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Wig & Mitre Lincolnshire Dinner

The Wig & Mitre in Lincoln invite you to join them on June 30th at 7pm for a special Lincolnshire themed evening in aid of St Barnabas Hospice. Tickets are £40 per person for a four course dinner with wine, with a £10 donation coming to the hospice. The menu includes locally sourced, traditional Lincolnshire food and wine. There will also be a raffle at the end of the evening. Please call 01522 535190 or email wml@wigandmitreltd.com to book your place. Wig & Mitre, 32 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LU.

Care Home bake off for Help for Heroes

Staff, residents and friends of Holcroft Grange care home, in Cheshire, showed off their baking prowess and raised over £100 by holding a bake sale in support of Help For Heroes, which provides support to those living with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British armed forces. The bake sale was held at the Croftwood Care-run home in Culcheth as part of the charity’s Bake for Heroes campaign. Baked goods were made by staff, residents and friends of the home and included delicious delights such as scones, muffins and cup cakes. Proceeds from the event were split between Help for Heroes and the Holcroft Grange activities fund, which is used to pay for trips and days out for residents at the home. Holcroft Grange’s support of Help for Heroes was particularly poignant to 85-year-old George Spencer, a resident at the home and former soldier in the Scottish Rifle Regiment, also known as the ‘Cameronians’.

Dancing Dan surprises residents at south London care home

A Police Officer who wowed judges on Britain’s Got Talent with his dazzling dance moves has now blown away pensioners at a south London care home – even coming away with a marriage proposal. Kingston PC Dan Graham, nicknamed Dancing Dan, visited residents at the Royal Star and Garter care home in Surbiton last week, showing off his signature moves in his full uniform. One 103-year-old pensioner Viv was so impressed by his moves, she cheekily asked PC Graham whether he is married. The cop danced with staff at the care home to Stevie Wonder classic Signed Sealed Delivered, as thrilled residents clapped along to his impressive moves. After the dance, Viv asked “are you married?”, for the 33-year-old cop to enthusiastically reply “no I’m not”. Last month, he appeared on ITV’s Britian’s Got Talent and got four yeses from judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.

Senior nurse wins RCNi Nurse Award for work with Children

Drew McDonald, senior staff nurse at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital emergency department, has won an RCNi Nurse Award for his development of a tool for identifying sepsis in children. One in five patients with severe sepsis admitted to paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) die and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) emergency department (ED) senior staff nurse Drew McDonald was concerned that this could happen in his workplace. He therefore developed a clear and easy-to-use sepsis recognition tool for nursing staff to refer to during triage. The tool, which takes 20 seconds to complete, integrates Sepsis 6 into ED practice. It was implemented successfully at RACH. His leadership and commitment saw him announced winner of the child health category of the RCNi Nurse Awards, the profession’s top accolade.

Social care funding crisis leaves 400,000 without care

The ‘alarming’ funding gap in social care has resulted in at least 400,000 fewer people in England receiving the care they need. The Health Foundation called on the next Government to pay ‘immediate attention’ to England’s struggling social care system, which faces a funding gap of £2.1bn by 2019/20. The Health Foundation’s research found 400,000 fewer people received publicly funded care in 2012/13 than in 2009/10, due to falling funding and local authorities being forced to tighten the eligibility criteria for free social care. It also revealed that in 2015/16 the number of people aged 65 and over living in England increased by 2% (around 170,000 people), yet the number of them receiving social care fell by the same amount. The Foundation’s report, entitled NHS and social care funding: three unavoidable challenges, warned the elderly will face huge social care costs in the future. It said one in 10 older people face future lifetime costs of over £100,000 for their social care needs.

Student nurses walk for charity

A group of student nurses are to take on a 13 mile walk between Wrexham and Chester for charity. 

Fern Williams, who studies nursing in Wrexham, organised the walk in memory of her sister-in-law, Charlene Phillips, who sadly passed away last year at the age of 29 after suffering from kidney disease.

On Saturday May 13th Fern and five of her university peers will take on the 13.4 mile walk between their University Campus in Wrexham to Chester Football Club to raise vital funds for British Kidney Patient Association (BKPA).

Good luck from all at StaffAid. A great cause. 

Unison survey highlights nurse shortages in the NHS

Chronic understaffing across the NHS is “putting patients lives at risk”, according to an annual survey of nurses by Unison published to coincide with the start of its health conference in Liverpool. A survey of more than 2,700 nurses found that almost two-thirds (63%) believe hospital wards are understaffed and that nurses cannot guarantee a high quality of care for patients. Unison’s report ‘Ratios Not Rationing’ warns that patient-to-nurse ratios are worst on wards for the acutely ill or injured. Two in five nurses working on these wards are caring for eight or more people, which, according to official guidance, is the point at which patient safety is put at risk. Unsafe staffing levels continue to affect patient care, say Unison. 63% of nurses say they are often too busy, or had no time at all, to communicate with patients and relatives. Half of those surveyed said they have had to work through breaks to cover understaffed wards, and 41% said they worked for longer than their contracted hours. The report says overworked nurses are facing exhaustion and burnout, with 54% of respondents considering leaving their job if they could and one in ten wanting to leave the profession altogether.

Employability Award helps transition from student to staff nurse

An Adult Nursing graduate feels fully prepared for life on the wards thanks to the practical and financial help offered by De Montfort University Leicester. Stacey Gavin landed her “dream role” at University Hospital Coventry before her final placement and has just finished her sixth week on the respiratory ward. Helping Stacey make the transition from student to staff nurse is DMU’s Employability Award, a new initiative offering final-year students £100 towards the costs of securing employment. She said: “The money helped bridge the gap between my bursary ending and getting my first salary, for example it ensured I had money for parking at the hospital induction day. They also gave me a grant through the Access to Learning Fund to help me get to and from placement because of the big costs I faced.”

Well done DMU – a great initiative.

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