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CQC criticises five Cheltenham care homes over standards of care

Posted: June 25th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The health watchdog known as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has criticised the management teams running five care homes in the Cheltenham area after recent inspections raised concerns over a number of key failings. CQC officers carried out a round of inspections at the homes, taking place between March and May 2013. They uncovered a number of problems, including: • Elderly residents not being treated with dignity and respect • Staffing levels which could put people at risk • Patients… Read more »

Council disappointed at poor food hygiene standards in 3 of its premises

Posted: June 24th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A cabinet member at Swansea Council has admitted being very disappointed that three premises run by the authority have received a food hygiene rating of just one out of five, the second lowest score it is possible to get. June Burtonshaw spoke at a recent council meeting about the failures of the Fforestfach Adult Training Centre, the Dylan Thomas Centre and the Guildhall Kiosk to achieve an acceptable rating for food hygiene. She said: “It was very disappointing to read… Read more »

HSE issues revised work experience health and safety guidance

Posted: June 24th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

As part of an ongoing campaign to clear up confusion, myths and misconceptions surrounding health and safety regulations in the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now issued new guidance to employers taking on work experience students. The revised guidance is designed to provide employers with clarity on vital health and safety regulations for work experience placements, particularly in regard to their own obligations. It should explain clearly to bosses how to carry out risk assessments, correcting the… Read more »

Schoolboy saves brother’s life just hours after taking first aid course

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Just hours after taking a first aid training course, a 9-year-old schoolboy from South Wales was able to save his little brother’s life after he started choking on a sandwich. James Reed was able to use the skills and knowledge he learned on a first aid course taken just hours before when his brother Harri, who is just 3 years old, stopped breathing and turned blue whilst eating a sandwich. He gave his brother three sharp blows to the back… Read more »

What is confined spaces awareness training and why is it important?

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

People working on construction sites and on other construction projects often end up working in fairly hazardous conditions, and with potentially dangerous tools and equipment. This is partly why accident and injury rates within the construction industry are so high, but another reason is that not all construction workers undergo the right health and safety training for the tasks they carry out. Confined spaces awareness is a type of training designed for construction workers who often, or even occasionally, have… Read more »

Experts warn that fire service cuts could put care homes at risk

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In light of a recent report which suggested that the government could save around £200 million by making cuts to fire and rescue service budgets, experts have warned that such a drastic measure could potentially put care homes and their residents at risk. Brian Gregory from Safety Management UK has claimed that by cutting funding to fire services, local fire crews will no longer have the resources to carry out vital safety enforcement work in businesses, housing providers and care… Read more »

Llandough hospital improves food hygiene after dismal rating

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

After receiving a zero food hygiene rating, out of a possible score of five, the University Hospital Llandough has announced that it will be taking urgent action to improve its approach to food hygiene. The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has responded quickly to a damning food hygiene inspection report, with UHB chair Maria Battle saying: “We take food hygiene very seriously and to receive a zero rating was both shocking and totally unacceptable,” “There are no excuses to… Read more »

First aid tips for summer – treating bites and stings

Posted: June 21st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

They may not seem like one of the biggest hazards to your health during the summer, but insect bites and stings can be incredibly annoying and quite painful. In some extreme cases, they can be very dangerous. The best way to learn how to treat stings and bites, as well as to deal with any incidents of anaphylactic shock in people who have allergies, is to undergo first aid training. However, you can also learn a few of the basics… Read more »

Care worker achievements recognised at annual Care South awards

Posted: June 21st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The achievements of care workers employed by the care provider Care South have been recognised as part of the company’s annual awards ceremony, in which 11 staff members and two care homes were honoured. Care South, which is a registered charity organisation responsible for 18 care homes in the South of England, holds a ceremony every year to praise deserving staff and care homes. This year, the winners of the third annual Star Awards included ‘Home Carer of the Year’… Read more »

Derby train-maker wins second consecutive health and safety award

Posted: June 20th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The well-known train manufacturing firm Bombardier, which is based in Derby, has won prestigious gold awards for health and safety for the second year in a row. Representatives from Bombardier headed to an official ceremony in Birmingham to receive the gold awards on behalf of the company, which were given by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to recognise companies that do all they can to keep workers safe at sites all around the UK. The first award… Read more »

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