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Vitamins ‘effective in treating ADHD symptoms’

Vitamins and minerals could be useful for treating ADHD, research suggests.

Adults with ADHD given supplements for eight weeks had a "modest" improvement in concentration span, hyperactivity, and other symptoms, a small-scale study found.

A wide range of nutrients, including vitamin D, iron and calcium, may improve brain functioning, said psychologists in New Zealand.

Another study found medication reduced road accidents in men with ADHD.

As many as one in 20 adults has ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), marked by symptoms such as lack of attention, concentration difficulties and impulsiveness.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on January 30th, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

Routes Healthcare External Training

Routes Training provides interactive and effective external training.  All our training courses are delivered by experienced qualified trainers from various health and social care backgrounds.

We have a large portfolio of courses available that can be delivered at your work place, or from one of our fullly equipped training rooms.

Click here to read more about Routes Healthcare External Training

 

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Posted by: Abby Hough on February 3rd, 2014 @ 10:42 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.

To read the full article click here.

 

ANDREW HEALING - ROUTES HEALTHCARE 

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

Congratulations Routes Healthcare Rochdale on your recent CQC inspection!

Routes Healthcare (Rochdale) received a superb report from their recent inspection carried out by the CQC. 

Lisa Livsey, Branch Manager at Routes Rochdale says:

"I am delighted to receive a fantastic draft report further to our recent CQC inspection.  Using the new model of auditing the experience was certainly very different to prior inspections but nevertheless very helpful in providing feedback on our service.  I am really proud of the comments made by clients and service users, my team always strives to put the needs of clients  first and this is borne out by the comments.  Excellence in all we do and acting in the best interests of our clients are and will continue to be the basis of what we do, the end result being an excellent audit. Well done to all the team in Rochdale and keep up the great work."

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Posted by: on February 6th, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

Children with cancer 'denied drugs because of EU rules'

EU rules must be changed to allow more testing of potentially life-saving cancer drugs on children, say experts.

The UK's Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) says the current system acts as a disincentive to drug companies who can seek waivers to avoid doing the trials.

Of 28 new cancer drugs approved in the EU for adults since 2007, 26 could potentially work in children, but 14 have been exempted from child testing.

The ICR wants these "class waivers" to be scrapped.

Posted by: on February 11st, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

Wow I had to write a blog when I saw this clip today – It’s absolutely fantastic!

The British Heart Foundation have already done such an amazing job promoting hands only CPR now they have taken it a step further with the introduction of a Lego Advert.

Did you know that over 40 people have been saved with the help of the Vinnie Jones Advert: Hands Only CPR - what an amazing outcome from such a simple concept.

Every First Aid  Course we deliver at Routes Healthcare, delegates are singing "Staying alive" before the manikin is taken out of the bag!

At Routes Healthcare every member of staff attends a one day accredited First Aid Course to give them the confidence to deal with an emergency situation. We also have places available for external candidates for more information please email: Training@routeshealthcare.com.

Please take the time to look at this great advert if you have not already:

Thanks 

Abby

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Abby Hough on February 13th, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Gene tests for prostate cancer may be possible

“Scientists have isolated a set of 13 gene defects that can be used to identify men who are most at risk of developing life-threatening prostate cancer," The Independent reports.

Arguably the biggest challenge in treating prostate cancer is it’s unpredictably. In many men it is slow growing and causes no or very few symptoms. In other men it can be highly aggressive and quickly spread out of the prostate leading to fatal complications. Around 10,000 men die from prostate cancer each year in the UK.

To read more about this please click here.

Posted by: on February 25th, 2014 @ 1:11 PM

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.

http://queenscourt.org.uk/spirit/index_files/Birds.htm

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

Thousands pledge to 'do something different' for NHS

Thousands of people working across the NHS are doing something different to improve care as part of NHS Change Day.

Last year, 189,000 people took part by making a pledge online - and this year the aim is to get 500,000 pledges.

Dr Damian Rolandfounder of NHS Change Day

Pledges include a GP spending a day in a wheelchair to better understand disabled patients and a manager helping dementia patients eat their lunch.

Two doctors came up with the idea for NHS Change Day after attending an NHS leadership course.

The aim of the day is to encourage those working for the NHS - and those who use it - to make the NHS better by pledging to do something different.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Posted by: on March 3rd, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

Blood test can predict Alzheimer's, say researchers

A blood test can accurately predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to US researchers.

They showed that testing levels of 10 fats in the blood could predict - with 90% accuracy - the risk of the disease coming on in the next three years.

Their findings, published in Nature Medicine, will now be tested in larger clinical trials.

Experts said the results needed to be confirmed, but such a test would be "a real step forward".

The number of people living with dementia stands at 44 million around the globe and is expected to treble by 2050.

The disease silently attacks the brain for more than a decade before any symptoms emerge. Doctors think drug trials are failing because patients are simply being treated too late to make a difference.

To read the full story click here.

Posted by: on March 10th, 2014 @ 08:42 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.

