Care home news
NHS England has committed to “rapid and sustained” action against the over-prescribing of psychotropic drugs for people with learning disabilities, after research found a high level of their inappropriate use, particularly in primary care settings.
A new community nurse role that works exclusively to support care home staff has been pioneered in Devon, with plans to roll it out to the wider region following its success.
High nurse turnover rates hitting care home sector Subscription
The extent of nurse retention problems in the independent care sector has been revealed by a major survey that has found average turnover rates are 27% this year.
Care home sector facing nurse recruitment crisisSubscription
Nurse recruitment in care homes has reached crisis point, with warnings that managers are struggling to compete with the NHS for staff amid a national workforce shortage.
Using GPS technology to keep track of patients with dementia allows them to be more independent while also reducing anxiety among relatives and carers, according to Norwegian researchers.
Roles represent a “significant” cost saving to sector, says Care England
A new tool to measure the quality of nutritional care provided to patients could give nurses extra clout when pushing for improvements, according to nursing experts who helped develop it.
Care home staff pay and training that “lags way behind” other workers must be tackled by lobbying the government for changes to the way provider organisations are funded, according to nurses at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference.
RCN members oppose covert filming in care homesSubscription
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to oppose the use of covert video and audio surveillance in care homes.
The UK could face a shortage of 60,000 nurses in 2020 if nothing is done to tackle staffing issues, warns a new analysis, which reveals that at least one leading nursing home provider is seeking to fill nursing job vacancies with trained-up care workers.