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An acute ward at a Glasgow mental health hospital presented a "much neglected and dismal environment" for patients to be cared in, according to a report. The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland found there were "dated" bedroom areas, unclean windows, tired paintwork and "unkempt" curtains during a visit to Ward…
A husband and wife team who have been working as foster carers have succeeded in a bid to be recognised as council employees following a "landmark" tribunal ruling. James and Christine Johnstone raised employment tribunal claims seeking compensation in part for what they alleged was unlawful deduction of wages. Glasgow…
A nursing home’s 'dementia champion' has been struck off for verbally abusing a patient with dementia. A Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) hearing in Dundee heard how Marie McLaughlin, screamed abuse at the resident, calling him an “old c***” and a “paedo”. McLaughlin, who while working at Whitecraigs Nursing Home…
A total of 10 jobcentres across Scotland are to close, including six in Glasgow, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed. Some smaller jobcentres will be merged with larger ones under the proposals while others will be co-located with local government premises. The department first announced closure plans…
A site for the UK's first unit for addicts to take drugs under supervision has been identified by officials. The proposed Safer Drug Consumption Facility and Heroin Assisted Treatment service in Glasgow would allow the medically-supervised injection and inhalation of drugs. It aims to tackle drug-related deaths, the spread of…
Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement at University of the West of Scotland’s Institute for Care and Practice Improvement had been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Professor Dewar has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) award for services to nursing. Belinda,…
A woman who died after an attack which also left a teenage boy critically injured has been named by police. Alyson Watt, 52, who worked for Barnardo's Scotland, died at the scene in Penilee Road, Paisley at around 4.55pm on Friday. The 16-year-old boy taken to the Queen Elizabeth University…
Services for children and young people in Glasgow are improving lives and having a positive impact, inspectors have said. That was the key finding of a joint inspection of services for children and young people in the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. The inspection was carried out by the Care Inspectorate,…
A vulnerable man with learning difficulties has been left "traumatised" after being punched and held at knife-point during an armed robbery in South Lanarkshire. The 32-year-old man was standing at a bus stop near Calderwood Square, East Kilbride on Friday at around 11pm when he was approached by two men.…
A nurse has been suspended after stealing £40 from a vulnerable care home resident. Victoria Blair was given the cash by the daughter of the resident - who "lacked mental capacity" - while working at Hogganfield Loch Care Home in Glasgow. The money was supposed to pay for costs of…
Preventing people from going missing and limiting the harm associated with such incidents are at the heart of a new national strategy. The National Missing Persons Framework for Scotland was launched at a conference today on ‘Returned missing people’, co-organised by University of Glasgow (#ReturnedMissing). The conference brought together Police…
Home care provider Cordia has developed a new App to support its home care employees in their roles when visiting elderly and vulnerable residents in Glasgow. The careSafe mobile app, which is being used by over 2,000 home carers in the city helps with scheduling, allowing users to ‘check-in’ and…
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