Click here to read the full article.

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

'Early access' drugs scheme launched for severely ill

Severely ill patients and those with rare debilitating conditions could be given new medicines years before they are licensed, under new regulations.

The Early Access to Medicines scheme would enable a small number of promising medicines to be fast-tracked.

The idea is to help patients in England with severe illnesses who have no other treatment options.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will oversee the scheme, being launched in April.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "What patients want is sometimes to try medicines that may not be clinically proven to be effective but are clinically safe.

"We are streamlining the process so these medicines can be used much earlier - particularly if they have early promise - and that is something which will bring hope to a lot of patients."

Click here to read the full article.

Posted by: on March 14th, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Flu risk 'cut by vigorous exercise'

Doing at least two and a half hours of vigorous exercise each week cuts the chance of developing flu, new data suggests.

Around 4,800 people took part in this year's online Flu Survey, run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Moderate exercise did not appear to have a protective effect, the researchers said.

Overall, flu rates have been relatively low this winter.

The Flu Survey, now in its fifth year, tries to track as much detail as possible about who does and does not get flu.

One of the questions people must answer when they register, as well as their age, if they are around children and if they have been vaccinated, is how many hours of "vigorous exercise" they do each week, such as running, fast cycling or competitive sports, ranging from none to more than five hours.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on March 17th, 2014 @ 12:12 AM

Five exercises for the 30% who never exercise

About 30% of Britons never exercise, according to research by Mintel. But what can people do to get slightly fitter without incurring costs, inconvenience or embarrassment, asks Lucy Townsend.

Find out the five exercises here.

Posted by: on March 18th, 2014 @ 1:36 PM

Medication Training

Routes Training completed another Medication Administration Training session today - feedback suggests staff are really enjoying the activities introduced to the training and feel that this helps them to take a step back and look at the task holistically.  Also the excellent training provided by Routes give staff the skills and knowledge to fulfil this extremely important task effectively minimising any risk to our client!

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Posted by: Reg Storey on March 19th, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

Social Care Workers given £8m training boost

Social care workers given £8m training boost

The Welsh government said it wanted to boost the esteem in which social work and care was held in the public eye.

Training for social care workers in Wales has been given a boost with news of an £8m grant.

The money announced by the Welsh government is part of a package worth £11.6m for this financial year.

The social care workforce development programme aims to increase the take-up of training across the whole social care sector.

Great news that the Welsh government have recognised the importance of investing in training - fingers crossed the English government will soon follow suit.  We at Routes Healthcare believe training is so important and continue to invest heavily in our team -Reg Storey Routes Healthcare Training Dept.

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Posted by: Reg Storey on March 27th, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

More wonderful feedback for Routes Healthcare Bradford!

"I just wanted to give you some positive feedback with regard to Sue, she has worked with a male service user today who requires a lot of input due to the nature of his illness and behaviour issues.

My observations of Sue’s  practice is exemplary, she demonstrates patience, sensitivity and a very sound knowledge of dementia care, just wanted to say well done. I have spoken to Sue today and given her the positive feedback."

Shirley, Respite Care Co-ordinator

Posted by: Laura Hobson on April 7th, 2014 @ 12:32 AM

Elderly care demand to 'outstrip' family supply

The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank has warned.

An Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report estimates that by 2030 there will be more than two million people aged 65 and over with no child living nearby to give care if needed.

The IPPR said the country must "build new community institutions" to cope.

The government said it was working to make sure more people got care at home.

The IPPR report estimates that, of the two million people it says will have no child living nearby to care for them in England in 2030, 230,000 will need more than 20 hours of care per week.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on April 24th, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Health atlas allows online search of risk by area

A new online map of England and Wales allows people to enter their postcode and find their community's risk of developing 14 conditions, such as heart disease and lung cancer.

The map presents population-wide health information for England and Wales.

The researchers at Imperial College London pointed out that it could not be used to see an individual's risk.

It indicated an area's health risk, relative to the average for England and Wales, they stressed.

To read more click here.

Posted by: on April 28th, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Mini-stroke dismissed as 'funny turn'

Those who ignore symptoms of a TIA (transient ischaemic attack) or mini-stroke are running the risk of having a major stroke, the Stroke Association warns.

TIA causes similar symptoms to a stroke, such as speech problems, but may last only a few minutes.

A survey of TIA patients found more than one in three had dismissed their symptoms as just a "funny turn".

To read more about this click here.

Posted by: on May 1st, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Routes Healthcare Training Requirements

I am sure many of you watched Panorama’s ‘Behind Closed Doors: Elderly Care Exposed’.

It showed the lives of some elderly and vulnerable people blighted by poor care. It was extremely

distressing to see the abuse that took place.

 

At Routes Healthcare every member of our staff attends 4 Training Courses before working with any adult or child.

One of the Mandatory Courses is a Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Course. The course highlights and reviews all types of abuse, possible indications

that a client maybe being abused and how to deal with this situation.  Not all abuse is so obvious and much time is spent looking at the more subtle or potential aspects that go unnoticed.

