Healthcare Management

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. 

Revolutionising social care with a ’’care chains’’ model

Revolutionising social care with a ’’care chains’’ model

By Dr Ben Maruthappu, co-founder and CEO of homecare start-up Cera

Two years ago, the NHS introduced a hospital chain system, similar to that which is already in place in Germany, in a bid to permit more collaborative working, and enable greater patient access to leading clinicians nationwide. This allowed highly respected institutions like Moorfields eye hospital in London and Manchester’s Christie cancer centre, to provide specialist services to patients in distant parts of the UK for the first time.

Industry shortlist honour for local care force

Industry shortlist honour for local care force

Healthcare staffing agency Local Care Force, which has offices in Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times award in Improved Patient Safety.

Local Care Force is the only agency to be shortlisted across all categories and over 200 entries, and is up against large healthcare institutions such as the NHS and Virgin Healthcare.

Created in 2004 by former healthcare professional Leanne Silverwood, Local Care Force supplies workers to the nursing, healthcare and social care sectors. The agency has 50 staff, comprised of recruiters, medical professionals and medical trainers.

New care home facility set to bring 90 jobs to Edinburgh

New care home creates 90 jobs in Edinburgh

A new care home facility will bring 90 jobs to Scotland's capital when it opens its doors this winter. 

Due to open in January 2018, Cramond Residence in North West Edinburgh will be recruiting care teams comprising nurses, dementia team leaders and carers at various grades, activity coordinators, catering, housekeeping, and other support staff.

Managed exclusively by Walker Healthcare, Cramond Residence will offer the finest in person-centred nursing and residential care for older people, in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. 

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

A leading care provider celebrated a right royal occasion earlier this month when it opened its doors to a new £6.74m care facility. 

The Orders of St John Care Trust officially opened its newest home - The Lakes Care Centre - on 20 July in South Cerney, Cirencester. 

As part of the celebrations, HRH The Princess Royal visited the centre and met with residents and employees as she took a look around and found out more about the baking and reminiscence activities at the care facility. 

Princess Anne also met with Mrs Sybil Fleury, the first resident to move into The Lakes, who invited the Princess to see the spacious bedroom and en-suite wet room facilities available to residents. 

Julie Spencer, head of care at Avery Healthcare group, discusses how the introduction of innovative technology has improved medication management within their care homes.


Effective medication management has been an ongoing problem for care homes for a number of years. Reports show that almost 70% of residents have experienced at least one error in their medication regime1. Now, new technology is helping Avery staff tackle this serious issue by reducing the risks associated with using a paper medication administration record sheet (MAR) in managed care homes.

On average, residents in care homes take an average of 7.2 medicines per day2. With each additional medicine comes an increased risk of errors in prescribing, monitoring, dispensing and adverse drug reactions.

MRSA: still a threat?

MRSA: still a threat?

Superbugs, which are resistant to many antibiotics, have had a high media profile for at least the last 10 years. In the UK, they became a political issue too. In the run-up to the 2005 general election, the management of superbug MRSA – a specific strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium – was a key policy battleground, following alarming headlines about epidemic-level rates and closed hospital wards.


Top tips to avoid falls and boost confidence

Norman Niven, chief executive of

As many as three adults over the age of 65 have a serious fall every year, and around 70% of those fear falling again, according to health and care technology experts

When someone takes a nasty fall it can have a huge psychological impact, as well as a physical one, but there are steps you can take to restore the confidence of your residents and reduce the risk of them falling again. 

Chief executive of Norman Niven has a wealth of advice for people looking at ways to help make a difference. Norman Niven, chief executive of

Care Plan Example Booklet

Care Plan Example Booklet

Our new Care Plan Example Booklet contains all of our forms including the initial assessment (support plan), care plans, associated assessment tools and other ‘day to day’ forms to accompany the care plans such as Food Charts, Body Maps and Stool Charts.

The comprehensive 70 page booklet demonstrates how to use our care planning system and how they look filled in. A ‘must have‘, for all care homes concerned with excellent, robust and person centred care planning.

It goes through a serviced user’s pre-assessment and admission to the care home, how they should be assessed and included in their decisions about day to day support required. It looks at mental capacity issues with various examples of when mental capacity assessments should be done.

Care sector welcomes "best ever" CQC compliance tool

A new self evaluation tool has been developed to help care providers gauge their CQC (Care Quality Commission) grading. brian-donnelly-with-the-icops-system.jpg

iCOPS has been created by regulator and certification body for assistive technology services, CECOPS, and aims to help providers move away from relying on paper-based systems when preparing for inspections or monitoring improvement. 

The cloud-based system allows staff members to evaluate their team against official CQC standards, find out where they're falling short, collect evidence of compliance and set steps for improvement. 

Omnicell launches OMNICELL EMAR to improve Medication Management

Almost 70% of care home residents have experienced at least one error in their medication regime (1). Omnicell UK & Ireland, a leading provider of medication adherence packaging and automated healthcare solutions, has launched a new automated medication management system that will help tackle this serious issue by reducing the risks associated with using a paper medication administration record (MAR) sheet in a managed care home.

How a degree could boost your career in care

Do you work in healthcare and want to progress to a management role? Have you considered training to take your career in health and social care to the next level, but think you don’t have the time? If so, a degree course from Arden University could provide an ideal solution.  Arden’s BA (Hons) in Healthcare Management: The course is a full-time degree, with part-time hours. Teaching is compressed into two- threefull days, to help students fit study around work, family, and other life commitments. 

How and where is it taught?

Care Home Management - Hoists and Lifting


For an older person or someone living with complex physical disabilities, accepting care and support with day-to-day activities can be challenging – not least because when your mobility becomes limited and you’re faced with the loss of your sense of independence you may feel confused, fearful, guilty or even angry. Care may come from a variety of places, from relatives and friends to care assistants, and the equipment could soon include a wheelchair, stairlifts, access ramps, lifts and hoists.  

Could a Medical Secretary role in the NHS be the challenge you’re looking for?

The role of Medical Secretary in the NHS is a challenging and varied one. Medical Secretaries work across all areas of the NHS, from hospitals to head offices and everything inbetween. The role holds a lot of responsibility and requires close work with health professionals and the general public. 

Medical Secretaries can be safe in the knowledge that their role contributes to people's well-being. There is a good standard of progression available throughout the NHS, from moving to bigger practices with more responsibility, to applying for the role of senior Medical Secretary. Many Medical Secretaries can also move to other areas of the NHS, such as finance or HR.