Apex HSC Recruiting in Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands

The Apex Health & Social Care Recruitment team are out in Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands this week on the search for qualified nurseshealthcare assistantscare workers and personal assistants.

Apex HSC carers and healthcare professionals are some of the best in the industry, maintaining an exemplary standard of care for clients and care users, as well as ensuring all of our staff are trained to highest standard.

Please call our dedicated recruitment team on 0844 334 0805 to find out the specific times and locations of our visit to Leek and to make an appointment to see an Apex HSC employment advisor.

We are passionate about care, but we are also committed to providing our staff with the best support, training and tools to carry out their roles to the best of their abilities.

If you think you would like to join our committed team in the North West but are not based in the Leek area, call 0844 334 0805 to find out more about our current vacancies.

Lancashire carers lead the way in ongoing wound care

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has aimed to improve patient care with a new Wound Healing Assessment and Monitoring (WHAM) tool.

The tool promotes regular evaluation and regulated practice when it comes to wound care in a community setting and makes it easier to quickly evaluate the stages of healing and the care that is required by the patient.

Janine Shepherd, clinical lead for the tissue viability service at the Trust said of the tool: “I’m so pleased that implementation of the WHAM tool has been successful and it’s great that we are setting an example to other clinicians outside of the organisation.

“Our main aim was to collect useful and accurate information such as healing rates to support judgement and ensure consistent care is being delivered across the board.

“Documentation is really important in nursing practice and can help clinicians to identify trends and monitor outcomes whilst ensuring continuity of care for our service users.”

Implementation of the WHAM tool has improved record-keeping and enabled clinicians to measure and monitor wound healing rates within their teams across the region. helping care users and patients better chance of gaining quicker recovery times and dealing with less chances of infection.

The project was implemented in a staged approach across clinical settings which ensured consistently high standards for patients and enables people to receive care from different locations.

Marnie Nixon, assistant practitioner at Lancashire Care said: “Each element of the WHAM tool has been developed with our service users in mind as this is ultimately about improving their quality of life and treatment.”

The quality of life of patients and care users is of utmost importance to the NHS and to Apex HSC and we welcome the usage of such tools to enable better care to be given to patients with more positive outcomes and greater synchronicity between care givers, care professionals and GPs and nurses.

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Can a stressful life lead to Alzheimer’s in later life?

According to recent reports in several UK newspapers, Alzheimer’s Disease could be causes, along with other genetic and circumstantial factors, by a stressful life.

The definition given in these articles of a more stressful life is one underpinned by a high-stress occupation.

The idea that stress may have a lasting effect on people was explored in a paper written and researched by a Swedish PhD student, in which mice were tested for levels of a stress hormone.

These stress hormones, which are elevated in the brain when a person is harassed, inhibit brain activity. Prolonged exposure to these hormones may lead to the development of Alzheimer’s.

Some research has already highlighted a possible link between chronic stress, cognitive decline and the development of Alzheimer’s, and further study in people is needed to fully investigate these links. 

Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“If we can better understand the risk factors for Alzheimer’s we can also empower people to make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk.

‘Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, affecting half a million people in the UK, and we urgently need new treatments that could stop the disease in its tracks.

‘Although we can’t say from these findings that chronic stress causes Alzheimer’s, there are a number of other health reasons for taking steps to manage our stress levels,’ she said. 

‘Research to understand the causes of the disease could identify targets for future treatment development, and we must invest in research to make a real difference to people’s lives.’

 

For more information on these findings, visit: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130314085049.htm

Apex Health + Social Care are dedicated to providing tailored support for care users and their families. If you would like more information or an info pack, please call 0845 600 3041.

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Dignity in care

Dignity in care is one of the most important aspects of care a nursing professional will ever become experienced in. Care users and their loved ones often look to their carers as a unique supporting member of their family.

Providing complete care for vulnerable people requires a responsible and conscientious mindset. Caring for an individual not only takes into account their physical health, but their mental well-being and morale too.

There are countless studies on the benefits good morale has on recovery and health. Aside from this, dignity in care should be a priority for all care professionals as it ensures all patients are treated with respect.

Student editor of the Nursing Times Mikey Whitehead wrote a poignant piece on dignity in care last month, and it poses the question: do all patients get treated with the same level of emotional care?

Here is an excerpt from his piece.

“…there have been times where it was just “assumed” that patients who have sustained certain injuries (particularly head injuries, such as stroke) were unaware of what was being said around them. Sometimes this is the case, but often I would wager that patients such as these are aware of what’s going on more than we give them credit for.

It is especially tough to do the right thing if it means speaking out against qualified staff.

 

In my first year of nursing as a HCA I was looking after an older patient in the final stages of her life. I held her hand while I watched her life slowly slipping away from her. It was a serene and quiet moment, it was very sacred in it’s nature and I was finding it quite difficult to deal with, but I was determined to get it right. Then all of a sudden, a young nurse burst in through the curtains and enquired quite loudly, “Is she dead yet?”

 

Through my experience, I believe that might have been the very last thing she heard.”

 

From this personal anecdote it is clear to see how important personal relationships are with patients and care users, no matter the situation.

Apex HSC nursing staff and care assistants are fully trained professionals experienced in providing the highest quality bedside and medical care.

For more information on providing the best care for you or a loved one, please call us on 0845 600 3041

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