Oxford’s Newland House Celebrates a ‘Good’ CQC Rating


Newland House in Witney, part of the Hartford Care family, has proudly received an overall ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The residents, family carers and staff team at Newland House along with the Hartford Care family, are delighted with the outcome. During the inspection held in June, the impressive 28-bed family home, registered to care for older people and those living with dementia, was awarded 5 ‘Good’ stars and highly praised in all areas including safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led.

The CQC report said:

Prince Charles Congratulates Busy Bees on Queen’s Award Win

Busy Bees

Busy Bees, the UK’s leading provider of childcare, joined recipients of the prestigious Queen’s Awards at a special royal reception at Buckingham Palace where they were congratulated by Prince Charles.

Busy Bees received the Queen’s award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity in April this year and is the only early years provider to receive the accolade. Karen Mackay, Head of External Affairs at Busy Bees and Fay Gibbin, CEO of BB Training Academy, met Prince Charles at the reception to receive congratulations for its Queen’s award win.

Singing for elderly veterans in wounded soldiers’ show

The This Is Not For You

ELDERLY ex-servicemen and women living in care homes across Teesside were represented at a show, This Is Not For You Show, to honour the survivors of war.

This Is Not For You took place at the Stockton International Riverside Festival, performed by veterans and backed by a forty-strong choir of local singers.

The show tells the story of wounded soldiers who returned from WW1 and were treated with less respect and honour than those who died.

A member of the show choir, Julie Walker took part as a tribute to the veterans living in care homes where she works, as well as in memory of her grandfather, John Godwin.

Care home given £30,000 to help residents with dementia

Queens Meadow Care Home

A HARTLEPOOL care home, Queens Meadow Care Home, has been allocated almost £30,000 to carry out improvements for residents with dementia.

Queens Meadow Care Home was awarded the funding from the Improved Better Care Fund (iBCF), allocated by Hartlepool Borough Council.

As agreed in the home’s original proposal, the money will be spent on enhancing the care home to benefit residents, as well as creating a more dementia friendly environment.

The home, on Stockton Road, received a total of £29,776.

Interior work and garden renovations have already been carried out and there are plans to create a 60s style café – as well as install a shed and greenhouse for green-fingered residents.

YPO launches nationwide public sector apprenticeship framework

YPO Apprenticeship Framework

YPO, one of the UK’s leading public sector procurement organisations, has launched an Apprenticeship Framework that will allow the UK public sector, including the health and social care sectors, to access apprenticeship training from a range of local and national suppliers.

The framework - the first and only one of its kind in the UK - has been developed by YPO to help all public sector organisations make better use of Apprenticeship Levy funds.

Launching ahead of the government adult social care recruitment campaign in autumn, which seeks to raise the image and profile of the sector, the framework will be vital for many organisations trying to fill their proportion of the 90,000 (approximate) social care vacancies that are currently unfilled.

Innovative care home near Bristol achieves rare 'Outstanding' rating

Grove Care

A care home business, Grove Residential Home, has hit the headlines across the world for its pioneering work creating a ‘Memory Lane’ of fifties-style shops to help elderly residents fight the devastating effects of memory loss and dementia is celebrating its latest achievement.

Grove Care has been informed that its Grove Residential Home in Winterbourne near Bristol has been awarded an Outstanding rating following an unannounced Care Quality Commission inspection in May. Across the UK, just one per cent of care homes achieve an outstanding rating.

Director Christopher Taylor is thrilled with the overall rating – which looked at the home’s safety record, the effectiveness of its care, responsiveness and leadership.

Elston House care home rated Outstanding by CQC

Elston House

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Elston House in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to be Outstanding following an inspection. 

The service is run by Cygnet Care Services Limited and provides care for up to eight people with learning difficulties and autism.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. A full inspection report has been published on CQC’s website.

Medical devices company Bespak seal Cordant staff deal

Bespak - Gary Bradley of Cordant

Bespak, the leading developer and manufacturer of complex medical devices, has awarded The Cordant Group a three-year contract to provide temporary staff at three of its UK manufacturing locations.

Under the terms of the deal the Cordant Group businesses PMP Recruitment and Cordant People will provide around 120 candidates each week to sites at Kings Lynn, Cambridge and Nelson, near Burnley. They will support the existing workforce in the development and production of a range of respiratory and injectable drug delivery devices with the business operating on a 24/7 basis. An onsite PMP Recruitment team will manage all aspects of the recruitment, training, performance and payroll at the Kings Lynn and Cambridge locations whilst Cordant People take the lead at Nelson.

Firefighters and ambulance crews practise obese rescues with 40 stone Ruth Lee dummies

Ruth Lee Ltd

Firefighters and ambulance crews are using 40 stone manikins, from Ruth Lee Ltd, in training exercises to practise rescuing obese people.

The bariatric dummies are being used by crews across the world to replicate the weight of unconscious people in response to rising obesity rates.

