Category : Lincoln University

Vale of Belvoir wartime hero Dennis celebrates 100th birthday

  • Chris Easom
  • April 30, 2020

A man who helped save the life of a seriously injured airman after his plane crashed near Melton during the Second World War has celebrated his 100th birthday. Dennis Kirk was serenaded by villagers as they gathered in the garden of his home at Plungar to sing happy birthday accompanied by a lone trumpeter. It was a lovely moment for Dennis and his 93-year-old wife, Joan, and with the need to maintain social distancing on his special day he had a video conferencing call with family members. He retains remarkably vivid memories from his life stretching back to the 1920s and to that harrowing moment when he came to the aid of the surviving airman in that wartime RAF aircraft crash in 1943. Dennis, who has received nearly 100 birthday cards including the traditional one from The Queen, continues to mow his own large garden and puts his longevity down to a healthy life spent mainly doing farmwork in the open air.

Are you geared up for this year’s Steampunk Festival in Lincoln?

The historic city of Lincoln will be transformed on August Bank Holiday weekend as the biggest and longest running Steampunk festival on Earth returns for the 11th year. The annual event which takes place between August 23rd -26th, celebrates a steam powered world in the late 19th century and attracts visitors from all over the world. So expect to see a swarm of people taking to the famous cobbled streets in top hats, flying goggles, corsets and flamboyant feathers. Over the holiday weekend, the city will play host to a full convention-style day programme with a fringe style programme of art, literature, music, fashion and comedy.

Couple celebrate 60th wedding anniversary with virtual train ride at care home

  • StaffAid
  • July 8, 2019

A besotted couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a virtual train ride – without ever setting foot outside. Kenneth Hudson, 87, and wife Anne, 83, tucked into salmon followed by custard – all served on china – as they “sped” from Cambridgeshire to Warwickshire. The couple, who met 66 years ago when Ken stole some of Anne’s chips, were treated to views of rolling countryside on the Gateway Express’ TV screen “windows”. Sounds including a whistle and track rumbles added to the atmosphere and they even bought a “ticket to paradise” at a booth before getting on board. Former barmaid Anne cried when she saw the eight-seater carriage at Gateway Care Home, Bradford, where Ken now lives. She said: “It is so posh, it is fabulous. It really does feel like a train, with the noises and the scenery. I haven’t been on a train with Ken for over ten years so this is amazing.” Ex-joiner Ken has advanced dementia and Anne is a regular visitor.

70,000 + extra care home places needed by 2025

More than 70,000 extra care home places will be needed by 2025, with pensioners now spending twice as long living without independence, a Lancet study suggests. Women over the age of 65 can now expect to spend the last three years of their lives in a care home, or receiving help several times daily, the research shows. Two decades ago, they could expect to spend the last 18 months of their lives in need of such help. The average man will receive such care for the last two and a half years of his life – when 20 years earlier, they could expect to spend just over a year in need of such assistance.

Portuguese nurse scoops top UK care prize

A Portuguese nurse, who moved to the UK several years ago in search of employment which she failed to find in her home country, has won a top UK prize in her professional field, being voted the ‘Best Nurse’ in England. Sílvia Nunes who emigrated to the UK in 2014, was awarded the Great British Care Award in the category of Best Nurse for Innovation, Creativity and Attention at Work. The 34-year-old was in the running with seven other colleagues in the Good Nurse Awards, and was the only foreigner nominated in her category. This is Ms. Nunes’ second top nursing prize in the UK, after being chosen as ‘Best Nurse – East of England’ by the same institution last year, as well as being named ‘Personality of 2018’.

NMC decides not to treat trainee nursing associates as supernumerary

A decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Council means that trainee nursing associates will not be entitled to supernumerary status. The NMC has approved controversial proposals for an alternative approach to nursing associate training, which moves away from the traditional supernumerary status that is used for undergraduate nurses. The new approach allows trainee nursing associates to be included within staffing numbers in order to “adequately safeguard patients”. Individual employers will work with education institutions, to identify when trainee nursing associate need supported learning time. A survey of 412 trainee nursing associates revealed that 91% believe they would have ‘increased learning opportunities’ with a more traditional supernumerary status. 72% said they had missed learning opportunities because they were unable to be released from practice.

2018 StaffAid Care Leadership Award

For the second year running we are proud to sponsor the annual Lincolnshire Care Awards. The 2018 StaffAid Care Leadership Award will be awarded to an individual in a residential care setting who can demonstrate leadership that leads to improved quality of life for the users of their service. They could be a supervisor, senior care worker, team leader, ICare Ambassador, manager or anyone demonstrating outstanding leadership skills. Nick Carroll, StaffAid owner, said ‘it is an absolute pleasure to once again support LinCA by sponsoring one of their awards. I am also privileged to be one of the judges again. Last year was a great event and hearing some of the inspirational stories from nominees was very moving’.

The awards evening will take place on February 28th 2019 at the County Assembly Rooms, Lincoln.

Double Celebration for University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is marking a double celebration following news of a major national award for its Vice Chancellor and a rise to its highest ever league table position. Lincoln has risen to 43rd in the Complete University Guide 2019, an achievement which is complemented by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart, winning The Guardian’s ‘Inspiring Leader 2018’ at a ceremony in London. The award recognises inspirational leadership within the UK higher education sector and celebrates institutions and leaders who have had a far-reaching impact on higher education, who have encouraged innovation, and demonstrated visionary thinking.

See us at the Lincolnshire Independent Care Conference June 7th 2018

We are proud to be supporting the Lincolnshire Independent Care Conference on Thursday June 7th. The conference will be held at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln between 9.30am – 4pm. We will have a stand promoting our services to both care homes and nurses & carers. Why not come and say hello and pick up some freebies – see you there!!


Specialist nursing agency lends support of upcoming overseas project for student nurse

Lincoln and Leicester-based nursing agency StaffAid provide highly skilled and experienced agency nurses and healthcare assistants to care homes, hospices and private hospitals.

The agency is delighted to announce sponsorship of a talented student nurse, Gemma Bolton, as she embarks on a four-week voluntary placement in July to Tanzania. Gemma is currently in her second year of study at the University of Lincoln, UK, and the trip to Tanzania will enable her to explore different areas of nursing in a high-pressure environment. The role will call upon the specialist care she has learned to provide, as she helps the local community at the Amana hospital in Dar es Salaam, including caring for patients suffering with HIV.

A crowd-funding campaign has been established to help raise the funds Gemma needs to undertake the trip, and StaffAid, in conjunction with Dr Sharon Black, Director of Nurse Education at the University of Lincoln, are backing Gemma every step of the way.  “I am delighted that StaffAid is able to support Gemma by paying for her return flight to Tanzania” says Nick Carroll, Managing Director at StaffAid. “Supporting local people and businesses is extremely important to us. This is an exciting opportunity for Gemma, enabling her to make a positive impact where it is sorely needed. Gemma will also gain invaluable experience that will benefit her future nursing career.”

Not only does StaffAid offer continuous support to its talented bank of nursing and care professionals, but the company is always seeking new customers in need of superior agency staff. Find out more about StaffAid at or follow the company on Facebook at @StaffAidHQ to stay up to date with the latest news.

For more information on Gemma’s story, visit her JustGiving page at

Above: Nick Carroll, Managing Director of StaffAid [left], alongside Dr Sharon Black, Director of Nurse Education at the University of Lincoln [right], and Gemma Bolton, Student Nurse [centre]