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RCN Nurse of the Year

Taurai Matare has been named RCN Nurse of the Year 2019 for her innovative work in transforming her unit, its care pathways and workforce over 14 years. The matron for ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, received the accolade at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. Ms Matare, an advanced nurse practitioner, was recognised in part for her role in achieving a zero nurse vacancy rate in eye theatres at the hospital, as well as zero complaints in 2018. The Care Quality Commission has described the theatres as the ‘gold star’ of Whipps Cross. In addition, 80% of the trust’s ophthalmology staff would recommend the unit as a place to work. Ms Matare was named as the overall winner, having earlier won the Leadership category at the awards. On being named RCN Nurse of the Year, Ms Matare said: ‘I have been a nurse for over 25 years, and to be recognised in this way for me is the pinnacle of my career.’

Oxford named as best university in the world, new rankings show

The UK is home to the best university in the world, but the nation is facing intense competition from overseas institutions, new rankings show. Oxford University has topped the latest Times Higher Education world university rankings for the fourth year in a row. Overall, the UK has 28 institutions in the top 200, down from 29 last year. Of these, almost two-thirds (18 universities) have fallen by at least one place. The annual list rates more than 1,300 universities in 92 countries on five areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. While Oxford was named the best-performing university globally, Cambridge University takes third place in the list. This is down one place on last year, when it was second.

Sophies a winner at Nottingham’s Nurse and Midwife of the Year awards

  • Chris Easom
  • October 18, 2019

Nurses and midwives across Nottinghamshire scooped a number of awards at a special event to mark their achievements. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) organised the annual Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards on October 14th.  More than 300 nominations for the awards were received from patients, relatives and colleagues to celebrate those who work tirelessly across Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital, Ropewalk House, as well as within the community. The shortlisted candidates enjoyed a ceremony held at Crowne Plaza in Nottingham. Sophie Robson, a Nurse in the Assessment Unit of the Nottingham Children’s Hospital was named the overall winner on the night. Sophie, who also achieved the Children’s Nurse of the Year accolade, was given a glowing nomination by the mother of one of her patients and received the highest number of public votes.

Strictly’s Flavia dances into Loughborough to open new £10m care home

  • Chris Easom
  • October 18, 2019

Strictly Come Dancing’s Flavia Cacace waltzed into Loughborough to open the town’s newest care home, Woodthorpe Lodge. The local community joined the opening day celebrations with guided tours of the luxury facilities. Guests also had the opportunity to meet Flavia to get photographs and autographs. Youngsters from Loughborough Dance School performed an acrobatic dance for Flavia and guests, before Flavia officially opened the care home with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Off-duty trainee nursing associate saves man’s life after car crash

A trainee nursing associate at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been praised for saving a man’s life after a car crash happened near her home. Jade Myatt, who works on the acute medical unit, was driving from her uncle’s home in Stirchley to her own house in Madeley, near Telford, when she came across the scene of the accident. Ms Myatt performed CPR on the man who she believed was having a heart attack, while she waited for an ambulance to arrive. The driver was subsequently taken to the trust’s Princess Royal Hospital where he was stabilised before being transferred to University Hospitals of North Midlands in Stoke. Ms Myatt is due to qualify as a nursing associate in January and said she planned to gain more experience before going on to study to become a registered nurse.

Taxi drivers take care home residents on free day trip

Residents and staff at a Bath care home were treated to a free taxi ride to a nearby farm as part of a fun day out. Taxi driver Paul Roles, a prominent figure around Bath, got in touch with Winfield Lodge Residential care home with the idea of giving its residents a day to remember. After Mr Roles acquired the help of fellow cabbies, Mike Bean and Stephen Lasota. Thanks to the taxi drivers, care home residents and staff were driven to Bath City Farm, and enjoyed a couple of hours of seeing the farm animals and a spot of tea and cake too.

Leicester Curry Awards and Age UK launch ‘Naan for a Nan’ campaign to help the elderly

Organisers of the Leicester Curry Awards have teamed up with Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland to launch a unique campaign which celebrates the valuable contributions of older people in the local community. ‘Naan for a Nan and Poppodum for a Pop’ is being launched to tie in with National Grandparents Day, which this year takes place on Sunday October 6th. The event is now underway and will run until Monday October 7th. Campaign organisers say that despite the vital role that older people play, they continually face some of the hardest challenges in our society. They say that many older people are currently left to struggle without their basic care needs being met, which makes day-to-day life a continual battle. Loneliness is also a growing problem amongst older people, with more than 180,000 local people saying that they feel lonely, resulting in Leicestershire being ranked amongst the worst in the country. It is hoped that ‘Naan for a Nan and Poppodum for a Pop’ will help combat these issues.

Bournemouth care home rated as one of the best in England

LIGHTWEIGHT frying pans and a mobile garden are just two of the innovations that have helped a Bournemouth care home become one of only four in the UK to be rated as Outstanding in all areas. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission made an unannounced visit to Bupa Queensmount and noted that: “An outstandingly caring culture was promoted at every level. Without exception everything the service did was to enhance the lives of the people living there and their families.” Among the innovations staff devised for their residents was a mobile garden so that those who were confined to bed could still enjoy a little gardening. The report also praised activities at the home, stating how they were tailored around residents’ personal interests and people were encouraged to get involved with daily tasks to help them feel valued.

Gin declared the key to long-life by 102-year-old care home resident

A RESIDENT at a care home in Basingstoke has celebrated a milestone birthday. Ellen ‘Nellie’ Barton, who lives in Barchester Healthcare-run St Thomas Care Home, was joined by friends and relatives for her 102nd birthday. Daughter Jean said: “Nellie is and has been a fantastic mother, sister, auntie, grandmother and friend to so many over the past 102 years, and it’s wonderful to be with her on this very special day to say just how proud she makes us feel.” The secret to a long life is kindness to others, as well as gin, according to Nellie.

New hospital to be built in Cornwall

  • Chris Easom
  • September 15, 2019

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the 20 NHS organisations to receive a share of £850 million in new funding. The trust will receive £99.9 million which will go towards a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the centre of the Royal Cornwall Hospital site in Truro. It is the only trust in the South West to benefit from the huge cash injection. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Today I’ve announced a multi-million pound cash injection for vital upgrades to 20 hospitals across the country – delivering on my commitment to make sure funds are reaching frontline services as quickly as possible.”

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