Produced by Ruth Lee Ltd, Europe’s leading manufacturer of rescue training manikins, the dummies come inRuth Lee Ltd three sizes – 90kg, 180kg and 260kg – and are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings.

Care home staff pack shopping bags for Stroke Association

Stroke Association

CARE home workers have been helping Chester-le-Street supermarket shoppers to raise funds for the Stroke Association charity.

Pelton Grange Care Home collected almost £200 in donations from generous shoppers after helping to pack their bags at the town’s Tesco store.

The money adds to the £55 raised at the home’s coffee morning for the Stroke Association in May – taking the home’s total to £251 forStroke Association the charity so far this year.

Chris Hogan-Hind, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, Pelton, was one of those on the Tesco checkouts. 

He said:

Tyneside care home gets “Good” from watchdog CQC

Waverley Lodge Care Home

A TYNESIDE care home, Waverley Lodge Care Home, has been rated “Good” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – after residents and relatives told the watchdog “staff were lovely, caring and friendly”.

Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, achieved a “Good” rating in all five categories of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Home manager Julie Booth has said they will now strive for the top rating of “Outstanding”.

She said:

“Everyone at Waverley Lodge Care Home is delighted to get “Good” across the board following our recent CQC inspection. We work incredibly hard to provide the highest quality of care for our residents and we are hoping that will be recognised in future with an “Outstanding” rating.”

Upcycled tyres and beach mural brighten care home garden

NCS group

A BEACH mural and new planters have added a splash of colour to a Rotherham care home garden thanks to green fingered teens from National Citizenship Service (NCS).

Volunteers from the Rotherham United F.C. National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent a week at Broadacres Care Home carrying out the work.

Old tyres were upcycled by brightly painting and filling them with compost to create colourful flower beds.

A stunning seascape, depicting waves lapping on a sandy beach, was painted on one of the home’s walls.

Game, Set And Match For Borough Care Residents

Kung Fu Squash

Wimbledon fortnight inspires many people to pick up a racket, and not-for-profit older people’s care provider, Borough Care, is giving its residents the chance to do just that.  As part of its regular sports and exercise programme, Borough Care has set up Kung Fu Squash sessions. 

Kung Fu Squash is a dementia friendly sport where participants hit a weighted balloon with a racket, with the aim of not letting it touch the ground. A Borough Care staff member stands in the middle of a circle of chairs, at which the people taking part in the game sit.  They are each given rackets of varying sizes with which to hit the weighted balloon and keep it in the air. 

Runcorn care home workers achieve end of life care award

Simonsfield Care Home

TWO Runcorn care home workers, Simonsfield Care Home, have enhanced their end of life care skills and knowledge after passing a rigorous programme of training.

Carers Alexandra Groundwater and Alison Clifton, from Simonsfield Care Home, have completed the Six Steps to Success in End of Life Care programme.

Based on national frameworks, the programme was developed in the North West by the Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Network and the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Network.

The aim is to enhance end of life care provided by care homes through supporting staff to develop their roles.

Alexandra and Alison are now certified to train their colleagues in the Six Steps programme.

Super heroes of the care sector recognised at awards ceremony

BB Training Academy

The next generation of care workers have been recognised at the national training provider the BB Training Academy annual awards ceremony graduation of the 132 apprentices who have recently completed their course.

Learners arrived from cross the UK to the event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes, with families in tow to celebrate their achievements together. The ceremony had a super hero theme to acknowledge the amazing work and training the apprentices have completed over the last 12 months.

Special meeting for city historian Len

Aaron Court Care Home

CHESTER historian and Honorary Freeman of the Borough Len Morgan was treated to a trip down memory lane by a local history group and Aaron Court Care Home.

Saltney and Saltney Ferry History Group visited Len at Aaron Court Care Home, in Ellesmere Port, after his son arranged a meeting with members.

They brought a collection of Len’s work, pulled together from their archives, as well as books he co-authored, such as Chester Through Time from 2010.

Now 85 years old, Len has been a member of the group for over 30 years and was still able to recall a lot of his work and the history of Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Colourful care home staff help at charity Colour Run

Colour Run

MULTICOLOURED wigs and fluorescent garlands greeted runners taking part in an Alice House Hospice Colour Run fundraiser in Seaton Carew.

The annual Colour Run saw hundreds of participants completing the 5km course along the sea front in Hill Care Group sponsored t-shirts.

Staff from two of the group’s homes were dressed in colourful accessories for the occasion – as they lent support on the water station, t-shirt and merchandise stalls.

Hill Care’s Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, and Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, were both represented at the event.

Alice House Hospice cares for those with life limiting illnesses and their loved ones in Hartlepool and East Durham.

Why therapeutic sensory support is important for people with dementia

Joanna Grace - Sharing Sensory Stories

by Joanna Grace, author of Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia

You may have heard people saying they do Sudoku or the crossword daily to keep their grey matter active. Well they are right to do this, but in order to maintain our brains we need to experience a broad range of stimulation, including sensory. Many people in later age end up in environments of limited sensory scope so there are always benefits to bringing in the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touch sensations from other places.