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Speakers revealed for regional conferences
August 2014 | Speakers revealed for regional conferences
THE stellar line-up of speakers has been revealed for Caring UK's annual regional conferences. 
This year's events, which have been sponsored by NatWest, have the title Elderly Care: Positive Choices, and, following the recent successful events in Weston-super-Mare and Torquay, they move north to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley and Leeds United FC's Elland Road stadium on September 9 and 10 respectively. 
Speakers confirmed include Martin Green from Care England, Sheila Scott from the NCA and Ben Atkinson-Willes, product designer and founder of Active Minds. 
They will be joined by Guy Smallman from Coventry University and representatives from the CQC, Skills for Care and sponsor NatWest. Further names will be added in due course. 
Neil Garton, head of healthcare for NatWest, said: 'NatWest are delighted to sponsor the 2014 Caring UK conference series. Care homes are a key part of the bank's focus within the healthcare sector. 
'Our dedicated healthcare relationship managers are externally accredited by the chartered banker and concentrate solely on the sector. This means that they are experienced in the sector and can understand and deal with the opportunities and challenges that owners face on a day to day basis. 
'We set out to understand the ambitions of the care home operators, whether that be to improve performance, extend their home or for example grow their business by acquiring additional homes.  
'We then look to offer business expertise towards achieving those ambitions.' 
Running alongside all of the conferences will be an extensive exhibition, which will showcase all the latest products and technology for your care home. 
'Our first two conferences were a massive hit,' said group production editor Dominic Musgrave, who will chair the events. 'Since we started taking our events across the country they have gone from strength to strength, as can be shown by the calibre of speakers we have attracted for these conferences. 
'I am sure these events will be as successful as those that have gone before, and would urge any care home operators in the area to attend to listen to these distinguished speakers.'
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Finding the right people for your business is no easy task
August 2014 | Finding the right people for your business is no easy task
ATTRACT the right people to work in your business and you can increase profits and grow your business. However, it's not always easy and one of the most overlooked aspects of recruiting high performers is retention and the acknowledgement that recruitment is only one piece of the jigsaw. 
Adopting a clear five stage process to your recruitment strategy is recommended.  
Focus should be on attracting and recruiting individuals whilst nurturing and guiding them through their careers with you. 
 
1. Find 
The job market is fierce and finding a genuine high performer for your business requires sustained effort, tenacity and patience. It's crucial you find the right recruitment partner for your organisation to significantly expand the size of your prospective candidate pool.  
 
2. Attract 
Develop a reputation for being a good employer. A workplace where people choose to work, feel a sense of personal achievement, satisfaction, individual purpose and security will attract high calibre employees to it. Be clear about your vision, the challenges the new employee needs to meet and how they can be successful in your organisation. 
 
3. Recruit 
Once you have attracted the high performers you have to fully assess their suitability for your organisation, however, this process should be two way. Remember, you are being assessed as a suitable employer as much as you are assessing the candidate's ability to do the job well.  
 
4. On board 
The first 3-6 months of a candidates' employment are crucial to ensuring your employee is happy, engaged and productive in your business. Having a structured on boarding programme can lead to your new employee assimilating quickly and doing the job at the expected level in a timely fashion. 
 
5.Retain 
Ask yourself the question 'why would a talented person want to work here?' Ensure you have a formula in place to make your organisation more attractive to talented people. Providing your employees with exciting work, growth, development, wealth and reward are some points to consider. 
 
Andrew Dean, care director at Prospect Health, is a leading expert in recruitment services for the sector.
Gloria visits Isleworth care home
August 2014 | Gloria visits Isleworth care home
GLORIA Hunniford, ambassador of National Care Home Open Day, visited Barchester's Atfield House in Isleworth to get the day's celebrations in full swing. 
Gloria signed the visitors' book before heading to the World Cup themed lounge where a football quiz was underway. 
As part of National Care Home Open Day, care homes around the country took part in a Mexican care wave. As the BBQ was lit and everyone headed out to enjoy the summer sunshine, Gloria kicked off the garden party with a care wave.
Hyndburn care home welcomes Mayor
August 2014 | Hyndburn care home welcomes Mayor
AMORE Care's Addison Court care home welcomed the Mayor of Hyndburn, Judith Addison to join in with a 'Dementia Friends' session. 
During her visit the Mayor viewed the new Namaste care room, a worldwide programme that provides compassionate, holistic and person centred care.  
She took the opportunity to chat with residents and was presented with flowers by Alice Wallwork, a resident who was previously Mayoress of Accrington when husband Wilf was Mayor.
Employees give up their time to help local community
August 2014 | Employees give up their time to help local community
A NUMBER of employees from large corporate companies give up a day in the office to give their time to helping in the local community. 
Brunelcare had over 80 volunteers overall from both Lloyds Banking Group and Pricewaterhouse Coopers to help out with various projects, from boat trips in the sun to gardening and shed painting. 
Robinson House in Stockwood, Bristol welcomed 30 volunteers from PwC to help give the care home garden a makeover. The residents enjoyed watching and in some cases joining in, followed by a fish and chip and wine lunch in the garden. 
Glastonbury Care Home also welcomed 15 volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group to help with a garden makeover. 
Lloyds also hosted two day trips for clients from the operator's day centres in Bristol, Clevedon and Portishead that help and support those living with dementia and their carers and families. Twelve volunteers took a group to the Brean Down tropical bird garden, with a further 24 taking over 50 clients and relatives on a boat trip around Bristol. 
Lloyds Banking Group volunteers are pictured with the day centre clients before boarding the boats
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
August 2014 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
August 2014 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
August 2014 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
August 2014 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
August 2014 | Karim adds Valley Lodge to his portfolio
HEALTHCARE operator Karim Rajan has completed the acquisition of Valley Lodge care home in Chandlers Ford thanks to loan facilities from The Royal Bank of Scotland 
He plans to increase the facilities at the 30-bed specialist dementia facility by extending the existing property as well as undertaking a full refurbishment which will provide a better living environment for its current residents.  
The work on the extension, which will take the registration up to 43, is expected to commence in September and will be carried out sensitively to ensure there is as little disruption as possible. 
Other homes in Karim's portfolio include Grasmere Nursing Home in Worthing, West Sussex and Shangria-la Care Home in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.
Current & Upcoming Events
09/09/2014 | Care Providers Conference - Elderly Care&Positive Choices in conjunction with West Midland Care Association, Black Country Living Museum
10/09/2014 | Care Providers Conference -Elderly Care/Positive Choices, Leeds United Football Club