Monday 25 February 2013

25th February 2013

Hi All
Another good session with lots of contribution. Well done for your presentations and working within the given timescales.

See you next week


Wednesday 20 February 2013


Would you like a rewarding career with fantastic development opportunities?

Join Four Seasons Health Care; we are committed to creating a friendly, family feel for all of our residents and employees.

Personal Activity Leader

Base Pay: £6.19 /Hour
Other Pay: 
Site or Unit :
Elswick Hall Care Home
Address :
Gloucester Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear

Contracted Weekly Hours : 25 hours/week: flexible to meet requirements of clients.

Elswick Hall Care Home is a 28 bed care home offering general nursing care including, short term, intermediate, respite and palliative care. We are an integral part of Elswick, situated within walking distance of a wide range of local amenities including shops, banks, restaurants and churches.

In your role as a Personal Activity Leader you will be responsible for the delivery of all activities within the care home by ensuring that all resident's are offered a varied and meaningful choice of activities throughout their stay. You will be part of the team that ensures that residents in our care feel valued as individuals.

So as a personal activity leader what do you need to do to make this happen?

  • Provide stimulation and exercise to residents through a wide and varied activities programme. 

  • Assess the mental and physical needs of all residents regularly to ensure most appropriate activities are conducted. 

  • Liaise closely with residents, care staff and relatives to create personalised activities that will engage our residents and reflect their interests and hobbies. 

  • Encourage staff and relatives to become involved in any activities programmes. 

  • Develop community links with local groups, i.e. churches, schools and encourage a variety of events and activities to take place in the home. 

  • Work safely within company policies, seeking advice and guidance when necessary. 

Take up the challenge and play your part in our continued success story

In order to be our Personal Activity Leader you should have:

A genuine interest in promoting independence and life style opportunities for older people, showing empathy and a desire to make a difference.

Will need to be confident and enthusiastic, providing motivation and energy into our caring environment.

Four Seasons Health Care provide a variety of competitive benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a bespoke development programme, childcare vouchers and an employee discount scheme. Plus free parking and uniform where applicable. 

 To apply


Anchor is England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for the elderly, employing more than 8,000 capable, caring and committed people. The opportunity to work with like-minded individuals and play a vital role in our continued success, is just one of the many reasons why so many peoples career paths are leading them to Anchor.
Anchor's insight and reputation is built on more than 40 years experience of providing older people with options for the right care and support where and when it is needed. During this time Anchor has grown to provide housing and a wide range of care services to more than 50,000 people each day and now has almost 100 care homes across England.

Care Assistant - Days & Nights

Location: Park View Grange, Yatesbury Avenue, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 3TD

Contracted Hours: 20 per week

Reporting to the Nurse/Team Leader, responsibilities will include:-

• Delivering care plans, providing accurate and legible documentation and prioritising tasks as appropriate.

• Identifying and ensuring health & safety standards are met.

• Escalating concerns and issues.

• Delivering a quality service in line with CQC essential standards, improving the quality of customer’s lives.

Required knowledge & experience:

• Care level 2 diploma, ideally with some knowledge of the needs of older people.

• NVQ Level 2

• Ability to read, understand and complete/contribute to care plans.

• Knowledge of health & safety in the workplace, along with an understanding of the safeguarding of vulnerable adults.

• Food hygiene.

Required skills:

• Commitment to providing high quality care.

• Strong interpersonal and empathy skills with an approachable attitude.

• Flexible, reliable and able to adapt and work under pressure.

• Able to create an environment where customers feel able to participate and contribute ideas and plan around their needs.

• Able to work as part of a team and individually.

Generous benefits including pension scheme, optional 25% discounted private health cover, Life Assurance, discounted retail and child care vouchers and the ability to buy and sell annual leave entitlement.

Job Reference Number: 004184

Closing Date: 04/03/2013
to apply :

Jobs Bulletin

Vacancy Details

Job Reference:
Job Title:
 Domestic Assistant (Band 2)
Area of Work:
 Estates and Facilities Freeman Hospital
 The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
 317 Domestic Services - FH
 Newcastle upon Tyne
 £14,153 to £17,253 pr pa
Job Type:
Staff Group:
Additional Clinical Services  
Pay Scheme:
Pay Band:
Working pattern:
Full and Part Time Hours Available 
Closing Date:
Interview Date:


Domestic Assistant, Band 2, Hotel Services
We require dedicated and enthusiastic staff for various shifts to work on wards and departments at the Freeman Hospital.

You will possess good communication skills and with the ability to work as part of multi-disciplinary team. Flexible approach to work and ability to use own initiative is also essential.

Ideally you will have previous experience in the Cleaning Industry along with knowledge of COSHH. NVQ /City and Guilds qualifications would be desirable.


All references from current and previous employers, will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

For further information please contact Tara Robinson, Assistant Hotel Services Manager on 0191 2137059 or via email to

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Criminal Records Bureau to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Thursday 14 February 2013

Free event on future of Health-13th March

Hi Ladies
Please find below a link to a free seminar on the Future of Health to be held on 13th March.