Routes Healthcare staff are required to complete this training annually to ensure their knowledge is current and to keep the subject matter top of the mind.  It is imperative

they are alert to the signs of abuse.

 

We strongly encourage our staff if they have any concerns to report them without delay.

 

As the Training Manager for Routes Healthcare I am the company’s advocate for ensuring awareness, knowledge and confidence to highlight such a topic is communicated thoroughly. 

 

If you would like any more information or even interested in joining one of our Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Courses or you please do contact me  Training@RoutesHealthcare.com

Posted by: Abby Hough on May 2nd, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Mental health patients forced to travel miles for care

A lack of beds is forcing mental health patients in England to seek treatment in other NHS facilities up to hundreds of miles away, BBC research has found.

The number of patients travelling to seek emergency treatment has more than doubled in two years - from 1,301 people in 2011-12 to 3,024 in 2013-14.

Earlier this year one patient was admitted to a deaf unit as no beds were available anywhere in the country.

Health minister Norman Lamb said out-of-area treatment was a "last resort".

The care and support minister added that it was "unacceptable" if patients had to travel "hundreds of miles" for treatment and said he was determined to drive up standards of care in the NHS.

To read more click here.

Posted by: on May 6th, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Multiple sclerosis discovery may explain gender gap

A key difference in the brains of male and female MS patients may explain why more women than men get the disease, a study suggests.

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in the US found higher levels of protein S1PR2 in tests on the brains of female mice and dead women with MS than in male equivalents.

Four times more women than men are currently diagnosed with MS.

Experts said the finding was "really interesting".

MS affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, which causes problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. It is a major cause of disability, and affects about 100,000 people in the UK.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on May 9th, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

End-of-life care 'deeply concerning'

The care given to people dying in hospital is "deeply concerning", according to doctors who have carried out a review of standards in England.

The audit found only a fifth of hospitals provided specialist end-of-life care seven days a week - 10 years after this was recommended.

Communication was also particularly poor, the joint Royal College of Physicians and Marie Curie review said.

More than 500,000 people die each year in England - half of them in hospital.

The review looked at the care given to more than 6,500 people who had died last year in 149 hospitals.

Some but not all of them had been on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway.

This covers care given during the final stages of life and can involve withdrawal of medication, food and fluids, but is being phased out following criticism about how it was being used.

More than 800 bereaved relatives were also asked for their views. Three-quarters said they felt supported during their loved-one's final two days of life.

To read more about this, please click here.

Posted by: on May 15th, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

New nursing code: Patients asked to help shape draft

Patients and the public are being urged to have their say over what standards nurses and midwives should abide by.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is drafting a new version of its code, which sets out standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

It will say patients should be treated with kindness, consideration and respect.

The NMC decided to revise the existing code partly because of events such as the scandal at Stafford Hospital.

There, patients were found to have died needlessly.

One of the criticisms made of the failings in care there was a lack of compassion from some nursing staff.

The Francis report made 290 recommendations to prevent "another Stafford" including a pilot for nurses to spend time working as support workers and healthcare assistants before taking their degrees.

The draft code covers areas such as care, communication, teamwork, professionalism and complaints handling.

The NMC regulates the UK's 670,000 nurses and midwives. Nurses have to be registered with the NMC to practice - and they have to abide by the code.

To read more about this please click here.

Posted by: on May 19th, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

DBS Changes to Identity Checking Guidelines

We’ve been working with the Home Office to identify
changes that can be made to our identity checking
guidelines. We want to address some of the issues
you’ve been raising since the last changes were
introduced in May 2012.


In particular, we’ve been looking at the use of adoption
certificates and EU driving licences. The guidelines will
be amended to provide that from 1 July 2014, adoption
certificates are to be treated the same as an original
birth certificate, and that EU driving licences are treated
the same as a UK driving licence.
If any further changes to the guidelines are introduced,
we’ll give you plenty of time to make any necessary
changes to your documentation and systems.

Extract taken from DBS Disclosure News - MAY 2014

Posted by: on May 22nd, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Audit of NHS care for the dying published

“Thousands of patients are “dying badly” in NHS hospitals every year,” The Independent reports. An audit, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians, found some NHS trusts are failing to adhere to agreed guidelines on palliative care.

Other problems, identified by the audit, and picked up by the media include “Sick and elderly patients are not being told they are dying in more than half of cases,” as The Daily Telegraph reports, and how “Only a fifth of hospitals have specialist palliative care workers on duty on Saturdays and Sundays” the Daily Mail reports.

The audit, despite the tone of much of the reporting, did find that some NHS Trust and staff were performing well. For example, 97% of bereaved relatives or friends questioned during the audit reported that they had trust and confidence in some or all of the nurses treating their loved ones.

To read more click here.

Posted by: on June 3rd, 2014 @ 09:24 AM

Autism costs '£32bn per year' in UK

The economic cost of supporting someone with autism over a lifetime is much higher than previously thought, research suggests.

