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Philip Hammond, who has announced the Autumn Budget

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced the government’s Autumn Budget. He promised: “A budget for hard working families who live their lives far from this place and care little for the twists and turns of Westminster politics.”

Over the past year, Brexit has affected the workforce as many European staff feel their future is uncertain, and the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England dropped by 92% following the 2016 referendum (see https://www.theguardian.com).

As NHS leaders called for more funding to end the healthcare crisis, and the Prime Minster recently told the country that “austerity is over”, we decided to take a look at how the budget will affect healthcare in 2019//20.

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New Care Home Opens, Bringing 50 Jobs to Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s newest and finest care home has officially opened its doors and welcomed its first residents.

The much-anticipated Cramond Residence offers 74 luxury en-suite bedrooms and provides the highest quality person-centred nursing care for older people in the capital.

Now, having filled a number of key positions before opening, the Residence is recruiting for a further 50 roles, including care assistants (SVQ2 and above), team leaders, nurses, laundry and domestic staff, and food service assistants.

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Abbotswood Court Care Home To Celebrate Community Volunteers

Abbotswood Court care home is working with the voluntary sector support organisation, Unity, to celebrate volunteers making a significant contribution to charities and community groups across the Test Valley.

Recognising volunteers that show commitment, consistency, and dedication with an “over and above” attitude in the face of adversity, the Unity Volunteer Awards 2018 are set to take place on Friday 23rd November at the Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge. This year, the awards have been sponsored by Cinnamon Care Collection’s Romsey-based care home, Abbotswood Court, which will be commending the Test Valley’s “Unsung” Heroes of volunteering.

Cinnamon Care Collection is an exclusive group of luxury care homes and retirement developments occupying beautiful locations around the UK. Abbotswood Court actively engages with many community groups and organisations across Romsey and beyond by hosting regular coffee mornings, events, and fundraising initiatives. Approached by Unity to support the Volunteer Awards 2018, Abbotswood Court’s staff were keen to aid the organisation in commending the contributions of volunteers across the Test Valley.

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Avalon Nursing Home - Celebrating Those Who Have Gone Before

Residents, families, friends and staff of Avalon Nursing Home in Bridgwater have come together to celebrate the lives of loved ones at the home’s yearly memorial service. 

In preparation for the occasion, those planning to attend were invited to write names, and memories or quotes on wooden doves in memory of loved ones, to hang on a tree in the garden of the home. 

Sarah Biffen from H Biffens & Sons funeral directors, opened the service with a poem before inviting everyone outside into the garden. 

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Gracewell of Ascot Celebrates Grand Opening

The red carpet was rolled out for the grand opening of new care home, Gracewell of Ascot, on Thursday 4th October.

The care home, on Burleigh Road, will offer high quality, personalised nursing, residential and dementia care to older people right in the heart of the local community. To celebrate its opening, Gracewell of Ascot was delighted to host a very special launch event.

The celebration saw the welcoming of VIP guests including High Sheriff of Berkshire Graham Barker, Deputy Mayor Colin Rayner and Alan Carr MBE. Residents, local members of the community and health care professionals were also in attendance to enjoy the festivities, prosecco and delicious canapés.

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its consultation on the fees that it proposes to charge providers in 2019/20.
The proposals follow the plans CQC set out to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover its chargeable costs in full from providers. 

CQC will analyse the feedback from this consultation to prepare a response and a final fees scheme to recommend to the Secretary of State, whose consent is required to implement the scheme from 1 April 2019.

 

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wear it pink day for breast cancer charity

All shades of pink was proudly worn at a Mawdesley care home as they marked Wear It Pink Day – which raises awareness and funds to battle breast cancer.

Wear it Pink is one of Breast Cancer Now’s biggest fundraising events – a single day when thousands of amazing people come together in work places, schools, homes and communities across the UK to wear pink, raise money and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.

The staff and residents all wore an item of pink clothing, of their choice and baked cakes and savouries were sold to raise extra funds.

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veteran Jimmy at WW2 exhibit

A SECOND World War Merchant Navy veteran took a walk down memory lane when he visited South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

Veteran Jimmy Mahoney, 95, was visiting the museum with fellow residents from Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

After entering an exhibit of a kitchen and sleeping quarters for crewmen during the War, he recalled memories from his time in the Merchant Navy.

