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A paedophile who was suspected of child grooming offences joined the police force to target vulnerable victims and went on to rape a 13-year-old girl.

"Selfish and cruel" police constable Ian Naude (pictured) was warned to expect a significant jail sentence as he was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday of raping and sexually assaulting the teenager, who he met while on duty, in the back of his car.

The 30-year-old, of Market Drayton in Shropshire, started working for Cheshire Police in April 2017 - despite being named as a suspect in cases in neighbouring forces in the months leading up to his appointment.

The court heard the internet groomer, who was also found guilty of four charges of attempting to arrange commission of a child sex offence and one charge of arranging commission of a child sex offence, was obsessed with taking the virginity of teenage girls.

He would blackmail and threaten vulnerable victims over social media, persuade them to send pictures of themselves undressed, tell them to call him "daddy" and send them videos of himself masturbating.

Owen Edwards, prosecuting, told the jury Naude, who admitted a further 30 offences including inciting children to engage in sexual activity and misconduct in a public office, joined the force to "gain the keys to a sweet shop".

Cheshire Police said the father-of-one's appointment was delayed from January 2017 to April because he was alleged to have raped a woman in Staffordshire.

No further action was taken in the case and Naude was allowed to join - but reports of child grooming in Staffordshire and West Mercia which named him as a suspect in January and February 2017 were not picked up by Cheshire Police until after his arrest in November that year.

The court heard Naude, who previously served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner with the Royal Irish Regiment, was called to a domestic incident at his rape victim's house in October 2017 and contacted her on Facebook days later.

After exchanging sexual images and messages over social media, he took her out in his car and raped her, filming parts of the assault on his mobile phone, the jury heard.

He claimed the sex was consensual and said the girl "seemed to be enjoying it".

Police began to investigate after the victim's family contacted them, but an email revealing the plan to arrest Naude was accidentally sent to him.

When his phone was seized 756 images had been deleted from it.

Other devices, including a laptop and another phone, were later discovered in a field in Market Drayton after he gave a hand-drawn map of their location to his cellmate.

The court was told the student officer, based at Crewe police station, would gain the trust of young girls by posing on social media as a 15-year-old boy called Jake Green.

He also had an account under the name of Bruce Ian Wayne, an apparent reference to the superhero Batman, and a Snapchat account named King Of The North.

Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC adjourned the sentencing to December 13 to allow a report on Naude to be prepared.

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Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard.

Nicola Edgington (pictured) virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin with a butcher's knife in Bexleyheath, south-east London, in October 2011, six years after killing her own mother.

She was discharged from the Bracton Centre mental health facility after just three years in 2009 to live in the community, despite an order that she be detained indefinitely following the killing of her mother Marion.

The diagnosed schizophrenic had threatened at least two people with knives after her discharge, and was smoking high-strength "skunk" cannabis leading up to the murder, South London Coroner's Court heard.

She also made a number of emergency calls to police about "crackheads" stealing from her flat just days before killing the 58-year-old.

Consultant psychiatrist Janet Parrot told the inquest skunk use "can be associated with a catastrophic relapse" in somebody with a pre-existing illness.

Around two weeks before the killing, Edgington believed she had suffered a miscarriage, which was significant because she had a termination against her will shortly before killing her mother, the inquest heard.

On September 29, she sent a Facebook message to her brother telling him about it and saying she wanted to reconnect.

The message also mentioned their mother, with Edgington saying: "No-one's taking care of me like she would."

Her brother replied on the same day: "You stabbed her to death and left me to find the body. Good news about your miscarriage ... do us a favour and slit your wrists."

Edgington had also threatened her husband with a knife on a trip to Jamaica in 2010, which was not noted in the trip report to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the inquest heard.

Both forensic social worker Elizabeth Lloyd-Folkard and Dr Parrot, who were part of the team responsible for her care, said the incident couldn't be substantiated and so was not passed on.

Ms Lloyd-Folkard said: "At the time I felt it wasn't corroborated. He [the husband] wasn't following it up and saying he wanted to make a complaint."

