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Avery Healthcare gets green light for Leicester care home

Avery Healthcare has received planning permission for an £8.5m care home in Aylestone, Leicester. The purpose-built care home is to be built on the site of two uncompleted apartment blocks that have stood empty for more than a decade. The home, which is expected to be completed in late 2020, will have a range of smaller lounges and dining rooms to all floors, an all-day café, cinema, hair salon and barbers, spa therapy room and landscaped gardens. All the spacious 60 bedrooms will have private en-suites and be furnished to a high standard with flat screen TVs. Some of the ground floor rooms will open out on to patio areas and the gardens.

New tax on over-40’s being considered to fund social care

A new tax being considered by ministers as a way to fund social care could raise up to £15bn a year, according to a new report. The proposal would see a 2.5 per cent levy applied to the earnings of people over the age of 40, similar to the model used in Germany. The revenue generated by the new tax would go into a ring-fenced pot used to fund social care. Research carried out by pensions and risk consultancy Hymans Robertson suggested the German-style system could raise half of the money needed to plug the £30bn-a-year gap in social care funding the UK is facing by 2031.

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.

School nurse shortage

Children’s lives are being put at risk because of the shortages of school nurses, experts have warned. Austerity measures have resulted in more than 500 school nurses leaving the profession without being replaced. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the loss of school nurses was leaving teachers without vital training and pupils without necessary support. It is calling on the government and local authorities to ensure school nursing services are properly funded. The continued deterioration of services could leave pupils who have health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy and diabetes unable to attend mainstream schools, the RCN believes. NHS staff data published this week revealed that more than 550 school nurses were lost between May 2010 and May this year, 19% of the total. More than 100 have been lost so far this year. The RCN said cuts to funding meant that many posts were going unfilled at a time when there was a growing push to increase mental health intervention among children and young people. Almost a quarter of those aged 11-15 in England report having a long-term illness or disability, including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis. Despite guidance from the Department for Education in 2014 that stipulates all children with health conditions should be supported to go to school, the number of school nurses has fallen from 2,987 to 2,433 full-time NHS posts in England.

Support for city care home residents in preventing falls

A new service to help prevent falls in care home residents has reduced the number of patients waiting for an appointment to zero. In May 2017, the Leicester City Care Home Therapy Team, provided by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, was commissioned to support frail patients living in care homes, who are at risk of falling, or who may have had falls already, to keep them safe and out of hospital. When the service started, there were 56 care home residents waiting for therapy assessments but, within just eight weeks, all of those patients had been assessed by a therapist and the waiting list was reduced to zero. Since May 2017, the team has helped 135 patients in Leicester City care homes. Dr Nainani, GP and clinical lead for falls prevention with Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Falls are the most common cause of serious injury in older patients and preventing them is a high priority. People should not be afraid to come forward and ask their GP for help if they’ve fallen or had a near miss, as there is a lot that can be done to help.”

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.