Tag : Carers

Nurse retention ‘critical’ as world faces nine million shortage by 2030

Stopping nurses from leaving their jobs prematurely is now a “critical issue” for governments around the world as staff shortages escalate, a global nursing leader has warned. Howard Catton, new chief executive of the International Council of Nurses, issued the caution as he highlighted that latest predications indicated a nine million shortage of nurses by 2030. “Retention is now a critical issue that needs urgent attention from governments as we risk losing nurses faster than we can train them,” he said. Mr Catton noted that many of those quitting were experts in their field taking with them decades of vital experience.

Five Leicestershire care homes and providers have been ordered to improve

Five care providers based in Leicestershire have failed in their latest inspections and been ordered to improve. The care providers, either care homes or businesses that care for people in their own homes, have all been graded as ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission in reports published in February. In addition, a report into the services provided by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust also found failings and graded the trust as ‘requires improvement’.

Loughborough named university of the year in annual list

Loughborough has been named UK university of the year alongside a set of new national rankings. The Times and Sunday Times list praised its progress in technology and science, to match its reputation for sport. The judges made the discretionary award, separate from the points-based rankings which place Loughborough fifth in the country. Nottingham was named sports university of the year and De Montfort got the first social inclusion award.Nottingham was also named international university of the year.

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.

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 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.”

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.

Midwife staffing crisis as managers called to the front line

Amid an ongoing NHS retention and recruitment crisis, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has seen midwife staffing levels fall below the required level and would otherwise be at a point where services ‘will be impacted’. In an effort to boost midwife staffing levels, the trust has said it will be using ‘senior management and non-frontline midwives’ in clinical roles to temporarily plug the vacancies until the staffing situation improves. NHS figures show that the number of full-time equivalent midwives employed by OUH has dropped from 296 in March 2016 to 259 in March 2018, despite an ongoing recruitment drive. As of June there were around 26 full time midwife roles to be filled. An OUH spokesman said the temporary move for bosses would mean the trust’s required midwife to births ratio would be met and that no adverse impact on patient care was anticipated. To remain registered with the Nursing and Midwifery council, clinicians must have had at least 450 hours of practice over the previous three years to remain. However, concerns have been raised about using clinicians who may have been out of regular front-line care for a number of years.

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.

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