UK firms step up hiring

British companies sharply stepped up hiring and offered higher pay to new staff last month as they grew more confident about economic recovery and prepared for COVID restrictions to ease. The REC said employers hired permanent staff at the fastest rate in 6 years and spending on temporary staff rose by the most since November 2017

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

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  • 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.

Carer who ‘always goes the extra mile’ beats 300 other nominees to national award

A North Lincolnshire carer has been recognised by families of people she has looked after for her constant dedication. Kathryn Sate was named the Hales Group’s Personal Approach award winner after being nominated by the families of three separate clients. The group employs 2,500 people nationally and Kathryn beat 300 other nominees to the award. Explaining how she’s able to achieve such a bond with the people she looks after, she said: “I just love my clients, I love caring and I love my job. I’ve been working as a carer for 22 years, which helps you to develop really strong bonds with your clients. I’m still completely overwhelmed to win though, I thought I was just coming in for a staff meeting.” Hales Group is a national care company which has its North Lincolnshire branch on Oswald Road in Scunthorpe. Its 2,500 employees give around 30,000 care hours a week for clients.

Louis Tomlinson praises Manchester bombing survivor as he presents her with NHS Heroes Award

Freya Lewis broke down in tears as she was praised by Louis Tomlinson for her epic fundraising efforts at the NHS Heroes Awards. The Manchester bombing survivor was presented with The Young Fundraiser Award by the former One Direction star after raising £27,000 for the hospital that saved her life. Almost a year ago Freya, 15, was unconscious in hospital, fighting for her life. She had been at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59. Freya suffered multiple fractures from shrapnel and the blast killed one of her best friends, Nell Jones, 14. She had multiple operations and was at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for five weeks. Doctors feared she may never walk again, but after three months in a wheelchair, she was back on her feet. Freya’s mum Alison says: “She is so determined. She has shown the most incredible strength.” Freya suffered multiple fractures, lacerations and burns from being hit by shrapnel in the blast. Next weekend Freya shows courage once again by taking part in the Great Manchester Run.

Long-awaited Lincoln medical school gets go-ahead

The first Lincolnshire medical school will open thanks to a successful joint bid by the University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School, on the University of Lincoln Brayford campus, will train the next generation of health professionals in an effort to fill severe staffing shortages in the region with UK-trained doctors. Funding has been secured for an initial 80 first year undergraduate places in September 2019 with a further 80 per intake in subsequent years. When it is at full capacity in a few years’ time, the new school promises to deliver medical training to around 400 undergraduate students. Students will study for a University of Nottingham BMBS medical degree and will undertake clinical placements at local hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare units in collaboration with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) and the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

Anglesea Heights Care Home in Ipswich to close

One of the biggest care homes in Ipswich is closing – and the news has come as a shock to residents and their families. Bosses at Anglesea Heights Care Home have announced they will be shutting the facility, which is privately run by BUPA, over a “lack of local demand”. Only 40 residents are currently living at the Anglesea Road premises despite the home having capacity to house 120, chiefs said. Managing director for BUPA care homes Barry Yarnley said: “It’s with regret that we’re announcing the closure of Anglesea Heights care home, due to a lack of local demand. Our residents’ wellbeing remains our top priority, which is why we’re working closely with the local authority and NHS partners to help find new homes for all our residents. Anglesea Heights will remain open until then.” Back in 2016, Anglesea Heights was named among six homes that were considered to be under performing by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It was put into special measures that same year but was lifted out again in April 2017 alongside nine others. Anglesea Heights currently has a CQC rating of ‘requires improvement’.

Granny (92) had nursing home install super speedy Wifi so she could Snapchat her grandkids

A Snapchat-loving granny has been named Ireland’s most tech savvy pensioner after winning eir’s Silver Surfer Award. Doreen Thew (92) moved to Ireland from London two years ago to be closer to her son Peter, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren after the death of her husband. The iPad loving granny made sure, however, that her nursing home had an adequate Wifi system in place before her arrival. The pensioner regularly Facetimes with her friends and family in the UK and keeps up to date with her grandchildren on Snapchat. Doreen, who lives in TLC Nursing Home in Maynooth, also loves a bit of online shopping and said Google is really handy to help identify the types of birds that find the way into her garden.

Health Secretary apologises for cancellations

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised after winter pressure on the NHS forced tens of thousands of planned operations in England to be postponed. He said it was “unacceptable” for patients to face additional pain because of the cancellations that aim to free up hospital staff and beds. Prime Minister Theresa May and NHS chiefs have also denied hospitals in England are in crisis after under-pressure wards were instructed to delay pre-planned ops and routine outpatient appointments for several weeks. Their claims of being “better prepared” for the winter demands have been questioned by the Royal Collage of Emergency Medicine, who said: “We note the influence of the flu, norovirus and cold weather on the NHS, all of which were predicted.” The strain in England’s hospitals came as new figures out Wednesday showed a slight decline in the number of cancellations of planned operations in NHS Scotland. Leading medics have warned every emergency department in the country is struggling to cope with winter pressures. Some hospitals have declared themselves at the most severe pressure level while ambulance services have also expressed severe concern, with some even resorting to taxis to ferry patients to hospital.

Worst nurse shortage ever

Large numbers of NHS nurses are ­quitting because of staff shortages and poor pay, it is claimed. Britain’s top nurse Janet Davies spoke out as it emerged the health service faced an “unprecedented” crisis with the number of unfilled posts doubling in three years to 40,000. It comes as new polling suggests major public concern for hospital safety with seven in ten people believing nurses are underpaid and similar numbers saying there are not enough of them. Ms Davies, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “There is a perfect storm engulfing nursing and the stakes could scarcely be higher. After years of warnings, the nursing profession is officially shrinking. The best nurses feel forced to throw in the towel because of unprecedented staff shortages, relentless pressure and poor pay. The NHS is being dragged down by the worst nursing shortage in its history. Ministers cannot be caught idle. Experienced nursing staff are leaving in droves, not because they don’t like the job, but because they can’t afford to stay.” The NHS does not publish national data on nurse vacancies, but the RCN found 40,000 vacant posts earlier this year after freedom of information requests to trusts. That figure stood at 20,000 in 2013.

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