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RCN Nurse of the Year

Taurai Matare has been named RCN Nurse of the Year 2019 for her innovative work in transforming her unit, its care pathways and workforce over 14 years. The matron for ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, received the accolade at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. Ms Matare, an advanced nurse practitioner, was recognised in part for her role in achieving a zero nurse vacancy rate in eye theatres at the hospital, as well as zero complaints in 2018. The Care Quality Commission has described the theatres as the ‘gold star’ of Whipps Cross. In addition, 80% of the trust’s ophthalmology staff would recommend the unit as a place to work. Ms Matare was named as the overall winner, having earlier won the Leadership category at the awards. On being named RCN Nurse of the Year, Ms Matare said: ‘I have been a nurse for over 25 years, and to be recognised in this way for me is the pinnacle of my career.’

Oxford named as best university in the world, new rankings show

The UK is home to the best university in the world, but the nation is facing intense competition from overseas institutions, new rankings show. Oxford University has topped the latest Times Higher Education world university rankings for the fourth year in a row. Overall, the UK has 28 institutions in the top 200, down from 29 last year. Of these, almost two-thirds (18 universities) have fallen by at least one place. The annual list rates more than 1,300 universities in 92 countries on five areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. While Oxford was named the best-performing university globally, Cambridge University takes third place in the list. This is down one place on last year, when it was second.

Off-duty trainee nursing associate saves man’s life after car crash

A trainee nursing associate at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been praised for saving a man’s life after a car crash happened near her home. Jade Myatt, who works on the acute medical unit, was driving from her uncle’s home in Stirchley to her own house in Madeley, near Telford, when she came across the scene of the accident. Ms Myatt performed CPR on the man who she believed was having a heart attack, while she waited for an ambulance to arrive. The driver was subsequently taken to the trust’s Princess Royal Hospital where he was stabilised before being transferred to University Hospitals of North Midlands in Stoke. Ms Myatt is due to qualify as a nursing associate in January and said she planned to gain more experience before going on to study to become a registered nurse.

Taxi drivers take care home residents on free day trip

Residents and staff at a Bath care home were treated to a free taxi ride to a nearby farm as part of a fun day out. Taxi driver Paul Roles, a prominent figure around Bath, got in touch with Winfield Lodge Residential care home with the idea of giving its residents a day to remember. After Mr Roles acquired the help of fellow cabbies, Mike Bean and Stephen Lasota. Thanks to the taxi drivers, care home residents and staff were driven to Bath City Farm, and enjoyed a couple of hours of seeing the farm animals and a spot of tea and cake too.

Dementia care crisis ‘costing businesses £3.2bn’ as carers forced to quit jobs

A crisis in dementia care has cost businesses in England £3.2bn in the last year, according to a charity. Research by the Alzheimer’s Society looked into people who have had to quit jobs, reduce hours, or change working patterns to care for their loved ones.The charity said the figure was likely to double over the next 20 years to £6.3bn and are now calling on the government to deliver on their promise to end the dementia care crisis. “Up and down the country, families are desperately trying and often failing to get the good quality dementia care their loved ones need,” said Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes. “Instead, over 100,000 people have had no choice but to leave their jobs and try to care for their loved ones themselves. The knock-on cost to businesses is only going to get bigger, with more and more people set to develop dementia and no solution put in place to sort out social care. It’s devastating for people with dementia, devastating for their families and carers, a drain on the NHS and now we see how badly it’s affecting our economy.”

New hospital to be built in Cornwall

  • Chris Easom
  • September 15, 2019

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the 20 NHS organisations to receive a share of £850 million in new funding. The trust will receive £99.9 million which will go towards a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the centre of the Royal Cornwall Hospital site in Truro. It is the only trust in the South West to benefit from the huge cash injection. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Today I’ve announced a multi-million pound cash injection for vital upgrades to 20 hospitals across the country – delivering on my commitment to make sure funds are reaching frontline services as quickly as possible.”

Cubbington care home resident’s 104th birthday treat was football surprise

One of the UK’s oldest residents who lives in Cubbington has celebrated his 104th birthday with a surprise trip to watch his beloved football team play. Staff at Cubbington Mill care home made Jack Marriott’s dream come true by arranging for him to be taken to watch Coventry City FC play at the Ricoh Arena. In the weeks running up to his milestone birthday, Jack had told his carers how he wanted to go to watch the Sky Blues play live one last time. Jack said: “Going back to the Ricoh was a dream come true.”

Pioneering matron nominated for Nurse of the Year award in British Journal of Nursing Awards

A pioneering nurse has been nominated for a prestigious award over her dedication to patients from Hartlepool and East Durham. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust haematology/anticoagulation matron, Mercy Cabrega, has been nominated for Oncology Nurse of the Year in the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Awards. Mercy was nominated by one of her students, who after spending two weeks on the ward, was so inspired by her commitment, hard work and positive influence she had on colleagues. During her 15 years at the trust, Mercy has revolutionised the way bone marrow biopsies are carried out, being the first nurse ever at the trust to lead the procedure. She has since trained other nursing staff to do the same, improving outcomes for patients by reducing waiting times.

Work started on life-size Lancaster Bomber on Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border

Work has started to build a life-size model of a Lancaster Bomber on the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border which campaigners hope will become a national landmark rivalling the Angel of the North. The steel replica of the iconic bomber will be built on high ground off the A46 at Norton Disney, in Lincolnshire, in a spot campaigners say will be seen by 34,000 motorists each day. Lincolnshire is known as “bomber county” because of the number of military airfields it had during the Second World War.

Picture Credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/lancaster-bomber-aircraft-airplane-953196/

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