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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.”

Trust to cut nurse numbers to make way for nursing associates

The board of a hospital trust in the West Midlands has agreed to reduce the numbers of registered nurses on its wards and replace them with the new nursing associate role. Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust’s board agreed on Monday to change its nursing establishment after a skill mix report by its chief nurse Cheryl Etches. It is one of the clearest examples which have come to light so far of nursing associates being used instead of registered nursing staff, according to Health Service Journal. However, the trust maintains that the move has the support of nurse managers, will enhance care and that safety remained a “priority”. The decision appears to contradict assertions from the government and NHS leaders that the controversial new role should be used to complement but not substitute registered nurses. The trust carries out a twice yearly adult inpatient skill mix review and in its latest report Ms Etches told the board it needed an “adaptable contemporary workforce to respond to the changing world”. The chief nurse described both the nursing associate and also the assistant practitioner role as “opportunities”. She noted that the nursing associate was not a registered nurse but would “undertake some of the duties that a registered nurse currently undertakes”.

‘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.

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.

NHS needs extra money to fund staff pay boost, Jeremy Hunt is warned

Ministers have been warned they will need to find additional funding for the NHS if staff are to receive pay rises above 1 per cent. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed the pay cap will be abolished for the health service. However, he would not say whether boosts to basic pay would come from cuts elsewhere in the NHS, indicating any increase would have to be linked to improvements in productivity. Mr Hunt told MPs:“We recognise it wasn’t sustainable to carry on with the 1 per cent going forward and that’s why next year we’ve been given the leeway to have more flexible negotiations. The latitude that the Chancellor has given me in terms of negotiating future pay rises is partly linked to productivity improvements that we will negotiate at the same time.” Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, told the Commons Health Committee that extra funds were needed to boost pay. “Over time it will be necessary for NHS staff to get rates of pay that are consistent with the rest of the economy,” he said. “But that does need to be funded.” Mr Stevens said that without additional cash in the next Budget, the NHS would struggle to meet its existing commitments. “The budget position for funding currently pencilled in for the National Health Service for next year and the year after looks extremely challenging and, if not mended, I think it is going to be very hard for the NHS to do all that has been asked of it over the course of the next year and the year beyond,” he said.

Dudley care home to close due to staff shortages

A Dudley care home looking after almost 30 people is to shut after bosses struggled to recruit trained nurses. Nethercrest Nursing Home was told to improve by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an inspection last year, which uncovered staffing shortages. Yesterday operator Astonbrook Care Homes said the 37-bed facility would close due to difficulties recruiting permanent trained nursing staff. It said the situation was worse in Dudley than elsewhere in the country. The home, which looks after people with physical disabilities or dementia, has 33 members of staff. Families were told of the decision last week, but no date has yet been set for the closure. Dudley Council is working with the home and families to find alternative care for the residents. In a statement, operators said: “It is a decision that has been triggered by the extreme difficulties of recruiting permanent additional members for the nursing team and a clinical lead in particular. While there is a well publicised national shortage of qualified nurses the situation in Dudley is even more acute.”

The Beeches care home rated as outstanding

A Norfolk care home with an “exceptionally high standard of care” has been praised by the CQC and rated as ‘outstanding’ overall following a visit in July. In the report inspectors said residents at The Beeches, in East Harling, spoke of “exceptionally compassionate, kind and gracious staff that went the extra mile to care for people they knew especially well”. The staff and management were also praised on the “robust adherence to good practice guidelines” with “effective systems in place meant that risks were well managed and mitigated”. The care home, which is owned and operated by Black Swan Care Group, can house up to 44 residents and supports people with the early stages of dementia.

Lincoln’s £19m state-of-the-art nurse training facility completed

A new £19m state-of-the-art nurse-training facility in Lincoln is complete and ready to welcome a new cohort of students in September. The University of Lincoln’s Sarah Swift Building will be the new home of its Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. Four impressive nurse-training labs are equipped exactly as they would be in a real hospital. Each nursing suite and each bay can be adapted to simulate a different health scenario from an accident and emergency unit to a physiotherapy clinic. Using various realistic medical mannequins and actual hospital equipment, the facility will allow the students to safely hone their skills and build their confidence before getting their hands on real patients. The trainee nurses can learn everything from correctly fitting feeding tubes to taking blood and getting to grips with a variety of patient-monitoring systems. Despite the patients being only dummies, the students will still be expected to learn and follow all the normal procedures for hygiene such as cleaning bedding. The students will spend two days every week using the nurse training wards in the new facility and the rest of the week in a real clinical setting.

What is a nursing associate?

The nursing associate is a new role within healthcare designed to bridge the gap between healthcare assistant and registered nurse. According to Health Education England the nursing associate role is a new support role which will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. Entry requirements will depend on each individual NHS trust and university. Trainee nursing associates are paid at band 3 and once qualified nursing associates will be paid at band 4. It takes around 2 years full-time to train as a nursing associate – this consists of both clinical and academic work. The job specification is currently being developed by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). It is expected that nursing associates will be registered with the NMC.

NMC to investigate if IELTS exam is too hard

NMC council papers reveal that the nursing regulator will be “gathering data and evidence” to investigate if the standards for English language testing are too difficult for applicants and need to change. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam has been used by the NMC since 2007 for nurses and midwives from outside the European Union, but in 2016 it was rolled out to all applicants who did not train in the UK. Recruitment agencies and nursing leaders have consistently warned the exam is too complex and is causing delays in overseas recruitment. Reports say that it is currently taking applicants between eight and twelve months to pass the exam with the majority of applicants needing more than one attempt.

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