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Staff at Leicester General Hospital create makeshift wedding venue for patient and his bride

A patient at Leicester General Hospital has married his sweetheart in a ceremony organised by nurses and staff. Harry Pell, 69, and his wife Beverley Saxton, now Pell, 56, got engaged at the end of 2018 having known each other for 30 years and having been together for the last six. They planned on getting married later this year, but brought the wedding forward after Harry was admitted to hospital. The ceremony was planned and put together in just 48 hours for the couple, by transforming a dayroom on Ward 20 into a makeshift wedding venue. Beverley said: “The staff have been amazing. It has been above and beyond what the staff did for us. The room was beautiful.”

Agency carer Gemma all-set for Tanzania

2nd year student nurse and StaffAid agency carer Gemma Bolton is set to leave for a 4-week voluntary placement in Tanzania on June 24th. Gemma has generously given her time and expertise to helps the local community at the Amana hospital in Dar es Salaam, including caring for patients suffering with HIV. A crowd-funding campaign has helped to raise the funds Gemma needs to undertake the trip, and StaffAid, in conjunction with Dr Sharon Black, Director of Nurse Education at the University of Lincoln, are supporting Gemma every step of the way. “I am delighted that StaffAid is able to support Gemma by paying for her return flight to Tanzania” says Nick Carroll, Managing Director at StaffAid. “Supporting local people and businesses is extremely important to us. This is an exciting opportunity for Gemma, enabling her to make a positive impact where it is sorely needed. Gemma will also gain invaluable experience that will benefit her future nursing career.”

Nurses from EU could face annual fee for NHS costs

Nurses from the EU face paying an annual £600 fee for their own health costs after Brexit in a move that will deepen the NHS staffing crisis, their leaders have warned.

The “immigration health surcharge” paid by migrants from outside Europe could be extended to people arriving from within the EU, the Home Office has admitted. Families are already being “torn apart” by the charge, said the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), highlighting how nurses have been forced to leave their children abroad. Now Janet Davies, the RCN’s chief executive, will tell its annual conference: “It could be about to get even worse. Ministers will not rule out extending this to European nurses once we leave the EU. The government must not put Spanish, Portuguese or Italian colleagues through the same after Brexit. We cannot afford to haemorrhage even more expertise.” The NHS is currently short of at least 43,000 nurses across the UK – despite being boosted by a total of 140,000 staff from EU countries.

Happy birthday NHS – July 5th 2018!

The NHS will celebrate its 70th birthday this year, after a difficult decade since the global financial crisis culminating in one of the most testing years in our history. The terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, along with the Grenfell Tower tragedy, saw all emergency services, including NHS staff, respond with skill and bravery. Our health service, while still ranked among the best in the world, has never been busier. The NHS sees almost 1.5 million patients every day in England alone. So as well as celebrating its many achievements, in our landmark year we must also reaffirm our commitment to a taxpayer-funded service, based on clinical need and not the ability to pay. Happy birthday NHS – and thank you for doing such an amazing job.


A&E waiting times axed

A&E waiting targets have been axed after NHS chiefs said Tory cuts make them impossible to keep. The drive to see 95% of patients within four hours is postponed until next April. But the NHS Confederation warned: “It will be an immense task just to stabilise the service. We repeat our call for the Government to tackle health funding.” NHS Providers Director Saffron Cordery added: “This is the first time we have had to accept that the NHS will not meet its key constitutional standards. The NHS will not be able to improve performance against those targets. If we want to provide quality of care, we need the right long term financial settlement.” The 95% target has not been met since 2015. A NHS England planning document recently released instructed hospitals to attempt to reach 90% by September 2018 and back to the benchmark of 95% in April next year. NHS England boss Simon Stevens last year warned waiting times would be scrapped due to funding.

Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents

Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents, according to Competition and Markets Authority. The UK’s care homes are grappling with an unsustainable £1bn-a-year funding gap caused by councils not paying enough money, resulting in many homes charging residents over the odds in order to stay afloat, an official review has found. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has also revealed it is taking enforcement action against a number of care homes that have been unfairly demanding large upfront fees, or charging families for weeks after the death of an elderly relative. In its report into the £16bn care homes sector, which covers 410,000 residents and stretches across 11,300 homes, the CMA said “urgent action” was needed because the current regime was “not sustainable” without additional funding. It suggested that people who paid for their own care were being asked to pay more than they should in order to subsidise council-funded residents. “On average, a self-funding resident is paying over £12,000 a year more than a local authority to have a place in the same care home. This difference between self-funded and local authority prices for the same service is understandably perceived by many as unfair.” The government has said it will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. In the meantime, however, the issue was that councils were paying fees that were “below the costs care homes incur”, said the CMA.

Care home’s commitment to residents earns it top prize

DEDICATION to helping residents ‘live life to the full’ has seen staff at an Abingdon care home win a regional award. The 84-strong team at Bridge House Care Home took home the Putting People First Personalisation Award at the South Eastern Great British Care Awards, which pay tribute to those individuals and teams who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. They are part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of nine regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector. The Oxfordshire team scooped their accolade after being judged the best care home to demonstrate an innovative approach to empowering their residents to have more control of the support they need in their lives.

Representatives from the team received their trophy at a ceremony held at Brighton Racecourse and the care home will now go through to the national final at Birmingham’s ICC in Spring 2018. A notable element of the Bridge House submission was its unique ‘Making Every Connection Count Challenge’. The aim behind this is to ensure that everyone working in the home is individually trained, taking into account their differing levels of responsibility and interaction. Judges were full of praise for the team’s efforts, commenting: “This team enables genuine person-centred care. They allow residents to live life to the full and get the balance right between risk and choice. A dedicated, person centred team of care professionals.”

The Carers’ Arms now open!

A care home in Nottingham has decided to turn one of its rooms into a 1960s-style pub at the request of the residents. Stoke House care home in Gedling decided to transform a room into a pub, which they have called The Carers’ Arms. Staff decided to make the change after some of the residents said they missed going to the pub and having a game of darts. Louise Nichol, 39, the activities coordinator who decided to turn the room into a pub said “life doesn’t stop just because you’re in a care home. I have got to know each of the residents in the four months I have been in this job and when you get to know people you can find out what they liked doing and what they miss. I soon realised that a lot of people just missed going to the local pub on a Sunday for lunch or of an evening for a pint and so I decided to bring the pub to them. A lot of the men said they missed a game of darts and so I decided to make it into a proper pub, 1960s style, with darts and a warm and cosy feeling”. The pub stocks a range of beers and alcoholic drinks as well as tea, coffee and crisps free of charge. It also plays sport on a television screen and provides residents with an alternative place to eat.

Watchdog warns that one in three nursing homes is failing

One in three nursing homes has failed its official inspection in results described by the care watchdog as worrying and by the government’s care minister as “completely unacceptable”. The Care Quality Commission said that of 4,000 nursing homes, which care for the most vulnerable people at the end of their lives, 32% have been rated inadequate or requires improvement and 37% have been told they must improve safety. The regulator warned that social care was in a “precarious” state and according to Age UK the results leave elderly people and their families “playing Russian roulette” when they choose a nursing home or other care service.

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.

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