Some months later in August, Edgington's boyfriend told police she had been drinking alcohol and had threatened a clubber with a knife.

Mrs Hodkin's son and solicitor, Len Hodkin, said: "There are no records of any conversations taking place regarding these issues.

"This is the second incident where she's allegedly threatened someone with a knife - a woman who brutally killed her own mother with a knife."

Dr Parrot replied: "We had no evidence she had a knife. It was in relation to a boyfriend arrested on suspicion of breaking into her flat so we would need some corroboration to take that further."

Contact with family members, substance misuse, and issues around pregnancy were noted in psychiatric reports as high-risk factors that could affect Edgington's mental health, the inquest heard.

Mr Hodkin told the inquest: "All of those risk factors were present in the two to three weeks leading up to October 10.

"It's not coming with the benefit of hindsight, this information was available to you and other members of the multi-disciplinary team at the time."

Ms Lloyd-Folkard, told the inquest that around a week before the killing she had "no cause of concern about her state of mind".

The now-retired mental health worker, who had known Edgington for around six years, said: "All of those things were dealt with in counselling.

"We wouldn't have left her feeling like that if the counselling hadn't been effective.

"I didn't know at the time that she had used skunk cannabis.

"That was the most high-risk factor. She knew if she used it would send her into a psychotic episode."

A damning report last year concluded a catalogue of NHS and police failings led to Mrs Hodkin's murder.

On the day of the killing, Edgington repeatedly called police to beg for help and told A&E staff she needed to be sectioned and felt like killing someone.

She told A&E staff that she had not slept in three weeks and had stopped taking her medication, the inquest heard.

Although she was taken to Oxleas House mental health unit in Greenwich to be admitted, she was able to freely walk out of the unit to commit the crime.

The inquest continues.

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A photographic exhibition of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is to tour Scotland to raise awareness of their plight.

Simon Murphy’s project is being supported by SCIAF and Justice and Peace Scotland and opened at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow on Wednesday, which is World Refugee Day.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Burma since last year amid reports of extreme violence and now live in poverty in giant refugee camps.

Mr Murphy travelled to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh in December to see SCIAF’s work with Caritas Bangladesh.

He said: “The more attention that the plight of the Rohingya people receive can only be good as hopefully it might move all who see it to do what they can to help.

“Whenever I travel to places such as the Rohingya camp in Bangladesh I am filled with conflicting emotions. I feel deep sadness and helplessness for the people and the conditions that they have to live under.

“I feel guilt that I can return to the comfort of my home and family in Scotland but at the same time feel so grateful that my own children don’t have to suffer like the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable young ones at the camp.

“I question my own role as a photographer and what difference can I really make? And then I reconfirm to myself what I know, that people can make a difference and that the images that I have made might strike a chord with someone, and even if they make a small difference, then that is something.

“I really hope that people can take a moment out of their busy schedules to visit the exhibition, and contemplate on how the suffering, the strength, the dignity and courage of others can transform our own outlooks and have a direct impact on how we lead our lives.”

The free exhibition will later visit Ayr, Dumfries and Edinburgh.

SCIAF director Alistair Dutton said: “Simon and I were in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh together when he took these amazing photographs.

“He has an incredible ability to capture people with all their energy, emotion, hope and pain and these pictures powerfully reflect the men, women and children who saw unimaginable horrors as they fled their homes to escape the brutality of the army in the Myanmar’s Rakhine state – along with more than 688,000 other Rohingya refugees.

“I encourage everyone to come and see his travelling exhibition. Simon’s pictures tell heartbreaking stories and give real insight into the nightmare the Rohingya people have been through. When you come face to face with his remarkable images it will be impossible not to be moved by them.”

The exhibition will open in St Andrew's Cathedral at 11am on 20th June  and remain there until 17th July.

It will travel to all the dioceses of Scotland in 2018, with more venues and dates to be announced shortly. 

