Category : NHS

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.

Happy birthday NHS – July 5th 2018!

The NHS will celebrate its 70th birthday this year, after a difficult decade since the global financial crisis culminating in one of the most testing years in our history. The terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, along with the Grenfell Tower tragedy, saw all emergency services, including NHS staff, respond with skill and bravery. Our health service, while still ranked among the best in the world, has never been busier. The NHS sees almost 1.5 million patients every day in England alone. So as well as celebrating its many achievements, in our landmark year we must also reaffirm our commitment to a taxpayer-funded service, based on clinical need and not the ability to pay. Happy birthday NHS – and thank you for doing such an amazing job.

Care homes face ‘huge shortfall’ in available beds

Up to 3,000 elderly people will not be able to get beds in UK care homes by the end of 2018, research suggests. Research commissioned by BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme reveals a huge shortfall in the number of beds available. Increasing demand from an ageing population could see that grow to more than 70,000 beds in nine years’ time. The Department of Health said local authorities in England had been given an extra £2bn to help fund social care, but in the past three years one in 20 UK care home beds has closed, and research suggests not enough are being added to fill the gap. The research found that since 2002 an average of 7,000 new care home beds had opened in the UK every year, but by 2026 there would be an additional 14,000 people needing residential care home places per year. Lead researcher James Kingdom said: “We’re currently building half the number of care home beds every year that we need.”


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]

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).

Nursing course applications fall for second year after student bursary scrapped

Applications to study nursing in England have fallen for a second year, dropping by a third since the Government removed bursaries in 2017 requiring nurses and midwives to pay £9,000 a year in fees. Ucas figures for the first wave of applicants hoping to start university courses in September 2018 show that the number of students wanting to study NHS nursing have again fallen sharply, by 13 per cent on last year. This is despite the Government dropping the bursary so that more nurses could be trained, as places were previously capped by what the NHS could afford. Nursing bosses said this ambition has failed and some form of incentive, such as student loan write-offs for nurses who are trained and work in the NHS, is urgently needed to avert “unimaginable problems” in the future.

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’.

Soldier survives near death in Vietnam to marry his nurse, celebrate 50 years of marriage

It was after midnight at a U.S. Army hospital in Vietnam when nurse Soni Talbert met the man she’d marry within two weeks. The problem, however, was that it wasn’t clear if he was going to live. He was wheeled in on a stretcher by corpsmen, soon after shrapnel from an artillery strike severed an artery in his right leg. By the time Lt. David Talbert arrived at the 3rd Surgical Hospital in Dong Tam in the midst of the Vietnam War, he’d lost more than half of his blood. He was in danger of losing his leg — and life. Within two weeks David Talbert and Lt. Soni Talbert tied the knot at another hospital in Vietnam. Now, both 72 they have just celebrate their 50th anniversary. “I just had a feeling of ‘this is someone special,’” Soni Talbert said. “We both just knew we were right for each other.”

Nursing home looks normal on outside – Inside is designed to be a familiar 1940’s neighbourhood

The Lantern nursing home located in Ohio is only one of three amazing facilities designed specifically for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Designed to look like small houses with porches leading out to a golf course, the living facility feels like a community in the 1940s. With incredible attention to detail, including paint schemes reminiscent of the time period, Lantern is an incredibly unique living facility. Using special fibre optics in the ceiling, the facility recreates a special daylight and starry sky atmosphere in the building. The floors of the facility are painted green to represent the grass, and an array of sound effects such as bird chirps are played throughout. “Every little thing you see, the wall colour, the paint, actually has a therapeutic benefit, a therapeutic value,” says CEO Jean Makesh. As a trained occupational therapist, Makesh has created the perfect environment for these special patients. After learning how controlled environments can lead to major reductions in anxiety, anger, and depression, he decided to create a facility that incorporated these ideas into a constructive living experience. Moreover, Lantern provides residents with an assortment of daily classes to help them re-learn and retain basic skills and functions.

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