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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 »

Learning observation skills to improve reporting in the care sector

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

As a care worker, it is your duty to be aware of what is going on around you so that you can report problems and issues before they escalate. This is why, along with many other skills and personal characteristics, observation skills are essential for someone wanting to progress in a care sector career. Observation skills are perfected through practise, but you need to know the basics first. You can start to improve your skills on an observation skills for… Read more »

Newcastle care home owners fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: February 28th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners and manager of Bowland Lodge care home in Newcastle has been fined more than £20,000 after admitting breaching a number of rules relating to fire safety in care homes. The charges against Tirsul Ltd, the company which owns Bowland Lodge, were brought by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service following a fire at the residential care home in 2009. During an investigation, fire safety officers uncovered a number of serious problems. These included: • Blocked fire exits,… Read more »

Brentwood hospital kitchen staff given top food hygiene rating

Posted: February 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The chefs and other kitchen staff at a hospital in Brentwood, Essex, have been awarded a top food hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following a recent visit. Spire Hartswood Hospital’s kitchen staff and eating areas were scored a total of five, the highest mark available, in the FSA’s food hygiene rating system. The hospital kitchen will be awarded a certificate for the team’s achievement. Additionally, the results of the FSA assessment will be made publicly available as… Read more »

Does the Fire Safety Order apply to you?

Posted: February 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is a piece of legislation governing fire safety in workplaces, business and organisations. The FSO replaced more than 70 other fire safety laws when it was introduced in October 2006. The FSO places the onus on the individual to take responsibility for fire safety, in the form of carrying out risk assessments and removing hazards. This legislation applies to you if you are: • A business owner or someone responsible for a business… Read more »

Gloucester care home closed by CQC due to major safety concerns

Posted: February 26th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Gloucester has been closed by officers from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who stated that they had “major concerns” about the standard of care at the facility. The Uplands Nursing and Residential Home in Maisemore was inspected by the CQC in November 2010 after an elderly resident died in hospital the month before. Gloucestershire County Council shut down the home and had all residents removed over concerns for their safety. During the CQC visit, inspectors found… Read more »

Brighton company fined after trainee accident

Posted: February 25th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A sausage-making company from Brighton has been fined more than £9,000 after a teenage trainee suffered an accident due to insufficient supervision and safety measures. The company, Malpass Direct Ltd, was fined after a 16-year-old working at Brighton Meat Market trapped his arm in a mincing machine and suffered severe injuries. He lost the use of two fingers and suffered significant muscle loss, as well as being scarred for life. The incident occurred when the trainee was using the mincer… Read more »

How to draw up a health and safety policy for your workplace

Posted: February 25th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

It is your duty as an employer to protect all the people who work for you, as well as visitors and members of the public who have access to your workplace. This means you have a responsibility for health and safety in the workplace, ensuring that no one is hurt in an incident that could have been avoided. All responsible business owners have a health and safety policy, outlining what steps have been taken to prevent accidents and keep everyone… Read more »

Birmingham restaurant fined for food safety breaches

Posted: February 24th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a restaurant in Birmingham have been fined for food hygiene and safety breaches after rodents were discovered on the premises. Officers from the local council’s environmental health department first visited the Kebabish Original restaurant in August 2009 after a customer complained of food poisoning. They found: • Evidence that the property was infested with rodents • Raw meat left on the floor • Mice droppings kept next to cooking equipment and food The owners of the business,… Read more »

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