  • St Margaret’s Cathedral Ayr from 18th July – 25th July
  • St Peter in Chains Ardrossan from 26th July – 5th August
  • St Teresa’s Dumfries from 7th August – 14th August   
  • St Patrick’s Cowgate Edinburgh from 10th October – 6th November

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Nursing staff first raised concerns about the poor prescribing and administration of opioids at the Gosport Memorial Hospital nearly 30 years ago but their fears were "silenced" by management, the inquiry reveals.

Early in 1991, Anita Tubbritt, a staff nurse at the hospital rang Keith Murray, the local Royal College of Nursing branch convener, to express concerns she and other staff shared over the use of diamorphine and syringe drivers.

Mr Murray had a meeting at the home of staff nurse Sylvia Giffin with five or six other nurses who said diamorphine "was being prescribed without due consideration being given to the use of milder sedatives first".

He said the nurses named Dr Jane Barton, a clinical assistant who attended the annexe daily, and Dr Bob Logan, a consultant geriatrician, who visited on certain days.

Mrs Giffin wrote to patient care manager Isobel Evans and she replied suggesting a meeting "so that a plan of action can be determined, if necessary".

Four days after the meeting, Mr Murray wrote to Mrs Evans and provided an open letter designed to encourage staff to talk freely at the proposed staff meeting.

That meeting was held in July and 10 nurses attended, raising concerns about the use of diamorphine and that "patients' deaths are sometimes hastened unnecessarily".

By October 1991 there had a been a "sharp shift in tone towards the nurses" from Mrs Evans, who had moved from "open and interested, to critical and patronising", the report stated.

Mr Murray, the RCN representative, again wrote to Mrs Evans saying the earlier agreement for a written policy governing the use of syringe drivers and controlled drugs had not been met.

He also wrote to Mrs Giffin advising that using the hospital grievance procedure may be the only way of resolving it.

Mr Murray also said how much he admired the staff involved "for standing up for your patients in the way that you are", the report said.

In December he wrote to Chris West, the district general manager at the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority, saying the concerns of the nurses had been dismissed as "only a small group of night staff who are 'making waves'."

A meeting was held on December 17 for all staff members concerned about the prescribing of diamorphine, which was attended several doctors, including Dr Barton.

The note of the meeting shows that discussion was led by Mrs Evans, who said the issue "had put a great deal of stress on everyone particularly the medical staff, it has the potential of being detrimental to patient care and relatives'

peace of mind and could undermine the good work being done in the unit if allowed to get out of hand".

The notes of the meeting stated the nurses were asked whether there was any need for a written policy and no one present felt that this was appropriate.

"Mrs Evans went on to say that she was concerned 'over the manner in which these concerns had been raised as it had made people feel very threatened and defensive and stressed the need to present concerns in the agreed manner in future'," the notes revealed.

The report stated: "It appears that the meeting on December 17 had the effect of silencing the nurses' concerns, as well as closing down the question of the written policy.

"The documents reviewed by the Panel show that, between February 1991 and January 1992, a number of nurses raised concerns about the prescribing of drugs, in particular diamorphine.

"In so doing, the nurses involved, supported by their Royal College of Nursing branch convener, gave the hospital the opportunity to rectify the practice.

"In choosing not to do so, the opportunity was lost, deaths resulted and, 22 years later, it became necessary to establish this Panel in order to discover the truth of what happened.

"The documents therefore tell a story of missed opportunity and unheeded warnings."

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The UK's highest court is set to rule on a challenge over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law.

Seven Supreme Court justices in London will announce their decision on Thursday, at a time of intense political debate on the issue.

The ruling by the panel of judges, headed by the court's president Lady Hale, follows a hearing last year.

During proceedings in October, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) told the court the current law criminalises "exceptionally vulnerable" women and girls and subjects them to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.

During the three-day appeal hearing, a QC representing the commission argued that human rights were being breached, with those affected being forced to go through "physical and mental torture".

The Supreme Court has been asked to rule that a prohibition on abortions where a pregnancy arises from rape or incest, or "involves a serious foetal abnormality", is unlawful.

