May 31, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.69

Care News

The Royal College of Nursing claims that there are more than 22,000 fewer nursing posts than a year ago whilst the DOH advise that there were 6,000 fewer nurses in the NHS than the previous year because Trusts are not filling vacant posts.An article in the Daily Mail gives the additional figures that a further 2000 frontline NHS staff are claiming unemployment pay. This figure includes 75 midwives, 550 therapists, 135 occupational therapists and 120 pharmaceutical dispensers.

A DTI consultation has identified the child care sector as one of the sectors of industry where many employers are failing to pay the minimum hourly wage. Further details can be found at:

In order to ensure attractive and healthy food for care home residents the government backed a drive to run courses designed specifically for care home chefs. The first thirty chefs have now graduated from the course, Cater Craft with a Btec diploma.

New Service
Books can now be had on prescription that seek to improve mental well being because of a partnership between Cumbria County Council and Cumbrian doctors. Well Read is the country�s first ever book, audio CD and DVD service providing information on mental health issues.

The six largest libraries in Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Barrow are participating in the scheme.

In-House News

Risk Assessments have taken place in the homes of our clients in Norfolk.

Jackie Maaz, Care Manager, attended a course - "Introduction to Reminiscence".

Potential carers have been interviewed in Norwich and in Blackburn.

Interesting Information

The number of missed hospital appointments for the year 2005/2006 was approximately 6.8 million. This figure is up from the year 2004/2005 when 5.7 million were missed.

The estimated cost to the tax payer is �614.m. It averages out that about 1 in 10 people fail to turn up for an appointment.

The hospital with the worst record for missed appointments was London Guys and St. Thomas�s NHS Trust followed by Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

In 2006 the Dept. of Work and Pensions updated its estimate to show that there are over 10 million disabled people in Gt. Britain, including people with limiting, long standing illnesses, of which, 4.6 million are over pension age and 700,000 are children.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.