Tag: Care staff/Professional roles


Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.

Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.

In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.

“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.

“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.

“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »


A response framework with untruths as last resort

Posted on July 24th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Sometimes the truth causes distress, but is it ever right to lie to a person with dementia? Edward O’Connor, Ian James and Roberta Caiazza describe a practical framework which allows “therapeutic lies” as a last resort

Vol 25 No 4 Page 22


Care providers call for clarity on sleep-in shifts and suspension of enforcement

Posted on July 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care providers call for clarity on sleep-in shifts and suspension of enforcement

Three care organisations – Learning Disability Voices, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and Care England – have supported calls from the charity Mencap to clarify rules on overnight care sector ‘sleep-in’ shifts.

These arrangements are delivered regularly for people with learning disabilities requiring round the clock care. Carers sleep through the night but are present on site to respond to emergency requests for care and support.

For years these shifts have been paid at a flat rate of £35-45, with workers receiving National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, for the hours they spend providing care.

However government guidance on the NLW’s application to sleep-ins has recently changed, prompted by employment tribunals. The Court of Appeal will now consider the re-interpretation of the law next year.

This has left providers liable for up to six years of back payments, which is actively being pursued … Read More »


Greensleeves Care supports the Care Workers Charity

Posted on June 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Greensleeves Care supports the Care Workers Charity

Not-for-profit provider Greensleeves Care is the latest organisation to join the Care Workers Charity Supporter’s Club, which provides vital support to care workers who experience hardship.

The Care Workers Charity supports the welfare needs of current, former and retired care sector workers. Paul Newman, chief executive of Greensleeves Care, said the company was delighted to support such an important cause.

“Our colleagues are the frontline and at the heart of Greensleeves Care,” said Mr Newman. “It is vital for us to ensure that they have somewhere to turn when they experience financial difficulty beyond their control.”

Alex Ramamurthy, chief executive of the Care Workers Charity said that, while care workers spend their careers looking after others, but when circumstances change, sometimes it’s the carers who need the help.

“That’s where the CWC steps in,” said Mr Ramamurthy. “We deliver hardship grants to care workers … Read More »


Care home nurses acclaimed as an ‘untapped resource’

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care home nurses acclaimed as an ‘untapped resource’

Caring Times, June 2017

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the launch of Teaching Care Home Impact Report. This suite of reports sums up the Teaching Care Home Programme; ground-breaking, nurse-led pilots to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England says: “These pilots demonstrate that the care sector is a crucial part of the health and social care landscape. Both nurses and carers have a vital part to play in the professional nursing agenda. This initiative has fostered strong partnerships and goes some way to developing a sustainable workforce that takes pride in providing high quality, joined up care”.

The report was launched at the Care Home Parliamentary Reception in the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Greengross. Representatives from the pilot … Read More »


Nurse recruiter calls for political commitment

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Nurse recruiter calls for political commitment

Caring Times, June 2017

Almost a year after a BBC report revealed that a quarter of care homes were at risk of closing within three years, the specialist nursing practice at Clayton Recruitment, is urging political parties to put the issue firmly on the agenda in their manifesto pledges to ensure homes are providing adequate provisions to the communities they serve.

This comes at a time when the lack of available staff is further compounding the issue and putting more homes at risk of closure due to inadequate availability of labour. Commenting on the issue, Danielle Moore, nursing division manager at Clayton Recruitment, commented: “The crisis in the social care sector is no new phenomenon, yet a year on from the Care Quality Commission’s report we are still seeing residential homes being shut in light of spiralling costs and funding cuts.

“I am … Read More »


New app helps care homes recruit temporary nurses

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New app helps care homes recruit temporary nurses

‘Florence’, an app which enables care and nursing homes to hand-pick temporary nurses without having to use a traditional recruitment agency has been launched.

Created by Charles Armitage, a 28-year-old doctor from London, the app enables care home managers to work directly with nurses and to clearly see their training, accreditation and ratings from previous jobs before booking them for shifts. More than 1,000 registered general nurses have already signed up with Florence which enables them to build a professional reputation and so be selected by care and nursing homes for their expertise, not just their availability.

The app, which care managers can access online via a computer or mobile, is described as one of a number of ‘disruptive’ technology solutions for the care sector.

“We like Florence because it’s easy to use and it’s transparent,” said Patricia Goan, chief executive of Glebe … Read More »


More pride, less prejudice

Posted on May 22nd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Brexit negotiations are getting under way, but how do care workers from abroad feel about it? Sally Knocker spoke to some and found that they often have a unique insight into the experience of dementia. The contributions of a migrant workforce in dementia care should be celebrated, she says.

Vol 25 No 3 May/June 2017 Page 14


HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

Posted on May 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

HC-One’s Rose Court care home in Radcliffe, Manchester, has received high praise for its role as part of a government-backed pilot scheme in the recently published Teaching Care Home Impact Report.

Rose Court was one of a group of services chosen to take part in the scheme, led by Care England and funded by the Department for Health. The pilot scheme aimed to improve the learning environment for care home staff, develop new undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and encourage nurses to join learning placements in care homes.

The impact report, launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, highlighted how the pilot had helped staff at Rose Court to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in using reflective practice to improve their work, as well as increased confidence in their ability to carry out their work. The pilot built upon HC-One’s existing … Read More »


Care home nurses acclaimed as an ‘untapped resource’

Posted on April 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care home nurses acclaimed as an ‘untapped resource’

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the launch of Teaching Care Home Impact Report. This suite of reports sums up the Teaching Care Home Programme; nurse-led pilots to improve the learning environment for staff working in care homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the pilots demonstrated that the care sector was a crucial part of the health and social care landscape.

“Both nurses and carers have a vital part to play in the professional nursing agenda,” said Prof. Green. “This initiative has fostered strong partnerships and goes some way to developing a sustainable workforce that takes pride in providing high quality, joined up care.”

The pilot projects have explored a range of areas including the untapped resources and expertise of the registered nursing workforce, the residents’ experience of mealtimes … Read More »



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