The NIHRC claims the law's effect on women is incompatible with rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Contesting the appeal, the Stormont Executive's senior legal adviser, Attorney General John Larkin QC, said Northern Ireland's criminal law on abortion is a matter for the "democratic judgment" of the legislature.

The legislature, he said, "has struck the proportionate balance required for the protection of the rights of women and unborn children".

Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

Abortion is illegal except where a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious danger to her mental or physical health.

Anyone who unlawfully carries out an abortion could be jailed for life.

Belfast's High Court made a declaration in December 2015 that the law was incompatible with Article 8 of the ECHR - the right to respect for private and family life - because of the absence of exceptions to the general prohibition on abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities and pregnancies resulting from sexual offences.

But that decision was overturned in June last year by three of Northern Ireland's most senior judges.

The appeal judges said the law in Northern Ireland should be left to the Stormont Assembly and not judges, saying the complex moral and religious questions behind the issue should be determined by a legislature rather than a court.

Submissions were also made at the Supreme Court by a number of bodies, including seven of the UK's leading reproductive rights organisations, Humanists UK, Bishops of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in Northern Ireland, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and Amnesty International.

The Northern Ireland Assembly voted in February 2016 against legalising abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape or incest.

The debate on Northern Ireland's restrictions on abortion has intensified after citizens in the Irish Republic voted by a landslide last month to liberalise the state's laws.

An emergency debate on the issue was held in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The UK Government has resisted calls to step in and legislate amid the ongoing powersharing impasse in Northern Ireland, insisting that any decision on abortion in the region has to be taken by locally elected politicians at Stormont.

Grainne Teggart, Amnesty's Northern Ireland campaigns manager, said in a statement: "If the court rules that Northern Ireland's abortion ban breaches women's rights, there will be no excuses left for Theresa May - the UK Government will be forced to fulfil its human rights responsibilities and make things equal for the women of Northern Ireland.

"The Supreme Court judges have a unique chance to put right centuries of human rights abuse in Northern Ireland. We hope they take it."

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A homeless charity offering refuge to rough sleepers on a double-decker bus has been seen driving through Windsor ahead of Saturday's Royal Wedding.

The Ark Project, which until recently was based solely in Reading, operates out of a bus which includes 10 beds and a kitchen to prepare warm food.

The charity said it was working the streets of Windsor in an effort to give the town's homeless a place to stay.

Windsor's rough sleepers were the subject of a controversial suggestion by local Conservative council leader, Simon Dudley, who said they should be removed for the royal wedding.

The remark, made in a written letter to Thames Valley Police, proved unpopular and created significant public backlash.

Michael Longsmith, 42, who volunteers at The Ark Project, said: "We have been working in Windsor about six months, but the bus has only just come because we have had to offload our Reading clients to come here."

The charity, which aims to put the homeless they take on board into rehab, have so far picked up two rough sleepers from Windsor's main streets.

Many do not want to accept the charity's offer of help because they fear losing money during this weekend's popular event, Mr Longsmith said.

Commenting on the homelessness situation in the Royal Borough, he said: "It's stayed exactly the same. Nobody's doing anything. They are still here.

"The police won't move them on because they know the press will be all over it, but the excuse they are using is that footfall is going to crush them.

"Our bus has 10 beds upstairs, so there's no reason for anyone to be sat out here. They can come on board, but a lot of them won't because they need to make money."

Wayne, who has been homeless on the streets of Windsor and Slough for 12 months, said no police had attempted to move him on in the build up to the wedding.

He said: "I might as well be invisible to be honest with you, not many people pay attention to you. I've had no help.

"If the police did try on move me on, I would obviously have to because I don't want to get arrested.

"I don't know if I'm allowed to stay here on Saturday or not. I haven't been told anything to suggest I can't."

A Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead spokesman responded: "As part of our ongoing work, the council has been working with local charities, health partners and the police to ensure that those who are homeless know what support is available to them and how they can access it.

"In addition, during this extremely busy period, all those who are homeless and have a local connection have been offered safe places to stay. For those not wanting to take up the offer of somewhere to stay, an offer is being made to keep their possessions safe - whilst the town sees an unprecedented number of visitors.

