Looking forward to the Future of Care Conference

Looking forward to the Future of Care Conference

Against the backdrop of increasing service pressures within the sector, the Future of Care Conference provides a platform to look forward to the future and collaborate to support each other with advice and knowledge as we move forward despite the crisis in both funding and workforce.

This brand-new one-day conference consists of a range of high calibre speakers from across the industry who will impart their knowledge and innovative ideas. Sights are set firmly on the future as topics include ‘What next for the care home sector’ and ‘Understanding the trends and future challenges with Alzheimer’s’.

UK Fundraisers Prepare to Par-tea in aid of Dementia UK

Dementia UK

UK-wide tea parties will help to raise funds for families facing dementia

Icing sugar is flying off the supermarket shelves and the kettle is officially on! It can only mean that people are gearing up for one thing:  ‘Time for a Cuppa’ campaign. From 1st-8th March 2018, fundraisers up and down the country will be channelling their inner baker and leaving no teacup unturned as they raise money for specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. 

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside families affected by dementia, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, helping families with more confidence and less fear.

Advocacy Charity Hosts New Health and Social Care Conference

Social Care Conference

North-West based charity, Advocacy Focus, has launched a brand new conference for health and social care professionals.

The award winning advocacy provider, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, will host ‘Breaking Barriers’ at Preston Grasshoppers RUFC on 14th March 2018.

Justine Hodgkinson, CEO, says: “We wanted to do something really special for our anniversary year, so we came up with Breaking Barriers, which aims to provide an informative, interesting and interactive day for health and social care professionals, with a real focus on working in partnership.”

Advocacy Focus supports individuals and helps them to achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their lives when dealing with health and social care services and local authorities.

Annual Conference and Exhibition 21–22 MAY 2018

Association for Continence Advice Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018

The Seven Ages of Continence Bic, Bournemouth 21–22 May 2018

Association for Continence Advice are delighted to announce that their annual conference will be held in Bournemouth on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd May 2018. The full exhibition will be held at the Bournemouth International Centre.

The theme of this year’s programme is The Seven Ages of Continence. As always, the conference would not be complete without it’s extensive exhibition which will feature a large array of industry leading companies offering new innovative products and practical solutions.

Introducing the Pocca™ Awards

Ponca Awards

UK schools outdoor learning focus to be rewarded in new awards programme

Schools across the UK are being encouraged to showcase the use of their outside learning areas in a new awards programme designed especially for the sector.

The Pocca Awards, developed by outdoor canopy provider i2o Ltd, has been launched to recognise and reward education establishments using available outside space to inspire students and enhance learning.

Schools are invited to demonstrate their outdoor learning approach and highlight how innovative and creative they have been in utilising their outside space in four distinct categories.  

1.    Active learning outside: how outdoor learning space encourages physical activities outside such as balancing, PE, Games, Sport and Play.

Staff at Queensway House invites public to open day

Queensway House

Queensway House, a residential care home in Hemel Hempstead, is to open its doors to members of the public and prospective residents to give them the opportunity to learn more about what it has to offer.


The home, which is located in Jupiter Drive, will be providing visitors with a guided tour of the facilities and entertainment from singer, Ricardo, who will be performing a sing along with residents at the home.


Those who attend the event on 18 January 2018 between 2.30pm and 4pm can also learn about the home, which has rooms for up to 80 residents, its staff and the activities it can offer to those aged 65 and over.


Greenock Care Home Manager Scoops Sue Pembrey Award

Greenock Care Home Manager Scoops Sue Pembrey Award

A care home manager from Greenock is celebrating after being named the joint winner of a prestigious nursing leadership award. Barbara Lawson, Home Manager at Meallmore Ltd’s Kincaid House care home, has scooped the win for the coveted Sue Pembrey Award 2017, which recognises clinical leaders who play a vital role in enabling high quality, person centred care.

The committed manager, who has worked with Meallmore for six years, was nominated by the University of the West of Scotland, where she is currently studying for an MSc in Gerontology and Later Life studies.

Montessori for ageing and dementia


The Maria Montessori Institute is proud to present, for the first time in the UK, a unique event: a two-day workshop showing how the knowledge and practical wisdom of Montessori can be used to better the lives of those who have dementia.

The goal of the Montessori programme is to support people living with dementia by preparing an environment that enables them to care for themselves, others, and their community. This innovative approach, which is gaining momentum in Australia, the US, and now being introduced here, can be adopted for individuals or groups, and used at home as well as in residential care settings and hospitals.


