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NMC decides not to treat trainee nursing associates as supernumerary

A decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Council means that trainee nursing associates will not be entitled to supernumerary status. The NMC has approved controversial proposals for an alternative approach to nursing associate training, which moves away from the traditional supernumerary status that is used for undergraduate nurses. The new approach allows trainee nursing associates to be included within staffing numbers in order to “adequately safeguard patients”. Individual employers will work with education institutions, to identify when trainee nursing associate need supported learning time. A survey of 412 trainee nursing associates revealed that 91% believe they would have ‘increased learning opportunities’ with a more traditional supernumerary status. 72% said they had missed learning opportunities because they were unable to be released from practice.

Lincoln Ranked 22nd in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019

The University of Lincoln has been ranked 22nd in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019. The institution has risen 25 places in the national league table, driven by its success in student satisfaction and an impressive student continuation rate. This latest success follows a rise to 43rd position in the Complete University Guide, which saw the University ranked in the top 10 for subjects in Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. The University has also been rated TEF Gold – the highest standard possible – in a national independent assessment of teaching quality in higher education. Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “I am enormously proud of our University community and am grateful to all staff and students for the contribution they have made to our success .”

Over 3,000 more midwifery training places offered

More than 3,000 places on midwifery training courses are to be created over the next four years in England as part of plans to meet NHS staffing demands. The government has announced a 25% boost in training places, which it said amounted to the “largest ever” increase in NHS midwives and maternity staff. It follows a similar plan for nurses which was announced last year. The Royal College of Midwives welcomed the move but said training more midwives was only half of the problem. The plan needs investment and time to make it work, the RCM added. An extra 650 midwifery training places will be created next year, followed by 1,000 new places for the three subsequent years.

Woman Of The Year Award: Birmingham Care Worker Shortlisted

A Birmingham care manager, who is the driving force behind a unique and vibrant care scheme for elderly people, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. Valerie Paragon, the service manager at Mary Street Extra Care Service, has been shortlisted for the Woman of the Year accolade at the 2018 Women in Housing Awards, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding women working in the housing sector. Paragon said: “When I heard about the nomination and the shortlisting for this award, I was absolutely speechless and anyone who knows me will tell you that is a first. Precisely what it is that I have done to warrant this nomination is beyond me, but I am very proud to have been put forward, nonetheless.” In her role, Paragon leads and inspires Mary Street’s dedicated team of staff to deliver a heartfelt service to those in their care, helping to provide a varied, engaging and stimulating schedule of events that ensures their time at the centre is as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. The centre in Balsall Heath provides individualised support for up to 20 elderly residents – many of whom are living with dementia – who choose to live as independently and happily as possible within an African Caribbean cultural setting.

Outstanding inspection result for Lincoln care home

Hartsholme House care home in Lincoln has received an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors. The care home on Ashby Avenue was rated ‘Outstanding’ in the ‘well-led and responsive’ categories and remains ‘Good’ for safety, effectiveness and care after a surprise inspection on May 10. The home, which is run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), was praised for its ‘truly person-centred care’ and how ‘staff had an excellent and in-depth knowledge of the people they cared for’. The care offered at Hartsholme House was described as “outstandingly responsive” with staff said to be passionate about sharing best practice and increasing their knowledge in the best interest of the home’s residents.

Care homes firm Sunrise to refund ‘up-front fees’ to residents

Care homes operator Sunrise Senior Living will pay more than £2m in compensation after charging thousands of pounds in compulsory “upfront fees”. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) secured the deal for those who had paid the fees since 1 October 2015. People who have left or leave within two years of moving into one of the company’s homes are eligible. Sunrise chief executive Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald said the firm made the move voluntarily. The average individual payout from Sunrise will be about £3,000 and if the resident dies in this timescale, their family will receive the money. The move comes as part of the CMA’s continuing investigation into how some care homes charge for their services. Last November, the watchdog found that as well as charging the “upfront fees”, some care homes were also billing families for weeks after their relatives had died. It also highlighted how those paying for themselves were paying much higher charges than council-funded residents. The average weekly charge for self-funders was £846 – 40% more than local authority rates.

A new way of caring for the elderly with dementia

Anja, who is in her 80s, says she has lived here for one hour. In fact, it has been almost a year. Like all of her neighbours, she has severe dementia. But if she is feeling particularly perky, she can buy lagers at the local supermarket, get coiffed at the hair salon and play bingo as night falls. She can dip her feet into the local fountain, or even cycle into it. She lives in Hogeweyk, thought to be the world’s first “dementia village”, near Amsterdam. Dementia villages are gated communities designed for people who suffer from dementia, a term used to describe a set of symptoms (such as memory loss and confusion) that are caused by a variety of brain diseases. Hogeweyk’s 150 residents live in six-room houses, each designed around one of four “lifestyles”. These are selected for patients after tests and interviews alongside their families. Anja and her housemates live in a “traditional” home. They eat starchy stamppot stews and have a sewing machine that says it is “Made in West Germany”. Hogeweyk’s allowance of small freedoms gives peace of mind to people who have lost a part of theirs. Grouping residents by lifestyles is meant to establish continuity between their former lives and the nursing facility. Hogeweyk received over 1,400 visitors in 2017, keen to copy the concept in their own countries.

Plans submitted for Wirral Waters dementia care village

Plans for a dementia care village forming part of the Wirral Waters dockside regeneration scheme have been submitted to the council. Peel Land and Property say its partnership with award-winning care provider, Belong, will lead to the creation of a state-of-the-art development. Its range of village centre amenities, open to the public, will include a bistro, specialist gym, hair salon and function rooms. It will also feature a housing complex catering for a spectrum of abilities, including 34 one and two-bedroom apartments for independent living to six households which will provide 24-hour support, including nursing and dementia care, for up to 12 residents in each household. The village will also support people in the wider community through its registered domiciliary care service, Belong at Home, and its specialist day care service, Experience Days.

Nottingham patients choosing to travel to Derby instead of QMC

Patients from Nottingham and the surrounding area are choosing to travel to the Royal Derby Hospital for treatment instead of going to the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre, managers have said. Patient choice and snap decisions by ambulance crews have seen a “drift” of patients from the Nottingham area to the hospital, the Derby hospital’s chief said. Sharon Martin said that the issue is not a new phenomenon, but that the site has seen an increase in patients and ambulances from out of the immediate Derby area. She said one of these reasons is patient choice. Simply put, the Uttoxeter Road hospital has a good reputation which has been well advertised – leading many patients to actively seek out treatment in Derby. The hospital’s A&E unit, which in April broke its record for the number of patients seen in one day with 504, was rated the best in the country in October 2017.

Woman celebrating 100th birthday claims secret to long life is a glass of Guinness

A woman who celebrated her 100th birthday recently has put her lasting health down to drinking Guinness. Doris Olive Netting of Plymouth says she drank a glass of the Irish stout every day for almost 70 years. She claims it is the reason she has lived to see her centenary. Her granddaughter, Tammy Netting, said “She absolutely loves Guinness, she’s had a bottle a day since the war. She refuses to go a day without drinking it.”

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