Cost of living crisis pushes thousands of Devon’s unpaid carers deeper into financial hardship and poverty

Thousands of unpaid family carers across Devon, who were already experiencing financial hardship after having to give up paid work to perform their caring role, are being pushed deeper into debt and poverty, according to Devon Carers. Devon Carers is a service provided by local charity Westbank Community Health and Care, based at Exminster, near Exeter.

Even before the pandemic, a...

Devon health and well-being charity partners up with Exeter’s Great West Run

A charity that supports Devon residents in their quest for improved health and well-being has become an official partner to Exeter’s Great West Run for the first time. The 10km route and a half marathon through the heart of the city will take place on Sunday 22nd May 2022 .

Exminster-based Westbank Community Health and Care works with people of all ages across Devon to promote and...

Local health and well-being charity appoints new Business Development Manager to grow services for Devon residents

An award-winning, local charity, which promotes and improves the well-being of communities and individuals across Devon, has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of a new Business Development Manager.

Chris Bloye recently joined Westbank Community Health and Care in Exminster, bringing extensive experience in the commercial sector. Chris is responsible for driving growth...

75-year-old Devon man shortlisted for national charity award

A 75-year-old man from Paignton has been shortlisted in the Welfare Caseworker of the Year category of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s annual awards. John Marsland served in the Royal Air Force for 30 years and has been a caseworker with the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) for the past 10 years. John said: "When I was stationed in Cyprus, I had to ask for help from the RAF Benevolent Fund and...

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Fast-growing healthcare agency relocates to Plymouth Science Park

Plymouth Science Park has this month welcomed a new company specialising in Healthcare recruitment to their campus.

Acorn Healthcare are moving to the Park to support their growing client base in Plymouth, North Devon and East Cornwall.

Acorn Healthcare specialise in providing tailored recruitment solutions for a range of healthcare clients in the private and public spheres...

NHS approves proposals to modernise health and care services in Teignmouth and Dawlish

Proposals to modernise health and care services in the Teignmouth and Dawlish area have been approved.

At its meeting on 17 December 2020, the Governing Body of NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group approved a series of recommendations, which will see some services moved from Teignmouth Community Hospital to a new Health and Wellbeing Centre in the town centre and some services to...

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Patients give top marks to popular Plymouth hospital

Patients who attended a popular Plymouth hospital in November have given it a score of 97.7% in a national audit which asks “would you recommend this hospital to friends and family?”

Since March the team at Practice Plus Group Hospital Plymouth (formerly Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre) have constantly changed the way the hospital operates to support the local NHS trust and its...

New £3.45m programme to boost skills of care and health workers

Proud to Care Devon has successfully secured £3.45million of European funding to help Devon’s health and care workers develop new skills and to encourage others to join the profession. The money was awarded by the European Social Fund, and follows a successful bid by Devon County Council in a partnership with Torbay Council, Plymouth City Council, Devon’s NHS trusts and education and training...

Devon's vulnerable need you - apply for a job in health and care today

People of all ages and backgrounds are urgently needed to care for vulnerable people across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay this winter.

Those who are caring, compassionate and committed are being called on to register their interest in a variety of healthcare assistant roles across the county on the Proud to Care Devon website, even if they have no previous experience.


South West to receive share of £29.7 million to upgrade A&Es ahead of winter

The South West will receive £29.7 million to expand and upgrade A&Es at five Trusts, ensuring they have the physical space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.

This is in addition to the £300 million announced recently for 117 Trusts to upgrade their facilities, meaning the Government has now...