Jenni Meredith - When challenging the system results in medical progress

Jenni Meredith - When challenging the system results in medical progress

UCan2 contributor Jenni Meredith comments on the changes in regulation concerning cannabis oil, and talks about mental health issues and accessible loos...

Do All Systems Go?

Systems are necessary. Everything we do has some sort of structure. It’s the rigidity built into systems that gets me going. Surely flexibility is optimal? So why are we faced daily with the inflexibility of systems imposed, it would seem, just to make us think more mechanically? Is this what Andy Warhol meant when he famously said he wanted to be a machine? But that was back in the mid ‘70s— an analogue era with no computer algorithms to curtail his creative flow.

Leading social care interest groups warn government that its mental capacity reforms are not fit for purpose

Leading social care interest groups warn government that its mental capacity reforms are not fit for purpose

Leading social care interest groups from across the care sector are calling on the Government to urgently rethink its Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill that is now at a crucial parliamentary stage. 

Concerns about the legislation are outlined in a new paper ahead of the House of Lords committee stage when it will be scrutinised by peers. The paper reflects the views of a wide range of organisations that represent people using support services, their families, care provider organisations and infrastructure bodies.

First resident moves into Scunthorpe Supported Living scheme

Eden Futures Scunthorpe Supported Living scheme

A new supported living service run by Eden Futures in North Lincolnshire has welcomed its first resident this week.

*Kelly moved into one of the eight specialist apartments that have been designed to provide a supported living service for people who require an alternative to residential care provision and with a learning disability or mental health need.

The new service in Scunthorpe is a re-development of two existing bungalows into enhanced, specialist supported living apartments that each includes their own front door, a bedroom, a bathroom/wet room and an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner.  Each person has their own private garden, and the facility has assistive technology built in to the infrastructure to aid independent living. 

The Sound Doctor raises awareness of COPD ahead of condition’s national month

The Sound Doctor with client

Health educators, The Sound Doctor, are raising awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and providing tools to manage the condition ahead of November’s National COPD Month – which includes World COPD Awareness Day on November 21st, 2018. 

COPD affects millions of people in the UK. It is a condition of the lungs, making it hard to push air out, due to a narrowing of the airways. COPD usually develops because of long term damage to lungs from breathing in a harmful substance. Usually this is cigarette smoke, but could be smoke from other sources, or air pollution.  

COPD Awareness Month aims to increase public understanding of this condition, and is especially important since many people who have it don’t realise they’re living with the condition. 

Sunrise and Gracewell's Director of Memory Care to Publish Ground-breaking New Book

Sunrise and Gracewell's Director of Memory Care to Publish Ground-breaking New Book

Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, is set to publish an innovative new book inspired by her 40 years of work tackling dementia.
As a leading Occupational Therapist specialising in dementia, Jackie has long made the case for ‘rementia’ – the possibility of reversing the symptoms of the condition and restoring lost functions. Having started her journey as an occupational therapy assistant in the 1980s, Jackie has devoted her career to dementia care and researching how individuals can be supported to maintain their current abilities for longer.

Lifetime Achiever Award won at Autism Hero Awards ceremony

Lifetime Achiever Award won at Autism Hero Awards ceremony

After dedicating more than three decades to making a difference to the lives of those with autism and learning difficulties, Lesley Fisher, Registered Manager of Options Roxby House in North Lincolnshire - a specialist autism residential service rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - has won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the Autism Hero Awards 2018. The national event is run by The Anna Kennedy Online Charity to celebrate excellence in autism, and winners were announced at a glittering ceremony held on Saturday 13th October at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in Central London.

Snows drives ahead with Motability Scheme hybrid Toyota cars 

Snows  hybrid Toyota cars

One of the leading motor dealerships in southern England is gearing up for an increase in Motability Scheme customers looking to buy self-charging hybrid Toyota vehicles.

Family-run Snows Motor Group has seen a rise in consumer interest for hybrids, which combine an electric motor and standard combustion engine to reduce vehicle emissions.

It is a trend borne by latest UK industry figures for new cars - registrations of petrol and diesel cars fell whilst hybrid and plug-in vehicles posted an increase of nearly 4%.

The Motability Scheme is the lending car scheme for disabled people.

Christchurch Group make Jonathan’s dream of a holiday come true 

Jonathan and family on holiday

A neurological rehabilitation centre in York has helped a man realise his dream of going on another holiday, with the help of their sister service in Lincoln.

