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Nottingham University Hospitals gets ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ ratings from CQC

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) – which includes Nottingham City Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Ropewalk House and services run from the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough University – was rated ‘Outstanding’ for Caring and ‘Good’ in the Well-Led, Effective and Responsive domains, as well as Overall. In the CQC’s words: “Feedback from people who use the services was continually positive and there is a strong, visible person-centred culture.” The Report goes on to say that: “Staff were motivated and inspired to deliver care that was kind and promoted dignity, were consistently compassionate about patient care and strived to go ‘above and beyond’.”


A care home operator has opened the doors to its new £12m site near Nottingham. Ruddington Manor is New Care’s second home in the city and is located in Ruddington. The doors were officially opened by The Lord of Rushcliffe, Cllr Maureen Stockwood, and her consort Cllr Francis Purdue-Horan. The new home has 66 beds and includes en-suite wet rooms, communal lounges, dining rooms and secure landscaped gardens. It also offers a host of hotel-style services including fine dining, a hair salon, nail bar, concierge and a busy and varied programme of activities and events. New Care chief executive Chris McGoff said: “We are thrilled that the Lady Mayor was able to take time out of her busy schedule to open Ruddington Manor. We are incredibly proud of the care facility and we were delighted to give her a preview tour. The cutting of the red ribbon and meeting the first Ruddington Manor residents was a truly memorable way to mark the occasion.”

Nottingham Trent leapfrogs city rival in university league table

Nottingham Trent University has soared 18 places to overtake its better-known competitor, the University of Nottingham, a member of the elite Russell Group, in the 2019 edition of the Guardian University Guide. The former polytechnic has had a meteoric rise up the table over the past five years. From languishing in the bottom half, Nottingham Trent moved to 53rd place in the 2017 edition, 34th in the 2018 edition; it is now 16th. This year it has overtaken its competitor for the first time by one place in the rankings. The university has improved across every measure, including substantial advances in graduate career prospects and National Student Survey results, as well as attaining higher entry standards among its students and a better student to staff ratio. The top three in the Guardian University Guide are the same as last year: Cambridge, Oxford and St Andrews.

Nottingham Trent University named the UK’s official university of the year

Nottingham Trent University has been crowned 2017’s “university of the year” – the most coveted honour in the Times Higher Education Awards. Judges praised the institution for “combining bold ambition with the hard work and commitment required to turn vision into reality”, highlighting the university’s “impressive” record on outreach and its use of learning analytics to improve retention. It comes just two months after Nottingham Trent celebrated being named The Times and Sunday Times modern university of the year, acknowledging success in both the national students’ survey and recent league tables. Professor Edward Peck, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “This has been a phenomenal year in terms of recognition for the exceptional work of staff and students at our university.

Nursery opens inside care home with Amazing benefits for young and old

The singing of nursery rhymes is not what you’d expect to hear in an care home for older people, but when arriving at Nightingale House in south London, you can hear the children before you can see them which is just heart warming. “Isn’t it fantastic? It’s the highlight of my week,” says 89-year-old Fay Garcia, while bouncing baby Sasha on her knee. “It’s like being reborn.” Garcia did not have her own children but is one of the regulars at the baby and toddler group. The Apples and Honey Nightingale nursery, run by founder Judith Ish-Horowicz, is the very first of its kind in the UK.

The concept of inter generational care began in 1976 in Tokyo. Since then, there have been many successful schemes across Europe, Australia and the US. The UK is still catching up with this idea, says Stephen Burke, director of United For All Ages. For over seven years, the development agency has worked with a range of organisations – including local authorities, housing providers, care homes and community centres – to encourage them to think more broadly about opportunities for combining care anywhere. Ish-Horowicz came up with her idea many years ago after bringing the children from her first nursery in Wimbledon to visit Nightingale House. The new nursery, housed in the care home’s refurbished maintenance block, has 30 places for two- to four-year-olds and even some room for the children of care home staff.

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”.

500 new doctors join Nottingham Hospitals

Hundreds of new doctors are starting their careers in Nottingham’s hospitals during August. Around 500 junior doctors are joining the ranks at Queen’s Medical Centre and at City Hospital to either begin or continue their training. Dr Tom Livingston, recently appointed as the Chief Registrar for Medicine at QMC, has spent several years working as a junior doctor at NUH and says he understands why so many have chosen the Trust to further their development. He said: “I think Nottingham has got a really good reputation for training and with it being so large there are lots of opportunities for training and development here. I’ve worked here as a junior doctor for several years and the training opportunities are really fantastic. You see a wide variety of things and different patients and conditions coming through the doors – everyone is very supportive. The Trust has taken a proactive approach to involve junior doctors and try and address their concerns too. Junior doctors have been meeting with executives and the Chief Executive and the feedback has been really positive. We’ve got a really good junior doctor forum and that’s been a really proactive step. They do feel really looked after and supported at the Trust.”

‘Lack of money’ prompts care firms to end council contracts

Care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Some firms said they could not recruit or retain the staff they needed. The Local Government Association said it was the result of “historic under-funding” and an ageing population.

Nursing bears brunt of NHS clampdown on agency spending

The majority of savings made by the NHS so far on agency staff have come from nursing, according to regulators, who admit that more needs to be done to curb spending on locum doctors. NHS Improvement said trusts had made progress in reducing agency spend from £3.7bn in 2015-16 to roughly £3bn this financial year.