March 2017 Newsletter
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Sue Learner, Nicola Woolford, Ellie Spanswick, Melissa McAlees, Angeline Albert, Charley Walker
Thousands of animals are put down every year when their owners move to a care home
Thousands of animals are put down every year when their owners move to a care home
Going into a care home can be extremely hard and for some it means leaving a home where they have lived all their lives and saying goodbye forever to their beloved pet, who has become their closest companion. Thousands of animals are put down every year and over... Read more
Size shouldn't matter say care homes angry at CQC's 'six-bed rule' for learning disability settings
Care providers have criticised the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) guidance to limit registration of learning disability services to housing for six people or less. Learning disability services should be judged on the merits of what can be achieved not just size,... Read more
How to achieve CQC's 'Outstanding' award: 'Don't be afraid to get things wrong'
"Achieving an 'Outstanding' rating isn’t a tick box exercise and there’s no magic formula, it’s about the people and bringing passion to the care you deliver," says Christine Asbury, the chief executive of WCS Care Group Ltd, the first care provider in England to have five... Read more
Suicide and dementia: 'I possibly don't fear dementia like some people do, because I'm prepared for it'
Dementia expert, Professor June Andrews, has revealed that she doesn’t fear dementia, despite knowing that if she lives to 90, she will have 50 per cent chance of getting the disease. There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and as public... Read more
Care home resident paddles in the sea and has an adventure on the underground
It has been decades since care home resident Joan, paddled in the sea and went on the London Underground. However since she moved to Anchor's West Hall care home, "she has done so much more than she ever did when she lived on her own," reveals her daughter Jill Harty.... Read more
New survey being carried out on community engagement in care homes by a national quality improvement initiative. To add your voice, click here

'Pimped up' Zimmer frames reduce falls and confusion for care home residents with dementia
'Pimped up' Zimmer frames reduce falls and confusion for care home residents with dementia
A Scottish care home has joined the Pimp My Zimmer craze by revamping and decorating residents’ traditional walking aids, which has proven to have health benefits as well as looking good. The campaign began in an Essex care home after creative care home manager Angela... Read more
Care home finds sense of touch triggers memories and reduces agitation in dementia residents
A national care provider is supporting pioneering artistic research that explores how the sense of touch can promote stimulation and emotional connection in dementia care. Working in collaboration with leading arts collective, Invisible Flock, Community Integrated... Read more
Oomph! launches initiative to get care home residents 'Out and About'
Social enterprise business, Oomph! Wellness, has launched a new £4m 'Out and About' service to offer regular, meaningful excursions for those in care. The initiative was launched by Oomph! following research which found there were significant barriers to offering... Read more
Care chief says woman waiting five months in hospital for care home place is 'victim of a system not joined up'
Care England has warned that we may see more cases like that of 89-year-old Iris Sibley, who spent five months at Bristol Royal Infirmary, because a suitable care home could not be found for her. Mrs Sibley, who has dementia, was admitted to hospital in August after a... Read more
Love in the time of dementia: Couple still express their love but struggle to remember each other
Love in the time of dementia: Couple still express their love but struggle to remember each other
Husband Chris Warren, aged 72, and his wife Hilary Warren, 69, continue to demonstrate their love for each other - 50 years after marrying - despite being diagnosed with dementia. The couple share a room at The Links care home in Poole, Dorset. Hilary Warren’s... Read more
