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NHS Confederation responds to the Rose Review on NHS Leadership

Commenting on Lord Rose’s report into leadership in the NHS, Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation said:

“Lord Rose’s report on leadership in the NHS, commissioned back in February 2014, reflects some of the pressures our members are facing against a backdrop of unprecedented challenge. We know we have great people at all levels in health and care showing effective leadership in tough circumstances and under intense scrutiny. We also know this is not the case everywhere.

“In healthcare we make difficult decisions every day and we must always be guided by our values, which should be consciously stated and shape our recruitment, selection and development processes.

BT Ambassador Hannah Cockroft returns to former Olympic Stadium ahead of National Paralympic Day

Ahead of National Paralympic Day on Sunday 26 July BT Ambassador Hannah Cockroft, one of Britain’s most recognisable Paralympians, today returned to the scene of her London 2012 triumph, the former Olympic Stadium.

Today’s visit was a chance for champion Cockroft to reminisce about her experience at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and remember winning her Gold medals on the iconic track. It also gave her the opportunity to discuss her excitement for National Paralympic Day, the annual centrepiece of para-sport in the UK.

DISABILITY TRAINING IMPROVES STAFF AWARENESS

Staff from Yorkshire-based housing provider, Incommunities, have benefitted from a series of disability awareness training sessions, which will help support them to deliver a more inclusive and accessible service to customers.   Participants included frontline staff and employees from their support services. They learnt more information on areas such as deaf awareness, visual awareness, mental health, British Sign Language (BSL), understanding learning difficulties and disability etiquette.  

Discover a world of worry-free motoring at Motability’s FREE Exeter event

‘One Big Day’ will be at Westpoint on Thursday 23 July 2015

13 July 2015 – This summer, disabled motorists and their families can find out all they need to know about the Motability Scheme by heading to the One Big Day event at Westpoint, Exeter on Thursday 23 July.

The event will showcase a variety of vehicles available to lease through the Motability Scheme and is a great day out for all the family with a range of activities such as test drives, face painting and the chance to win an iPad mini. One Big Day in Exeter is free to attend, including free parking and visitors are also treated to a free cup of tea or coffee when they arrive.

On display:

The Stelios Award 2015

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED ENTREPRENEURS.

Applications now open for £50,000 Stelios Award

for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK 2015

  • The £50,000 award recognises talents of established business owners with a disability or long-term health condition.
  • The cash prize is the largest of its kind for disabled entrepreneurs.
  • The award is run in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK’s leading disability charity.
  • Award is personally chosen and presented by easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou at a special ceremony in London on November 4th.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Leonard Cheshire Disability are pleased to invite applications for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2015 worth £50,000.

Film Stuntman Left Paralysed In Accident Stars In New Films To Help Disabled

Specialist Serious Injury Lawyers Launch Interactive Guide To Home Adaptations

A former cinema blockbuster stunt double left paralysed after a scene went wrong is featuring in a new series of short films and an interactive online guide to show the adaptations that can be made to help disabled people to live more independently.

David Holmes, 30, was left tetraplegic and now uses a wheelchair after an accident when he was working as a stunt double on the set of a major movie franchise in Leavesden Hertfordshire, when a scene involving an explosion while he was ‘flying’ in a harness went wrong.

Battle of the World Paralympic stars returns to former London 2012 Stadium

The world’s best Paralympic athletes, including the stars of the London 2012 Paralympics, will be back battling for victory in the Stadium at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, incorporating the IPC Athletics Grand Prix final, on Sunday 26 July.

ParalympicsGB London 2012 stars, including David Weir, Hannah Cockroft, Richard Whitehead, Shelly Woods, Aled Davies and Dan Greaves, are hoping the roar of the home crowd will spur them on against fierce international competition, just as it did in the Stadium three years ago.

With the World Championships in Doha in October and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in just over a year, more than 100 Paralympic athletes are travelling to London from across the world to compete in 20 events in the former Olympic and Paralympic Stadium.

Dwarf Sports Association UK urges people with dwarfism and restricted growth to complete national survey

The Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSAuk) has launched their first National Sport and Physical Activity Survey, which aims to help increase the number of sporting and recreational activity opportunities for people with dwarfism and restricted growth across the UK.

Updated handbooks relaunched to support health and care professionals

Following their successful launch in September 2014, two practical handbooks on learning and intelligence have been updated based on input from users over the past six months.

Produced by national improvement body NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ), the Learning Handbook and Intelligence Handbook are concise, accessible e-books for individuals and teams working in health and social care. They are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, referring them to key tools and resources to help drive service improvement.

When the handbooks were published in the autumn of 2014, they included a call for users to share their feedback with the developers. Six months on the valuable insights collected have been used to update and expand the content. Key changes include:

Hey George, here’s how to reduce pressure on A&E.

Good news is unlikely to be the order of the day come Budget Day with the challenges of balancing the books long-term facing the Treasury.
The exam question is how do you reduce the pressure on the NHS without breaking the bank? Increasing demand, not enough money – it is a well-rehearsed debate.

The Care and Support Alliance thinks it has an answer. More money spent upstream on social care will reap dividends from GP surgeries to Accident and Emergency units up and down the land.

The care system is on its knees. Cuts to social care have directly led to extra pressure on primary care as well as huge challenges for hospitals and other public services. As more and more of us need support, fewer and fewer of us are actually getting it.

Tom’s Rehabilitation Ascent

More than three years since a calamitous nightshift accident at work that resulted in a leg amputation, Tom Perry (35) from Great Ayton in Middelsborough is regaining his mobility and has even returned to his recreational activities of rock climbing and bouldering.
Thanks to his own determination, supported by the latest prosthetic technology, specialist rehabilitation and litigation services, Tom is literally back on his feet and determined to reach new heights, becoming a member of the GB Paraclimbing team on his rehabilitation journey.

Charity raises £30,000 at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Sense, charity of the year for the 2015 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials raised £30,000 at the prestigious event last weekend. The charity that supports deafblind people joined equestrian fans to raise awareness and vital funds for the work they do across the UK.

Some of Britain's leading riders, including Olympian Nicola Wilson, leading equestrian trainer Christopher Bartle, former international show jumper Dame Emma Jane Brown, blind show jumper Karen Law and Paralympian Natasha Baker as well as TV Presenter Nicki Chapman lent their support to the charity for the event.

“Glass half empty” people could face a lonelier old age

People who see old age as a time of loneliness or expect to be lonely in old age are two to three times more likely to feel alone in later life.

Brunel University London found that expectations and stereotypes of a lonely old age are predictors of actual loneliness. In a sample of “not lonely” people over the age of 50 years old, a third expected to be lonely and a quarter agreed that old age is a time of loneliness.

Herts student shortlisted for national nursing award

A resident from Abbots Langley has been shortlisted for a national nursing award.

University of Hertfordshire student, Maria Walker of Hazelwood Lane, has been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Student Nurse of the Year Award for Learning Disabilities nursing.

The 45-year-old was nominated by the university, and is just one of eight nurses on the national shortlist. Maria is dedicated student and has an unshakable appetite for learning. She has been committed to her role as a caremaker and represents the University very well in this capacity by completing placements in hospitals, speaking at conferences and publishing in her field during her time here.