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Managing Fire Safety in Care Homes Seminar
March 2018 | Managing Fire Safety in Care Homes Seminar
Following the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower Sir David Behan Care Quality Commission Chief Executive urged members to review its fire safety processes to ensure consistency with legal responsibilities under both the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 ('The Order') 
This FPA seminar is intended to address fire safety management guidance for premises with staff providing 24-hour care for residents; Business owners, caretakers and facilities managers alike are just some of the job roles who will benefit from attending this unique event. 
'The Fire Protection Association (FPA) is the UK's leading fire safety organisation, our aim is to identify and prevent the dangers of fire and minimise the risk for potential loss.' 
The morning sessions commence with a case study of a fatal fire that occurred at Gibson Court in 2011, given by Nigel Gray, Surrey Fire & Rescue Service; legal requirements will be discussed by the FPA's Howard Passey, followed by Ged Devereux, Public Health Practitioner at the NFCC, outlining the person-centred approach to managing fire safety. The afternoon will kick off with Undertaking Your Fire Risk Assessment, the importance of staff training, and advice on creating your evacuation strategy. In conclusion the seminar will provide the opportunity for delegates to ask their own questions to our expert speakers. 
Join us at 99 City Road Conference Centre, London for this educational and thought-provoking event offering significant learning outcomes delegates can implement in the workplace. 
Further information and booking can be found on our website. 
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Quartz partner with leading Nurse Call provider to deliver new build hospital
March 2018 | Quartz partner with leading Nurse Call provider to deliver new build hospital
QUARTZ Electrical and Mechanical Services Limited provide electrical and mechanical services to industrial, commercial and residential customers throughout the UK, which frequently involves the design and build of large scale hospital projects for the public and private sector.  
In 2016 the company was commissioned by Tolent Construction Limited to facilitate the design and build of a new hospital in Teesside, which joins their client's network of 36 private hospitals across the UK.  
The brief for Tees Valley Hospital included a 19-bed patient ward, three medical theatre's, x-ray and endoscopy departments, and two stage recovery areas, with medical gas services where required. 
The project required Quartz to design, install and test all of the mechanical and electrical services within the hospital to ensure they comply with Healthcare Technical Memorandum (HTM) guidelines, as well as the client's specific requirements. This included the supply and installation of a Nurse Call system, for which Quartz released a tender.  
Nurse Call 
Gavin Kendall, Electrical Operations Director for Quartz, said: 'After receiving quotations from a number of leading Nurse Call providers we decided to move forward with Aid Call. The wireless offer and the adaptability of the system were, in my opinion, the best solution for the project.' 
Aid Call's Touchsafe Pro system does not rely on cables or stationary wiring points, making it infinitely expandable and allowing for complete flexibility and mobility. The wireless configuration allows the system to adapt to the ever changing priorities and demands of the healthcare sector, which is reassuring at a time of increased pressure on resources and environments. 
Gavin commented: 'After sending our enquiry to Aid Call, Quartz liaised with their Senior Business Development Manager, Stuart Barclay, to discuss the requirements of the system and its operation. From this initial stage, we felt comfortable that the proposal put forward by their team was the best solution for the project. 
'We received good support from Aid Call during the design process, and this enabled us to produce complete comprehensive layout drawings and literature to present to our client. The offer of the Nurse Call system was then agreed and approved by the client.' 
Aid Call and Quartz Mechanical and Electrical Services Limited began working in partnership on the installation of the Nurse Call system at Tees Valley Hospital in July 2017. 
Gavin explained: 'Aid Call was quick to assist with all our requests throughout the installation process at the Teesside site. We carried out first and second fix, testing and commissioning works together, all of which were completed within the required timescales to allow us to meet the project completion date.' 
Gavin added: 'Aid Call also assisted later in the project, as the client required additional items to be added to the Nurse Call system. The adaptability of the wireless system provided by Aid Call really proved its value at this point.'  
Additional panels, call points and assistive devices can be added to Aid Call's Touchsafe Pro system at any time during installation, and once the system is operational. The Nurse Call provider offers an extensive range of assistive technology such as fall detectors which facilitate individual patient requirements. 
Senior Business Development Manager for Aid Call, Stuart Barclay, said: 'Working with a design team and contractor is great for us, as we can plan from the drawing stage. However once the system becomes operational, sometimes clients like to add an additional panel or audio visual lights. 
'After the installation at Tees Valley Hospital, the client requested an emergency paging system for all the wards to attend emergency calls, as well as a remote call point which could be attached to a mobile MRI unit which visits the hospital on a weekly basis. 
'Installing our Touchsafe Pro system at Tees Valley Hospital was a brilliant project that allowed Aid Call to work in partnership with Quartz to deliver a quality building.' 
Tees Valley Hospital was completed in December 2017, and opened to its first patients in February 2018.
New care home to create more than 100 jobs in Dorset
March 2018 | New care home to create more than 100 jobs in Dorset
MORE than 100 jobs will be created when a new care home opens in Dorset. 
Construction work is now underway on Colten Care's Bourne View in Poole with the art deco-style home due to open in the autumn. 
Speaking at a topping out ceremony, Councillor Lindsay Wilson, Mayor of Poole, described plans for the multi-million pound home as 'very impressive'. 
Bourne View is Colten Care's 12th home in Dorset. Currently the family owned company, which is based in Ringwood, has 20 facilities across Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire. 
The new site will offer residential and nursing care with 68 bedrooms, all en suite. 
Poole Mayor Councillor Lindsay Wilson (right) is pictured carrying out the traditional ceremony watched by Colten Care directors and senior staff including Mark Aitchison, chief executive (holding spade); founder and co-chairman John Cowell (third right) and co-chairman Rick Otten (second left).
Planning approved on former Council care home
March 2018 | Planning approved on former Council care home
A DESIGN-led residential care home has received planning consent from York City Council on the site of a former council facility. 
York based architecture and building surveying practice wrdunn. and planning consultants O'Neill Associates have been working on the Fordlands Road scheme on behalf of client, Octopus Healthcare Developments.  
Located in the Fulford area of the city, the modern residential care home for the elderly received unanimous approval from York planning committee. 
Situated on a brownfield site, the former local authority care home has been closed for five years with the building no longer fit for purpose.
Virtual reality used to reduce the risk of fall
March 2018 | Virtual reality used to reduce the risk of fall
VIRTUAL reality equipment has enabled three Macclesfield locals to graduate from a specialist falls prevention course with flying colours. 
The trio of Experience Day clients from the Belong care village in Macclesfield are the first cohort to complete a 12-session falls prevention course, aimed at reducing the risk of falls for older people. 
Using state-of-the-art Silverfit virtual reality exercise equipment, the course involves cognitive games aimed at challenging balance, coordination and strength and takes place in Belong Macclefield's exercise studio, where a fitness instructor uses the machinery's data to develop personalised exercise programmes to enhance the wellbeing of each participant.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
March 2018 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
March 2018 | 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
March 2018 | 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
March 2018 | 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.
March 2018 | 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.
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11/04/2018 | The Manchester Cleaning Show, EventCity
12/04/2018 | Caring UK Conferences 2018 - Bournemouth, Bournemouth Football Club
25/04/2018 | The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo 2018, The NEC Birmingham
25/04/2018 | Naidex 2018, The NEC Birmingham
22/05/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Staffordshire, Keele University