Tag: Clinical Issues


‘Carebnb’ highlights need for new models

Posted on November 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Carebnb’ highlights need for new models

Using people private homes as ‘Carebnbs’ to relieve pressure on the NHS drew national media attention in late October, reporting that Southend University Hospital had pulled-out of a trial of the scheme.

The hospital distanced itself from the widely-criticised Airbnb-style pilot scheme after it was criticised by both health groups and politicians.

However, health minister Philip Dunne, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said he ‘wouldn’t immediately reject’ the idea as ‘one’s got to trial different things’.

“This is not national policy, anything innovative needs to be very carefully scrutinised and assessed before we proceed with it,” said Mr Dunne.

“I wouldn’t say that new models of care in the community are necessarily wrong.”

The scheme – now dubbed ‘Carebnb’ – would have been trialled in Essex with around 30 hospital patients staying in local residents’ spare rooms while they wait to be discharged.

Healthcare start-up … Read More »


Care workers urged to have flu jab

Posted on October 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care workers urged to have flu jab

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), has called on the Government to work to ensure that more social care staff receive the winter flu vaccination.

Whilst the Government recommends that all adult social care workers receive the flu jab, they are not eligible to receive the vaccination on the NHS. The ILC says the flu epidemic in care homes in Wigan last winter, which led to 30 cases of flu, eight deaths, and Wigan Infirmary and the North West Ambulance Service facing additional pressures, is a case study of the toll that low uptake of flu vaccination among care home staff can have on residents and the NHS.

David Sinclair, director of the International Longevity Centre – UK said that, with Simon Stevens’ call for the NHS to ready itself for a particularly bad winter flu season, it was imperative that … Read More »


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 »


’Flu kills nursing home residents in Australia

Posted on September 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ’Flu kills nursing home residents in Australia

Six people were reported to have died during an influenza outbreak at a nursing home in the Australian state of Tasmania.

The state’s public health department confirmed the deaths at the beginning of September and said there had been flu outbreaks in 21 nursing homes across the state nine still being monitored.

Those who died were all residents at the 37-bed Strathdevon aged care facility in Latrobe, run by Uniting Agewell, an organisation of the Australian United Church. The deaths came after it was confirmed seven elderly residents at St John’s Retirement Village in Wangaratta, in Victoria, died during an influenza outbreak. Uniting Agewell issued a statement saying there had been “an influenza A outbreak at its Strathdevon aged care facility . . . from August 9 to 30, with the outbreak cleared on 30 August 2017″. It also confirmed the six … Read More »


Survey says care homes are challenged in end of life care

Posted on August 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Survey says care homes are challenged in end of life care

A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes has highlighted the good work they do and identified the key challenges they face.

Commissioned by Public Health England and undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, the survey examined the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.

One hundred and eight specialist palliative care services based in hospices, the community or hospitals were surveyed between November 2016 and January 2017. 90% of those surveyed had been providing services to care homes for 10 years or more. Just over half provided services within one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area, while 5% covered 5 CCGs. 72% were specifically commissioned to provide palliative care support in care homes, while the other … Read More »


£30m care homes bill is ‘national scandal’

Posted on August 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on £30m care homes bill is ‘national scandal’

Angry care home owners in Wales say they’re owed over £30m in unpaid fees because of a legal battle over who should pay a £20 a week fee for

nursing care provided by care homes.

After more than three years of wrangling, the Supreme Court has reached a decision on a dispute between Welsh health boards, councils and providers, with the court ruling unanimously in favour of the local authorities and saying the health boards had misinterpreted the legal position.

Provider representative body Care Forum Wales said it was ridiculous that the health boards could not have reached an agreement without going to court in the first place. They believe the court costs are upwards of £1m, money they say would have been better spent on providing frontline nursing care for vulnerable and frail care home residents.

Care Forum Wales chairman Mario Kreft said … Read More »


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, CT Extra. Comments Off on Report unpicks complexity of continuing healthcare

Bring Times, September 2017

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 … 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 »



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