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Basingstoke hotel disaster averted thanks to staff fire training

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

According to the local fire service, a blaze at a hotel in Basingstoke could have caused a lot more damage and possibly endangered lives had staff and managers not used their fire awareness training to evacuate the building. The Beach Arms Hotel went up in flames at around midday on Saturday 22nd January. At its height, more than thirty fire crews arrived on the scene to tackle the fire, which is believed to have started in the boiler room on… Read more »

Registered care home managers: what qualifications you will need

Posted: February 4th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you have the ambition to become a manager or supervisors in a care home, you will need certain skills, qualities and qualifications. This is the case in any position of responsibility, especially in the care sector where the welfare of other people is at stake. Disposition To progress in a managerial role in the care sector, you will need to be a certain kind of person. You will need to have integrity, be responsible, organised and honest, and be… Read more »

What is SOVA and why is awareness so important?

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

It is a sad fact that abuse does occur within the care sector, often to individuals who are already in a vulnerable position. Abuse needs to be properly identified, dealt with and prevented, which is where SOVA awareness training courses prove to be useful for care workers. SOVA stands for Safeguarding Vulnerable People (formerly Protecting Vulnerable People, or POVA). It is a concept and a training course, designed to help care staff properly protect the people in their care. If… Read more »

Heroic Malvern man receives first aid award

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

A man from Malvern who used his first aid training to help save a teenager involved in a pub brawl has been honoured with a Lord Lieutenants award. Sam Taylor, who has recently appeared in the BBC documentary called ‘Scenes from a Teenage Killing’, rushed to help a 17-year-old who was stabbed in the chest outside a Bristol pub in September 2009. Sam, 23, used his first aid training to tend to the teen, but nearly found himself pushed aside… Read more »

New figures reveal 650 care home deaths in the last five years caused by dehydration

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

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have unearthed some shocking truths about the standards of care home training in some facilities in the UK. The ONS revealed that over the last five years (between 2005 and 2009): • 667 elderly care home residents died of dehydration • 157 residents died of malnutrition • 1,444 died because of pressure ulcers – also known as bedsores • 1,928 deaths were linked to the hospital ‘superbugs’ MRSA and Clostridium… Read more »

Caretaker praised for saving resident in Dundee flat fire

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

The caretaker of a block of flats in Dundee which went up in flames last week has been praised for saving the life of a resident trapped inside. After being alerted to the fire alarms sounding at around 11.30pm last Friday (28th January), the caretaker of the Burnside Mill flats in Milne’s East Wynd rushed inside in a rescue bid. Whilst other residents from the property’s twenty flats were alerted to the blaze and able to escape in time, one… Read more »

Understanding the main principles of health and safety risk assessment

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

It can be incredibly beneficial for a business if all employees are clued up on the main issues and principles relating to health and safety. If everyone is aware of how to work safely, as well as how to spot, avoid and prevent hazards, it can create a much safer workplace culture. This is why it’s a good idea to send as many of your staff as possible on basic health and safety training courses. A new course called the… Read more »

Lye shopkeepers fined for food hygiene offences

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

The owners of a discount store in the West Midlands town of Lye have been fined thousands of pounds by the local council after admitting a number of food hygiene offences. Whilst on a routine inspection of the Lye Discount Store on High Street, Dudley Council’s environmental health team uncovered total of ten breaches of food hygiene and safety regulations. The case was brought to Halesowen Magistrates Court, where shopkeepers Mohammed Nazabuth and Parveen Akhtar were accused of failures to:… Read more »

Fire safety awareness: an essential part of care training

Posted: January 31st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire safety training is essential in every workplace, particularly if you hold a position in which you are responsible for the safety of another person. This is why fire safety and awareness training is so crucial for those working within the care sector. Fire safety awareness training for the care sector differs to fire training for other industries in that it is more specialised. As a care worker, you have responsibility for people who may have more difficulty reacting in… Read more »

Warwick restaurant wins top food hygiene marks two years running

Posted: January 31st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A bar and restaurant in Warwick is celebrating this week after being awarded the highest food hygiene award possible from the local council. Every year, the Environmental Health team at Warwick District Council awards local establishments with awards for food hygiene, and the Catalan Mediterranean and tapas restaurant has won the gold award two years in a row. The restaurant, located on Warwick’s Jury Street, won the prestigious award for demonstrating exceptional standards of food safety and hygiene during the… Read more »

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