Tag: Clinical Issues


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 »


Burns calls for respect for victims of underfunding

Posted on January 13th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Burns calls for respect for victims of underfunding

Caring Times, January 2017

Dr Eileen Burns, the new president of the British Geriatrics Society, has called for public recognition that older people facing delays in discharge from hospital are the victims of underfunding of social care and not ‘the problem’.

Dr Burns has urged members of the public, and media to reject pejorative terms like ‘bed blockers’ and urge the Government to give social care the priority it deserves.

Dr Burns says accessible social care is a key factor in reducing hospital admissions and delayed discharges for older people. According to research published earlier this month by Age UK, the number of older people in England who don’t get the social care they need has soared to a new high of 1.2 million – up by 48% since 2010.

“There is a direct correlation between these statistics and the latest data from NHS … Read More »


New resource supports people with learning disabilities

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on New resource supports people with learning disabilities

Caring Times, November 2016

VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) and NDTI (National Development Team for Inclusion) have published the second edition of a guide which explains how the health charter can be used by social care providers. This practical new resource supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and aims to reduce inequalities in healthcare which were highlighted in a recent report.

Whilst organisations sign up to the charter to outline what they will do to boost people’s health, this accompanying self-assessment tool helps organisations measure progress and develop action plans for improvements.

More than 100 adult social care employers are already signed up to the guidance, which covers issues such as how to ensure all staff understand and apply the principles of mental capacity laws and how to listen to, respect and involve family carers. The resource includes practical steps on providing staff training on … Read More »


Bedrails – a risk-laden remedy

Posted on September 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Bedrails – a risk-laden remedy

DAVID EDWARDS,associate solicitor and head of the healthcare and regulatory teams at Harrison Drury Solicitors looks at a recent case involving BUPA Care Homes.

01772 258321 david.edwards@harrison-drury.com

In May this, Bupa Care Homes (CFC Homes) Ltd were brought before Carlisle Magistrates Court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in consequence of an incident involving bedrails in which a resident died at one the company’s care homes. Bupa was fined £400,000 with costs of £15,206.

The Court found that the company had failed to ensure that the resident’s bedrail assessment was suitable and sufficient, or that staff were adequately trained in bedrail risk assessments. They Court said reviews of bedrail assessment should have identified further measures to prevent the risk of falls, but staff who carried out the initial assessment and reviews were not adequately trained. It also found that measures identified to protect … Read More »


‘Red Bags’ improve transfer communication

Posted on September 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Red Bags’ improve transfer communication

By PAUL WILLIAMS

A new scheme designed to improve communication and working practices between the NHS and care homes has been implemented in the London borough of Sutton.

A care home manager’s forum identified room for improvement in the care home to hospital transfer pathway. One of the stories that came to light concerned hospital staff who had spent a considerable amount of time trying to help a care home resident get out of bed and walk because they hadn’t been told he was a wheelchair user.

Now, when a care home resident needs to go into hospital, a red bag containing their personal details, information on health conditions, medication and a change of clothes is packed for them. The bag also has room for other belongings such as toiletries, glasses, hearing aids and dentures. Mary Hopper, a senior NHS manager in Sutton, … Read More »


NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

A draft social care has been issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is open for consultation until Tuesday, May 17th.

The guidance, ‘Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs’, can be found at:

Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs | Guidance and guidelines | NICE

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Care home managers unhappy with level of care given by the NHS to people with dementia

Posted on May 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care home managers unhappy with level of care given by the NHS to people with dementia

An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has found that almost half of care home managers feel the NHS isn’t providing residents with dementia adequate and timely access to vital services like physiotherapy, continence and mental health services. This had led to instances where people have been left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated because the health service is too slow in responding to their needs.

The investigation, which is part of the ‘Fix Dementia Care’ campaign, involved a survey of more than 285 care home managers in England conducted jointly by the Alzheimer’s Society and Care England, as well as first-hand testimonies of carers of people with dementia living in care homes.

It also found that one in five care homes surveyed were being wrongly charged by GP practices for services that should be free on the NHS – up to as much as £36,000 a … Read More »


Care homes use online nutrition service in Northern Ireland

Posted on March 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care homes use online nutrition service in Northern Ireland

A health and social care trust in Northern Ireland has commissioned a digital nutrition monitoring and advice service now being used by 14 care homes in the province.

The service, Health Call, has been commissioned by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland is said to allow a closer collaboration across the NHS and care homes through a secure web-based portal. Undernourished residents are closely monitored every one to two weeks by care home staff, who input the patient’s weight, appetite, and compliance to oral nutritional supplements (ONS) onto an online portal.

If any of the patient’s data falls outside of their pre-set personal parameters, a member of the dietetic team is alerted and will contact the care home to provide dietary advice. Previously the dietitian visited every patient every six weeks.

“The automated system offers great support to the … Read More »



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