Star baker crowned as two local support services compete in ‘Bake Off’ challenge

groupService users at Eilat Service Centre in Bournemouth showed off their finest baking skills, after being challenged to a Bake Off by the tenants at the Dorset Supported Living Centre.

Eilat’s service users readily accepted the challenge, and made eager preparations ahead of the judging session by meticulously planning their bakes.

Organ donation research features in award-winning film

professorA documentary featuring University of Bedfordshire Professor Gurch Randhawa’s organ donation research has won the Best Documentary Film Award at the Woodpecker International Film Festival 2015.

To Give or Not To Give, a film highlighting the shortage of organ donors in India, won the award at India’s largest competitive film festival, with judges saying the ‘evocative, thought provoking and mind changing’ documentary will ‘remain relevant for decades to come’.

Wheelchair-Friendly Cities of the World Storymap

Many of the world’s busiest and most popular cities are pouring considerable time, resources and effort into becoming as accommodating as possible towards wheelchair users. In some cases, multi-storey buildings have been designed, or redesigned, with the needs of wheelchair users in mind so that people with limited mobility can enjoy the benefits of such structures without difficulty. A few of the most famous cities on Earth are particularly considerate towards wheelchair users, helping these destinations to boost tourism numbers and their public image.

Survey shows one in seven adult carers feel they neglect their own needs

Almost one in seven adult carers who responded to a major national survey feel they neglect their own needs due to their caring duties, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Fifteen per cent of adult carers known to councils gave this response when asked if they get enough sleep or eat well2, up from 14 per cent3 in 2012-13 when the survey last took place4.

Almost 57,400 carers5 out of a sample of 131,100 unpaid carers aged 18 and over in England who care for an adult responded. The survey covers a range of topics including time spent caring, personal safety, social contact and the needs of the individual cared for. The survey took place in Autumn 20146.

Report: Accessible Housing Policies Failing in Practice

Disabled Community Failed by Policies Designed To Help

Secret Shopper Exercise Shows Shocking Failure to Connect Disabled Buyers with New Accessible Homes

Following the forward-thinking accessible housing policies of the London Plan, all new build developments in London must be built to Lifetime Homes Standard and 10% of all units must be wheelchair accessible. These policies are providing valuable accessible housing stock for the 10% of the population who identify themselves as disabled.

Leading charities warn of funding crisis in vital disabled children’s services

New research published today by the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign shows more than half of local authorities have cut spending on short breaks (respite services) for families with disabled children since 2011/12. The research also shows that families are reporting it is more difficult to access short breaks.   The consortium of charities are warning of the economic and social consequences if local authorities are forced to make further cuts to short breaks services and are calling on the Chancellor to renew the government’s commitment to investing in short break services in this autumn’s spending review as he did in 2010.

Glasgow team shortlisted for prestigious healthcare award

A Glasgow secure hospital has been named as a finalist for the Best Mental Health Hospital Provider Award at a national awards ceremony run by healthcare consultancy, LaingBuisson. Surehaven Hospital, which is owned and run by Shaw healthcare, was shortlisted for its unique approach to mental health care and its patient’s wellbeing. Accommodating patients between the ages of 18 to 65 with primary diagnosis of mental illness, the hospital’s approach to ensuring that patients feel actively in involved in the planning of their care and treatment has resulted in 100% occupancy and considerable success with individuals who have previously plateaued in NHS care.

More older people to get out and about thanks to Affinity Water

The Affinity Water Community Engagement programme has donated £2,500 to national charity Friends of the Elderly’s Visiting Friends service.

The Visiting Friends service, currently operating in Elmbridge and Woking, provides older people with free to access one to one befriending, social outings and activities. The older people who are supported by the programme are often living alone and have little contact with family and friends. Knowing that a friend is popping around for a chat in a day or two, or having one of the regular trips out or coffee mornings to look forward to, makes a huge difference to the those who use the service - helping to expand social networks and build confidence.


Organisations across the country are supporting a national campaign this week with the same aim of helping to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion in the workplace and the business benefits to having an inclusive workforce.

Employers such as the Home Office, Creative Support, Oldham Council and housing-providers, Together Housing Group and Incommunities have all pledged their support to National Inclusion Week – a week of activities focusing on the awareness they raise and the difference they can make within the workplace.

