Tag : Care Homes

Lack of nurses leads NHS to rely on less qualified staff

Nurses are in such short supply in the UK that the NHS is relying on less qualified staff to plug the gaps, according to a new report. According to the Health Foundation charity, healthcare assistants and nursing assistants have been used to help with tasks that qualified nurses would normally carry out if there were enough of them. Numbers have been shored up for years by overseas recruitment – but Brexit has caused a drop in the number of those coming from the EU, the report says, so the health service is now taking more nurses from countries further afield, including India and the Philippines. The number of nursing vacancies across the NHS is 44,000 – 12% of the nursing workforce.

Ealing Hospital’s A&E has been saved after NHS scraps controversial plan to close it

The A&E at Ealing Hospital appears to have been saved after the NHS binned a controversial plan to close it. The local council welcomed the news, with a spokeswoman saying if the plan had gone ahead, the borough would have been left with a population equal to Leeds without an accident and emergency department. The NHS’s £500m Shaping a Healthier Future scheme planned to axe almost half the region’s blue light services. The dropping of the programme was confirmed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. It would have also seen the closure of Charing Cross Hospital ‘s A&E, and the loss of 500 beds for acute patients in the region. The scrapping of the policy will be seen as a big victory for local health campaigners as well as the council, who worked with Hammersmith and Fulham Council to garner roughly 22,000 signatures during a seven-year campaign to save services.

NHS could end up short of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs, warns report

The NHS could be short of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs within five years unless urgent action is taken to address a growing staffing crisis, according to analysis by health think tanks. The report warns that existing nursing shortages could double and the shortfall of family doctors treble unless urgent measures are adopted in a new NHS workforce strategy, expected later this year. The report, co-authored by the Nuffield Trust, the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation, estimates the budget for training and developing staff will have to rise by at least £900m to address the widening workforce gap.

Pupils befriend care home residents to learn about Northampton’s history

Ninety Northampton school pupils visited the residents at St. Christopher’s Home in Abington Park Crescent to ask them about their memories of ‘old Northampton’. Year 4 children at Bridgewater Primary School have spent their spring term time finding out about wartime, the shoe industry, and Eleanor Cross from the residents who have spent over 90 years in the town and have a lot of knowledge to pass on. Abigail Holding, head of Year 4 at Bridgewater School said: “It is marvellous for the children to hear how things used to be from people who have actually experienced so many years in the town”. The residents loved having the young visitors and spending time with them, especially as some people don’t have families who live locally and are able to visit regularly.

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.

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.”

New care home and housing in Nottingham village approved

Rayner Davies Architects have received outline planning permission for 12 new houses and a 64-bed residential care home on the site of the Eden Lodge Care Home in Bestwood Village Nottingham. The proposals were unanimously approved by Gedling Planning Committee. The proposals show the demolition of the existing care home to allow for the construction of three and four-bedroom houses and a new state of the art care facility which will include a cinema, hairdresser and café.

New Lincoln care home with cinema and salon opens next year

A new 72-bed care home is set to open next year in Lincoln and owners are asking locals to come up with its name. The home is being built by Tanglewood Care Homes on Long Leys Road in Lincoln and will open its doors to new residents in February 2019. Between 50-60 new jobs will be also be created alongside the completion of the home. Work started in December 2017 on the home which will have a large, secure, landscaped garden as well as a cafe, cinema, tavern, hair salon and lounges. Tanglewood Care Homes already runs five other care homes – Hunters Creek in Boston, Cedar Falls in Spalding, Tanglewood in Horncastle, Toray Pines in Coningsby and Sandpiper in Alford.

What is a nursing associate?

A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care and support for patients and service users. This role is being used and regulated in England and it’s intended to address a skills gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associate is a stand-alone role in its own right and will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing. Nursing associates will be trained to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. It’s intended that the role will enable registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical duties.

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