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South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care

Posted on August 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A £9m facility is to be built in South Tyneside, offering services for older people and their carers and families.

The ‘Integrated Care Services Hub’ will incorporate 80 beds, with around 30 older people living on the site and others accessing beds for short breaks when their carers are on holiday or before going back to live at home.

South Tyneside Council has awarded a contract for the facility to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust which it says will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It is expected that construction could start this winter.

The Integrated Care Services Hub will house a range of health and social care services providing support to service users and their families. The site earmarked for the development is at South Tyneside District Hospital although this is subject to planning permission.

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Keeble calls for review of NHS continuing care assessment procedures

Posted on August 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Wide variations in the provision of NHS continuing care funding for people with dementia have been uncovered in a report by Sally Keeble, former MP and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Northampton North.

Ms Keeble surveyed 162 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and found that there was a lack of funding for advocacy services to provide help and support for families applying for continuing healthcare support. Only four CCGs identified specific funding for advocacy. The role of family carers in the decision-making process was frequently unclear and training of assessors was variable, with six CCGs saying they did not provide any training.

The report calls for a review of how CCGs assess people for continuing healthcare funding to protect against a postcode lottery.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said families were often refused funding because their local CCG did not adhere … Read More »


Care home group builds for the future in Hampshire

Posted on August 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Hartwood Care Group is planning for a sustained period of growth after securing new banking facilities from Clydesdale Bank. Hartwood is a joint-venture between major care home provider Hartford Care, Cinnamon Care Capital and developers Highwood Group.

Hartwood has secured lending facilities of £5.2m from Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in London. The deal will contribute to the development of a 65-bed nursing home in Netley Abbey in Hampshire, due to be completed in spring 2015.

The home involves the refurbishment of the former Netley Court School and a new build and follows similar projects at Hartwood House in Lyndhurst last summer and Sunnybank in Fairoak this summer.

The latest deal was delivered by Clydesdale Bank’s regional business development manager, Alex Brown.

With origins dating back more than a century Hartford Care remains a family-owned business delivering residential, dementia, nursing, … Read More »





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