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Headteacher donates schools PPE to Frontline NHS staff!

A headteacher has donated his school’s protective equipment to frontline NHS staff and is urging others to do the same. David Phillips, head at Chilwell School said as a result of the Clap for Carers nationwide applause his thoughts turned to NHS workers and how he could help. The science and design departments at the school often use protective equipment for experiments and creative projects. Mr Phillips said he managed to gather around 20 boxes worth of equipment and delivered it himself to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Wales care crisis: ‘We’ve been trying to get him home for months’

Bryan Jones is a resident at a care home in the Welsh border town of Chepstow. The 75-year-old is keen to go back to his beloved house near Tintern Abbey, but Monmouthshire county council has been unable to arrange any home care for him for five months. “I want to get back to living a normal life … or as normal life as I can,” he says. “I miss my friends dropping in and going on the bus to get my shopping. I can run my own affairs from home – I’m not used to people holding my hand.” These problems are not just confined to Monmouthshire. Wales is the country with the oldest population in the UK, with the number of over-75s due to increase by 70% and over-85s expected to double by 2040.

More than one in three Merseyside nursing homes below standard

Health watchdogs have found one in every three nursing homes on Merseyside is below standard. The analysis looked at the latest inspection data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – regulators of health and care services run by the NHS and private companies. The investigation revealed that 142 nursing homes on Merseyside had been inspected as of June 3rd. 7 of these were found to be inadequate at their most recent inspection, meaning the CQC has taken action against those running it. Inspections found 51 homes in the county were rated inadequate or requires improvement.

70,000 + extra care home places needed by 2025

More than 70,000 extra care home places will be needed by 2025, with pensioners now spending twice as long living without independence, a Lancet study suggests. Women over the age of 65 can now expect to spend the last three years of their lives in a care home, or receiving help several times daily, the research shows. Two decades ago, they could expect to spend the last 18 months of their lives in need of such help. The average man will receive such care for the last two and a half years of his life – when 20 years earlier, they could expect to spend just over a year in need of such assistance.

Staff at Leicester General Hospital create makeshift wedding venue for patient and his bride

A patient at Leicester General Hospital has married his sweetheart in a ceremony organised by nurses and staff. Harry Pell, 69, and his wife Beverley Saxton, now Pell, 56, got engaged at the end of 2018 having known each other for 30 years and having been together for the last six. They planned on getting married later this year, but brought the wedding forward after Harry was admitted to hospital. The ceremony was planned and put together in just 48 hours for the couple, by transforming a dayroom on Ward 20 into a makeshift wedding venue. Beverley said: “The staff have been amazing. It has been above and beyond what the staff did for us. The room was beautiful.”

NHS staff paid over £800k to park at Lincolnshire hospitals

New figures, branded a “scandal” by unions, revealed how NHS staff in Lincolnshire paid over £800,000 last year for hospital parking. United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) made £845,703 from charges and penalty fees by NHS staff using parking across its sites. That was in addition to the £1.785 million made from visitor and patient parking across Lincolnshire. Across all of the NHS Trusts in England, nearly £70 million was made from staff parking charges alone. In total, NHS trusts collected £226 million from parking for the financial year 2017 to 2018, which is far higher than the 2016 to 2017 number when they collected £174 million. ULHT insist that no profit is made from parking fees.

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000

SCOTTISH nursing and midwifery students got a boost as Nicola Sturgeon announced their bursary will rise to £10,000. Currently, they receive £6,578 from the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) but the First Minister has launched a three-stage increase. This will be the first rise in the non-repayable financial support since 2009 and is to help with accommodation and living costs during their studies. This year, students with care experience will see their bursary jump to £8,100 – an increase that will apply to non-care experienced next year. In 2020, the NMSB for all nursing and midwifery students will rise to £10,000.

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.

Lincolnshire care home walks their way to charity success

A care home in Skegness, Lincolnshire has raised £466 for dementia care through a sponsored walk. Syne Hills care home held the fundraiser in support of Alzheimer’s Society, and did a ‘Memory Walk.’ The walk saw residents, staff and more complete a round trip to Compass Gardens – a local attraction situated near the seaside. Cheryl Curtis, activities coordinator at the home, said: “It was such an amazing sight and fabulous experience to witness so many residents, families, friends, children, staff, and supporters all making new memories together.”

Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

A major UK home care provider, offering support to 13,000 older and disabled people, is seeking to transfer or sell all its contracts to other providers. Allied Healthcare was warned by the care regulator about its financial sustainability. Since then, some local authorities have already taken steps to find new providers. The company says it is working closely with councils to ensure there is no disruption to people’s care. Allied Healthcare provides services such as preparing meals, washing and giving medication. The Care Quality Commission, which regulates such services in England, issued a notice warning that it had serious doubts about the future of the company. It was the first time the regulator had issued such a notice about the financial sustainability of a social care provider.

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