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Stein urges health secretary to let paramedics work with care homes to relieve burden on A&Es

Posted on May 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Stein urges health secretary to let paramedics work with care homes to relieve burden on A&Es

Tony Stein, chief executive of Healthcare Management Solutions, has written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt to

outline how care homes could take some of the strain from busy A&E departments.

Mr Hunt recently called for MPs to come up with ideas for ensuring the NHS and social care are properly funded and fit for purpose.

Mr Stein writes that care homes could look after elderly people requiring care and attention but not medical intervention, freeing up emergency beds for more urgent cases and reducing A&E waiting times.

“When an elderly person has a fall, a dizzy spell or an anxiety attack the immediate solution is to call for an ambulance,” said Mr Stein in his letter.

“Often any alternatives, such as NHS helplines, are useless as the elderly person is too frail, confused or anxious to respond clearly to questions over the telephone. The only … Read More »


New co-chair of Care Association Alliance

Posted on April 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New co-chair of Care Association Alliance

Melanie Weatherly, chief executive of Lincolnshire homecare provider Walnut Care, will co-chair the Care Association Alliance alongside Surrey

Care Association chief executive Erica Lockhart after being appointed by the body last week.

The Care Association Alliance brings together care associations from across the country under one umbrella. Its aim is to engage with stakeholders across government departments and give local care associations a voice nationally.

“I intend to use my experience as a care provider and employer of more than 200 people in the industry to speak up for other providers, not just in Lincolnshire, but across the country,” said Melanie.

“There is plenty of work to be done. As an industry, we can achieve so much more by working together, rather than individually.

“In Lincolnshire, we have a healthcare partnership between local authorities, care providers and the NHS to ensure the highest standards are … Read More »


Mel Knight passes the baton

Posted on April 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Mel Knight passes the baton

After more than 25 years at the helm of care sector construction specialist Castleoak, Mel Knight stepped down as executive chairman at the end of

March.

Over the past five years, the shareholders have led a succession plan to evolve the business from a shareholder-led business to one led by an independent management team.

The implementation of the succession plan is now complete, and Craig Currie, as chief executive, and his team have been leading the company for some time now.

Karen Rosser now steps up from non-executive director to non-executive chair. Karen has been part of the senior team since 2011, having joined Castleoak in a HR leadership role.

Mel, who remains a major shareholder in Castleoak, will now be pursue a range of other interests in the care and retirement living sector “Castleoak is well positioned for further success and growth, and importantly … Read More »


Bradford care Association builds its membership

Posted on February 16th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Bradford care Association builds its membership

Caring Times, February 2018

Three years since it was founded with the aim of promoting the very best quality care in the Bradford District, Bradford Care Association (BCA) now counts more than 70% of the city’s residential and nursing homes, as well as domiciliary care providers, as members.

These organisations benefit from being able to share best practice, having access to the latest training opportunities and being kept up to date with news from all areas of the public sector, including the Care Quality Commission and the NHS. Crucially the BCA is also involved in negotiating fee increases with the Local Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Groups for publicly funded service users.

BCA’s chairman is Konrad Czajka, who is the Managing Director of Saltaire based Czajka Care Group. He says: “We launched Bradford Care Association in late 2014 to enhance the standard of … Read More »


Kilgour invests in Aberdeen but says Scottish Government must properly fund public placements

Posted on January 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Kilgour invests in Aberdeen but says Scottish Government must properly fund public placements

Entrepreneur Robert Kilgour has stepped-up investment in the Aberdeen operation of his Scottish Renaissance Care

business.

Work is about to start on a £2m refurbishment of the 35-bed Cowdray Club care home, a listed 19th century building in the Ferryhill area of the city. The 40-week contract, awarded to local company Morrison Construction, includes internal alterations and refurbishment to the existing building and a total refresh of existing facilities.

This comprises new mechanical and electrical installations, sanitary ware, alterations to room layouts, and new finishes to floors, walls and ceilings with redecoration throughout. Bedrooms will be equipped with new fittings and furnishings. Externally the works include hard and soft landscaping, car park enlargement and an accompanying refresh of the existing areas of the garden. The building fabric works include stonework, roofing and window repairs.