Royal Blind Exhibition celebrates National Braille Week

An exhibition highlighting the history and use of Braille opens today (Thursday 10 September) at the Central Library in Edinburgh. On display are a variety of Braille machines, some historical, with one dating back to the early 19th Century. There is also a selection of photographs showing different Braille systems and other accessible media in use, as well as books and interactive, tactile objects. Illustrative boards chart the history and evolution of Braille.

BIRT Conference 2015: The future of brain injury rehabilitation

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is holding its sixth biennial conference in Manchester this September.  The BIRT Conference 2015 is the foremost brain injury conference in the UK, featuring 42 highly prestigious speakers from across the globe. Speakers will share their latest research strategies and discuss developments in the treatment and rehabilitation of people with brain injury. The two-day conference will take place at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester on the 30th September and 1st October.

Innovation on Show at Diabetes Professional Care 2015

The debut Diabetes Professional Care 2015 show will witness a series of new technologies, innovative products and ground-breaking solutions, launched across the entire diabetes care, management and prevention spectrum. The event is designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals, providing visitors with all the latest information to empower patients to manage their own care pathways. It has attracted exhibitors from right across the diabetes supply chain including Abbott Diabetes, MedicAlert, iHealth, Docobo, Flexitol, V-Connect and Gendius.

Motability’s One Big Day event in Warwickshire pulls in the crowds

More than 2,500 disabled motorists and their friends and families flocked to Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire for Motability’s One Big Day event, discovering all they need to know about the Motability Scheme. The free family day out on Saturday 12 September showcased a variety of vehicles available to lease through the Motability Scheme and offered visitors the chance to test drive a number of cars.

NHS Employers responds to NHS England's announcement on NHS staff health and wellbeing

Sue Covill, Director of Development and Employment at the NHS Employers organisation, said:

"The biggest annual survey of NHS staff showed managers are doing more to support workforce health and well-being. There are over 50 per cent more programmes supporting staff health and wellbeing now compared to 2010. NHS staff are now more confident  than ever in reporting stress and mental health problems.

"We cannot be complacent. As demand on the NHS grows, efforts to improve the health and well-being of staff are very important, not only for staff but also to improve patient outcomes.”

College helps to develop future workforce of NHS

A group of healthcare apprentices from Solihull College have completed their apprenticeship with the NHS and now look to progress within the industry. Students from Solihull College completed their level 2 apprenticeships in health and social care by working at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, gaining experience with patients on the wards. As health and social care apprentices’ students can learn how to help people with particular needs and gain the vital work experience needed if they wish to work within the healthcare sector.

RCN comments on plans for agency spending cap

Commenting on plans from Monitor to cap NHS spending on agency nurses, Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN said:

“Astronomical amounts have been spent paying agencies for temporary nursing staff over the past few years and it is simply not an effective use of NHS funds. It is positive and essential to work towards reducing this reliance and improving continuity of care on wards.

Lake District Calvert Trust Unveils Auction Prizes for Charity Ball

The Lake District Calvert Trust is delighted to announce that the fabulous auction prizes donated for its annual Charity Ball are now available for online bidding prior to the event on Friday 11th September. Prizes can be viewed and bids made online at:

Prizes donated by generous supporters of the trust include: holiday breaks in Venice, France and the Isle of White; paintings by the late Dr Alistair Brewis; lunch at the highly acclaimed L’Enclume Restaurant; Catamaran sailing on Lake Windermere; or the opportunity to meet Ben Fogle at the Sands.

Leuchie House

Leuchie House offers caring respite breaks with trips, activities and physiotherapy alongside 24-hour expert nursing care for people and their carers living with long-term physical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and Huntington’s.

People are welcome from all over Scotland and further afield to Leuchie, an independent charity which is set in a classical country house in the rolling East Lothian countryside near the coastal town of North Berwick.

‘Conveyer belt of pharmacy students’ prompts call for national debate on standards

A pharmacy crisis about maintaining professional standards is looming, as cash-hungry universities accept a conveyer belt of students, many of whom fail at the final hurdle.

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) is concerned that more than 3,000 of the 12,000 current pharmacy students will fail the registration exam at the first of three attempts, after completing their degree, leaving them facing thousands of pounds of student debt after five years of study.

Since the year 2000, the numbers of UK pharmacy students going to university has more than trebled from 4,000 to over 12,000-a-year, with the increase in the number of approved pharmacy schools soaring from 12 to 27 - and still rising.