ARE AN "INNOCENTLY IGNORANT" OF SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM
NHS doctors and nurses are
largely in the dark about how to get post-treatment elderly patients
out of hospital beds and into social care, meaning a potentially
overwhelming tidal wave of demand for care once medical
professionals get to grips with the system.
As wrangling over NHS reforms continue, the lack of clarity amongst
doctors over how the UK social care system operates means that
thousands of hospital beds are blocked by elderly people who would
be better off being cared for at home or in residential care.
"The potential impact of this issue is not just that innocent
ignorance exists, but what will happen when medical professionals
are educated, and health and social care are finally integrated. It is important that they become better equipped to
allow patients to leave hospital with suitable care cover, but Saga
is concerned that there is a consequent risk of our care system
In fact, there will come a tipping point when medical professionals
understand the massively complex UK social care system, how to get
elderly post-treatment people into it, and start to move older
infirm people out of hospital beds and into care at a much faster
It is an element of NHS reform which has been overlooked: medical
professionals need to be educated in how the social care system
works - given the confusing array of approaches taken by different
authorities - but, once they do, then elderly people will flow into
the social care system faster and in greater volumes, which risks
swamping home carers and residential care - but the upside is this
will create a faster flow of NHS acute and elective patients into
hospitals because of the increased availability of beds.
The hospital bed log jam may be unwelcome, but it is convenient to
the current capacity of the system. However, once the log jam is
cleared, then demands upon different elements of the social care and
healthcare systems further downstream
will go beyond capacity.
This is an issue which urgently needs to be factored in to the
government's current re-thinking on NHS reforms as realisation and
significance dawns as to just how much work needs to be done on
integration of health and social care. So frustrated are we at
the lack of information about care that we have produced a free
public information guide - astonishingly the only single-source
guide in the UK - for both families and, indeed, medical
professionals, who are trying to get to grips with the care system." said Dr Ros Altmann, Director-General of over-50s lifestyle
organisation Saga, which supports the Saga Respite for Carers Trust.
'The Saga Guide to Care' is free and available from:- 0800 015 2084 or
Demand Zero Day
- Countdown to Zero + satellite Q&A
A special screening will
take place at the Picturehouse @ FACT, Liverpool on Tuesday, 21 June
2011 from 6.30pm. The film is called:- "From the makers of An
Inconvenient Truth", a film about our present nuclear
threat. Written and directed by Academy Award® nominated
documentarian Lucy Walker (Waste Land, The Devil’s Playground,
Blindsight), Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb
from its origins to the present state of global affairs. It makes a
compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament and features an
array of important international statesmen, including Jimmy Carter,
Mikhail Gorbachev, and Pervez Musharraf. The film’s UK distributor,
Dogwoof (The Age of Stupid), has announced Demand Zero Day on
Tuesday, 21 June 2011. This nationwide premiere will see Countdown
to Zero play simultaneously at Picturehouse @ FACT and across the UK
before venues link up live to London’s BAFTA for a panel discussion
featuring Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former Foreign Secretary
Margaret Beckett, ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson, and
Oscar-winning producer Lawrence Bender. You can join the discussion
yourself, by texting your questions to the panel. Learn more about
the film, the campaign and how you can join the Countdown To Zero
How do I book? Simple - go online at:-
picturehouses.co.uk to book
tickets, or call:- 08719025737, plus tickets can be bought in person
at the cinema Box Office!
Cheers – Cains
backs city events!
ONE of the UK’s leading
breweries is reigniting its relationship with culture in Liverpool.
Award winning Cains Brewery has signed a deal to become an official
supplier for local culture events, following on from their
successful sponsorship of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture
year in 2008.
Their first role will be as a key supporter for the Mathew Street
Music Festival in August 2011, hosting a special hospitality area for key
sponsors and partners, and their branding will be seen across the
city centre. Following this, Cains are expected to add a local
flavour to other forthcoming events including the On the Waterfront
– River Festival, which takes place 8 September to 15 September 2011.
Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Joe Anderson, said:-
"Our partnership with Cains in 2008 was a huge success and I’m
really pleased we are building on the relationship. It’s a real
credit to this local business that during these tough economic times
they are still happy to support Liverpool’s events programme.
Earlier this year we asked businesses to support the festival as,
due to budget pressures, it’s not feasible for the city council to
solely fund the annual event. Cains Brewery is setting a
fantastic example to other organisations and I hope others follow
their lead so we can put on an outstanding event, just as we have
done for the past 18 years."
Cains Joint Managing Director, Sudarghara Dusanj said:- "We
have been part of the city’s cultural fabric for more than a century
and we are very proud of the role we played during Capital of
Culture. We know how important culture continues to be in
Liverpool – and that’s why we were so keen to get onboard once more.
This latest agreement cements our commitment to doing as much as we
can to support major events and festivals and we’re looking forward
to a relationship with Culture Liverpool which is every bit as
positive as it was in 2008. We see this as a great opportunity
to connect the national and international appeal of Liverpool’s
major cultural events with our own ambitions to promote a top
quality Liverpool product to national and international markets."
Cains is Liverpool's oldest brewery and was purchased by brothers
Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj in 2002 after it was put up for sale by
its previous owners.
Mathew Street Music Festival is Europe’s largest free music event
with acts to suit all tastes and last year brought in £20 million to
the local economy. Mathew Street Fringe has been running for three
years and celebrates the city’s original musicians in venues which
support new music all year round.
Cains are keen that people who enjoy and support the city’s events
will also take advantage of the opportunity to include a tour of the
famous Cain’s Brewery. Visit:-
cainsbeers.com for more
Lunar eclipse, did you see it?
ON Wednesday night, 15 June
2011, a lunar eclipse occurred, starting at 8.23pm before reaching
maximum totality at 9.13pm and it ending at 10.03pm. Sadly, for the
North West England and Wales, most of the total phase was over
before the moon rose and for many on Merseyside the cloud stopped
any chance of seeing it anyway. Those in Northern Scotland also
missed totality entirely, but that was also down to the alignment.
If you lived in the Southern half of the UK, then you should have be
able to see the moon totally eclipsed, provided the cloud cover did
not obscure your views! If you did get a picture, do let us know and
please email it to us at:-
T&C for rules about submission.)