The Alzheimer’s Show is returning for its sixth year in 2018 and will be at Olympia London on Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9. The UK’s leading event for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or memory loss, The Alzheimer’s Show brings help and hope to families and carers and welcomes the public and professionals.
As Mental Health Awareness Week takes place, a study has revealed that people working in healthcare are amongst the most stressed in the UK.
Two thirds of those working in healthcare reported suffering from significant levels of work-related stress, according to a study of 3,000 UK workers – making them amongst the most stressed employees in the UK, behind financial services (69%) and Government (68%).
Work was significantly more likely to cause stress and emotional strain for healthcare workers than any other aspect of their lives.
48% of healthcare workers reported experiencing stress relating to money and finances, 47% relating to loved ones and family life, 39% relating to their own health and wellbeing and 35% relating to romantic relationships.
Naidex 2018 – Europe’s largest and most established event for the disability sector – took place alongside the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo at Birmingham’s NEC last week.
Our editor Victoria Galligan went along to meet exhibitors, are here are some of her highlights:
• Watching the SANO stairclimber take a wheelchair backwards up four stairs was truly remarkable – for people who have steps out onto the street or are unable to fit a ramp, this piece of tech is ideal. The SANO reps told me some supermarkets have invested in stairclimbers as part of their emergency evacuation plans. See more here.
Care & Nursing Essentials magazine are proud to be backing the Changing Places campaign. Tired of not being able to access toilets in public, healthcare workers are joining parents and disability rights campaigners to call on shops, restaurants and public buildings to accommodate adults who need to change in a dignified way.
The Twitter campaign #changingplaces has been highlighting inadequate toilet facilities and praising firms who have invested in hoists, adult-sized changing tables, grip handles and pull-cord alarms to ensure people of all abilities can change without being embarrassed – and so that carers can lift and handle without putting themselves at risk.
Recognising the influence of internet when patients are seeking medical guidance, Harley Street Spine has launched a brand new website featuring updates on its services and expertise.
Mr Bob Chatterjee, director and lead surgeon of the practice, has upgraded the online portal offering patients and medical referrers a chance to further understand a range of potential conditions – and the treatment pathways associated with them.
The health sector is seeing a shift from competition between organisations to a collaborative, locally-controlled approach: accountable care. It’s the latest health policy buzz phrase but where did the model come from and what does it really mean? Here Anna Charles of The King’s Fund – the independent charity working to improve health care in England – has the answers to how accountable care works…
What is accountable care?
The basic idea behind accountable care is that different organisations from the health and care system work together to improve the health of their local population by integrating services and tackling the causes of ill health.
From booking home carers to physio sessions, WeMa Life is an online marketplace and app that brings together health and care providers with individuals seeking a wide range of services. The multi-service HealthTech platform offers benefits to both consumers and businesses. For people seeking health, care and wellbeing services – either for themselves or someone close to them – WeMa Life makes it easy to source, book and pay reputable providers.
A new smart mug that helps people to independently hydrate thanks to a light and sound alert has boosted water intake in clinical trials. Droplet is the new modular hydration solution that encourages people to drink more. Featuring a simple and engaging design, the Droplet mug has been specifically created to lessen the risk of dehydration and support the work of healthcare providers in hospitals and care homes.
Connect2Care, an expert provider of training and apprenticeships in the care sector, has expanded its offer with the launch of its first healthcare apprenticeship standards across hospitals within Lincolnshire.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and its Talent Academy has teamed up with Connect2Care to deliver bespoke nursing development apprenticeships in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Louth. Eleven cadets are already enrolled on the scheme – which started in October – and plans are in place for a further 70 to commence a Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship.
Fourteen employees at Tanglewood Care Homes are keeping their fingers crossed ahead of the second annual Lincolnshire Care Awards next week.
The 14 team members have all been nominated for awards by care home managers, colleagues, residents or families – and they will find out if they’ve won at a ceremony in Lincoln on 22nd February.
Tanglewood employees make up one-fifth of the total nominees, and 11 of them work in one care home – Cedar Falls in Spalding.
The shortlisted candidates are:
Gabriel Curila – Hunters Creek Care Home in Boston
Stephanie Hewat-Jaboor, Mariana Anton and Susan Palethorpe – Cedar Falls Care Home in Spalding
Moira Tasker – Tanglewood Care Home in Horncastle
Becoming a healthcare assistant
At school Jessica Bland Jennings knew she wanted to work in healthcare. Her A Level choice comprised of PE, AS in Geography and a BTEC health and social care and her ambition was to become a paramedic.
When she left school, she worked as a life guard but she also completed an anatomy and physiology top up course to secure the qualifications needed to become a paramedic.
A new piece of equipment is helping to reduce local A&E admissions of frail patients as it can complete a blood test within just four minutes.
HORIBA UK Ltd, Medical recently installed the Microsemi CRP in Thame and Marlow Community Hospitals within Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The machine is the latest point-of-care testing analyser which streamlines existing diagnostic pathways in the community.
Digital care services including a video call system have been introduced in a retirement housing provider, setting new standards in supported living.
Housing & Care 21’s investment – in partnership with Appello, a leading provider of smart living solutions – is part of an overall plan to deliver the best modern care and support services possible for its residents.
Staff at a domiciliary care agency are celebrating after being rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
SweetTree Home Care Services – which is based in Swiss Cottage, north-west London, but provides home and live-in services across the capital – was judged as being well-led and responsive. It was rated good for being safe, effective and caring. The agency provides support to a range of people from the elderly and people living with dementia, to those with brain injuries and learning disabilities.