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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.

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.

Bupa sells 122 care homes for £300m

HC-one has completed the £300m acquisition of 122 care homes from Bupa, in a deal that makes it the biggest UK operator of residential homes. HC-One, formed out of the collapse of Southern Cross six years ago and run by chairman and former NHS doctor Chai Patel, will expand to around 350 homes with 22,000 care beds through the deal. Bupa retains around 150 care homes and six retirement villages, caring for over 9,000 residents and has plans to invest more than £120m on refurbishing and building care homes this year, up from £100m in 2016. The sale is subject to regulatory approval.

Britain lags behind in care for the elderly

Britain is lagging behind similar economies when it comes to looking after the health and well-being of elderly people, new research shows. The UK failed to make it into the Top 10 of a new global ageing index – behind table toppers Norway and Sweden, as well as the US, Holland, Japan, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Spain. Researchers in the US have developed a new barometer that estimates how countries are adapting to the dramatic increases in the number and proportion of elderly people. The Index is composed of specific measures across five social and economic Indicators that reflect the status and well-being of older people in a country and which can be followed over time and used to compare across nations. Sample analysis of the data shows that the five countries in the index coping best with their ageing populations are Norway, Sweden, America, the Netherlands and Japan.

Caren & Kirsty bring invaluable care experience to StaffAid

The recent appointments of Caren Bowen and Kirsty Cunningham bring over 25 years ‘hands-on’ care experience to the StaffAid team. Their knowledge and expertise will play a vital role in the continued success and expansion of StaffAid. Caren is based at our Lincoln office and takes a lead role in the management of all agency bookings. In addition, Caren also assists with the recruitment of high quality carers. Kirsty is based at our newly opened Leicester branch and is solely responsible for the day to day management of the office. Welcome and good luck ladies – great to have you on board!


Caren Bowen

Care Manager Lincoln

Caren is NVQ 3 qualified and has worked in care for over 20 + years, previously holding positions as both Senior Carer and Deputy Manager. Since August 2016 Caren has worked as an agency carer for StaffAid and brings invaluable knowledge and ‘hands on’ experience to the team. She is responsible for managing all agency staff bookings and assists with the recruitment of high quality carers. Caren lives in Gainsborough with her partner Dave and in her spare time undertakes volunteer work for a charity called ‘Unload’ which offers help and support to veterans of the armed forces.


Kirsty Cunningham

Care Manager Leicester

Kirsty has worked within the care sector for over 7 years. She has extensive experience working as a carer in both care homes and home care. Kirsty manages the day to day operations of our Leicester office and provides valuable ‘hands on’ expertise that ensures StaffAid recruits only the best and most suitable carers. Kirsty lives in Leicester with her fiancé Khan and two Chihuahuas.

StaffAid is coming to Leicester

Building on the outstanding growth and customer loyalty we enjoy in our Lincoln area business, StaffAid is very pleased to announce the expansion of our services to include the City of Leicester and it’s surrounding areas.

Nick Carrroll, StaffAid’s MD comments “Opening up operations in Leicester is a natural progression for us. My many years of experience in the Leicester care home market prior to opening StaffAid in Lincoln provides us with unique insight into the needs and wants of clients and the current absence of an efficient, reliable resource for high quality nurses and carers. I am really looking forward to working with old friends and colleagues in and around Leicester again”.

StaffAid’s Leicester office will be open for business on 3rd July 2017 and we welcome contact from nurses and carers who wish to join us – for more information, please call 0116 296 0555.

DMU will train a new type of healthcare professional

Students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have the chance to train for a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, with opportunities to engage with experienced US practitioners. Physician Associates (PAs) have been an integral part of the healthcare model in America for more than 50 years, supporting doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. The aim in the UK is to create a new workforce that will improve patients’ access to care, with DMU launching its Physician Associate Studies MSc in response to NHS demand. Launching in September, the two-year course combines academic learning with hands-on skills. Students will have the opportunity to engage with American PAs, recruited to help the NHS realise the benefits that increased numbers of PAs could bring.

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