April 03, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.418

Care News

A Guide from the NHS titled ‘Caring for Someone with Dementia at Home’ has been published.

It contains practical information on how to care for someone, to access help, understand and think about equipment and aids, etc. It can be obtained from: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/dementia-care-at-home.aspx.

London has a wide range of accessible transport options so that everyone can get around and a new website at beta.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility has lots of useful information if you are planning to visit London this year. From helping you to ‘plan your journey, to ‘how to’ films show what it’s like travelling in London and the facilities and assistance available. For example, did you know that every London bus route is wheelchair accessible with automatic ramps?

Published 1st April:

The 'Failing to Care Coalition' has called for an end to the unnecessary and distressing reassessment for NHS continuing care, for people with progressive and non-improving conditions.

The Coalition, of which Alzheimer's Society is a member, presented this in a letter to Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State For Care and Support today.

Further details can be found at www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=2003

Question of the Week

"Is it possible to get an electric vehicle under the Motability Scheme?"

Answer : Yes, it has been possible since 2013 to lease an electric car under the Scheme. The first electric car to be introduced to lease was the Nissan Leaf.

Spring Tip of the Week

If you are often stuck as to presents to buy for older people you may wish to look at the catalogue ‘Back in the Days – Memories were made of this’ produced by the charity The Owl Barn. The catalogue has ideas for presents from the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s plus other thought provoking present ideas.

For a copy ring 0845 680 0199 or visit: www.backinthedays.co.uk

In-House News

Review visits were carried out in Hertfordshire, London and Kent.

Two interviews were held for Live-in care workers and one live-in care worker was placed on the Register.

A new photograph of the ‘in house’ staff in Norwich has been taken.

Interesting Information

The number of people working for the NHS in England has increased slightly, Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show. Over 1.36 million people were working for the NHS in England at 30 September 2013 an increase of 0.4 per cent (5,870) on 2012. This constitutes an increase of 12.5 per cent (151,580) since 2003, according to today's annual census report.

The census report provides a snapshot of staff working in hospital, community, general and personal medical services. It allows for year-on-year comparisons and also includes the annual summary of the GP workforce.

The figures show that GPs number 40,240, a decrease of 0.1 per cent (29) since 2012 and an increase of 19.9 per cent (6,670) since 2003.

There are 20,440 females within the GP workforce, an increase of 2.9 per cent (570) since 2012. This is the first year the number of female GPs has been greater than their male counterparts. Male GP headcount is 19,800, a decrease of 2.9 per cent (599) since 2012.

There has been an increase of 50.9 per cent (6,890) female GPs since 2003, whereas male GP numbers have decreased by 1.1 per cent (218).

Today's figures show that, at 30 September 2013:

The number of professionally qualified clinical staff stood at 692,160 its highest level across the decade, a rise of 16.1 per cent (95,920) on 2003.

Of this group:

There were 1.08 million NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) non medical staff. This area covers staff working within the NHS (excluding doctors and staff working with GP practices). The census report shows an increase of 0.3 per cent (3,390) on 2012 and an increase of 8.7 per cent (85,900) on 2003. (Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre)

Client Profile of the Week

Kate is in her 50’s with a learning disability. Wanting to live in the community in 2005 with the aid of her social worker she was enabled to do so with a Live-in care worker package from Able Community Care.

Kate currently has two main care workers, one who was introduced to her in May 2010 and the second in August 2013.

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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.
Telephone 01603 764567