Apex Health + Social Care and B.R.I.C open day set for Thursday 10th Oct

join Apex HSC and B.R.I.C for a special health and well-being open day on Thursday October 10th, 10am – 4pm

Apex Health + Social Care in association with B.R.I.C (Biddulph Resource and Information Centre) are pleased to announce they will be hosting an open day to promote health and well being , and care services in the area.

The open day will take place on Thursday 10th October, 10am until 4pm at B.R.I.C, 85 St Johns Road Biddulph, ST8 6LL. (View map)

Managing Director of Apex Health + Social Care Darren Scholes says of the event:

“The upcoming open day at B.R.I.C provides a fantastic opportunity for people who currently may not have access to information on health care services to come along and find out what is available in the local community.

“Apex will also be offering local residents exciting opportunities to start a rewarding career in the health and social care industry.

“Hopefully the event will be the first step to a healthier, happier and wealthier Biddulph.”

 Apex Health + Social Care is the North’s leading independent provider of health and social care services. The B.R.I.C open day comes as part of series of events supporting the local community including the recent attendance of Steven Arnold at Biddulph Family Fun Day.

For more information, check the Apex HSC Facebook page for up-to-date news: www.facebook.com/ApexHSC

New patient charter backed by MPs

New guidelines could change the way end of life care is administered to patients with terminal illnesses.

Thanks to a re-evaluation of the patient charter constitution by the Liberal Democrats, patients placed in same sex wards could be eligible to sue  the NHS. Also in the plans to shake up how patients rights are protected, families of patients are to be consulted before medical staff place them on the Liverpool Care Pathway.

The Liverpool Care Pathway
The LCP is a care plan which was created to enable end of life care to be administered with a greater amount of dignity and comfort for patients. Due to the sensitive nature of any care plan that deals with the structured or manageable death of a patient, the  Liverpool Care Pathway has been met with some dissent by the media after a number of isolated cases where the LCP was administered under non-ideal circumstances.

The LCP was developed during the late 1990s at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, in conjunction with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute.The goal of the LCP is to ensure a death is as dignified and as peaceful as possible.

The LCP was introduced to reduce issues arising such as:

  • patients being subjected to invasive testing and treatment that offered no chance of preventing death
  • causing unnecessary pain and suffering by needlessly prolonging life
New guidelines in proposed Patient’s Charter
The following list notes the proposed new guidelines as presented by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Respect for staff – or no treatment

You should treat NHS staff and other patients with respect and recognise that violence, causing a nuisance or disturbance on NHS premises could result in prosecution and that abusive or violent behaviour could result in you being refused access to the NHS.

Prompt apology if things go wrong

To ensure that if you are harmed while receiving healthcare you receive an appropriate explanation and apology, delivered with sensitivity and recognition of the trauma you have experienced, and know that where mistakes have been made, lessons will be learned to help avoid a similar incident occurring again, and to ensure that the organisation learns lessons from complaints and uses these to improve NHS services.

Decisions on end-of-life care

You have the right, to be involved fully in all discussions and decisions about your healthcare, including in your end of life care, and to be given information to enable you to do this. Where appropriate this right includes your family and carers.

Single sex wards

If you are admitted to hospital, you will not have to share sleeping accommodation with patients of the opposite sex, in line with details set out in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution.

For more information about the Liverpool Care Pathway, visit: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/11November/Pages/What-is-the-Liverpool-Care-Pathway.aspx

Police trained in care homes to help understand neurological conditions

Police are being trained to better understand the effects of Alzheimer’s.

After coming under fire for stunning a man suffering from Alzheimer’s with a tazer on his farm earlier in the year, The UK Police Force are looking for ways to diversify training in order to help recruits understand neurological conditions better.

Sarah Moody, locality manager for the Alzheimer’s Society said at the time:

“People with dementia can sometimes exhibit extreme agitation which can be difficult to understand and cope with for those who encounter it.”

“This unfortunate incident illustrates a lack of understanding in society of dementia and the best way to support and help people who are affected by this devastating condition.

Thames Valley police have entered a pilot scheme that will see them taking training sessions at Bluebird Care Home in Milton Keynes to help build a better understanding of how to deal with people who suffer from neaurological conditions and mental health issues.

Martin Elliott, community manager for Thames Valley Police said:

“Dealing with people with dementia and other neurological conditions is specialised.”

“We invest a great deal of time within our training programmes attempting to give our officers awareness of many of these issues. I am grateful to PJ Care for their investment and time in assisting with the placement programme, which practically allows our new police officers to acquire skills in dealing with people with some of these difficulties.”

“This knowledge and experience can only be of benefit to these officers, the police service and the wider community of Milton Keynes.”

Working with clients and patients with neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia can be challenging but is also incredibly rewarding too. Apex Health + Social Care have a number of positions available for experienced carers and mental health nurses. For more information on how to apply, please contact recruitment@apexhsc.co.uk

Original story via Carehome.co.uk: http://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1558042/pj-care-home-helps-trainee-police-officers-to-acquire-knowledge-in-dealing-with-people-with-neurological-difficulties