Nursing continues to produce courageous whistleblowers, such as Terry Bryan, who helped expose the Winterbourne View scandal and Helene Donnelly, who tried to sound the alarm about care standards at Stafford hospital. But the most famous was, and remains, Graham Pink.
It was in 1990 that Pink – "Mr Pink" to friend and foe alike – touched a national nerve with his principled stand over staffing levels on the elderly care wards where he worked at Stepping Hill hospital, Stockport. His letters to everyone from his immediate managers to the prime minister, setting out in meticulous detail the harsh realities of life on the wards, made compelling, if deeply uncomfortable, reading.
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I was born in Stepping Hill hospital, the original one on the A6 in Stockport. The twin of a brother with a learning disability, my mother was advised to leave my twin at the hospital, forget he existed and take me home as he would be too hard to look after. I shudder to think what would have become of him had he been left there in 1966. He would probably have spent his whole life living in an institution.
My mother ignored their advice and brought us both home!
Suffice to say we are both thriving and able to tell the tale, this is part of the reason I am passionate about the provision of care and ensure that I always promote best practice and have no qualms about reporting poor practice.
Things change when people speak out and we are dealing with people’s lives at the end of the day.
I am proud to say that Routes Healthcare has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any kind of abuse and I share their ethical stance.
I believe that abusers are in the minority and often don’t realize that what they are doing is abuse. We train people to heighten their awareness and provide avenues for them to report poor practice, please use them if you witness abuse.
Routes Healthcare Training Team.
Hot off the press!
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Partnership working.
Starting in December Routes Healthcare in Blackpool, (Providers of Health, Social and Childcare Professionals), will be working alongside Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service(LFRS) to ensure our staff are even better trained in fire safety awareness and also protect our clients, especially the most vulnerable.
Routes Healthcare will send each client a letter inviting them to have a free Home Fire Safety Check conducted by the LFRS. On completion of a fire safety check, the LFRS, will feed back to Routes Healthcare any recommendations they have, to be included in the Routes Healthcare care plans.
Special consideration will be made for clients with mobility or cognitive difficulties and specialist equipment such as smoke alarms and fire retardant bedding may be supplied free of charge for those at risk.
Routes staff will be trained by our own training team and assessed and certificated by LFRS. It is a great opportunity for us to do some partnership working and we are considering rolling it out to all branches once we have liaised with the relevant managers and fire services.
Fire risk is generally not high on our agenda, until there is an incident often with devastating consequences.
We want all our staff and clients to be fire safe. Winter is a high risk time because people are using heaters and fires, soon the boughs will be decked with holly and other decorations, presenting an increased risk for us all.
Please be fire aware, have a warm and safe winter!
Routes Healthcare Training Team
The use of zero-hours contracts in the UK economy has been underestimated, oversimplified and unfairly demonised, with the positive experience of the majority of people employed on them being overlooked, according to new research from the CIPD. A survey of more than 2,500 workers has found that zero-hours workers are just as satisfied with their job as the average UK employee, and more likely to be happy with their work-life balance than other workers.
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You or the person you are looking after may be entitled to certain payments and grants to help with fuel bills or making your home warmer and more energy efficient. There are also simple things you can do to save energy and reduce your bills.
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Patients, carers and relatives should be able to raise concerns over NHS care 24 hours a day, suggests Health Ombudsman Julie Mellor.
In this week's Scrubbing Up - she explains how she hopes the Clwyd-Hart Review of hospital complaints will help tackle the "toxic cocktail" of reluctance by patients to complain and defensiveness of NHS organisations when addressing complaints and concerns.
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