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Lincoln village nurse who cares for terminally ill patients nominated for national award

A Lincoln village nurse has been recognised for her work with people living with a terminal illness by being nominated in the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ category at the annual Marie Curie Peacock Awards. Karen Playford, who lives in Coleby, joined the charity 11 years ago, and beat over 2,700 nurses, doctors and other health care officials for the nomination. Since 2006, Karen has dedicated herself to helping hundreds of people with terminal illnesses and their families, as well as coordinating the rapid response service and working extra shifts regularly. She said: “It was very much a surprise to be nominated, I certainly wasn’t expecting it. I’m very honoured, and I feel very proud. I love my job and the patients I look after are obviously very important to me.” Jayne Unwin, who nominated Karen, added: “I am able to totally rely on Karen to provide good care and help the team. I feel very lucky to have such a hard-working, helpful, caring, knowledgeable and honest member of the Lincolnshire Rapid Response Service.”

‘You never stop being a mum’

A 98-year-old mother has moved in to a care home – to look after her 80-year-old son. Tom Keating became a resident at Moss View care home in Huyton, Liverpool, in 2016 because he needed additional care and support. Just over a year later his mother Ada decided to move into the same home to help look after her eldest child. The mother and son, originally from Wavertree, are inseparable and love spending time together playing games or watching Emmerdale. They share a special relationship as Tom never married and has always lived with Ada. Ada said: ‘I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him. Care home manager Philip Daniels said: ‘It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs.

Generous £5.15 million gifted to the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals

Fashion retailer George Davies has gifted a generous £5.15 million to the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals. The founder of successful high street brands Next, George at Asda and Per Una for Marks & Spencer hopes to make a difference for patients who have poor circulation in the leg and ultimately prevent them from having an amputation procedure. The donation – the University’s largest-ever philanthropic gift from an individual – will help towards research into vascular disease and limb amputation and hopes to identify the underlying causes of limb loss. Many of these patients will have type 2 diabetes but some of the general public are not aware of the link to vascular disease and limb loss, especially in younger people. The announcement of the donation was made at the opening of a new Vascular Limb Salvage Clinic at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester where George also took a tour of the facilities and met with academic leaders and clinicians who showcased the world-leading cardiovascular research.

Jeremy Hunt wants 5,000 new nursing training places

More than 5,000 new places on nursing training courses are to be created each year as part of government efforts to boost the NHS workforce in England. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said more current NHS staff would be able to retrain as nurses through a four-year apprenticeship at local hospitals. Announcing what he said was a 25% total rise, he told the Tory conference “our NHS is nothing without its nurses”. He also said all NHS staff would be offered flexible working arrangements. The Royal College of Nursing says there are 40,000 vacant nursing positions in the health service while the Nursing and Midwifery Council warned this summer that the number of people leaving their register was outstripping those joining and the trend was accelerating.

Former nurse, 93, re-visits the hospital where she trained in the 1940s

A 93-YEAR-OLD former nurse has fulfilled her wish to re-visit the famous Glasgow hospital once more where she trained as a 20 year-old. Agnes Kay spent four years at the Royal Infirmary at the end of the Second World War, from 1945-1949, when the hospital was already renowned world-wide for medical innovations including the development of antiseptic surgery by Joseph Lister. Agnes had just three months training at the hospital before she was despatched to the “Florence Nightingale style” wards after being tested on her bandaging prowess. She worked seven days a week, with only a half day off at the weekend in Ward 3 which dealt with heart patients. After four years at the Royal, Agnes, who now lives in Newcastle, went to London where she trained in midwifery. She later moved to Newcastle and worked as a health visitor before retiring at the age of 60.

Male Student Nurses to receive Bursary

Male Student Nurses will be eligible for a new bursary to help address the ‘growing gender imbalance’ in nursing courses. Following the final withdrawal of the NHS Bursary in England, The University of Coventry has announced the availability of a £30,000 fund to financially assist 10 male students in subjects where they are under-represented, including; nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery, occupational therapy and dietetics. Funded by the National Express Foundation Group, the bursary will give 10 men £1,000 in each year of their degree to assist with the costs of living and studying.

According to the official figures from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), men accounted for just 10 per cent of the total nursing students at UK universities. In 2016, only 2,800 men were accepted onto a course, compared with 26,000 women.

2017 StaffAid Residential Care Award

We are pleased to announce our support of the 2017 Lincolnshire Care Awards. There are 9 different award categories including the ‘StaffAid Residential Care Award’. Judging will take place early in November with the Award Ceremony on February 22nd 2018. Managing Director Nick Carroll comments ‘We are extremely proud to be supporting LinCA and all its members’.

Care home with pub and sweet shop is area’s first “outstanding” private facility

A Holderness care home is celebrating becoming the first “outstanding” privately-run facility in the area. The £4.15m Magdalen Park Nursing Home at Hedon, which has its own pub and sweet shop, has been rated as outstanding overall, after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Magdalen Park is the first private care home in Hull and the East Riding to secure the top rating, with less than one per cent of care homes nationally achieving the accolade. The home, which opened in 2014, accommodates up to 70 residents needing nursing, residential or dementia care. Magdalen Park has a traditional street scene including a shop called Sweets and Treats, a hair and beauty salon and a fully licensed pub called the Magdalen Arms. It also has a first floor terrace and a second floor roof garden, including an artificial bowls green.

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