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Nerve cells 're-grown' in rats after spinal injury

US scientists say they have made progress in repairing spinal cord injuries in paralysed rats.

Rats regained some bladder control after surgery to transplant nerve cells into the spinal cord, combined with injections of a cocktail of chemicals.

The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, could raise hopes for one day treating paralysed patients.

But UK experts say it will take several years of research before human clinical trials can be considered.

Scientists have tried for decades to use transplants of nerve cells to restore function in paralysed animals by bridging the gap in the broken spinal cord.

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Posted by: on June 26th, 2013 @ 09:14 AM

Routes Healthcare Testimonial

".....Dear Routes,

I have worked with Sarah during a highly sensitive time at one our services.  I chose to work with Routes Healthcare due to the positive feedback we have received from a number of locations regarding the efficiency of how Sarah works but also around the quality of staff she supplies.  Sarah remains calm under pressure which is key in her role.  She is patient and understands the issues we face.  The feedback has been really positive regarding the one particular service she has been supporting us with and feedback is also that the staff are good and efficient.  She works quickly and effectively and it’s been a pleasure working together."

Kate, Resourcing Consultant

Posted by: on January 23rd, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

Councils in England 'pay too little for home care'

Most councils in England are paying less than the industry recommended minimum for personal home care, a BBC investigation suggests.

The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA), which represents providers, want them to be paid a minimum of £15.19 an hour, to cover wages, training and travel.

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Routes Healthcare are fortunate to work with authorities that recognise the value of quality of care.  The choices we make as an organisation allow us to fund training, appropriate allocation of time, support for staff, robust and regular client reviews and ultimately provide the tax payer with great value for money.  I have been stating for years that the sector requires additional funding and thankfully we are seeing a recognition of this.

It’s great news to see that value for money, quality of care and safeguarding our most vulnerable is being pushed towards the top of the agenda.  I look forward to seeing all authorities join the drive to increase quality through partnering with organisations such as Routes Healthcare to provision their care.

Posted by: Andrew Healing on February 4th, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Route Healthcare End of Life Partnership

End of Life Partnership Working

Routes Healthcare Blackpool and Routes Training Department are currently working with the “End of Life Lead and Facilitator” from Trinity Hospice in Blackpool, to set up future training for carers and branch staff.

The End of Life Care training will cover all aspect of supporting people towards the end of their life, with dignity and in a manner and place chosen by the individual.

We also have contact details for our other Routes Healthcare Branches with links to people in the Manchester and Bradford areas. This will be discussed with the branch managers prior to being cascaded to all carers.

At Routes we also have a fantastic internet resource with lots of information on supporting individuals with different aspects of spiritual requirements.


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Posted by: Reg Storey on February 27th, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Adult social care 'under pressure', report says

Adult social care in England is under increasing pressure and the government has "no idea" how long the system can cope, according to an official inquiry.

The National Audit Office also raised doubts over whether an overhaul of care services, which begins in 2015, will be as successful as ministers hope.

A lack of time and information could leave councils struggling to improve services, the report added.

Ministers say they are giving councils £1.1 billion to protect such services.

The NAO found that while demand for adult social care was increasing, spending by local authorities fell by 8% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2012-13.

Some of this was achieved by delivering care more efficiently, but researchers also found evidence that councils paid providers less, putting financial pressures on some companies who complained of being able to deliver only basic care.

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Posted by: on March 13th, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

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