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CMG Hosts 6th Unique Supportive Therapies Day

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Care Management Group (CMG), a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities in England, has hosted a unique Supportive Therapies event which is designed specifically for people living with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). The aim of the day is to stimulate interest, broaden opportunities and enhance social and emotional wellbeing.

 

Mental health recruitment plan comes under fire from leading unions

Ambitious mental health recruitment plan comes under fire

An ambitious recruitment drive for mental health provision in England has come under fire as leading unions say more still needs to be done. 

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced his plan to tackle the "historic imbalance" of mental health provision by offering 24/7 services and fully integrated mental and physical healthcare. 

The announcement also revealed plans to treat an additional one million patients by 2020 to 2021, creating thousands of new roles. 

Although the Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the move, it has also warned that the government has a lot of work to do, even just to reach the same level of staffing as in 2010. 

Brave toddler on chemotherapy drug embarks on charity fundraiser

Brave toddler on chemotherapy drug embarks on charity fundraiser

A brave toddler from Chester is preparing for her first charity fundraiser, as she battles a life-threatening illness with a pioneering new chemotherapy drug. 

Two-year-old Felicity Dawe is making the headlines as she embarks on a popular fun run to raise funds for two fantastic charities: Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Children's Tumour Foundation.

Felicity is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and is one of the youngest children in the world to be offered the MEK inhibitor trial drug. 

NRS Healthcare releases accessibility guide to UK’s national parks

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The 15 National Parks across the UK strive to create a more inclusive society for all and from 24th-30th July, they are celebrating National Parks Week with a focus on “Bringing people together”. In support of this, NRS Healthcare have released an Accessibility Guide to the UK’s National Parks which is free to download. 

If you’re living with mental health issues or a physical disability, visiting new places can often hold a lot of uncertainty and sometimes be an anxious experience. However, NRS Healthcare recognise that getting out and about is hugely important if you are differently abled in order to remain active and independent. 

Vulnerable adults being let down by poor social work practice

Vulnerable people are being forced into situations against their will because care providers are not going through the proper processes, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.

In a report published today, the Ombudsman highlights some of the very real concerns it has about the way some of the most vulnerable people in society are being treated when decisions are being made on behalf of people who lack mental capacity to choose how they are cared for.

Problems the Ombudsman sees include not carrying out - or delaying - assessments to determine whether someone has the capacity to make decisions for themselves, poor decision making when deciding on someone’s best interests, and not involving friends and families in the decision process.

Half of parents questioned say their child with disabilities does not feel comfortable taking part in sports as Variety calls for a ‘Level Playing Field’

  • Over a third (36%) of parents surveyed say a major barrier to their disabled child participating in sports is social stigma
  • Report reveals the scale and impact of children with disabilities unable to participate in sports, as the UK hosts the World Para Athletic Championships
  • Variety, the Children’s Charity, to launch a cross-industry and political consultation to answer ‘how to level the playing field’

London borough of Barnet signs up to PA consulting group’s award winning Argenti care technology partnership

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The London Borough of Barnet has signed a contract with the PA Consulting Group-led Argenti Care Technology Partnership (Argenti) to deliver care technology services across the borough for up to five years from April 2017.  Argenti provides innovative telecare services to support vulnerable people so that they can stay in their own homes longer, reducing pressure on social care and hospitals. The contract in Barnet will bring together the best of the private and public sector to achieve better outcomes for service users and will support the increasing integration of health and social care across the borough.

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

VIDA Mobility have partnered with Patron Bohemia to add a new range of buggies to our growing portfolio of products.  Patron was established in 1994 in Prague and is a well-known and respected supplier for rehab buggies for children. 

Vida Mobility is delighted to have been selected as the exclusive distributor in UK and Ireland for the Corzo X Country, Tom Streeter and the Dixie Plus.

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

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What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The process of recovery from a traumatic brain injury varies from person to person depending on the exact nature of the injury and the specific needs of the affected individual. The ultimate outcome and how long rehabilitation will take can be hard to predict at the outset, but by following the right steps, significant improvement can often be achieved.

 

In this article we will address some of the most common questions asked by people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones about the rehabilitation and recovery process.

 

How long does it take to recover from a traumatic brain injury?

 

Oh, oobee doo . . . everyone can be like zoo-oo!!

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Blackpool Zoo has launched a brand new series of animal experiences, which include some aimed at children and adults with additional needs.

The half-day packages have been devised to ensure everyone can enjoy getting up close and personal with the really wild residents.

