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CQC outstanding - Care worker with a resident
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Getting an outstanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating can sometimes seem unattainable, especially given the current challenges faced by social care in the UK. From staff shortages, an ageing population and the need for keeping up with emerging technological advancements, it goes without saying that there is a lot of demand in this industry.

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Roger Daniels of Red Homes on oral hygiene
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Roger Daniel is CEO at Red Homes Healthcare. Having grown up working in and around care homes, Roger has vast experience in delivering care. Here he discusses how important it is to have an oral hygiene policy in place…

CQC research released earlier this year found that 52% of care homes were without an oral health policy, and 73% of care didn’t sufficiently cover dental health. This is such an important but often overlooked aspect of care that protects residents’ oral health and in turn their overall wellbeing.

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Martin Lowthian explains how to manage medication when resources are stretched
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Martin Lowthian explains how to manage medication when resources are stretchedIn a sector where recruiting and retaining permanent staff is an ongoing challenge, Martin Lowthian, compliance expert at The Access Group’s health and social care division, looks at how care home providers can manage medication safely and effective

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Nightingales care services worker and resident
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Nightingales, which operates in London and the South East, grew from two residential homes in 1986 to an additional home care service which serves 100 clients. Nightingales Home Care division celebrated 25 years in operation this year. Here, founder Sarah Bruce and Head of Home Care Donna Roch explain how the care provider has gone from strength to strength thanks to an ethos of prioritising residents and providing high-quality staff…

Nightingales care services Q&A 

Tell us about the history of Nightingales' care services… 

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Temporary contractors – a care home worker services cup of tea
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Are you aware of the recent change in law regarding temporary contractors? Here the team at Lawspeed, the UK's leading Law Consultancy dedicated to the recruitment industry, discuss the new tax rules…

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Florence's social care staffing platform
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Florence tackles the social care staffing crisis head on with the addition of carers to its recruitment marketplace

London pilot expands on Florence’s promise - helping carers to find work and nursing homes to fill temporary shifts

Florence, the recruitment marketplace where care and nursing homes can find qualified staff to fill temporary shifts, today announces it has expanded – adding carers to the pool of qualified healthcare professionals working through its innovative platform.

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A tablet being used in a residential care home
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Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile – an award-winning mobile data capture solution – discusses the links between going paperless and the quality of residential care. 

Over the past few years, digital transformation has become an increasingly hot topic in business circles. There is a very good reason for this: done well, digital transformation drives efficiency and improves productivity, saving a business both time and money.

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HC-One care home ‘pimps out zimmers’ to help residents recognise their frames 
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Residents of a HC-One care home based in Coventry have been decorating their Zimmer frames, along with staff to help reduce the number of falls.  

The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognise their own frame. 

Zimmer frames are usually grey, making them hard for people with dementia to tell apart or, in some cases, see them clearly.

But with the help of staff at Brandon House, Residents have had their frames transformed into colourful works of art.

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care homes - an elderly man and care home worker
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A large-scale project led by senior nurses to improve the health of care home residents in Calderdale, Yorkshire has reduced emergency admissions by 33 per cent with the help of technology-enabled care. Analysis1 commissioned by Tunstall, has indicated this type of care model could release £1 billion NHS capacity if deployed on a national scale.