Jobs & Recruitment
'Real passion' is key to working with people with Autism', reveals top therapist
Tiago Pinto, clinical psychologist and head of therapies at Tracscare’s Milton Park Campus in Bedford, the UK’s first purpose built hospital for people with Autism, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Outstanding Healthcare Professional Award at the 2017 Autism... Read more
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4229 Jobs Currently Listed
Job Categories # Jobs % Jobs
Registered Manager / Service Manager 191 4.52%
Deputy Manager / Assistant Manager 110 2.60%
Area / Regional Manager 5 0.12%
Clinical Lead / Nurse Team Leader 71 1.68%
Staff Nurse 244 5.77%
Nurse 691 16.34%
Bank Nurse 69 1.63%
Senior Carer / Head of Care / Team Leader 341 8.06%
Carer / Care Assistant / Care Support Worker 1,541 36.44%
Bank Carer / Care Assistant 115 2.72%
Social Worker 7 0.17%
Physiotherapist 1 0.02%
Occupational Therapist 2 0.05%
Training & Development 1 0.02%
Cook / Chef 154 3.64%
Activity Coordinator 126 2.98%
Kitchen Assistant / Catering Assistant 133 3.14%
Housekeeper / Cleaner 114 2.70%
Domestic / Domestic Assistant 104 2.46%
Laundry Assistant 14 0.33%
Maintenance / Handyperson 47 1.11%
Driver 1 0.02%
Gardener 3 0.07%
Receptionist 8 0.19%
Administrator 45 1.06%
Director / Divisional Director 2 0.05%
Finance / Accountant / Bookkeeper 3 0.07%
Human Resources / HR / Recruitment 4 0.09%
Marketing 3 0.07%
Other 79 1.87%
Upcoming Featured Exhibitions, Conferences & Award Presentations
The National Council for Palliative Care: Getting Real About the National Commitment
Date: 10 Mar 2017
Location: Holiday Inn, London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT
NRC Brighton
Date: 27 Mar 2017
Location: Hilton Metropole Hotel - Brighton
Naidex: Innovations For The Future Of The Independent Living Industry
Date: 28 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
Location: NEC Birmingham
Care Roadshow Glasgow
Date: 28 Mar 2017
Location: Hampden Park Stadium
Dementia: Implementing Better Care
Date: 20 Apr 2017
Location: King's House Conference Centre, Manchester
Care Roadshow Liverpool
Date: 09 May 2017
Location: Aintree Racecourse
Health Plus Care Show
Date: 28 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Location: ExCel London
Show all Events
10 Most Read News Articles of the Month
1 Charity publishes 'top ten' tips to help people make right social care choice
2 UK's first LGBT majority extra care scheme set to open in Manchester
3 Painted murals inspire residents with dementia to share memories at care home
4 Public invited to care group's free dementia classes
5 MP backs campaign to raise awareness of the sector's unsung heroes
6 Charity calls on crafters to break world record and raise money for Alzheimer's research
7 Bristol care home with highest award for dementia care gets top rating from CQC
8 Police launch investigation into death of 87-year-old after care home lift collapses
9 Care home resident born the year Scott set sail for the Antarctic, turns 107
10 Whitby care home forced to close due to 'national shortage of trained nursing and care staff'
Latest Care Home Statistics
# Homes % Homes # Beds % Beds
All UK Care Homes 19,170 100.00% 541,119 100.00%
Nursing Homes 5,432 28.34% 264,528 48.89%
Residential Homes 13,738 71.66% 276,591 51.11%
England 16,392 85.51% 455,761 84.23%
Wales 1,089 5.68% 25,785 4.77%
Scotland 1,151 6.00% 41,089 7.59%
Northern Ireland 437 2.28% 15,780 2.92%
Part of a Group 13,559 70.73% 401,803 74.25%
Not Part of a Group 5,611 29.27% 139,316 25.75%
Types of Ownership
Local Authority 791 4.13% 18,955 3.50%
NHS 118 0.62% 2,008 0.37%
Private 14,544 75.87% 435,885 80.55%
Voluntary / Charity 3,717 19.39% 84,271 15.57%
Care Categories
Old Age 12,588 65.67%
Dementia 8,589 44.80%
Mental Health Condition 5,302 27.66%
Learning Disability 7,066 36.86%
Physical Disability 7,357 38.38%
Sensory Impairment 4,178 21.79%
No Medical Intervention 365 1.90%
Detention Under Mental Health Act 409 2.13%
Eating Disorders 461 2.40%
Younger Adults 5,708 29.78%
Substance Misuse 587 3.06%

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