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Trust considering asking volunteers to drive ambulances to cope with winter pressures

East of England Ambulance Trust faced unprecedented demand last winter, with more than 3,200 calls answered every day. In a bid to stop a repeat this winter, bosses have asked community first responder (CFR) volunteers whether they would be prepared to drive ambulances in very early discussions on how they could be utilised. CFRs respond to local emergency calls and provide life saving first aid in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. The use of volunteers to drive ambulances is thought to be common place in countries such as Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.

Nursing staff shortages force 19 care homes to close in a year

Hundreds of care home places for older people in Scotland vanished in a year, taking capacity to the lowest level in a decade. Almost 100 homes have shut since 2007, 19 of them during the 12 months to April last year. There are 37,278 care home beds in Scotland, down by 468 since 2016 and down 800 since 2008. Scottish Care, which represents care home owners, said that a staffing crisis, including a shortage of nurses, was making it harder for homes to survive. NHS Scotland released the figures with a report revealing that one in every 13 hospital beds is filled by a patient well enough to be discharged. About a quarter of delayed discharges are due to patients waiting for care home spaces.

Overseas nurses now able to work in UK straight after qualifying

In a move to lure overseas nurses and midwives to work in the UK, the Nursing and Midwifery Council said that the work experience requirement has been scrapped. These nurses and midwives may now apply and work in the UK after qualifying. Emma Broadbent, Director of Registration and Revalidation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council said: “More than 65,000 nurses and midwives from outside the EU deliver first class care to millions of people across the UK every year and they are a vital part of our health and care workforce. This change will remove an unnecessary barrier, making it as simple and straightforward as possible for highly skilled nursing and midwifery staff to join the workforce.” Previously, anyone trained outside the EU wishing to apply to join the NMC register must have worked for at least 12 months after qualifying and initial registration. Nurses will still need to pass the two part test of competence (CBT and OSCE) and demonstrate that they can communicate effectively in English.

2 elderly men sneak out of nursing home to attend heavy metal festival

You’re never too old to rock. Two elderly men managed to slip away from their nursing home in Germany to attend the Wacken Open Air, the largest heavy metal festival in the world. According to police, the pair were eventually found at 3am in the festival after their retirement home reported them missing. The metalheads were apparently reluctant to leave the four-day festival in Wacken. They had to be escorted home with a taxi and a patrol car as a “precaution,” police said.

NHS Staff get free stay at UK Hallmark Hotels

To celebrate 70-years of the NHS, Hallmark Hotels are offering NHS staff a free stay for the remainder of 2018. The free overnight stay is available every Sunday evening when NHS staff spend £50 on food and drink in the bars and restaurants within the hotel. Staff can choose from one of the 22 hotels across the country for a sneaky little getaway, which include many features like golf courses, spas and restaurants. The offer is valid until 24 December – ID required!

St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals named best in England

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was named best acute Trust in England for the second year running. The Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) programme awarded first place to the Trust after inspections were carried out at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals, and for the first time the Trust’s new Intermediate Care Unit at Newton Hospital. Scoring an average of 99% across the board, the Trust achieved top marks in the country for cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, condition of the buildings and facilities for patients living with dementia and patients with disabilities. The Trust was the only acute Trust in the entire country to score 100% for facilities for patients living with a disability and for the condition of the hospitals buildings. The PLACE assessments inspect and score all acute and specialist organisations throughout England. The assessments are carried out by patients, patient representatives and members of the public.

NHS bosses urge hospitals to send patients to private firms

NHS bosses have urged hospitals to send patients to be treated by private healthcare firms in a bid to reduce the increasing number of patients waiting for planned operations. The move has sparked claims that it will waste scarce NHS funding and that profit-driven operators will use the service’s desperation to cut waiting lists to charge higher prices. The total number of patients in England on the waiting list – for procedures such as hip or knee replacements or cataract removals – rose to 4.3 million in June, the highest figure for a decade. Many hospitals are finding it impossible to treat 92% of patients within the supposed 18-week maximum waiting time, which is one of the NHS’s key performance targets. NHS England and NHS Improvement have written to hospitals and clinical commissioning groups telling them to produce plans urgently to tackle the growing backlog. The letters suggest that that may involve private firms being paid to operate on patients whom NHS hospitals are too busy to treat.

New Shrewsbury care home told twice to improve

A Shrewsbury care home has been told to improve twice since it opened two years ago. Montgomery House welcomed the first residents to its £8 million pound development at the end of 2016. But since then inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have found the home, which is managed by Coverage Care Services Limited, needs to improve in all areas. The home caters for older people and younger adults who may have dementia, learning disabilities or mental health needs. Inspectors reported that the 90-bed home was not always safe and there were not sufficient staff to meet people’s needs. But the owners of the home said that it is making progress while recognising that further work is needed. David Coull, chief executive of Coverage Care, said: “We invest heavily in its facilities and in staff training in order to provide the best possible friendly, caring environment as a not-for-profit organisation. We work hard to follow best care sector practice in all areas. We are pleased that this inspection has recognised the progress that has been made and we share the view that further progress is still needed. We do feel some of the issues arising from this report are subject to wider factors which have perhaps not been appreciated during the inspection.”

Surprise for 12-year-old carer when his Chelsea FC heroes turned up to give him an award

A young carer from Camberley got the surprise of his life when a bunch of his Chelsea FC heroes turned up to give him a richly deserved award. Star defender and Brazilian international David Luiz presented Edward Pearce, who is just 12, a Life After Stroke Carers Award carer’s award on behalf of the Stroke Association. Edward was nominated for the gong by his dad Andy, who suffered a severe stroke in 2013. Young Edward made the brave decision to become his primary carer and cooks, cleans and completes the housework before attending school. “It was a privilege for me to present the award to such an inspirational young man, said Luiz. As footballers we get to spread a lot of happiness, but these people are the real heroes. Edward is an amazing person and to hear his dad speak about the help he provides was very touching. He is a very deserving winner of a special award.”

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