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Why epilepsy awareness is an essential part of care training

Posted: February 11th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work in the care sector and are (or may be in the future) responsible for the well-being of someone with epilepsy, it is vital that you get the right training before commencing your duties. You need to understand what the condition is, how it is treated and managed and what the person with epilepsy needs from you as their care worker. Equally as important, you need to know what to do for someone with the condition in an… Read more »

Fife care home investigated over “grave medication error”

Posted: February 10th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Fife Council has reportedly launched an investigation this week at a Cowdenbeath care home over what has been described as a “grave medication error” involving a resident. Online local newspaper, the Tayside and Fife Courier, reported that the Valley House care home in Fife is being investigated by the council’s health and social care department. It is alleged that there was an incident involving a severe medication error and one of the Hill Street home’s elderly residents, although it is… Read more »

CQC chief warns that cuts could mean falling standards in care homes

Posted: February 10th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The recently appointed head of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned that government spending cuts could lead to a deterioration in standards in care homes for the elderly. Dame Jo Williams, who was appointed the new chair of the CQC in October 2010, recently said that financial constraints could directly impact quality standards in care homes. As care home operators look to cut costs and make savings, there is likely to be less money available to spend on training… Read more »

When do I need to renew my First Aid at Work certificate?

Posted: February 9th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Taking a First Aid at Work training course is an excellent idea for anyone wanting to contribute to and improve health and safety at their workplace. These first aid training courses are approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and cover everything from CPR and basic life support to how to cope with burns, bleeding and even heart attacks. After undergoing theoretical and practical training over three days, you should be equipped to cope with emergencies and potentially save… Read more »

Owners of Rochdale residential home fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: February 9th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a residential care home in the Greater Manchester town of Rochdale have been fined after admitting a number of fire safety breaches, including a failure to provide staff with proper fire training. The Newhey Manor care home was visited by inspectors in April 2010, as part of a routine inspection. Specialist safety officers uncovered a number of serious fire safety breaches at the home, including: • Failure to provide adequate fire safety training for care workers •… Read more »

Make the leap from staff to supervisor with Level 3 Food Safety Training

Posted: February 8th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you have been working within the hospitality, food or catering industry for a while now and are looking for a new challenge, you may want to consider taking on a supervisory role. To help you make the leap from general staff to supervisor, you should consider taking a food safety training course. To ensure that you receive training at the appropriate level for the supervisory roles you are aiming for, you need to take a CIEH Level 3 Award… Read more »

Poundland fined for fire training failure and safety breaches

Posted: February 8th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon 1

Poundland Ltd, the discount retail chain, has reportedly received a £20,000 fine for failing to provide adequate fire safety training to a temporary manager, along with other fire safety breaches. Inspectors from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service uncovered the problems after visiting Poundland’s store in Portsmouth at the end of 2008. They found a number of fire safety problems at the Commercial Road store, including fire exits that were not kept clear and fit to use. However, one of the… Read more »

Alzheimer’s Society claims dementia sufferers are let down by care services

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

To coincide with the launch of the government’s new Mental Health Strategy, the Alzheimer’s Society has released a new report in which it is claimed that more than half of dementia sufferers in the UK are being let down by care services. The report, entitled Support, Stay, Save, Care and Support of People with Dementia, presented the findings of a survey which included 2,400 dementia sufferers, home care workers and carers. Of this sample group, it was revealed that 50… Read more »

Learn how to protect yourself and others with conflict resolution training

Posted: February 7th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As an employee in an organisation which deals with members of the public, it is likely that you will encounter situations in which violence and aggressive behaviour are exhibited. To protect yourself and others whilst at work, you need to know how to properly deal with these situations. The best way to learn about how to deal with these difficult situations is to undergo a CIEH Level 2 Award in Conflict Resolution and Personal Safety. This kind of health and… Read more »

Admissions suspended at Leicestershire care home over falling standards

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

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reportedly blocked the admission of new patients to a care home in Leicestershire after an inquiry found that safety, training for care staff and provisions for the protection of residents were not up to standard. The CQC investigated Saffron House, a privately-run care home in Barwell, after concerns were raised about the welfare and safety of residents by the county council. Following the inspection, a report has been published detailing the home’s failings. These… Read more »

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