It amounts to £1.5m in the UK and $2.4m in the US for individuals with the highest needs, say UK and US experts.

Autism cost the UK more than heart disease, stroke and cancer combined, said an autism charity.

But only £6.60 per person is spent on autism research compared with £295 on cancer, according to Autistica.

The research looked at the costs to society of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in both the UK and US.

Posted by: on June 10th, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Poor tracheostomy care warning

Gaps in training may put patients with tracheostomies in life-threatening situations, the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is warned.

The tubes are fitted to allow patients to breathe and are being used more frequently in hospitals.

The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) report called for improvement.

The Intensive Care Society said care was sometimes "below what is safe and reasonable".

A tracheostomy is used to help wean patients off ventilators and get them out of critical care beds and on to general wards.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on June 13th, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Routes Healthcare Team receive nominations for Dignity in Care Best Practise Award!!

Three members of the Routes Healthcare Rochdale Team have been nominated by an external source for a Dignity in Care Best Practice award.  Well done Florence Parkinson, Sally Guidon and Lesley Burns!

The 3 nominees have been invited to the Dignity in Care presentation afternoon which is taking place at Albion Church, Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne on Thursday 26th June 2014 (1 - 3pm) to receive their certificates.

Presentations will also be made to services that have undertaken and completed the Daisy Accreditation and Re-Accreditation.

 

 

Posted by: Lisa Livsey on June 17th, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Alzheimer's research in 'major step' towards blood test

British scientists have made a "major step forward" in developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Research in more than 1,000 people has identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict the start of the dementia with 87% accuracy.

The findings, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, will be used to improve trials for new dementia drugs.

Experts warned that the test was not yet ready for doctors' surgeries.

Research into treatments for Alzheimer's disease has been plagued by failure. Between 2002 and 2012, 99.6% of trials aimed at preventing or reversing the disease flopped.

Doctors believe the failure is down to treating patients when it is already too late, since symptoms appear around a decade after the start of the disease.

Identifying patients earlier is one of the priorities for dementia research.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on July 8th, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

NHS to give patients cash to purchase their own healthcare

Billions of pounds of health service and town hall budgets are to be given to the most vulnerable patients to purchase health and social care services in the community, under plans unveiled by the NHS's new head.

The elderly, disabled children and those with serious mental illness or learning disabilities will from next April be offered individual pots of money to spend as they wish on health and social care services such as carers, physiotherapists and psychotherapy sessions.

Simon Stevens, NHS England's chief executive, said that it would help keep people out of hospital and ultimately save money, the Guardianreported.

Some patients' budgets will range from as little as a few hundred pounds, though most are likely to get more than £1,000, with a small number who have very complex needs receiving substantially more than that.

Patients receiving the funds would still get free GP and hospital care. Recipients will not automatically receive cash payments into their bank accounts but will control the budget, which will be provided after a care plan is agreed with their doctors.

To read the full article please click here.

 

Posted by: on July 10th, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

One in three Alzheimer's cases preventable, says research

One in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

The main risk factors for the disease are a lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education, it says.

Previous research from 2011 put the estimate at one in two cases, but this new study takes into account overlapping risk factors.

Alzheimer's Research UK said age was still the biggest risk factor.

Click here to read more about this. 

Posted by: on July 14th, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Statins: Millions more to get drugs in controversial plans

Doctors have been told to offer cholesterol-lowering statins to millions more people in a massive and controversial expansion in prescribing.

Four in 10 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now eligible for statins, even though many are at low risk of a heart attack or stroke.

The medicines regulator, NICE, says it will save lives.

There has been vocal opposition to the plans, and doctors' leaders said they had no confidence in the decision.

But all sides of the debate say people who are already taking statins should continue to take their medication.

Major issue

Cardiovascular disease - which includes heart attacks and strokes - is the UK's biggest killer.

It claims 180,000 lives a year and is behind one in three deaths.

Statins reduce the build-up of fatty-plaques that lead to blockages in blood vessels.

To read more, please click here.

Posted by: on July 18th, 2014 @ 09:52 AM

Centralise stroke care 'in super units' call

Stroke care needs to be centralised in large specialist units in a radical shake-up of hospitals, experts say.

A study led by University College London found the overhaul of services in London which focused care at eight centres was saving 96 lives a year.

In comparison less far-reaching changes in Greater Manchester had less impact.

England's national stroke director Prof Tony Rudd said the research showed centralisation of care should now be spread to all urban areas.

How emergency care is organised is a pressing issue in the health service.

Last year NHS England proposed creating a network of major centres to do the most complex care.

This has already started for stroke with London and Greater Manchester undergoing reorganisations in recent years.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on August 6th, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

Routes Blackpool Healthcare Assistant Nominated for Carer of the Year!

Routes Blackpool Healthcare Assistant Nominated for Carer of the Year!

  
A client has nominated a carer from Routes Healthcare Blackpool as “Carer of the Year” because they are “So grateful how Routes have changed their lives”. 

