August 25, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.285

Care News

The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has published the following findings:

The NHS saves more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over the last 25 years. 17 countries were considered and the healthcare system in the USA was amongst the least efficient and effective.

Improvements in the NHS have led to a situation where there are 168,000 fewer deaths every year compared with 1980.

With reference to the care of elderly patients, The UK, Ireland and New Zealand have health care systems which are three times more effective and efficient than the worst � Switzerland, Portugal and the USA.


Choices Care group which provides care to around 800 people with learning disabilities in Scotland and the North of England, has gone into administration. The Group, based in Livingstone, has 1,400 staff and provides supported living, residential care and home care services.

It is hoped that the services will be purchased by other providers and the administrators have said that there have been enquiries from interested parties.


Question in the House of Commons on Mixed Sex Wards

Alun Cairns MP asks the Secretary of State: "What progress he has made in reducing the use of mixed-sex accommodation in the NHS."

Minister of State, Department of Health (Simon Burns): "In just six months, the number of reported breaches of mixed-sex accommodation guidance has fallen by 83%, from 11,802 in December 2010 to 2,011 in May 2011. Across England, the reported �breach rate� is now 1.4 per 1,000 Finished Consultant Episodes, compared to 8.4 per 1,000 FCEs in December 2010."

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 12 July 2011, c297W)
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110712/debtext/110712-0001.htm

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk and two visits to existing clients in Norfolk have also taken place.

One carer had training: Medication/log book.

Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Lancashire.

Carers interviewed in Brighton, Norfolk and 2 in Lancashire.

A new post has commenced in Stockport for a male with MS, Care Manager is Alan, weekly wage is �587.00.

Interesting Information / Statistics

More than 30 million Britons are entitled to free eye care, sight tests and/or optical vouchers, paid for by the NHS.


St John Ambulance in England is the country's leading first aid training organisation and first aid provider. The organisation has in approx. 23,000 adult members and 20,000 young members who help the public throughout the country on a daily basis. They train approx. 575,000 people each year in first aid and health and safety. The organisation has over 1,000 ambulance and support vehicles and provides treatment and care to more than 125,000 patients each year.

Question of the Week
"My eyes are not as good as they used to be and despite having new glasses I find my computer keyboard difficult to read. I have a large key pad phone, do you know if you can get large computer keyboards?"

Answer : Yes you can. Visit http://www.rnib.org.uk/shop where you will be able to choose from two keyboards which have buttons around twice the standard size. The site also has another keyboard with high contrast keys which you may also like to have a look at.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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