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Mental Health & Dementia Facilities Forum logo

Taking place on 14-15 November at Whittlebury Park, Northampton, the Mental Health & Dementia Facilities Forum is the ideal platform to hear from experts, explore suppliers, network with your fellow healthcare professionals.  It has been specifically developed to help you to fund, deliver and manage the estates and facilities in this vital and diverse sector.

The provision of mental health and dementia facilities is set to undergo one of the biggest transformations in recent history with the Government’s pledge to invest £3.9bn to accelerate the NHS estate.  This injection of funds will result in around 2 million more people who suffer from anxiety, depression or other problems receiving much-needed help.

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Social care sector urged to back recruitment campaign - nurse with elderly lady

A recruitment campaign run by the Department of Health and Social Care is due to launch in a second phase after an overwhelming response from applicants earlier this year.

People working in the adult social care sector are being urged by the Minister for Care to back the campaign – the first phase of which generated a 14% uplift in clicks on the 'apply' button for care roles on DWP Find a Job.

 

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 Jan Davis, Dementia Project Officer (Extra Care & Dementia), Grand Union Housing Group

Jan Davis, Dementia Project Officer (Extra Care & Dementia), Grand Union Housing Group, on using modern ways of care and support to ensure customers continue to live happy, healthy, engaged and independent lives.​​​​​​…

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Deep root planter for horticultural therapy

Plant therapy as a trend is rising, not only amongst the elderly, but across the nation, as mental health stigmas are reduced. In this context however, we will be looking at what this type of therapy is and how it can be beneficial for those looking to get a bit greener with their fingers. 

What is it? 

Plant therapy or horticultural therapy involves the use of nature, and gardening as an activity, to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness. In a setting with older people, this can be an excellent way to reflect, but also to rediscover days gone by where gardening would have previously been a key hobby. Whilst you can get those who work full time as plant therapists to come to your care home, there are also simple additions you can make to encourage similar feelings in your patients. 

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust nurse

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is on a recruitment drive to attract more mental health nurses to work across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), which provides mental health, learning disability and community health services for one million people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is looking to recruit more mental health nurses.

According to statistics from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the number of mental health nurses fell from 90,693 to 88,821 between 2014 and 2018[i].

LPT is addressing the shortage across Leicestershire by promoting the region as a leading career destination for mental health nurses, highlighting the many opportunities available. There are vacancies for experienced mental health nurses, including Bank Community Psychiatric Nurse-Band 6 positions which involve working as part of the secondary care services team, providing assessments and treatment packages for a range of service users aged 16-65 years with complex mental health needs. 

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