Entries by Tom Jameson

Care home couples talk: Attraction, romance and longevity of love

What did you find attractive about your partner? If you ask 92-year-old Maurice Laws and his wife Dorothy, their responses are mixed.     Maurice gamely says: “Everything!” But 93-year-old Dorothy is a little more coy with her words: “I can’t explain it goodness!” He is quick to say Dorothy is not backward in coming […]

‘Start listening’ and let care homes ease winter pressures on NHS

Severe pressures in hospitals this winter has seen thousands of operations cancelled, causing social care leaders to urge NHS bosses to ‘start listening’ and let care homes do more to help. Elderly people are among those who are most at risk of illnesses such as flu during the winter months. NHS England has said hospitals, […]

2 big birthdays!

Happy Birthday to Jackie, our fantastic Activity Coordinator, who turned 70 years young on 1st December. Residents, colleagues and friends surprised Jackie with a wonderful buffet lunch – although the word surprise does not do justice to the look on Jackie’s face when she walked into the lounge to see a crowd of about 40 people! And […]

Staying well is not always easy – campaign highlights vital needs of older carers

Winter is well and truly with us now and with it comes the annual NHS campaign to ‘Stay well this winter’. It’s no surprise that older people – including carers (typically 65 and older) – are a significant target audience, which is why the Carers Trust have launched an awareness raising campaign called ‘Speak up […]

Prevention is better than cure: tips for effective sustainability and transformation plans – Ewan King, 28 September 2016 — Care and support, Communities, Information sharing, Integrated care

“Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are becoming a type of ‘planning catch-all’ for the NHS,” says Ewan King in his latest blog for Social Care News. The Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) explains how STPs are likely to contain everything from plans to stabilise NHS finances to actions on tackling […]

Talents of the many must outshine the misdeeds of the few

Talents of the many must outshine the misdeeds of the few Sharon Allen, 3 August 2016 — Care and support, Recognition, Workforce Celebrating great care with the Skills for Care Accolades 2016/17   One of the things that saddens Skills for Care‘s Chief Executive Sharon Allen the most about working in adult social care is that, […]

A society that respects, values and supports carers

With the call for evidence for the new Carers Strategy now closed, Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, reflects upon what carers may want to see from the new strategy. Carers UK’s vision is of a society that respects, values and supports carers. The development of a new Carers Strategy provides us with an […]