Cut and paste the link for more details.



Monday 11 February 2013

11th February 2013

Hi Girls

Thanks for the session today, and for all being supportive to one another , through a tricky subject.

Have a good half term..I will see you in two weeks-dont forget your homework.

See you then

Friday 8 February 2013

Unit 4-Safeguarding and Protection

Hi Girls
This will help you with the next unit topic.

Key messages for safeguarding Adults

The Government believes that safeguarding is everybody’s business with communities playing a part in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse. Measures need to be in place locally to protect those least able to protect themselves. Safeguards against poor practice, harm and abuse need to be an integral part of care and support. We should achieve this through partnerships between local organisations, communities and individuals.
The Department of Health (DH) released the Statement of government policy on adult safeguarding, which set out six key safeguarding principles:
1.    Empowerment: a presumption of person-led decisions and informed consent.
2.    Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need.
3.    Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs.
4.    Proportionality: a proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
5.    Partnership: local solutions achieved via services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
6.    Accountability: accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.
The document goes on to describe what these principles might look like from the perspective of the adult at risk:
·         Empowerment: I am consulted about the outcomes I want from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens.
·         Protection: I am provided with help and support to report abuse. I am supported to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want to do so and to which I am able.
·         Prevention: I am provided with easily understood information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help.
·         Proportionality: I am confident that the responses to risk will take into account my preferred outcomes or best interests.
·         Partnership: I am confident that information will be appropriately shared in a way that takes into account its personal and sensitive nature. I am confident that agencies will work together to find the most effective responses for my own situation.
·         Accountability: I am clear about the roles and responsibilities of all those involved in the solution to the problem.
The Statement also sets out what these principles might mean for agencies involved in safeguarding adults:
·         Empowerment: we give individuals relevant information about recognising abuse and the choices available to them to ensure their safety. We give them clear information about how to report abuse and crime, and any necessary support in doing so. We consult them before we take any action. Where someone lacks capacity to make a decision, we always act in his or her best interests.
·         Protection: our local reporting arrangements for abuse and suspected criminal offences, along with our risk assessments, work effectively. Our governance arrangements are open and transparent and communicated to our citizens.
·         Prevention: we can effectively identify and appropriately respond to signs of abuse and suspected criminal offences. We make staff aware, through provision of appropriate training and guidance, of how to recognise signs and take any appropriate action to prevent abuse from occurring. In all our work, we consider how to make communities safer.
·         Proportionality: we discuss with the individual and where appropriate with partner agencies the proportionality of possible responses to the risk of significant harm before we take a decision. Our arrangements support the use of professional judgement and the management of risk.
·         Partnership: we have effective local information-sharing and multi-agency partnership arrangements in place and staff understand these. We foster a ‘one team’ approach that places the welfare of individuals above organisational boundaries.
·         Accountability: the roles of all agencies are clear, together with the lines of accountability. Staff understand what is expected of them and others. Agencies recognise their responsibilities to each other, act upon them and accept collective responsibility for safeguarding arrangements

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Jobs Bulletin

Care Assistant / Support Worker / Senior

Job description

Care Assistant / Support Worker / Senior Care Assistants Domiciliary CareSalary: £6.25 to £7.05 per hour flexible Shifts, Full or Part Time Location: Newcastle, Gateshead and Surrounding areas
We require currently recruiting a bank of full / part time care assistants and senior care assistants to deliver a high standard of care to individuals with a range of needs in their own homes.The Position: We are looking to recruit experienced care workers to work within the community based throughout Newcastle, Gateshead and Surrounding area. 
The service specialises in providing care and support for individuals with a range of conditions, disabilities e.g. dementia, physical disabilities, mental health issues and neurological conditions.
The Person: You need to be enthusiastic, committed and have an outgoing personality. Must be NVQ Qualified or working towards Level 2/3 diploma, Higher rate of pay available for senior carers NVQ Level 3 in Health &Social Care.

 You will need to be flexible and be able to work evenings, weekends and overnights
The company; A medium sized, established independent provider of quality home care and support services; supporting and enabling members of the community to retain independence, whether this be in the comfort of their own home or providing support that meets their needs; 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They work closely with the local authorities and have a fantastic reputation throughout the region they provide care to.
The package:Basic salary starts from £6.25 £7.05ph depending on experience and qualifications, and excellent incentives for reliable / high calibre carers. We can also offer higher salaries to senior carers or carers with experience working within enablement services.
This position would be ideal for candidates from the following backgrounds: Carer, Home Carer, HCA, Support worker, care manager, care supervisor, care assistant and healthcare assistant.Interested? T Contact: Applications must be made via our website -

Monday 4 February 2013

Monday 4th February

Hi All

Many thanks for today- some really good self-directed learning taking place.

Congratulations to you all in the Quiz, and to Pauline for suggesting the whole team shared the prize.

See you next Monday