The home will remain open while these works are carried out … Read More »


MP praises staff for their thoughtfulness and devotion

Posted on January 18th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on MP praises staff for their thoughtfulness and devotion

Caring Times, January 2018

Staff at a Hastings care home have been praised by the town’s MP for their “thoughtfulness” and dedication to caring for residents.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye, read in the Hastings Observer how Kellie Carter and Kimberly Mann from Hastings Court care home on The Ridge had given up their evenings off to accompany a devoted couple on a special evening out.

John and Celia Mortimer, both in their late 80s, were treated to a ‘date night’ at the Sussex Exchange after Kellie overheard them discussing how much they would like to go out to dinner.

The couple, who’ve been married for more than 60 years, moved into Hastings Court in January 2016 after John’s Parkinson’s disease and Celia’s deafness made living at home too difficult.

In personal letters to the caring staff members, Ms … Read More »


Praise for devotion

Posted on December 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Praise for devotion

Staff at a Hastings care home have been praised by the town’s MP for their thoughtfulness and dedication to caring for residents. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye, read in the Hastings Observer how Kellie Carter and Kimberly Mann from Hastings Court care home on The Ridge had given up their evenings off to accompany a devoted couple on a special evening out.

John and Celia Mortimer, both in their late 80s, were treated to a ‘date night’ at the Sussex Exchange after Kellie overheard them discussing how much they would like to go out to dinner.

The couple, who’ve been married for more than 60 years, moved into Hastings Court in January 2016 after John’s Parkinson’s disease and Celia’s deafness made living at home too difficult. In personal letters to the caring staff members, Ms Rudd … Read More »


Tony Stein writes to Chancellor ahead of Autumn Budget

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Tony Stein writes to Chancellor ahead of Autumn Budget

Healthcare Management Solutions chief executive Tony Stein has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of his Autumn Budget, raising issues faced by the care sector and

suggesting a radical solution to the long-term funding issues it faces.

In his letter Mr Stein highlighted that extra funding from local government’s social care precept and the Government’s Better Care Fund was being used to plug existing gaps in funding, rather than improving services or planning for the future, as the population ages.

Mr Stein advised the Chancellor that reducing the amount councils spend on housing-related benefits, by building more affordable housing, could free up much needed funds for social care. This would also make people better off without the planned rise in the National Minimum Wage, which many businesses, in many sectors, will struggle to pay.

“The Government needs to understand that by creating … Read More »


Cycle Challenge raises £11,000 for The Care Workers Charity

Posted on August 7th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Cycle Challenge raises £11,000 for The Care Workers Charity

Caring Times, July/August 2017

In May, thirty riders embarked on the first ‘Carter Schwartz Cycle Challenge’ – two cycling groups, one completing a 75-mile route and the other, 125 miles from London to the Cotswolds ending up at the Fish Hotel for a Gin reception, courtesy of Chase Distillery.

Sponsored by the Octopus Fund and Caring Times, the event raised £11,000 for the Care Workers Charity, created a buzz around this important cause and a deep sense of satisfaction from all that took part.

A charity auction, dinner and networking at the bar followed the the Challenge in which a total of more than 10,000ft of elevation was climbed with the 125-mile group claiming 6,500ft of that themselves. Two riders came off their bikes with one serious injury and a total of four punctures led to some tall tales, knocked egos but no … Read More »


Sponsored silence is golden for ‘quiet achiever’ Deb Pritchard

Posted on August 7th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sponsored silence is golden for ‘quiet achiever’ Deb Pritchard

 

Caring Times, July/August 2017 

Talkative Deborah Pritchard took on a sponsored silence to raise funds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at a Widnes care home.

 The carer at Halton View Care Home, on Sadler Street, spent an entire day silently carrying out her duties.

She wore a sign around her neck reading “I am on a sponsored silence” and carried a note book so she could communicate with colleagues, residents and visitors.

She raised £289 for the sensory garden, which will include planters, furniture, a water feature, bird table and a wide variety of fresh flowers.

Sensory gardens have proven therapeutic benefits for those living with dementia, as they elicit memories through touch, sound and smell.

Deborah was challenged take on the sponsored silence by her colleagues as part of Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place all this week, from 14th to 20th May.

Deborah said: “I … Read More »



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