‘Wanna be’ keepers will shadow the zoo’s dedicated and caring staff in a thrilling three-hour session where they may mingle with monkeys, lounge with the lemurs and serve snacks to the pelicans and penguins.

The Junior Keeper Experience is available to children and young adults aged eight to 17, while the half-day experience is open to anyone over 18.

Kit Out My Office releases accessible office desk

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Having a space to work from in your home or work place that you’re able to adjust to your position is necessary for everyone, yet individuals such as wheelchair users were traditionally unable to easily adjust their workspace to specifically meet their needs. This has typically been due to there been limited clearance for wheel chairs under office desks.

Kit Out My Office believes everyone should have the same opportunities, which is why they’ve released the React Height Adjustable Desk with anti-collision technology.

Who cares!? The benefits and opportunities of a career in care

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A career in the care sector can be rewarding and offer the chance for personal and professional development. Professional care workers do an invaluable job of providing help and support to those in need of support. If you enjoy helping others and you’re looking for a diverse, flexible career with ongoing training and the chance for personal and professional growth, the care sector could be the perfect choice for you. Award-winning home care agency SweetTree Home Care Services reveals eight reasons why a career in care can be a good choice:

It’s rewarding on many levels

Katie embraces independent living

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A young woman with cerebral palsy who was born in the Tywyn area has moved back to her roots and is celebrating making the successful transition from leaving home to leading an independent life, thanks to support from care-provider Regard.

 

Twenty-three year old Katie Collinswood moved to Cerrig Cornel in May 2013 from Buckinghamshire where she had moved with her mother a year ago.

 

Katie wanted to move back to be close to her grandmother and school friends, and Cerrig Cornel has been her first home away from home.

 

And now, four years after her return, Katie has been able to move out to be in her own flat, where she will continue to receive a package of support but will live independently.

 

Safety in numbers

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Currently more than a third of the UK’s population is aged 50 or over, totalling 23.6 million people. As the ageing population continues to grow, safety product manufacturers are having to develop solutions specifically designed to protect older residents, particularly those who are still living in their own home. Here James King, Sales Director at FireAngel, explores the latest fire safety technologies being specified by housing associations to minimise the potential risks many vulnerable individuals may face.

Mental health provision comes under scrutiny as report reveals thousands in "institutionalised" care

Mental health provision comes under scrutiny as report reveals thousands in "institutionalised" care

Mental health services across the nation have come under fire after a new report revealed that thousands of patients are being locked in secure wards.

The Care Quality Commission’s recent report revealed that as many as 3,500 patients are being held on secure wards, often miles away from their friends and family.

Inspectors raised concerns about the long-term rehabilitation of the patients, arguing that the long-stay wards in question were in danger of institutionalising patients rather than preparing them to return to an independent life.

The report also highlighted the “great variation” between wards that use physical restraint to manage challenging behaviour, and the CQC will be strengthening its assessment of this practice.

Biggest Opening Weekend Of World Para Athletics Championships Ever As Fans #FILLTHESTADIUM

Biggest Opening Weekend Of World Para Athletics Championships Ever As Fans #FILLTHESTADIUM

World Para Athletics Championships kick off the Summer of World Athletics today with ten days of action at the London Stadium
Record crowds expected throughout opening weekend, culminating in record schools attendance on Monday and Tuesday morning sessions.
Prince Harry and Dave Henson join forces to urge fans to #FillTheStadium in a special appeal.
Adult tickets for £10 and children’s tickets for £5 available across all 16 sessions, available to buy now at https://tickets.london2017athletics.com/
 

Steps to ensuring your bathroom is secure

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Chief Executive of telmenow.com and former director of BUPA Care Services Norman Niven has over 30 years experience in healthcare and has established two companies which revolutionised medication management. Norman offers his top tips to ensure your bathroom is secure in order to reduce the risk of slips and trips.

 

Firstly, there is the obvious step of installing handrails beside the toilet and bath to make sure there is something to hold steadily on to when lifting oneself up and down. It may seem simple but it’s surprising how helpful a properly placed handrail can be.

 

Sisters doing it for themselves

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The Taylor Report, published this week, sets out that “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment” – hot on the heels of last month’s National Learning Disability Week which focused on raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability. 

 

Meanwhile Mencap, which organised NLD Week, claims that less than 6 per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite many more wanting to, and being able to work. 

 

But two sisters who live at a supported living service for people with learning disabilities in Snodland are celebrating working in paid employment.