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.

Visually Impaired Veterans Centenary Bowling Tour visits Cumbernauld Bowling Club

A team of visually impaired veterans from Scottish War Blinded will continue their national centenary bowling tour at Cumbernauld Bowling Club today.

The veterans have visited bowling clubs across Scotland to celebrate the charity Scottish War Blinded’s centenary. The tour recognises that bowling continues today to be an important recreational activity that was first played by Scottish War Blinded members in 1915.

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson MP presents keys of Motability Scheme car to constituent

Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People and MP for Swindon North, presented the keys of a new Motability Scheme car to his constituent Madge Trinder on Thursday 20 August. The presentation took place at Pebley Beach Swindon, Paddington Drive.

Madge, 76, from Swindon, has arthritis and has had one shoulder and two hip replacements. She collected the keys of a Hyundai i10 that she will lease for three years. Madge enjoys an active life in the community, and her new car will support her to remain mobile.

Putting compassionate care values into practice on the frontline

A Hillingdon inpatient nurse manager from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust has been selected to help spread the six compassionate values that the NHS expects all staff to demonstrate.

Matron Sara Trollope, who works on Oak Tree ward - an inpatient mental health ward for older people - at Hillingdon Hospital, has become a Chief Nursing Officer Care Maker – a programme set up by the NHS in 2012 to help spread the word about the 6Cs that underpin Compassion in Practice.

These are care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Sara, who became a nurse in 1987, works with mental health patients and those with dementia.

UK's First Ever Disabled Strongman Event Launches

The first-ever Disabled Strongman event is to take place Saturday 29th August at the Northwood Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent. Devised by UK Disabled Strongman Gary Clarke, the event will be officiated by Four-times world's strongest man, Magnús Ver Magnússon. The Impey Showers sponsored event will see competitors compete to win the Arnar mar Jonnson trophy.
Inspired by the World's Strongest Disabled Man event created by Magnús Ver Magnússon and Arnar Már Jónsson. The event is supported by 2 times winner of Britain's Strongest Man, Laurence Shahlaei, hosted by renowned Strongman MC, Les Wilson, and will be judged by 4 time world strongest man, Magnús Ver Magnússon.

RSM announces line up for Medical Innovations showcase

The Royal Society of Medicine has announced the final line-up for the 11th Medical Innovations Summit, to be held at the Society on Saturday 12 September. Star speaker will be 17-year old Sarah Sobka from Sheffield High School, who will be speaking about her award winning project aimed at helping people who suffer from cystic fibrosis. Sarah conducted her research while on a Nuffield Research Placement at the University of Sheffield Biomedical Sciences department.

Vivreau provides the ultimate Solution for microbial water pollution

Hospitals, as well as homes and businesses in the North West have been starkly reminded about the dangers of cryptosporidium in recent weeks with the latest outbreak meaning that everyone had to boil their water for more than 3 consecutive days. Although just an inconvenience for many, for the more vulnerable it meant a very nervous time.

Had hospitals, care homes and other businesses in the area had the new Brita Vivreau Hygiene Solution drinking water system installed, then the need to boil drinking water would have been eradicated, thanks to the sterile double membrane which filters to 0.45µm/0.2µm, thus blocking the 4.5µm cryptosporidium.


In partnership with Dementia UK (the charity that provides Admiral Nurses), and after listening to the needs of family carers of people with dementia, Tameside Hospital has appointed award winning Pam Kehoe as the first Admiral Nurse in an acute hospital in the North of England - and only the fourth Admiral Nurse working in the acute sector in the country.

Chairmelotte - adaptive fashion redefined


Chairmelotte Wheelchair Couture is a mail order firm offering exclusive, in-house designed,

specialised fashion for ladies and gents who live in a wheelchair.

The clothes are distinct from other brands thanks to a perfect fit tailored to the sitting position,

concealed adaptations and extras, and the use of high-quality, mostly natural fabrics with stretch.

While all this makes the garments practical to manage and comfortable to wear, they are first of all