When he moved to Woodlands due to his Motor Neurone Disease, Jonathan thought he would have to say goodbye to holidays.

Since moving in August 2014, Jonathan has been completely reliant on his tracheostomy and his ventilator, which he uses 24 hours a day to breath. He receives therapy twice a week and the rest of his social and psychological support is given by the team at Woodlands.

New survey highlights major accessibility gap for UK’s 20 million disabled people and carers

disabled people and carers

Disability organisation AccessAble has today published their new 2018 survey ‘Accessibility and You’. It highlights the stark contrast between the expectations of those with access needs and what is provided by the majority of public and private sector organisations.

The survey, completed by 845 people across the UK with an average completion time of 20 minutes, asked disabled people and carers about their experiences accessing venues and services.

The results show an overwhelming need to plan. 99% of respondents said it was important to know about accessibility before visiting a new place and 98% search for accessibility information in advance. 

Cardiff Woman Scoops Top Learning Disability Care Award

Kelly with Top Learning Disability Care Award

Cardiff’s Kelly Prosser – described by colleagues as ‘conscientious’, ‘energetic’ and someone who ‘leads by example’ – was a winner at the inaugural Welsh Learning Disabilities  &  Autism Awards.  Kelly, who manages four supported living services in the city for the Regard Group, was honoured with The Registered Manager Award at the gala event in the city, which celebrates ‘excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities’. 

Kelly was described by the judges as a manager and leader who ‘instils confidence and a sense of family for those whom she supports’. 

She said: “It came as a complete surprise. I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name called out. To be recognised and appreciated for what I do by the people I work with is very touching.  

Eden Futures service user recruited as an ‘Expert by Experience’ 

Gary Stark - Eden Futures service user

A service user who has been supported by Eden Futures for 8 years is thoroughly enjoying working at Inclusion North as an Expert by Experience.

Gary has extensive knowledge of learning disabilities and a wealth of experience in health and social care. His position at Inclusion North involves taking part in Care and Treatment Reviews requested by the NHS. 

Working across Yorkshire and the North East, Gary ensures that people with a learning disability and/or autism who may have a mental health condition, have behavior that challenges, who are in hospital or at risk of going in to hospital are safe, receiving good care and treatment and have a plan for how they can be supported to live good lives in the community. 

Dual Purpose Accommodation Launched as Solution in Growing Disabled Tourism Market

Dual Purpose Accommodation

UK providers of accessible holiday accommodation, Omni Access, has launched Omnipods to ‘raise the bar in luxury outdoor living’ at UK holiday destinations. The current leisure market for disabled and reduced mobility individuals is significantly underdeveloped as campsites, holiday parks and hotels do not have the facilities to meet high demand for accessible accommodation in Britain.To tackle the issue, Omni Access is sowing the seed for change, investing to create the Omnipod – a first to the market ‘plug in’ accommodation for holiday sites which are specially designed to include those who are disabled or ageing, but can also be easily adapted for able-bodied use. The dual-purpose accommodation proposes a commercial avenue for businesses in the UK holiday sector.

Easy Bathrooms launches accessible range of bathroom products

Easy Bathrooms bath

Easy Bathrooms – the bathroom and tile supplier – has launched a range of quality, affordable accessible baths and accessories.

£30,000 has been invested into the development of the products, which allow safe, easy access, each designed to fit into a range of spaces – from a small en-suite to a large master bathroom.

Six baths have been introduced as part of the firm’s new ‘Easy Living’ range, alongside complementary accessories and parts.

The Vestra bath is 945mm x 170mm, including a screen and an electronically-operated glass door, which remains locked until all water has been drained, providing peace of mind for the buyer that leaks will be avoided. The low-threshold height also gives the user easy access.

The Lin Berwick Trust - the disabled holiday accommodation specialists

The outside of The Lin Bewick Trust House

The Lin Berwick Trust has the highest standard of facilities and equipment for those with disabilities who need 24/7 care. We have three self-catering properties all sleeping six people in Norfolk, Cornwall and on the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Each property has a disability suite that is second to none both in equipment and space.


All our properties are furnished to VisitBritain’s four-star self-catering standard and considerably better equipped than is required for VisitBritain’s accessibility rating of “Access Exceptional”. The spacious properties have been designed for the comfort of the disabled visitor as well as that of their family members or carers, and are in attractive village or country settings.