 

What a fantastic honour and again it reinforces our ethos of “Excellence in all we do”.

Posted by: on September 2nd, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Dementia Friends

 

Dementia Friends

All the trainers are now registered Dementia Friends, why not join us and raise awareness?

Follow the link below:-

www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Reg Storey

Route Training.

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Posted by: Reg Storey on October 13th, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

Routes Training now on Facebook!

Routes Training department has now held over 262 internal training courses since last year, with more courses being added to the training portfolio.

Routes Training now have our own Facebook page and will be updating it on a regular basis, please pass this on and hit the like button!

Routes Training Facebook Page

Reg Storey

Route Training.

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Posted by: Reg Storey on October 20th, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

NHS needs extra cash and overhaul, say health bosses

Drastic changes to services and extra money is needed if the NHS in England is not to suffer, health bosses say.

A five-year plan for the NHS - unveiled by six national bodies - once again highlighted that an annual £30bn shortfall would open up by 2020.

It said changes, such as GP practices offering hospital services, would help to plug a large chunk of the gap.

But health chiefs said the NHS would still need above inflation rises of 1.5% over the coming years.

That works out at an extra £8bn a year above inflation by 2020. The current budget stands at £100bn a year.

But the plan - called the NHS Forward View - said this would only be enough if the health service became more efficient.

To achieve this, the plan called for a rethink about the way services were delivered.

To read more click here.

Posted by: on October 23rd, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

We want you to become a Dementia Friend!

The training team are keen to promote high quality Dementia Care and as such, have all become Dementia Friends!

We are now setting a challenge for all staff, this comes with the opportunity to win a fantastic Christmas hamper!!

 

We want you to become a Dementia Friend too!!

 

The staff member who  posts a selfie wearing their new Dementia Friends badge will be entered into a draw the name drawn, on Friday 19th December wins the hamper full of goodies!! Simples.

Last day of posting is midnight on Friday 19th December 2014.

 

We want to encourage as many staff as possible to become  dementia friends!

 

The challenge…       should you choose to accept it!!!

 

Step 1)

Use the link below to apply to become a dementia friend (this can take a week or two to receive the pack).

 

https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

 

Step 2) Send a  selfie, wearing your new Dementia Friends badge to Routes Training at Training@routeshealthcare.com you need to let us know which branch you are from! This will then be uploaded to our Facebook page for Routes Training

Please note that sending your selfie pic grants us permission to load that on to our Facebook page unless you tell us not to!

 

Step 3) Sit back and hope your name is drawn!

 

GOOD LUCK!!!

 

Members of the training team are exempt from the draw!

 

Don’t forget to like Routes Training on our Facebook page, please email Training@routeshealthcare.com to be invited.

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Posted by: Reg Storey on November 3rd, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

Routes Healthcare and 6 Steps End of Life Training!

Very well done to Reg Storey (Trainer) and Mamie Lomax Care Co-ordinator from the Blackpool Branch of Routes who have now successfully completed the 6 Steps End of Life Training with Trinity Hospice.

They will be awarded their qualification over the coming weeks and will be able to roll out the training after consultation with Branch Managers and the Training Department.

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Posted by: on November 4th, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

Routes Healthcare "Dream Team" Testimonial

I am very impressed with Alex's caring and professional attitude towards my husband, Michael. She always maintains his dignity and has a cheerful and sunny disposition. Last week-end he had an issue and she refused to leave him until he was a little better. This way above and beyond her expected duties and it meant that she didn't get a break before going to her next client.

 

This morning you sent us the "dream team" - Alex and Vicky. These are Michael's and my favourite carers they both truly do care. They are professional and efficient and make the experience as pleasant as possible for him.

Posted by: on November 10th, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Care plan savings 'over-optimistic'

Questions are being asked about what impact a flagship government scheme to improve the care of vulnerable patients in England will have.

The £5.3bn Better Care Fund will be launched in April 2015 to encourage greater integration between the NHS and social care.

But a review by the National Audit Office found the scale of potential savings was overstated to start with.

The government said it disagreed with the criticisms.

However, the NAO said even now, the revised plans contained "bold assumptions".

Last month, ministers championed the impact the fund was going to have after announcing nearly all 151 local plans had been signed off.

The details of the schemes vary, but all involve some form of joint working between social workers, nurses and other community staff to improve the support offered, particularly to elderly people.

To read more please click here.

Posted by: on November 11st, 2014 @ 12:21 AM

More wonderful feedback for Routes Healthcare!

"Dear Routes - I phoned you and am emailing you to give praise where it is certainly due to the Routes Healthcare lady who supported Judith throughout the session.  In my experience, I see many support workers with learners in the classroom and in my opinion, the Routes Healthcare lady was one of the exceptional ones you don’t come across very often and a credit to your organisation.  She listened to Judith constantly, assisted her with prompts when necessary, encouraged her to stretch herself and do more work and all this in an appropriate tone and manner which was lovely to observe.  The Routes Healthcare lady made the experience for Judith worthwhile and meaningful and I commend her for her skills and caring attitude.

