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Routes Healthcare awarded partnership

Last week Routes Healthcare were awarded another fantastic partnership with a large northern based supported housing organisation and have been granted primary supplier (first call) for the Greater Manchester and Lancashire areas supplying support workers for adults with learning disabilities in supported housing accommodation.

Director of Routes Healthcare, Andrew Healing, said "we are thrilled to have been chosen and will offer a strong and committed partnership".

Posted by: on July 9th, 2012 @ 10:45 AM


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.

To read the full story click here

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.


Reg Storey

Routes Healthcare Training Team.

Posted In : Training
Posted by: Reg Storey on December 2nd, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

Mental health: Pilots to help people find work launched

The government has launched four pilot schemes to help unemployed people with mental health problems find work.

The voluntary scheme will see some people on Employment and Support Allowance being offered employment support and psychiatric help.

The £2m pilots, all in England, will run for six months.

Ministers say they are not a precursor to forcing unemployed people with mental health problems to seek help in order to keep their benefits.

Last month, the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, said that mental health problems are costing the economy up to £100bn per annum.

Nearly half of ESA claimants (46%) have mental health problems.

The pilots are running in

  • Durham & Tees Valley
  • Shropshire/Telford
  • Sussex
  • Wolverhampton

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on October 7th, 2014 @ 08:40 AM
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