Fiona Phillips announced as chair for Future of Care Conference

Future of Care Conference, a brand-new event taking place at The King’s Fund in London on 13th March 2018 is pleased to announce that Fiona Phillips, journalist and broadcaster is chairing the event.


A passionate campaigner for a number of national charities, Fiona is an ambassador for Age UK, The Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Carers UK, The Prince’s Trust, MIND, Plan International and Missing People.


Commenting on the conference, Fiona explained ‘I am delighted to chair at this event as it is a subject close to my heart. I am keen to hear what the future holds, not only for those who work in the care sector, but also to those who it affects – us.’


World-renowned diabetes expert Professor Kamlesh Khunti to deliver DPC2017 keynote

Diabetes Professional Care has announced that Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester’s Diabetes Research Centre, will deliver a keynote session on ‘Evidence-based commissioning of high quality diabetes care’ at the DPC2017 conference.


As co-director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, Professor Khunti leads a research group that is working on the early identification of, and interventions with, people who have diabetes or are at increased risk of developing diabetes. His work has influenced national and international guidelines on the screening and management of people with diabetes.


Our Health Heroes finalists revealed

Healthcare Workers who provide excellent patient care across the UK have been announced as finalists and regional winners for the Skills for Health’s Our Health Heroes Awards 2017, sponsored by Health Education England. 

The Our Health Heroes Awards, established in 2016 aim to celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, that go above and beyond in their roles every day. After a successful debut, the Awards expanded to include three new categories.

Healthcare Professionals were asked to nominate their Integrated Team of the Year, Workforce Planning Team of the Year and Apprentice of the Year, alongside the already established Clinical and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year awards.

Sunrise senior living and Gracewell Healthcare celebrates three shortlistings at national awards

Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare are celebrating after being named finalists in three categories at the prestigious National Dementia Care Awards 2017.


Sunrise of Eastbourne was shortlisted in two categories with Fiona White, the General Manager at Sunrise of Eastbourne, being named a finalist in the Inspiring Leader category in recognition of her ability to effectively support and motivate her team.


Sunrise of Eastbourne’s ‘Reminiscence Neighbourhood’ Team also earned their spot as a finalist in the Best Dementia Team category. 


Theraposture to extend market-leading Rotoflex bed range with pioneering new additions at OT Show

Rotoflex bed range

Theraposture will be reaffirming its position at the forefront of rotational bed solutions with the introduction of additional Rotoflex designs at the Occupational Therapy Show (stand D32, NEC, 22-23 November).


Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff, hosted at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 17th October was the third time that organisers, Broadway Events, has brought the show to the welsh care community. Visitors travelled across the water and braced the threat of the incoming storm to source the latest innovations from the line-up of exhibitors including Educ8, Newhall Janitorial and Citation to name a few.

Care home staff celebrate shortlisting for leadership award

Care home staff celebrate shortlisting for leadership award

The team at one of Stevenage’s leading residential care homes, Martins House, have been recognised for their excellent leadership at this year’s Hertfordshire Care Awards. 

Organised by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, the awards recognise some of the best care services in the region and celebrate the work of local carers.

Run by Gold Care Homes, Martins House provides care to more than 60 people and has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission. 

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

A SLIMY encounter with giant snails and slithering snakes took place at a Barnsley care home.


Elderly residents at Deangate Care Home, in Mapplewell, took turns holding creepy crawlies and reptiles as part of an animal therapy session.


Animal handling company ZooLab brought along the exotic visitors, including giant African snails, lizards and snakes.


Julia Chambers, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “Holding snakes and lizards might not be for everyone but all our residents got a thrill from seeing them.


“Those brave enough to handle the animals said they loved it. It brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

National Chocolate Week has been celebrated at a Stockton on Tees care home with a special tasting session for residents.


The UK’s largest celebration of the sweet treat saw elderly residents at Ingleby Care Home dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a fountain of chocolate.


Resident Olive Smith said: “I just wanted one strawberry dipped in chocolate but it tasted so good I had a few more and a couple of marshmallows as well.”


Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “What could be more fun than Chocolate Week.


“The chocolate fountain was a huge hit as residents enjoyed dipping the strawberries in the melted chocolate.


Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

ELDERLY care home residents enjoyed entertainment of an unusual sort when they attended a drag act in Chester Le Street.


Residents from Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, took a stroll to the nearby community centre to watch the show.


The drag artist and cabaret entertainer, Miss Dixie Swallows, covered songs by Tina Turner and Cilla Black, among other classic pop songs.


Resident Norma White said: “I’m so pleased I went. I laughed so much.”

Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “Initially, some of the residents were concerned it wasn’t their cup of tea, but after a couple of numbers they really enjoyed it.

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