Queen in anniversary tribute to British Red Cross

The Queen has led the royal family’s tributes to the “dedicated work” of the British Red Cross on its 150th anniversary. Volunteers and staff are “valued and greatly appreciated”, she said. And the Duchess of Cambridge had a personal reason to hail the charity’s staff and volunteers as “inspiring”. Catherine’s grandmother, Valerie Middleton was a Red Cross nurse in World War Two, as was great-grandmother Olive Middleton in World War One.

Take a seat Captain Sir Tom Moore

  • Chris Easom
  • July 30, 2020

An armchair, upholstered in a replica of the World War Two uniform worn by army veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore, has been delivered as an “amazing” gift to the fundraising hero.

Capt Sir Tom won the hearts of a nation as he met a family challenge to walk 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday – raising more than £32m for NHS charities.

Lincoln ranked among top young universities in the world

  • Chris Easom
  • July 20, 2020

The University of Lincoln has been included amongst the best young universities in the world for the first time ever. According to a list compiled by Times Higher Education (THE), Lincoln is a part of a group of the best universities that opened in the last 50 years. The THE Young University Rankings placed University of Lincoln within the top 150 across the globe, looking at teaching, research, international outlook and work within their industry. 414 universities around the world were selected for the list, and Lincoln was one of just 36 UK universities to make the final rankings, finishing sixth overall out of the country’s picks.

Hospital volunteers celebrate their prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

  • Chris Easom
  • July 15, 2020

After it was announced they are to be honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the dedicated volunteers at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are celebrating.

The equivalent to an MBE, the prestigious honour is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

A range of services at St Helens, Whiston and Newton hospitals is provided by more than 300 volunteers. Each volunteer plays an essential role in keeping hospital services running smoothly,
supporting the health and wellbeing of patients, and helping visitors.

Representatives of the Volunteers Service will receive the Award from Mr Mark Blundell, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside later this summer. Two volunteers will also attend a garden party at
Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s award.

Care home in Northampton opens new social distancing room so residents can reunite with loved ones

  • Chris Easom
  • July 12, 2020

A care home in Northampton has created a special social distancing room to allow residents to reunite with their loved ones. Timken Grange Care Home has not been able to welcome visitors for more than 3 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, residents who have spent lockdown having to speak to loved ones via online technology have finally been able to reunite with family and friends. The room was officially opened this week, with tears of joy shed and special moments captured, as residents were delighted and overwhelmed to see their loved ones once again.

Plans confirmed for ending paid Covid-19 placements amid student anger

  • Chris Easom
  • July 10, 2020

Student nurses in England who took up the offer to join the frontline response to Covid-19 have finally been offered some clarity about their futures, after tensions on the matter started to reach boiling point. Almost 30,000 student nurses have been deployed into paid placements since April, giving up their right to supernumerary status in order to support the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. While contracts varied between different trusts, most students would have signed up for 6 months. However, it has now been confirmed that paid placements will end for all 2nd year students and most 3rd year students on July 31st. Nevertheless, the information did not filter down to all students, with many giving up paid employment to take on a placement on the assumption that they would have a guaranteed income for 6 months. Student nurses have this week taken to social media to vent their anger. One wrote: “Some of us left jobs for this. Many of us have children and families to care for. All of us will come out with a debt succeeding £30,000 for doing a degree we have such passion for.”

Care home kitchen and domiciliary staff in Wales to get £500.

  • Chris Easom
  • July 8, 2020

First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed that kitchen and domestic staff working in care homes in Wales will receive the £500 extra payment for social care staff.

The payment – announced for the social care sector last month – will also be extended to agency staff and nursing staff employed in care homes, as well as personal assistants and domiciliary care workers providing care to people in their own homes.

Arrangements are now being put in place to start making the extra payment to tens of thousands of social care staff across Wales.

‘Invisible’ unpaid carers going hungry in lockdown

  • Chris Easom
  • July 6, 2020

Christie Michael is so worried about protecting her elderly mother that she has not gone outside her front door since the lockdown began in March. She says it is “lonely and isolating” – but the mother and daughter in Essex have also found themselves hungry. Research from Sheffield and Birmingham universities suggests more than 100,000 unpaid carers in the UK have had to rely on food banks during the pandemic. Helen Walker of Carers UK says unpaid carers are at “breaking point”. The study looked at the experiences of people caring for parents and disabled relatives during the lockdown – and found 229,000 unpaid carers were in households where people had “gone hungry”.

Surge in Home Care enquiries

  • Chris Easom
  • July 3, 2020

An uptick in demand for care at home, a new wave of industry start-ups and an increase in funding are just some of the predictions home care providers are making for the future of the sector, post pandemic. Leaders in the sector believe the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the vital role care staff play in safeguarding the wellbeing of elderly and vulnerable people living at home, and that this recognition could lead to positive outcomes. Providers have already seen a surge of enquires in recent months for home care, and live-in care in particular, and expect this trend to continue.

Coatbridge care home creates & ‘We’ll Meet Again’ drive-thru visits for residents.

  • Chris Easom
  • July 2, 2020

Drive-thru visits for residents to see loved ones during lockdown were created by Summerlee House in Coatbridge. The staff have designed two areas in the grounds of the residential home to allow families a socially-distant visit.

Residents were brought out to the front of the building at the allotted times with family members driving forward in their cars wearing staff-provided PPE, meeting their loved ones from a safe two metre distance.

The drive-thru was the idea of owner and director Julie Balmer, who has run the facility with her brother Alan for more than 15 years, in an attempt to bring families together during lockdown. The new service is proving to be popular with both the elderly residents and their families.

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