Clap for Carers to return as Clap for Heroes

  • Chris Easom
  • January 6, 2021

Clap for Carers is to return under a new name of Clap for Heroes, the initiative’s founder has said. The weekly applause for front-line NHS staff and other key workers ran for 10 weeks during the UK’s first coronavirus lockdown last spring. Founder Annemarie Plas tweeted that it would return at 8pm Thursday 7th January.

Military back-up for pupil testing programme

  • Chris Easom
  • January 5, 2021

Members of the armed forces are to give remote support to secondary schools and colleges in England setting up mass Covid testing as the new term begins. Military personnel will hold webinars and give phone support to school staff, the Ministry of Defence said. Head teachers say they need support on the ground to make the plan workable.

Spain to keep registry of those who refuse Covid vaccine

  • Chris Easom
  • January 3, 2021

Spain is to set up a registry of people who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus and share it with other European Union nations, the health minister has said. Salvador Illa said the list would not be made accessible to the public or to employers. He said the way to defeat the virus was “to vaccinate all of us – the more the better”. Spain has been one of the countries in Europe worst affected by the virus.

New Year Resolutions

  • Chris Easom
  • December 31, 2020

The most common new year resolutions:

1. Exercise more

2. Lose weight

3. Get organized

4. Learn a new skill or hobby 

5. Live life to the fullest

6. Save more money / spend less money

7. Quit smoking

8. Spend more time with family and friends

9. Travel more

10. Read more

Online nursing degree launched

  • Chris Easom
  • December 30, 2020

Coventry University has announced they are launching an online nursing degree “offering maximum flexibility and ensuring widening participation” to those wishing to join the profession. Seven universities have been selected to pilot the new way of training nurses by Health Education England, the new Blended Learning Nursing Degree, which will start in January 2021. The university says the new nursing degree mixes flexible, fully interactive digital learning with practical placements in clinical settings and makes it easier for student nurses to balance their studies with family or carer roles and part-time work.

Care homes across UK refusing to roll out rapid Covid tests due to safety concerns

  • Chris Easom
  • December 30, 2020

Care homes across the country are refusing to implement the rapid testing devices rolled out by the government due to concerns over their accuracy and safety. More than a million lateral flow tests, which can return a Covid result within 30 minutes, have been distributed to England’s 385 biggest care homes as part of plans to allow family visits over the Christmas period.

Margaret Keenan, first patient to get Pfizer vaccine, receives second jab

  • Chris Easom
  • December 29, 2020

Margaret Keenan, the grandmother who became the world’s first patient to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine outside a clinical trial, has received her second jab. Vaccinations for COVID-19 in England began on December 8th and official figures say more than 520,000 people received their first dose within the next 13 days, 366,715 of which were provided to people aged 80 or over.

‘We don’t have enough nurses to keep all our patients safe,’ says RCN leader

  • Chris Easom
  • December 27, 2020

There are not enough nurses to safely care for patients in the UK, according to the body that represents the profession, and many of those who are working are suffering from anxiety and burnout after a gruelling nine months treating Covid patients. The latest NHS figures show there were 36,655 vacancies for nursing staff in England in September, with the worst shortages affecting mental health care and acute hospitals.

Care at its very best

  • Chris Easom
  • December 25, 2020

Staff at a Somerset care home moved in for 84 days earlier this year to keep residents safe during the coronavirus pandemic. One worker was separated from his wife and their four-year-old daughter, while another slept in a stock room to ensure they could look after residents safely. In a unique show of thanks, families of those they cared for came together virtually to sing for the staff

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