"We hope individuals will take up the offer to so that we can help prevent them from losing possessions on a day when the town will be extremely busy.

"Anybody facing homelessness is encouraged to contact the council to discuss what options are open to them."

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The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has asked a London borough to pay for a family holiday as partial remedy for causing a disabled boy to miss out on nearly two years of specialist support.

Over the past nine years the Ombudsman has upheld four separate complaints about London Borough of Redbridge failing to provide occupational therapy, and latterly one-to-one support, for the boy. Each time, the council followed recommendations to put things right, but the Ombudsman remains concerned about the council’s ability to learn from its mistakes.

The Ombudsman first issued a public report against the authority in 2008 after it failed to ensure the boy received occupational therapy for more than a year. In the most recent case, the boy was without one-to-one support for more than five months after the council acted wrongly when removing it from his Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, said: "The best councils use our investigations to learn from their mistakes and help improve services for everyone. It is particularly worrying that Redbridge council has repeatedly failed the same family.

“While I acknowledge the council had already identified many of the faults my investigation found with the family’s complaint, there was little appreciation of the cumulative effect its on-going failings had on their son.

”I hope the changes Redbridge has now made will result in a significantly improved service both for this family and for others with children who have special needs, and go some way to restoring the family’s trust that the council can properly support their son.”

This latest complaint to the Ombudsman came after his parents discovered the boy had been without the one-to-one support specified in his Statement for five months, until the school decided to provide the support without the council’s input.

Despite not having the powers to do so, a council decision-making panel decided not to fund the 30 hours a week one-to-one support. The council did not tell the parents, who only found out about the decision when the school told them the support would no longer be provided.

The parents complained and the council’s own investigation upheld a number of points, including that its panel may have been acting illegally when it withdrew support.

The council offered the family a small remedy, and assured them changes would be made.

The family then came to the Ombudsman because they felt the council’s remedy and recommendations did not go far enough. The parents said their son had suffered anxiety and distress because he had not received the support he needed. In addition they had lived a life of stress and worry because of the council’s actions, which had led to a lack of trust and affected their health.

In this case the Ombudsman has made a number of recommendations, which have been agreed by the council, including that it pays the family £500 in addition to the £500 it has already offered them, to acknowledge the distress and uncertainty caused by its actions. It will also pay them £800 for them to spend on a family break to acknowledge the cumulative effects the injustice has caused for the son.

It will also review a number of its procedures and train staff to ensure the failings identified in the report are not repeated, and report back within three months.

A new regional integrated health and social care service working directly in mainstream primary schools supporting children has been launched this month in Northern Ireland.

‘RISE’ (Regional Integrated Support for Education) will enable staff from the health and social care and education sectors to work closely together to help children access learning and enhance their development to reach their full potential.

A range of healthcare professionals from teams within Health and Social Care Trusts including; Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Behavioural Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Therapy Assistants are now attending all primary schools across Northern Ireland providing a range of multidisciplinary child-focussed programmes.

The teams will deliver training, advice and support for parents and education staff and provide integrated early interventions for children on a group or individual basis depending on the needs of the children. The service ensures better outcomes for all children and any barriers to their learning are addressed as early as possible in the classroom.

Activities delivered to the children through play include; Listen and Move, Captain Cool, Chill Times, Sounds Fun, Pencil Skills, Body Awareness and Physical Education. The Teams work alongside teachers to run the activities and help transfer the children’s skills into the classroom and together they identify the areas where children are struggling and provide joint ideas and intervention to support them in their learning.

RISE has been developed and funded in partnership by the Health and Social Care Board, Public Health Agency and Education Authority.

Speaking at the launch Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care with the Health and Social Care Board explained: “The RISE service was set up following a review of existing services across Northern Ireland and the need for a consistent approach across all schools. The service will identify and support children who may only need that initial help, or to identify children who even with that support, need to be supported further, within the Health and Social Care and Education systems.”

“Schools are now better prepared and equipped for children with delays in speech, coordination and motor skills difficulties with help and support from a range of healthcare professionals, she said.”

