Tag: Clinical Issues


Report points to looming crisis in nurse recruitment

Posted on July 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Report points to looming crisis in nurse recruitment

The nursing shortage in the UK is becoming more acute, according to a sector analysis report published by commercial property specialists Christie & Co.

The report, Adult Social Care 2017: Funding, Staffing & the Bed Blocking Challenge, surveyed every local authority, using Freedom of Information requests, and more than 200 leading operators across elderly and specialist care in the UK in order to understand the ongoing, as well as new issues, faced by the care sector. Following on from reports over the previous two years, latest figures show that there has been a 3% fall in total registered nursing numbers for 2016/17 with a 23% rise in de-registrations leading to 17,000 permanently unfilled nurse vacancies across the UK.

Following the Government’s decision to axe NHS bursaries for student nurses from 2017, applications by students in England to nursing and midwifery courses at … Read More »


Call for managers to participate in psych therapy survey

Posted on July 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Call for managers to participate in psych therapy survey

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is calling for care home managers to complete a short survey which is now live at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZFF59TX

The survey (which should take less than 10 minutes to complete) aims to find out whether talking therapies are available in UK care homes; and where they are available how the mental health needs of care home residents are being identified. Dr Jo Pybis, senior research fellow at BACP explains:

“This survey is part of a wider piece of work in which we’re aiming to raise awareness of older people’s mental health, to promote conversations around older people and depression, and to increase understanding that dementia is not the only condition older people may experience in later life.

“We would really appreciate care home managers taking the time to complete the survey (which is completely confidential) and will … Read More »


Report unpicks complexity of continuing healthcare

Posted on July 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Report unpicks complexity of continuing healthcare

A report on an investigation into NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) by the National Audit Office has found that there is significant variation between areas administered by different Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in both the number and proportion of people assessed as eligible for CHC.

The investigation also found that, owing to the complexity of assessment protocols, there may be differences in the way CCGs are interpreting the national framework to assess whether people are eligible for CHC. The report said there was a shortage of data on CHC, which made it difficult to know whether eligibility decisions were being made fairly and consistently. For example, no data are collected on how many individuals appeal to the CCG against unsuccessful CHC funding decisions, the first stage of the appeals process.

Care provider representative body Care England welcomed the report, saying it unpicked some of … Read More »


Cambridge care home hosts fall prevention classes

Posted on June 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Cambridge care home hosts fall prevention classes

Staff at Home Close residential care home in Fulbourn near Cambridge are helping residents and local community members to stay physically strong in an effort to stop them coming to harm through falls.

Every Thursday morning for nearly two years, the home has hosted ‘Falls Prevention’ classes which are open to members of the community as well as the home’s residents.

Led by a local physiotherapist and exercise leader, the classes guide attendees through a series of exercises that help provide strength and conditioning to reduce the chance of them being likely to fall. The session involves seated and standing exercises to strengthen muscles that are known to weaken with old age.

81-year old Shirley French, who lives in the village, has been attending the classes regularly with her husband Don and speaks enthusiastically about the effects they have had on her.

“The classes … 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 »


RNHA questions rationale for reduction in Funded Nursing Care

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on RNHA questions rationale for reduction in Funded Nursing Care

Caring Times, May 2017

A reduction in Funded Nursing Care (FNC) from £156.25 to £155.00 per week, announced by the Department of Health in mid-March has been criticised by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA).

“It is difficult to put into words the disappointment felt over such a derisory reduction,” said the association’s chief executive Frank Ursell.

“One must ask the question where does this reduction sit in the whole scheme of things?

“The Budget reported a £2bn increase in funding and a Green Paper in the summer to look at the whole question of funding. In the meantime a payment which is made to individuals, whether funded by local authorities or themselves to cover the cost of their health care needs is to be reduced by £1.25 per week – an amount which will probably be lost in the transaction cost of making … Read More »


Marie Curie launches free online resource for end of life care

Posted on February 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Marie Curie launches free online resource for end of life care

Marie Curie has launched a free online resource for health and social care professionals who don’t have expertise in palliative and end of life care.

The charity says it is the first time that a comprehensive and robust suite of end of life care material has been made available free, quickly and easily accessible all in one place. Tracey Buckley, Marie Curie’s Palliative Care Knowledge Zone project lead and former clinical nurse manager at Marie Curie, said evidence suggested that some health and social care professionals felt uncomfortable talking about the dying process because they don’t have the knowledge and confidence to do so, and this could be a huge barrier to providing high quality care.

“The new Marie Curie Palliative Care Knowledge Zone aims to help give generalist health and social care staff the confidence to talk openly with their patients … Read More »


Infection control award

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Infection control award

Caring Times, February 2017

A North Shields care home has been praised by the Northumbria NHS Trust for ‘spreading the word’ about infection control.

Prince Court care home, which is based on Hedley Road, received an award for its efforts during National Infection Control Week. Edwina Cook, the home’s housekeeper, helped raise awareness about the initiative by creating a display on infection control, as well as educating residents and guests. National Infection Control Week is an annual initiative, which aims to raise awareness on how to prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections such as MRSA and clostridium difficile.

Julie Gregory, home manager of Princes Court, said: “Edwina did a fantastic job in creating an engaging display for all to see and took the time to educate others about the initiative, as well as offers tips on prevention and how to limit the … Read More »


‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

Caring Times, February 2017

A social care leader is calling for the authorities to put prejudice about the private sector in to one side to solve the crisis facing the NHS this winter. Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales, stressed the need for everybody to work in partnership following the publication of a report by the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee into “winter preparedness”.

According to Mr Kreft, the key findings chimed with what Care Forum Wales had been saying more many years. The report’s first recommendation was that there needed to be more integration between the health and social care sectors and that, crucially, the independent sector needed to be part of the solution The report also highlighted concerns about the financial viability of the sector in the light of the many care home closures which … Read More »



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