Category : NHS

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.

Nurses made to ‘choose between paperwork and patient care’ because of staff shortages, RCN warns

Nursing staff are being forced to choose between finishing paperwork and treating patients, as the chronic staff shortages in the NHS continue to hamper the care staff can give, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned. In a major report on nurse morale the RCN says the profession is “on the brink”, with the 43,000 vacant full-time nursing posts across the UK hampering their ability to do the job to the best of their ability. The shortage is a major source of public concern as well, with a YouGov poll of the public revealing 74% of people think there are not enough nurses to run the health service safely – and addressing this was their top priority for the NHS. For its report the RCN surveyed 30,000 nursing staff, many of who explained how the current shortages were affecting them. Some of the main concerns identified were that a lack of time means fundamentals of personal and patient care are not carried out, with nurses unable to find time to wash patients or get them back in to bed. The burden of paperwork and auditing, a major part of this government’s drive to make the NHS the safest and most transparent health service in the world through data monitoring, is another burden. Nurses also raised concerns about the lack of time to discuss patients’ care needs and next steps with love ones and relatives.

Lincoln Ranked 22nd in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019

The University of Lincoln has been ranked 22nd in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019. The institution has risen 25 places in the national league table, driven by its success in student satisfaction and an impressive student continuation rate. This latest success follows a rise to 43rd position in the Complete University Guide, which saw the University ranked in the top 10 for subjects in Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. The University has also been rated TEF Gold – the highest standard possible – in a national independent assessment of teaching quality in higher education. Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “I am enormously proud of our University community and am grateful to all staff and students for the contribution they have made to our success .”

Over 3,000 more midwifery training places offered

More than 3,000 places on midwifery training courses are to be created over the next four years in England as part of plans to meet NHS staffing demands. The government has announced a 25% boost in training places, which it said amounted to the “largest ever” increase in NHS midwives and maternity staff. It follows a similar plan for nurses which was announced last year. The Royal College of Midwives welcomed the move but said training more midwives was only half of the problem. The plan needs investment and time to make it work, the RCM added. An extra 650 midwifery training places will be created next year, followed by 1,000 new places for the three subsequent years.

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.

National award for 92-year-old who takes wife dinner at her care home

Devoted 92-year-old Albert Dooley visits his wife Doreen twice a day at her care home and takes her dinner every evening. Doreen, also 92, suffers from dementia and is a permanent resident at Morton Grange care home, near Alfreton. Now his devotion has been recognised with a top national award, which was presented by Radio 2 star Jeremy Vine. Albert said: “I come here twice a day, seven days a week. Once in the morning and once in the evening to bring her dinner. Doreen does respond to me sometimes too, which I think is down to the fact that I come over so much so she recognises me. I also come to read out the bingo every week. I do it because I enjoy doing it, I have my own bingo machine and it breaks the monotony of people’s days. It’s also good for your brain and makes you think.” Albert has been married to Doreen for 67 years and said “I’ve had an absolutely wonderful marriage”.

Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off

The home of the Red Arrows air display team is to be sold off, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. RAF Scampton, which was also home to 617 Squadron as they prepared for the Dambusters mission in World War Two, has housed the Red Arrows since 2000. Six hundred people currently work at the site near Lincoln. The MoD, which wants to save £3bn by 2040, is also closing RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire where 300 people work. The government said RAF Scampton will close in 2022 with the Red Arrows relocating to a site “more fit for purpose”. Plans were also confirmed to transfer basic and fast jet training from RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire to RAF Valley on Anglesey in 2019 and cease using Linton in 2020.

Removing the student nurse bursary has been a disaster

Two years on from the removal of the NHS student bursary, applications to nursing degree courses have plummeted by a third in England. Numbers applying to begin training in September 2018 have dropped 12% compared to the same time last year, resulting in a total decline of 16,580 since March 2016, the last year students received financial support through the bursary. The fall in mature student numbers has been even more extreme, with a 16% drop by the June application deadline compared to the same point last year, and a total decline of 40% since June 2016.

Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive, said: “Failing to recruit more nurses puts patients at risk, and with 40,000 nurse vacancies in England alone, we cannot sit back and watch applications fall year on year. It is clear now that removing the bursary has been a disaster. It is time ministers looked again at this policy, before patients suffer the consequences.

Two Cambridgeshire doctors honoured at glitzy NHS Heroes Awards ceremony

Steven Tsui and Stephen Large work at Cambridgeshire’s Royal Papworth Hospital and have been dubbed ‘Pioneering Heroes’ at the NHS Heroes Awards. The pair made it possible to restart a beating heart allowing a new type of transplant. Their work means more people on the donor register can receive a heart, saving more lives. They are among the winners named by organisers ITV and the Mirror as part of the event celebrating 70th anniversary of the NHS. Stephen Large, consultant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital, said: “It is a huge honour to win this award in recognition of our work to establish DCD heart transplantation at Royal Papworth Hospital. After many years of research, I am incredibly proud of the results we have achieved so far. It is wonderful to see more than 40 people getting a second chance at life following a successful DCD transplant.” Consultant surgeon Steven Tsui added that it was a ‘real honour’ to receive the NHS Pioneering Hero award.

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.

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