Highlighting the importance of integrated working, Clare Mangan, the Education Authority’s Director of Children and Young People’s Services commented: “The Education Authority welcomes the launch of the new ‘RISE’ service as part of our continuing partnership with health professionals to support our children and young people at the earliest possible stages.”

Assistant Director of Allied Health Professionals and Personal and Public Involvement, Michelle Tennyson from the Public Health Agency commended the work delivered by the RISE teams and added: “The impact of motor difficulties and speech, language and communication delays are well documented in affecting children achieve to their optimum at school. The work delivered by these teams are ensuring difficulties not only are identified early but that they get the right support to ensure the child can do all the things they need to do to learn and develop.”

RISE is based on 4 key areas:

  • Delivered through Partnership Working
  • Ensuring Accessibility for all children
  • A Child-Centred Approach
  • Delivered through Transdisciplinary Working

The ‘Regional Integrated Support for Education (RISE)’ teams which will replace the previous titles;

  • CIDS – Children’s Interdisciplinary Service – BHSCT
  • MASTS – Multi-Agency Support Teams for Schools – NHSCT
  • ASCET – Additional Support for Children in Education Teams – SET
  • ACE – Assisting Children in Education – SHSCT
  • WEST – Western Education Support Teams – WHSCT

The National Autistic Society is encouraging autistic people across the UK, and their families, to talk to their local general election candidates about autism, by holding candidate coffee mornings. The charity has produced a range of resources to help set up the meeting and decide on what topics to focus on.
 
This is part of the charity’s I’m One campaign, which aims to help candidates of all parties to understand the challenges autistic people in their area face and to make sure autism is a priority in the next Parliament. The National Autistic Society has free resources on its website to help autistic people to set up the meetings and decide what topics they want to cover – and staff are there for support too.
 
More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum. Being autistic means someone sees, hears and feels the world in a different, often more intense, way to other people. But as it’s a spectrum condition, autism affects everyone differently which means each person will have different support needs.
 
During the 2015 election, hundreds of campaigners talked to the candidates running for office in their local area. Many of the candidates they spoke went on to become MPs who helped achieve things like:
 
•    Guaranteeing autism training for every new teacher
•    Securing Government support for recording autism diagnosis waiting times
•    Getting autism specifically included in the NHS health mandate
 
Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said: "Politicians have the power to improve things for autistic people and their families. With the General Election just weeks away, now's our chance to tell a whole new set of MPs about autism and make sure it's a priority in the next Parliament.
 
“The best way to learn about autism is to hear from autistic people and their families directly. This is why we’re asking autistic people, their families and friends to invite their local candidate to meet them for 20 minutes or so and tell them about their autism. We’re on hand to help set up these meetings and have lots of information and resources on our website to help too.
 
“We believe this will help candidates to understand what life can be like for autistic people and if they’re elected, encourage them to help make the world a more autism-friendly place."
 
Find out more about the National Autistic Society’s I’m One campaign and how to get involved: http://www.autism.org.uk/imone

A new care home for elderly people is to open this month in Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, creating more than 100 new jobs.

The 80-bed Wood Green Healthcare centre, just off the Circular Road, represents an investment of almost £4 million.

The facility sits on a four-acre site just north of Belfast. It specialises in frail-elderly and dementia care and has state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a private landscaped garden for residents.

Supported by finance from Ulster Bank, the new facility opens this month and recruitment for a range of roles is ongoing.

Owner, Malachy Donnelly stated: “The care home’s approach is about much more than meeting the care needs of residents, it is about looking after the whole well-being of the individual, providing a luxury lifestyle that is both enriching and rewarding. Ulster Bank have supported in helping us achieve this.”

“This is a benchmark healthcare facility where residents receive the best care possible, as all care assistants and staff are trained extensively in-house, not only to comply with the required national standards, but to the Home’s own exacting standards,” he added.

Pictured: Mark Donnelly of Wood Green Care Home with Leona McNicholl and Nigel Walsh of Ulster Bank.

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