I hope she attends with Judith again because it was obvious that the partnership worked very well."

- Tutor at NHS Mental Health Trust

Posted by: on November 11st, 2014 @ 2:49 PM

How common is dementia?

  • The leading cause of death for women in England and Wales
  • It is predicted there will be around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia in 2015
  • It mainly affects people over the age of 65
  • Approximately one in 14 people over the age of 65 have dementia
  • There are more than 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have dementia

Source: Alzheimer's Society and the Office for National Statistics

Posted by: on December 1st, 2014 @ 09:44 AM

Urgent Support Workers needed in Crewe

Routes Healthcare Support Workers Required

                               

Routes Healthcare are currently recruiting for Support Workers to work a variety of shifts to suit around you & your personal life, in the Crewe area. We offer ad-hoc shifts, so you tell us your availability & it’s our job to find you suitable work.  

 

You will have previous experience working as a Support Worker, supporting clients on the autistic spectrum, Learning Disabilities & Physical Disabilities - with daily tasks, promoting independence, working from individuals personalised support plan. You will assist clients with their personal care and feeding - ensuring clients maintain a nutritional diet. You support clients with daily activities, accessing the community - this ensures that client’s minds are stimulated on a daily basis.

  • 24hour on call support,365 days a year
  • Assistance with professional portfolio
  • Offices across the North West England
  • Support from expert consultants based in local offices
  • Regulated by Ofsted, CQC and Local authority

 

If this opportunity is for you please contact our dedicated team on:

0161 359 3342 or send your CV to sale@routeshealthcare.com 

Posted by: on December 9th, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

Routes Healthcare Blackpool are recruiting!

Community Care - Healthcare Assistants

Blackpool Area                                

Our expert recruiters at Routes Healthcare Blackpool are recruiting Healthcare support workers to work days and nights delivering care and support in a clients own home.  Successful candidates will have a minimum of 6 months experience with evidence of relevant professional qualifications along with proof of practical assessments such as supporting with daily living tasks, nutrition, continence care and social interaction. 

Routes Healthcare Vacancy

Posted by: on December 15th, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

ICU/HDU Critical Care Nurses Needed!

ICU/HDU Critical Care Nurse needed

Routes Healthcare are currently recruiting Critical Care Nurses in your area. 

 Requirements

  • General Nursing Qualification
  • Minimum 12 months Intensive Care / High Dependency Experience
  • Full NMC Registration
  • To work in the community on care packages
  • Part Time

If this opportunity is for you please contact our dedicated team to arrange an interview on:

 01706 751245 or send your CV to Rochdale@routeshealthcare.com

Posted by: Lisa Livsey on January 8th, 2015 @ 10:14 AM

Helping wishes come true…

One of our amazing healthcare assistants has made a really big difference to a client’s life this week, helping him to play computer games even with very little movement in his hands. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on May 3rd, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

Rochdale CQC inspection achieves a Good with Outstanding rating

Our Rochdale branch have recently had their CQC inspection and we are pleased to report they achieved a Good with an Outstanding rating.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on May 9th, 2016 @ 09:49 AM

New Uniforms now available

In order to bring in standardisation across all of our branches and to ensure everyone wears the same uniform we are launching a new Routes Healthcare uniform for all of our Field Workers.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on August 16th, 2016 @ 09:34 AM

Meet Julie, our Business Development Manager

Julie Cunningham is the Routes Healthcare Business Development Manager and has been with us for a couple of months. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 23rd, 2016 @ 8:49 PM

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 8-14 May 2017. This year's theme is 'Surviving or Thriving?'

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This Mental Health Awareness Week, The Mental Health Foundation are going to look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, they will be seeking to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

 

 
Posted by: Sharon Tither on May 11st, 2017 @ 4:06 PM

Bradford Jobs Fair

Routes Healthcare Yorkshire are inviting you to visit them at the jobs fair at Bradford University.

The event will be held at Bradford University, Long Side Lane from 12.30-15.30pm on Thursday 25th May 2017. Please come along and visit our exhibit for information on Health and Social Care jobs in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds. Branch Manager Sarah Bailey hosts the event alongside specialist recruiters Ella-Mae Jackson and Laura Ainley Pearson.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by: Abby Hough on May 24th, 2017 @ 12:26 AM

Bradford University Careers Fair

Come along today and say hello to our team’s from Bradford & Kirkless at Bradford University’s Careers Fair.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on May 25th, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

Make safeguaarding everyone's business this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) and we want to support all care workers to uphold the safety and dignity of the elders they care for.

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on June 15th, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Recruitment Fair

Come along and join our recruitment team from Preston & Blackpool at Lancashire  Jobcentre on Thursday 7 September 2017.

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on June 20th, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

Branch RGN

Are you looking for a passionate, fun, supportive team to join?

If so, we would love to hear from you. As one of the foremost providers of specialist care in the North, we are recruiting a branch RGN to join our community team.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on June 22nd, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

Jack gets back on his feet!

