewards of better engagement with older people. Whether this is required as part of your work or if you have elderly relatives, […]

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Key care figures respond to GP dementia diagnosis payments

October 22, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Key care figures respond to GP dementia diagnosis payments

The announcement that family doctors in England will be paid £55 for each patient they diagnose with dementia has been condemned by The Patients Association as ”a step too far”. Alzheimer’s Society comment: Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said: ‘For no other disease would we tolerate only half the people getting a diagnosis. […]

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And the winner is….. Durham care home scoops award!

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
And the winner is….. Durham care home scoops award!

Residents and staff at Birchwood Court Care Home in Easington have been celebrating after being awarded the ‘Best Business Award’ in the recent Easington Village Scarecrow Competition.   As it was their first time entering the contest, everyone at Birchwood Court was keen to make a winning impression. They decided to go with a ‘living […]

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NHS PATIENTS PROVIDED WITH BE MINDFUL COURSE AS AN INTERVENTION FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
NHS PATIENTS PROVIDED WITH BE MINDFUL COURSE AS AN INTERVENTION FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

Jenny Edwards CBE Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said, ‘ This is a great way to show mindfulness in action.  A number of employers and individuals already access our online course but this is the first time to our knowledge that an NHS Foundation Trust has used it with patients.’ She went on […]

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NHS Confederation comments on State of Care report

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
NHS Confederation comments on State of Care report

NHS Confederation responds to CQC State of Care report Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:  “We know you cannot inspect quality into services. Quality and value is the primary responsibility of Boards, NHS leaders, staff and teams. Inspection by external teams, including individuals with expertise gained as both professionals and patients, is a […]

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Lancashire homecare provider supports a dementia friendly Oldham

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lancashire homecare provider supports a dementia friendly Oldham

Caremark (Oldham), a Lancashire home care provider has announced its commitment to partner in the Oldham Dementia Partnership as well as become members of the Oldham Dementia Action Alliance. The award winning home care company has been providing bespoke care and support services to the people of Oldham for the last three years and this […]

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Politicians’ fears of public opposition to NHS changes are misplaced – NHS Confed

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Politicians’ fears of public opposition to NHS changes are misplaced – NHS Confed

Politicians’ fears of public opposition to NHS changes are misplaced, finds NHS Confederation survey Poll shows public ready to support evidence-based change, and want more information on health service finance to engage in ‘honest debate’ Vital changes to local NHS services will not necessarily engender the opposition from patients and the public that politicians expect, […]

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RBS latest deal: Positive future for North Somerset GP Surgery

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
RBS latest deal: Positive future for North Somerset GP Surgery

Somerset-based Mendip Batch Medical Limited has purchased the freehold of their premises for £3.3m to secure the future of their Langford GP surgery, Wrington Vale Medical Practice. The surgery is owned by five directors, all boasting years of experience within the medical field, and all in agreement to seek finance to fund the freehold after […]

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The Grass Is Always Greener In Greenock

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Grass Is Always Greener In Greenock

Tenants at a Bield sheltered housing development in Greenock are set to see that the grass is always greener with the launch of a new garden. The large landscaping project began a year ago when the ‘perimeter block flats’ around Carwood Court were demolished as they had become unpopular and difficult to let. As well […]

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New Barnsley care home provides specialist care and creates jobs

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Barnsley care home provides specialist care and creates jobs

The opening of a new care home in Barnsley, funded by Yorkshire Bank, will create more than 40 jobs and deliver much-needed care for the elderly and those with specialist needs. Ward Green Lodge Care Home, near Worsbrough, south of Barnsley, is a purpose-built care home able to cater for 64 residents and is being […]

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Poole care home celebrates first anniversary

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Poole care home celebrates first anniversary

It was party time at The Potteries in Poole last week, when the Care UK home celebrated its first anniversary.   Over 70 people including residents, their family, friends and every member of the team, gathered at the care home for a very special party to celebrate a successful first year. Entertainment was provided by […]

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Belong scoops Extra Care Provider award

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Belong scoops Extra Care Provider award

North West care provider, Belong, has won the Extra Care Provider category at the prestigious LaingBuisson Independent Healthcare Awards 2014. The not-for-profit organisation that operates five care villages in the North West was recognised for the success of its Belong apartment schemes.   Every Belong community care village comprises a number of apartments for independent […]

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Lancashire’s leading care provider joins national Living Wage Scheme

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lancashire’s leading care provider joins national Living Wage Scheme

One of Lancashire’s leading care providers, Preston-based Mosaic Community Care, has joined over 950 UK-based companies, to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage, which is has cross party support, is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. Calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, employers choose to […]

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Czajka Care Group brews up funds for charities

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Czajka Care Group brews up funds for charities

Czajka Care Group has raised just over £870 for three charities following a series of fund-raising activities. The Saltaire-based company hosted a successful event at its Fairmount Park Clubhouse in Nab Wood, Shipley and at its Staveley Birkleas care home to raise £359.13 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the charity’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee […]

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Steven Dorrell MP to discuss The State of Care in the UK at the Care Show

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Steven Dorrell MP to discuss The State of Care in the UK at the Care Show

The Care Show, Birmingham will host a high-profile debate featuring the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP; John Telling, Group Corporate Affairs Director, MiTie; Sara McKee, Founder of Evermore; Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive, Anchor; Andrew Cannon, Managing Director, Bupa Care Services, Bupa UK and David L Jones, Partner, Deloitte. Taking place at 4pm on the […]

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New Care Projects unveil The Grand in Nottingham

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Care Projects unveil The Grand in Nottingham

With build well underway and the opening scheduled for March 2015, New Care Projects has exclusively unveiled plans for its £7 million care facility in West Bridgford.   The purpose-built 82 bed care home, located on Greythorne Drive, will be known as The Grand.  The impressive facility will benefit from an array of communal lounges […]

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