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A UK-wide campaign to encourage patients to change from their pyjamas and get moving around is being supported by the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Professor Jean White. The #EndPJParalysis 70-day challenge aims to achieve one million patient days of relevant patients being dressed in day clothes and moving around,…
An adult care home manager who worked in Flintshire has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired as a result of a lack of competence and misconduct. Mrs Debbie Lloyd, who did not attend the…
Care home provider Advinia Health Care has announced the names of the 11 Scottish care homes it has acquired as part of a deal with Bupa Care Homes that secured 22 across the UK. The move puts the company among the top 10 private care providers in the UK. Advinia,…
The number of people applying to train to become nurses has fallen by 10%, new figures show. Figures on UCAS undergraduate applications show that there were 43,700 applicants to nursing courses, down from 48,810 the previous year. Among these, 31,750 applicants are English, 14% lower than at this point in…
Getting social care is "like being in a shop with no prices", according to the author of a major review of social care which concluded costs should be capped. Sir Andrew Dilnot said that although people know how much they will pay each week or month, they have no idea…
A care home for older people in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served an Improvement Notice on Springfield Bank Nursing Home, following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists six elements of care…
A simple bedside chart can help reduce pain among cancer patients, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh worked with doctors to develop the Edinburgh Pain Assessment and management Tool (EPAT) - a pen and paper chart which medical staff used to regularly record pain levels in…
An elderly care home resident who repeatedly stabbed a member of staff has been jailed for 13 years and three months. Pensioner Fred Butcher was armed with a knife and a cleaver when he inflicted serious injuries on the woman in the unprovoked attack at the residential care home on…
Thousands of older people in low and middle-income countries are at risk of abuse and human rights violations when being admitted to care homes, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study provides the first systematic analysis of admissions practices for residential long-term care…
Three care homes in Stirlingshire operated by the same care provider have been told to make urgent improvements by the Care Inspectorate. The services, owned by Mauricare Ltd, are Ashford House in Bridge of Allan, Ashlea House (pictured) in Callander and Ashwood House also located in Callander. Inspectors who visited…
Over a million hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across England are being offered pay rises of between 6.5 and 29% over the next three years. Under the proposed agreement – reached after months of negotiation between unions, NHS employers and the government…
Nurses and midwives could avoid public hearings into misconduct and escape sanction if they admit errors under controversial new plans by the industry watchdog. The proposals by the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) council would see the vast majority of fitness to practice hearings being held behind closed doors. Speaking to…