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“Catalogue of failures” uncovered at Bristol care home

Posted: March 7th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a private care home in the Bristol town of Ashton have been ordered to make improvements in the standard of care after inspectors reported a “catalogue of failures” after a recent visit. At the 171-bed Amerind Grove nursing home, which is run by Bupa care homes, inspectors uncovered a number of problems. These included poor and unsafe practice on the part of care workers, who were also found in some cases to be ignoring or mishandling patients…. Read more »

Knowing your responsibilities as a fire warden

Posted: March 6th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In every business, organisation or workplace, there should be one person (or more) responsible for fire safety. This ‘responsible person’ is known as a fire warden or fire marshal. As the fire warden for your company, you have a specific role and a number of responsibilities. You will: • Identify potential hazards in a fire risk assessment • Prevent fire from occurring by removing risks and hazards • Implement precautionary measures such as fire alarms, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems… Read more »

Ofsted report outlines success factors for children’s care homes

Posted: March 5th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) has identified the main factors in the success of children’s care homes, with good standards of care training for staff appearing high up in the list. The report focused on twelve children’s care homes around the UK which have an “outstanding” rating from the authority. Ofsted highlights good practice in these homes, in an attempt to encourage other providers of residential homes to raise their… Read more »

Disaster averted at Ickenham school thanks to staff fire training

Posted: March 4th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The headmaster of a school in Ickenham in Middlesex has credited excellent staff fire safety training with preventing disaster after a fire broke out in mysterious circumstances. Martin Rainsford explained to the Uxbridge Gazette that the fire started in the sixth form common room of the Douay Martyrs School on Friday 4th February at around 2.45pm. At the time of speaking to the newspaper, the cause of the fire was still unknown. He said that a quick-thinking member of staff… Read more »

Food hygiene training for managers and supervisors: the basics

Posted: March 4th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Maintaining exemplary standards in hygiene and safety is important in every food business, and at every level. Whether you are a waiter in a restaurant, a production manager or the owner of a sandwich shop, you need to be aware of all the issues surrounding food hygiene and your responsibilities as a member of a food business. For those working at a supervisory level in a food business, you can really benefit from taking a CIEH Level 4 Awards in… Read more »

Dorset waste firm fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: March 3rd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A waste recycling firm in the Dorset town of Poole has been fined more than £40,000 at Bournemouth Crown Court after a number of fire safety breaches were uncovered at its premises. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service prosecuted Total Waste Ltd after fire safety officers visited the Creekmoor paper recycling firm and found serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Problems included: • A disabled fire alarm • Obstructed fire exits • Poor means of escape Guidance… Read more »

Dale woman helps accident victim a day after taking first aid training course

Posted: March 3rd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A woman from Teesdale has been praised by the community after she rushed to the aid of a 78-year-old man who had fallen from his moped. The accident occurred on the B6277 road last Thursday (24th February), when well-known artist, author and local historian Stan Walinets fell from his vehicle. One of the first on the scene of the crash was Sue Brown, who coincidentally services on the same village committee as Mr Walinets. Mrs Brown was able to offer… Read more »

Belfast restaurant owner fined for food hygiene offences

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of the Bengal Brasserie in Belfast has reportedly been fined a total of £1,750 for breaching food hygiene regulations. Environmental health inspectors uncovered problems at the Ormeau Road business in February 2010 whilst on a routine visit. They reported a number of food hygiene offences, including: • Cigarette butts left in the bottom of staff lockers • Dirty and sanitary floors • Exposed cement plaster preventing a wall from being properly cleaned • Cooked meat stored in a… Read more »

The four main benefits of an NVQ in Health and Social Care

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The right training is essential for a career in health and social care, mainly due to the huge responsibilities for other people’s well-being that carers take on every time they go to work. You can never really do enough training, as there are always ways to improve your skills and knowledge and become better at your job. However, for most people, it all starts with an NVQ in Health and Social Care. Anyone can take this course, but you will… Read more »

Care Quality Commission to launch excellence rating scheme for care homes

Posted: March 1st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is reportedly planning to launch a new ‘gold standard’ rating scheme for the 24,000 care homes in England. The CQC scheme, predicted to start in April 2012 following a consultation, will give care facilities the opportunity to apply for an excellence rating. This will allow potential residents to choose homes with the highest standards of care. As well as providing residents with a better insight into how these homes are performing, the CQC also wants… Read more »

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