SCIE video – useful guidance on helping those living with dementia

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has re-circulated a useful video highlighting the importance of those caring for people with dementia to do so with empathy and to get to know the individual.

Dementia remains a growing challenge for the NHS and for care providers. It is estimated that over 69% of people living in care homes have dementia and in England and Wales, the number of people living with dementia who need palliative care will almost quadruple by 2040 (source: Alzheimer’s Research UK). There is considerable economic cost associated with the disease and this is ever increasing. It remains a key priority for both NHS England and the Government with a focus on providing the best support and care for individuals with dementia and also for their families and care providers.

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NHS launches digital capacity tracker for care home places to cut ‘bed blocking’

The NHS has this week launched an online portal to assist NHS hospitals in identifying care home places for patients upon discharge. 

Elderly and infirm patients are often delayed in being discharged from hospital due to the lack of availability of a suitable care home for them to be discharged to.  Often, their care needs will have changed since their admission to hospital.  The fact that patients remain in hospital after they are medically fit for discharge – but cannot return to their previous home – places a strain on the NHS.  In 2018, the NHS estimated around 250,000 hospital beds days were taken up by patients well enough to be discharged but with no care home to go to. 

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Department of Health and Social Care issues Brexit warning to adult social care providers

As things stand at the time of writing, if the UK Parliament cannot agree a deal on Brexit, then the UK will leave the EU on 12 April.  If a deal can be agreed, then the exist date will be 22 May to allow time for the required legislation to be passed. 

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Stephen Hawking’s former nurse struck off

One of the nurses who provided care to the late Professor Stephen Hawking has been struck off the nursing register by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (“NMC”).  Patricia Dowdy worked for Professor Hawking from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2013 to 2016.  An interim suspension had been put in place in 2016. 

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