He left school at 14 and joined as a cabin boy, prior to the start of the Second World War, and eventually worked his up to deck hand.

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Community

TEESSIDE care home residents received a special invitation to the Islamic Diversity Centre North East community lunch.

The event was organised specifically for Teesside’s elderly, with stalls and talks from Ageing Better Middlesbrough and Cleveland Police as well as members of the IDC.

Residents from The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, were among the guests, who were also treated to craft activities and puzzles during the lunch.

Resident Ivy Artly said: “I have never eaten pizza before but it was nice.

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Woman cold in winter

Health secretary Matt Hancock recently announced that an emergency £240million fund would be ploughed into social care to free up beds this winter. 

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund, responded, saying, “After a punishing summer of heatwaves and ever-increasing demands on services, the NHS is heading for another tough winter.

“Widespread and growing nursing shortages now risk becoming a national emergency and are symptomatic of a long-term failure in workforce planning, which has been exacerbated by the impact of Brexit and short-sighted immigration policies.

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Carer & resident - social care

With Health Secretary Matt Hancock announcing that the long-awaited social care Green Paper will be revealed “later this year”, we take a look at a possible solution to the crisis in the form of a voucher scheme to pay for care. We also find out what finance specialists think is in store for the NHS over winter...

An adult social care vouchers scheme has been put forward by John Woodward OBE, president and founder of the Busy Bees Group, to help solve the social care crisis in the UK. Both Mr Woodward and the organisation were instrumental in lobbying the government to launch the Childcare Voucher scheme in 2005. Here, John explains how the voucher scheme could work for adults needing care...
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Care home rape - a door into a room

The CQC is taking a care provider to court this week over alleged sex attacks at one of its homes.

In July 2017, it was reported that Hillgreen Care Limited found a 28-year-old known sex offender, one of its residents at the home in Colne Road, Enfield, in the room of a 23-year-old male. The victim, a severely disabled autistic man, had allegedly been raped by the man who had been left unsupervised despite being a high-risk resident. The alleged attacker is currently serving a jail term for the rape of a 14-year-old girl, and the Crown Prosecution Service said he will not be prosecuted over the care home incident due to a lack of evidence. 

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Amy Collins wins Outstanding Carer award

30-year old Amy Collins a carer from Bucks based business Ashridge Home Care has been named Oustanding Carer 2018 at the prestigious Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Awards.

Announced on 5thOctober at a Gala dinner in Gerrards Cross, the 2018 Outstanding Carer Award recognises the exceptional work of individuals in the care sector in the UK. 

Amy received the most nominations as a carer who put clients at the forefront of all she did going beyond the call of duty when delivering good dedicated care to all her clients. The award and a £500 cash prize was proudly accepted from celebrity guest actress Aimi Macdonald by Amy’s mum Christina Graham.

One of three finalists, Amy has worked for Ashridge Home Care for two years and is responsible for providing care to clients in their own home.  She has taken a lead role caring for one lady, providing companionship and care services. 

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One of three new care facilities planned by Parklands

The latest phase of a multi-million pound investment by independent care provider Parklands Group has been given the green light. Plans for a £6.5 million care hub for older people in Inverness, one of three new Highland care homes planned or already under construction, have been approved by the Highland Council.

The largest single investment by Parklands, the Inverness facility will be built in two phases, the first consisting of a two-storey care home featuring 48 bedrooms, a café, hairdresser and eight day rooms. The second phase will offer 16 assisted living suites, with three day rooms, and will be linked to the care wing on both ground and first floor levels. The site will include landscaped gardens, 42 parking spaces and sheltered cycle racks.

The development will occupy a prominent gap site next to Milton of Leys Primary School. Work on phase one is expected to begin next spring.

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Credit BBC -  Britain's Best Junior Doctors - NHS

By editor Victoria Galligan

As the NHS turns 70, we take a look at a round-up of news, views and events which are taking place across the country to celebrate the world’s greatest health service. Our nation became the envy of the world when, on 5 July 1948, the NHS was launched by Health Secretary Aneurin “Nye” Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester (now Trafford General Hospital). This was the first time that hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists had been brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

NHS70 and The Big7Tea

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