Tag: Clinical Issues


’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 »


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 »



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