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Silver For Beaucare - Celebrating 25 Years in Medical Supplies
Silver For Beaucare - Celebrating 25 Years in Medical Supplies
Harrogate, 23rd August 2017. What seemingly started off in a ramshackle garage in Harrogate, is now a Multi-Million Pound, award winning Medical and Health Care Supply Company. Beaucare Medical Ltd celebrates 25 years this month. 
From humble beginnings, Beaucare started business in a small garage in Harrogate, providing Incontinence Products. The demand for innovation and other products meant a move to bigger premises on Hornbeam Business Park in Harrogate. Over the years, a number of specialty brands have been created including Probed®, Atmo®, Beaulift®, Furniture4Care™, Beauwash™ and Aquabathe™. Beaucare has also led innovation with their range of Puree Food Molds, which have featured on ITV Central News.  
The team has grown from a 1 man band, up to over 60 employees, a 25000sqft warehouse in Harrogate and a national Service Team who work across the UK, providing LOLER Testing, equipment repairs and installations.  
Beaucare Medical Ltd expanded into other areas creating Beaucare Hygiene- a Janitorial Business and Change Mobility, a retail Shop in Harrogate, providing mobility and living aids direct to the customer. With over 40 years of clinical nursing experience, the staff at Change Mobility offer free home assessments to customers.  
Beaucare is extremely grateful to its loyal customer base and the support received over the years. Our focus is to maintain and develop strong customer relationships as our company continues to move forward. Committed to care, Beaucare follows the philosophy of making clients their top priority by supplying high-quality products at a reasonable price, as well as providing a premier standard of service. 
Beaucare Medical Ltd was established in 1992 and provides a range of medical consumables and equipment. Find out more at www.beaucare.com www.beaucarehygiene.co.uk www.changemobility.com

Residents vote for top dog at care home canine competition
Residents vote for top dog at care home canine competition
RESIDENTS at Three Elms, the Minster Care run residential home in Warrington, made some new furry friends as they invited local dogs and owners to take part in a dog show.  
Breeds lining up for the prestigious title of 'Best in Show' included, amongst others, a Chihuahua, a Jack Russell Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier. 
On the day of the competition, as well as giving their thoughts on the top dog, residents helped groom the animals before the judging process, fed them treats and even taught them new tricks with the help of their owners. 
Bruno, a Bedlington Terrier Lurcher Cross, was crowned top dog by judge Margaret Birchall, a long time friend of Three Elms and volunteer with animal charity Pets as Therapy.  
Margaret Birchall and Maureen Wheeler take a closer look at a Yorkshire Terrier while Three Elms residents look on.

Care home welcomes Saints' rugby league star
Care home welcomes Saints' rugby league star
ST HELENS rugby league star Danny Richardson was guest of honour at Eccleston Court Care Home's Saints-themed tea party. 
He joined residents, relatives and staff - many of whom are huge Saints fans - for an afternoon of tea and cakes, rugby reminiscence and health and wellbeing activities. 
Eccleston Court Care Home is part of award-winning Community Integrated Care. Earlier this year social care charity and rugby league club formed a new partnership, which has seen the people they support enjoy weekly accessible sports sessions, VIP match days and visits from Danny Richardson who is sponsored by the provider.

Immigration skills charge will impact health care funding for many years
Immigration skills charge will impact health care funding for many years
ON April 6 a new immigration skills charge came into force which is taking 'desperately needed money' from the health service for years to come due to the service's continuing reliance on foreign staff. 
The government introduced the skills charge to incentivise the recruitment and training of British workers.  
The immigration skills charge will apply to health care employers that employ non-EEA migrants in the care sector, under a Certificate of Sponsorship for a Tier 2 visa. Employers will have to pay a £1,000 annual charge for skilled workers who are applying for a Tier 2 visa outside the UK, inside the UK to switch to Tier 2 from another visa or inside the UK to extend an existing Tier 2 visa.  
As such, sponsoring a migrant under Tier 2 for three years will attract an additional £3,000.  
Smaller businesses and charities will pay a reduced charge of £364 per employee a year.  
The charge is on top of the fees already in place, which include home office fees for the Tier 2 and the certificate of sponsorship. These home office fees do not include fees for dependants, which would substantially increase costs.  
Following the acute shortage of care workers coupled with an aging population, the UK care industry continues to rely heavily on skilled migrant workers from outside of the EEA.  
Many care homes sponsor skilled migrant workers as it saves the time and cost of training unskilled resident workers.  
However, with the introduction of the immigration skills charge care providers may have to reconsider their approach. It is clear that this will have a significant financial impact on the care industry, and particularly on smaller care providers.  
A major criticism of the introduction of the immigration skills charge is that the existing resident labour market test already ensures that there are no suitable resident workers.  
It is clear that by introducing the immigration skills charge the government is intentionally seeking to out-price a growing number of health care employers from the migrant labour market, limiting their recruitment options.  
The increase in the National Living Wage on April 1 2017 has already place the care industry under significant financial strain. Leading providers of care in the UK raised concerns at this point about the impact the increase may have, and estimated it will 'cost care homes an extra £1bn by 2020'.  
There are serious concerns that without extra funding the sector will be at risk of collapse. Under the circumstances, the introduction of the immigration skills charge will undoubtedly place the sector under further strain. 
It is important to nurture a more competitive, upskilled domestic labour market, as it is critical for the future economic sustainability and success of the UK.  
However, the commercial reality remains that health care employers need to hire workers with the appropriate skills and at a commercially viable cost level. 
Some health care employers faced with mounting costs of migrant sponsorship are reviewing their recruitment strategies, including exploring alternative immigration options. 
n Kashif Majeed is a director at Aston Brooke Solicitors.

Compliance is easy with Required Systems From only £49.00 per month.
Compliance is easy with Required Systems From only £49.00 per month.
Required Systems has been providing Quality Management Systems and Audit tools for the Care Sector in England, Scotland and Wales for twenty years. 
Over that time there have been many changes to the legislation and the introduction of computers and software to manage the ever increasing requirements to record the implementation of care and delivery of medication. 
The choice in the market continues to grow with ever more comprehensive systems being offered that purport to do everything from Rotas, Salaries, Time Sheets etc. in effect offering a very broad spectrum.  
It is often the case that Care Providers only cherry pic parts of the system through time constraints and available trained staff to implement the numerous elements. 
The two key areas that CQC consistently find that Care Providers do not achieve compliance are the failure to keep comprehensive and accurate Records and the ability to demonstrate through Audit Tools that they do so and Drug Administration. 
At Required Systems, our new cloud based Document Management System provides a comprehensive set of Policies, Procedures and Forms. These are available for Care Homes and Domiciliary providers with English and Scottish versions. 
These can be used on tablets, I pads, desk tops and mobile phones. You can print off copies, amended, personalised and are automatically updated with the previous version archived and easily accessible when needed 
The New Document Management System also allows you to choose any one of the five Kloes and it immediately lists the policies/procedures you need to show an Inspector that you are compliant, supported with our Audit Tools you can demonstrate that you have adopted the system and are making full use of it. 
Our New Document Management System as it is Cloud based and can be used in conjunction with your existing system that does not have an up to date system to accurately record and provide an Audit trail of Quality Care. 
There is a demo video of the system at: documents.requiredsystems.com and you can open the system, view the content and functionality for FREE. 
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