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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.

Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off

The home of the Red Arrows air display team is to be sold off, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. RAF Scampton, which was also home to 617 Squadron as they prepared for the Dambusters mission in World War Two, has housed the Red Arrows since 2000. Six hundred people currently work at the site near Lincoln. The MoD, which wants to save £3bn by 2040, is also closing RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire where 300 people work. The government said RAF Scampton will close in 2022 with the Red Arrows relocating to a site “more fit for purpose”. Plans were also confirmed to transfer basic and fast jet training from RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire to RAF Valley on Anglesey in 2019 and cease using Linton in 2020.

Double Celebration for University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is marking a double celebration following news of a major national award for its Vice Chancellor and a rise to its highest ever league table position. Lincoln has risen to 43rd in the Complete University Guide 2019, an achievement which is complemented by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart, winning The Guardian’s ‘Inspiring Leader 2018’ at a ceremony in London. The award recognises inspirational leadership within the UK higher education sector and celebrates institutions and leaders who have had a far-reaching impact on higher education, who have encouraged innovation, and demonstrated visionary thinking.

See us at the Lincolnshire Independent Care Conference June 7th 2018

We are proud to be supporting the Lincolnshire Independent Care Conference on Thursday June 7th. The conference will be held at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln between 9.30am – 4pm. We will have a stand promoting our services to both care homes and nurses & carers. Why not come and say hello and pick up some freebies – see you there!!

Care home residents enjoy Oscars-themed party

An Oscar-themed party was a huge hit with residents at a Surrey care home. A red carpet and clicking photographer set the stage for the evening of champagne, canapes, and its own awards ceremony. The care home, Sunrise of Banstead, also organised a sit-down evening meal which was followed by the ceremony. Prizes up for grabs, included the ‘Most Glamorous Resident’, the ‘Most Fascinating Resident’ and the ‘Unsung Hero’ award. The celebrations were rounded off by a mix of swing and rock music, performed by Epsom singer Chaise Aitch. Tamara Juckes, Sunrise activities and volunteer coordinator, said: “The awards evening was a wonderful opportunity to bring together residents, team members, friends and family to celebrate Sunrise of Banstead and all those who make it such a friendly, engaging and fun place to live and work.”

Lincoln village nurse who cares for terminally ill patients nominated for national award

A Lincoln village nurse has been recognised for her work with people living with a terminal illness by being nominated in the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ category at the annual Marie Curie Peacock Awards. Karen Playford, who lives in Coleby, joined the charity 11 years ago, and beat over 2,700 nurses, doctors and other health care officials for the nomination. Since 2006, Karen has dedicated herself to helping hundreds of people with terminal illnesses and their families, as well as coordinating the rapid response service and working extra shifts regularly. She said: “It was very much a surprise to be nominated, I certainly wasn’t expecting it. I’m very honoured, and I feel very proud. I love my job and the patients I look after are obviously very important to me.” Jayne Unwin, who nominated Karen, added: “I am able to totally rely on Karen to provide good care and help the team. I feel very lucky to have such a hard-working, helpful, caring, knowledgeable and honest member of the Lincolnshire Rapid Response Service.”

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.

Britain lags behind in care for the elderly

Britain is lagging behind similar economies when it comes to looking after the health and well-being of elderly people, new research shows. The UK failed to make it into the Top 10 of a new global ageing index – behind table toppers Norway and Sweden, as well as the US, Holland, Japan, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Spain. Researchers in the US have developed a new barometer that estimates how countries are adapting to the dramatic increases in the number and proportion of elderly people. The Index is composed of specific measures across five social and economic Indicators that reflect the status and well-being of older people in a country and which can be followed over time and used to compare across nations. Sample analysis of the data shows that the five countries in the index coping best with their ageing populations are Norway, Sweden, America, the Netherlands and Japan.

New benchmark in nursing care

A residential care home with a butler and chauffeur service has opened in Battersea. Albert Suites, described as a “new benchmark in nursing care”, is a care home that delivers “authentic choice” to the elderly and those requiring care for illnesses or rehabilitation. Residents, who have butlers and chauffeurs available to them, are under no strict time constraints- they eat when and what they want. Director of care Linda Ryan said: “Why should we be on a rigid time regime. Meal times and waking times are tailored to a resident’s preference, and we advocate self-medication where feasible to foster a sense of independence.” On top of the butler service, which serves barista coffee, there is a concierge, swimming pool, gym, hairdresser and a beauty salon.

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