Tag: Care staff/Professional roles
Caring Times, July/August 2018
Pyjama-style uniforms for care home night staff have significantly reduced sleep deprivation, pacing and
disorientation among residents living with dementia.
The switch to scrubs covered in cartoon cats and love hearts was trialled at Simonsfield care home in Runcorn, Cheshire.
Staff are required to conduct regular checks on residents and both the day and night teams previously wore the same blue scrubs. Many of the home’s residents with dementia had trouble differentiating between the two and this could confuse them about sleeping times. Disorientation and pacing was a regular occurrence during night time hours, leading to sleep deprivation and associated lack of energy, irritability and mood swings.
Infection control guidelines mean staff cannot wear pyjamas, so home manager Debbie Smith came up with the idea of cartoon patterned scrubs for night staff.
“We thought we’d try out scrubs that mimic pyjamas for … Read More »
A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in partnership with Skills for Care. The deadline for responses is Monday, April 9th.
Those with an interest in social care are encouraged to share their views on what could be done to address a number of challenges facing the adult social care workforce. This includes:
how to attract and recruit workers;
how to improve retention;
how to improve professional development;
how to consider the role of regulation and;
how to ensure effective workforce planning.
Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage said responses from the consultation would feed into a joint health and social care workforce strategy this summer and will inform the upcoming adult social care Green Paper on care and support.
“The social care workforce is the backbone of the care sector and is … Read More »
Caring Times, February 2018
Care home nurses from across the South have come together for a team conference focused on learning and the pursuit of clinical excellence.
More than 60 registered general and mental health nurses employed by family-owned Colten Care discussed topics they themselves had put forward for the agenda.
Represented were all 20 of the provider’s homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, including its five dedicated dementia care settings.
The conference, at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, was designed to celebrate nursing and consolidate professional development and learning through presentations and clinical workshops.
Leading the day were clinical managers Lindsay Rees and Lisa Barnes-Metcalf. Lindsay said: “This was a chance to restate our commitment to invest in nursing despite the recruitment challenges facing the whole healthcare sector.
“It showed that we really do value the contribution that our nurses make and we understand the … Read More »
‘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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
‘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 »