Forbes Solicitors - What does becoming a Court of Protection Deputy Entail?

Victoria Motley

If you’re currently caring for someone you love and their mental capacity means they are unable to make decisions for themselves, you may want to apply to the Court of Protection to become their Deputy. Unfortunately, many carers shy away from this process as they are unsure about what the lengthy legal process entails and therefore restricting the additional support they can offer. Becoming a Deputy for those who are vulnerable is definitely no easy task, yet there are services on hand to make it as straight forward as possible.

Enham Trust petitions for greater coordination of Health and Social Care Budgets

The CEO of leading disability charity, Enham Trust, has told a key meeting of major NHS policy makers, senior doctors and health budget specialists that health and social care budgets need to be better organised, less confusing and less bureaucratic.

Speaking at the prestigious Westminster Forum for Health on Tuesday 26 January, Peta Wilkinson said that when they work, PHBs fit perfectly with the ethos of personalised care because of the choice and control they offer those that use them.

Fashion accessibility reaches new lows


Action needs to be taken to ensure accessibility for all, warns The British Polio Fellowship The British Polio Fellowship has warned how attitudes towards accessibility issues - especially within the fashion industry - must change. It comes following reports that a disabled model, who was set to be part of a panel in a seminar at one of the UK’s leading fashion shows, left humiliated after the show neglected to provide appropriate wheelchair access to the stage.


The national mobility scooter specialist TGA has won the prestigious Customer Service Team of the Year Award once more at the recent British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) Annual Awards Dinner, Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London.

The BHTA is the UK’s largest healthcare association with all of its members adhering to a Trading Standards Code of Conduct. This means customers of member companies, such as TGA, can rest assured that they will receive professional support and service. The BHTA Annual Awards Dinner was a glamorous black-tie affair attended by key figures within the healthcare sector and proceeding were hosted by BBC journalist and celebrity Bill Turnbull.

Eyes and a citrus smell could help cut hospital infections

A picture of a man’s intense staring eyes and a clean citrusy smell have been found to substantially improve hand-washing and so cut the risk of hospital infections, according to a new study.

According to the latest research effective hand hygiene is the single most important procedure in preventing hospital acquired infections, which can lead to disease and even death for vulnerable patients and increase costs for the healthcare system. Yet the number of staff washing hands is often startlingly low in clinical environments.

Conference set to shine light on latest research into dementia and deafness

Deafness Support Network (DSN) is hosting a Deafness & Dementia conference in Chester in early 2016 to showcase the latest research and developments with regard to hearing loss and cognitive decline.
Research has indicated what may be a significant correlation between age-related hearing loss and increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

DSN is supporting research in this area in order to establish this link, ascertain the causes, and investigate any preventative measures that may be taken. This conference will also investigate the social isolation that can be triggered or amplified through this experience. The event will bring together thought leaders and researchers in this area, coupled with lived-experience examples from individuals affected.

mark Remembrance Day with Glasgow Art Exhibition

A new exhibition of work by visually impaired veterans opens to the public in Glasgow on Tuesday, 10 November and will run over the remainder of the Remembrance Day week.

The exhibition, staged by Scottish War Blinded will be held at the Scottish Veterans Residences home at Bellrock Close in Glasgow’s east end.

The artwork, inspired by their time in service, family, remembrance and the natural world, has been produced by members of Scottish War Blinded at its Linburn Centre in Wilkieston, West Lothian.

On Tuesday, 10 November the exhibition will open with artists on hand to meet residents at Bellrock Close and share experiences of time in service as well as touring the centre, which provides supported transitional accommodation for veterans of the Armed Forces.

Celebrities and cute puppies at the Hearing Dogs Awards

dogsLast night, London’s glamorous venue, One Marylebone, rolled out the red carpet for celebrities and their four-legged friends in aid of the annual Hearing Dogs Awards.

The star-studded evening was hosted by Dame Esther Rantzen for the national charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The pup-arrazzi were out in force to catch a glimpse of celebrities including Stephanie Beacham, Meg Mathews, Vicki Michelle, Anita Dobson, Capital FM's Pandora and doggy duo Ashley and Pudsey.

Diabetes Professional Care 2015 Welcomes Strong Exhibitor Lineup

Diabetes Professional Care 2015, the free, two day, CPD accredited multi-stream conference and exhibition, will take place at the Barbican Exhibition Centre, London on 11 & 12 November 2015. As well as an array of industry speakers delivering content-rich sessions, visitors will be able to hear from a wealth of exhibitors who will be using the show to launch their products and technologies. Visitors are welcome to attend for the whole event or a single day, dependent on their schedules.

Bayer will be presenting its latest CONTOUR meters, including its CONTOUR TS and CONTOUR NEXT range.

Diabetes Professional Care 2015’s Show-stopping Show Features

Diabetes Professional Care 2015, the two-day, free-to-attend, CPD accredited conference boasts a range of highly anticipated show features for healthcare professionals and scientists.

This multi-stream conference will be held on 11 & 12 November 2015 at the Barbican Exhibition Centre, London. Visitors will see the latest diabetes technology, hear the newest thinking and research whilst networking with like-minded professionals and industry experts, such as Neubourg Pharma, iHealth, Abbott Diabetes Care, Bayer, MSD and Team Blood Glucose.

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Visually Impaired Veteran Hugh Maguire to receive Legion d’Honneur decoration

Visually impaired veteran Hugh Maguire will be decorated tomorrow (Friday 16 October 2015) with France’s highest national order, the Legion d’Honneur, in recognition of service during the liberation of France in 1944.

Mr Maguire, who served in the Royal Ulster Rifles, landed on Sword Beach on 6 June 1944 and would later perform a heroic act of courage as the regiment advanced towards the important strategic city of Caen.

The regiment met heavy resistance advancing towards Caen and Mr Maguire was injured by a shell burst which propelled him 12 feet in the air as they approached the designated sector of Hill 60.

Road to Rio starts for learning disability care provider with athletics event

boy and landyWith the countdown to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro well underway, people supported by learning disability care provider, CMG, gathered in Surrey to take part in an athletics competition.

The Olympic spirit was very much alive and well as 200 people were in attendance at the CMG Athletics Day at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Sutton. They took part in a wide range of sporting events. As well as the 100m and 200m sprints, people could also join the wheelchair obstacle race, surfing (on a simulator) and even Tai Chai.

British Lung Foundation wins BMA award for COPD Patient Passport

On Monday 7 September the British Lung Foundation (BLF) won first prize in the category ‘information that aids decision making’ for their COPD Patient Passport at the 2015 British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. Patient representatives Chris Warburton, who accepted the award, John Hubbold and Colin Failes attended the awards ceremony.


The Scottish Documentary Institute is proud to announce that its latest production Seven Songs For A Long Life will be released UK wide from the 2nd October to support Hospice Care Week (5-11 October) in association with Hospice UK.

The film will have its red-carpet World Premiere on the 2nd October at the 470 seater auditorium in MacRobert Centre in Stirling, Scotland, before screening in cinemas and community venues from Inverness to Brighton.