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using history to combat loneliness
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The nation has never been more aware of social isolation and loneliness than in the current lockdown, but a new report published by Heritage Doncaster following a pilot project that started last Autumn may offer a glimmer of hope for those living with the devastating effects of isolation, and provide a template to museums and heritage organisations across the nation to use collections and curators to help people re-engage in the world.

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internet providers to keep care homes connected
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NHSX and NHS Digital have negotiated offers with telecom companies to get more care providers and care homes connected to the internet during COVID-19.
 
During COVID-19 care homes and care providers need to be able to use digital technology to ensure strict social isolation to protect vulnerable residents, patients and staff. These technologies include remote GP consultations, digital ordering of prescriptions and other remote communications with health and care professionals, families and loved ones.
 

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International Nurses Day 2020
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Each year on May 12, celebrations take place around the world to mark International Nurses Day.

The date falls on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, and carries extra significance this year as it marks the 200th anniversary of her birth. As a result, 2020 has been designated as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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woman carrying out mental health training
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In light of the Coronavirus crisis and subsequent lockdown, the figures around the number of people experiencing poor mental health has increased from one in four to one in three. 

To remedy the immediate and long-term needs of the nation and combat the startling new statistics, Newark-based mental health and wellbeing charity Shaw Mind has launched a series of online interactive mental health training courses with its professional partners.

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engineers carrying out safe working practices
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A go-ahead Scottish company has pulled off a minor miracle – while maintaining the highest possible standards of safe working – to help get the new NHS Louisa Jordan temporary hospital facility up and running in Glasgow.
 
The MacGregor Flooring Company from Lanarkshire helped complete the equivalent of three months’ work in an astonishing five days to provide flooring at the 1,036-bed bay hospital which opened on 19 April after an exceptional communal effort.
 

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Royal Star & Garter fundraising campaign
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A charity which cares for ex-servicemen and women has launched a new fundraising campaign during the COVID-19 crisis.

The campaign, which adopts Royal Star & Garter’s core strapline Care with courage, highlights the every-day bravery displayed by its residents and staff.

It comes as the charity faces increased costs and a loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic while it focuses on ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents and staff.

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Patient data
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We are now, unquestionably, living in the age of big data. The vast amounts of traceable data generated daily can direct everything from digital transformation strategies to epidemiology. And nowhere is this more relevant than in healthcare, especially at a time where analysing COVID-19 data is crucial to tackling the global pandemic. 

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Denise Baker reflecting on International Nurses Day
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On International Nurses Day 2020 (May 12), Denise Baker, Head of School of Allied Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, reflects on the growth of the pioneering nursing associates training programme and the value of the role in such unprecedented times as these. 

Back in 2015, the government announced plans for a new addition to the care workforce to enable healthcare professionals to develop their skills to become a registered nursing associate, complementing care provided by healthcare assistants, registered nurses and other allied health professionals. 

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Care Workers not being able to access testing
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The National Care Forum surveyed its members about the new testing arrangements. The survey represents the perspectives of a wide range of organisations who between them employ 31,262 staff. Of these 6,469 were identified as being a priority for testing (due to having symptoms) and attempts were made to get them tested. Less than a quarter (1,436) were actually able to access testing (22%).

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care worker and service user manage staffing levels
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During the greatest public health crisis in a century, specialist nursing care provider, Exemplar Health Care, is continuing to innovate by introducing new technology across its care home network, to help manage and maintain staffing levels.
 

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Care Staff Show Gratitude
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Staff at Borough Care are extremely grateful to residents’ families and members of the wider community for their donations and kind words of support, as they continue to care for residents during the current coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic.  Borough Care is the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport and has eleven homes across the borough.   

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care workers to Support End of Life
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A local charity and home care provider have joined forces to Support End of Life at home, helping to reduce the pressure on the NHS.
 
St Helena Hospice has partnered with Bluebird Care Colchester and Tendring to provide its SinglePoint Virtual Ward service to patients and families in the comfort of their own homes, in the last days of life.
 

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Lindsay Appleby protecting mental health
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These unprecedented times have seen the health and social care sector experience a huge upheaval. We’re all acutely aware of the immense pressure carers and front line staff are under as they fight an uphill battle day-in, day-out, with the country relying on them to care for the most vulnerable in our society. I think I speak for everyone when I say how incredibly proud we are of their amazing work.  

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impact of pandemic on patients with cancer
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New collaborative research from Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Split, Croatia and King’s College London has shown that the response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is significantly affecting the treatment and care of patients with cancer. 

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Key workers to access free training
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Bracknell based eLearning provider, iHASCO, have announced that all key workers across the UK can obtain free access to their Mental Health Awareness and Infection Prevention & Control training programmes. 
The announcement was made shortly after they were listed on the Crown Commercial Service’s COVID-19 Catalogue of supplier offers

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