A man who was left bedbound after being diagnosed with a tumour in his lung has praised physiotherapists and care workers for getting him back on his feet.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on June 28th, 2017 @ 09:55 AM

50:50 Recruitment Incentive

Well done to Danielle! She has just received £50 for referring Teslyn to Routes Healthcare. Why not get involved in our 50:50 Recruitment Incentive and earn £50 for referring a friend.

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on June 28th, 2017 @ 12:31 AM

Are you looking for a passionate, fun, supportive team to join?

If so, we would love to hear from you.  As one of the foremost providers of specialist care in the North, we are recruiting a branch RGN in Blackpool & Bradford and a Care Coordinator to join our community teams.

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on July 11st, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

Newcastle CQC inspection achieves a Good

Our Newcastle branch have recently had their CQC inspection and we are pleased to report they achieved a Good in all areas .

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are an independent body who have been set up to make sure health and social care services, such as Routes Healthcare, provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. They do this by monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. They then publish their findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

The inspection took place on 12,16 and 23rd June 2017 with Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led being the areas inspected. All areas of office and client administration was reviewed and feedback received from clients and staff.

Overview & CQC Inspection

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on July 26th, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Excellence in all we do

Well done to Liz, Lisa & Terry from our Blackpool branch for being nominated for showing the best examples of Excellence in all we do.

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on July 27th, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

Congratulations to Heather!

I’m pleased to announce that Heather has now been promoted to Recruitment Coordinator for our Tameside branch.

 Having started working for the branch as an Apprentice, Heather has proven that career opportunities really do exist within Routes.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Heather and wish well for continued success into the future.

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on August 1st, 2017 @ 2:17 PM

Blackpool & Preston Jobs Fair

Our Recruitment Team from Blackpool and Preston are inviting you to visit them at UCLAN Jobs Fair.

The event will be held at UCLAN Students Union, Fylde Road, Preston PR1 7BY  from 11am- 3pm on Tuesday 3rd October. If you can't wait until October you can contact the team today on 01772 876 150.

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on August 17th, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

Rochdale Jobs Fair

Looking for a job or work experience? Come along and join our recruitment team from Rochdale at Queen Elizabeht Hall on Thursday 21st September.

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on August 25th, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

Fantastic Feedback

We have recently received some fantastic feedback from Abdullah Jami who worked as a carer for our Tameside branch. The feedback we receive is so valuable to us and whilst there is always room for improvement this feedback left us feeling incredibly proud. Read More

 

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on August 31st, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

Blackpool & Preston Jobs Fair

Our Recruitment Team would like to say a big thank to everyone who attended our Jobs Fair at Lancaster Job Centre on Thursday 7th September 2017. Read More

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 12nd, 2017 @ 12:27 AM

Recruitment Day

Do you have experience in the Healthcare sector? Do you live in Tameside, Glossop or Stockport? Do you want to join an ever-growing, friendly team? Then come along to our Recruitment Day. Read More

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 18th, 2017 @ 12:16 AM

September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

 In the UK approximately 19,500 women a year are diagnosed with Gynaecological cancer. Read More

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 20th, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

Rochdale Jobs Fair

Our Recruitment Team from Rochdale would like to say a huge thank to everyone who attended our Jobs Fair at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 21st September 2017. Read more

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 25th, 2017 @ 12:13 AM

Blackpool Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

Routes Healthcare would like to invite you to our Carers, Coffee and Cake afternoon to raise money for Macmillan. The event will take place on Friday 29th September 2017 from 1pm-4pm. Read more

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 27th, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

Rochdale Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Monday for our Macmillan coffee and cake morning. Read more

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 29th, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

Blackpool’s Lunch and Learn

Thank you to our field workers who attended our lunch and learn on Thursday. The event was to launch our VR headset. Read More

 

 

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 29th, 2017 @ 3:39 PM

Blackpool & Preston Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came today and helped make this day a success for this wonderful cause.

 

 

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on September 29th, 2017 @ 3:53 PM

Newcastle Fair

Our Recruitment Team from Newcastle would like to thank everyone who attended our Recruitment Fair at Northumbria University on Tuesday 26th September. Read more

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on October 2nd, 2017 @ 2:44 PM

Newcastle Recruitment Day

Looking to work in care? Come along to our Recruitment Day on Wednesday 4th October. Read More

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on October 2nd, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

Epilepsy Society

Epilepsy Society’s CEO Clare Pelham discusses sodium valproate on BBC News. Clare discussed how the sodium valproate survey showed that almost 70% of women surveyed haven't received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy. Sodium Valproate Guidelines. Read more

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on October 5th, 2017 @ 12:23 AM

New Job Opportunity in Newcastle

Are you looking for a passionate, fun, supportive team to join? 
If so, we would love to hear from you. As one of the foremost providers of specialist care in the North East, we are looking for an experienced Recruitment Coordinator to join our team in Newcastle.

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 5th, 2017 @ 2:56 PM

WELL DONE!!!!

Congratulations to Tracy, Sabrina, Paula, Nicola, Saffia and Helen.....

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 9th, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

Fantastic Feedback

Well done to our Kirklees carers- Sarah, Sharney, Janine and Mark who have recently received some lovely feedback from one of our clients regarding the fantastic care they have been providing to them. Read More

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on October 25th, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Blackpool Dementia Lunch and Learn

Our Blackpool team would like to thank everyone who attended our Dementia Lunch and Learn on Thursday 26th October 2017. Read more

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on October 27th, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Raising Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. For the month of November Routes Healthcare will be raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. Read More

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on October 30th, 2017 @ 4:05 PM

New Fleece's!!

Check out our new fantastic fleece's. I think you can all agree that our carer from Rochdale Codie looks fabulous!

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on November 1st, 2017 @ 12:37 AM

Recruitment Fair

Come along today and say hello to our recruitment team at Bradford University’s Careers Fair. We will give you all the details about our current vacancies and what it’s like to work for Routes Healthcare. Read More

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on November 1st, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

Salford CQC inspection achieves a Good

Our Salford branch have recently had their CQC inspection and we are pleased to report they achieved a Good in all areas.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are an independent body who have been set up to make sure health and social care services, such as Routes Healthcare, provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. They do this by monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. They then publish their findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

The inspection was carried out on Thursday 7th September 2017 with Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led being the areas inspected. All areas of office and client administration was reviewed and feedback received from clients and staff.

 Overview & CQC Inspection

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on November 2nd, 2017 @ 09:47 AM

Food Bank

Thanks to a brilliant idea from Kelly our Senior Coordinator, the Newcastle branch will be collecting donations for local food banks in the run up to Christmas. Read More

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on November 22nd, 2017 @ 2:53 PM

Christmas Toy Collection

Routes Healthcare Tameside will be collecting donations for the Children's ward at Tameside Hospital. They are looking for toys to give to the children who will be in hospital over the Christmas period. Read More

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on November 29th, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

Food Bank

Thank you so much to our care staff who have generously donated food to our Newcastle branch. The picture below shows the fantastic progress the branch has made so far.

If you would like to donate, there is still time! Please bring all donations to our Newcastle branch.

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on December 8th, 2017 @ 12:37 AM

Raising Awareness of Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain. There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.  Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on December 15th, 2017 @ 12:14 AM

Christmas Toy Collection

A BIG thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas Toy Collection. With your help, our Tameside branch has collected 29 toys for the Children's Ward at Tameside Hospital.

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on December 19th, 2017 @ 4:25 PM

Tameside receive an OUTSTANDING in Care

Our Tameside branch have recently had their CQC inspection and we are pleased to report they achieved a Good with an OUTSTANDING rating.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are an independent body who have been set up to make sure health and social care services, such as Routes Healthcare, provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. They do this by monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. They then publish their findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

The inspection took place in November over two days with Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led being the areas inspected. All areas of office and client administration was reviewed and feedback received from clients and staff.

The report is a great opportunity for Routes Healthcare to ensure that ‘Excellence in all we do’ comes as standard from our service. One of the keys areas we were commended on was the ‘Caring’ element, achieving an outstanding rating in this area. 

We are proud to share with you our results and are confident that we are still delivering ‘Excellence in all we do’. We will continue to improve our service through our continuous development programme to ensure we meet the CQC standards. To see the full report please visit: CQC

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on December 21st, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

Tameside's Christmas Toy Collection

Our Tameside branch would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated toys to the children’s ward at Tameside hospital. The branch has received a lovely card from the children's ward to thank all the carers for their donations.

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on January 2nd, 2018 @ 09:51 AM

Preston has moved

Routes Healthcare Preston are pleased to announce they have moved to their new offices located at Preston Technology Centre, Office G03, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 8UQ.

 

This week we were delighted to welcome our HCA Saffron into our new location.  Please feel free to visit us in our new office.

 

Posted by: Charlotte Bristow on January 5th, 2018 @ 12:11 AM

Recruitment Opportunity in Newcastle

Are you looking for a passionate, fun, supportive team to join?
If so, we would love to hear from you. As one of the foremost providers of specialist care in the Northeast, we are recruiting a Care Coordinator to join our team in Newcastle.
 
For more information please contact 0161 207 7027, email HR@routeshealthcare.com or visit www.routeshealthcare.com
 
Posted by: Sharon Tither on January 12nd, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

A huge THANK YOU to all our fantastic field and branch staff!

A huge THANK YOU to all our fantastic field and branch staff who have battled through the adverse weather conditions over the past few days. Stories are snowballing in of the amazing commitment you and your colleagues have shown through the challenging weather this week. Thank you for continuing to deliver a fantastic service to our clients even when the weather gets in the way!

Don’t forget if you know someone who deserves the ‘Excellence in Care Award’ for making a difference let us know! They will the EIC award and a £100 voucher send your nomination to; HR@routeshealthcare.com

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on March 2nd, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

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