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Care homes to banish bad press in National Care Home Open Day

Posted: June 4th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The reputation of the whole care sector is damaged by negative press reports on isolated cases where care home owners failed to maintain standards or invest in care training for their staff. Whilst it is important to expose homes where standards are not as they should be, individual cases are not a reflection on the whole of the sector. However, the care sector is now fighting back against negative press images with National Care Home Open Day, an initiative which… Read more »

First aid app backed by the Red Cross

Posted: June 1st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A new app for smartphones that aims to give parents the basic first aid training they need to potentially save their children’s lives has been backed by the British Red Cross. The software, called the Baby and Child First Aid app, has only recently been launched. It was released just as research carried out by the Red Cross showed that only 13 per cent of UK parents have undergone first aid training which could help them save their children’s lives…. Read more »

CQC takes action against Plymouth care home over falling standards

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent health watchdog, has confirmed that it has taken enforcement action against a care home in Plymouth in order to protect its residents. After inspecting the Southview Residential Care Home in an unannounced visit, officers from the CQC found that it was only meeting two of the 11 required standards. A number of further inspections were carried out, and concerns raised during these visits included: • Care and welfare needs of residents not being… Read more »

Food hygiene laws broken in Littlehampton mini market

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a mini market in Littlehampton has been prosecuted and found guilty for breaking food hygiene laws. Shopkeeper Suventhiny Kanapathipillai, the owner of the Wick Parade Mini Market in West Sussex, was prosecuted after environmental health officers found a number of food safety problems within her business. As well as storing food products at the wrong temperature, inspectors also found food offered for sale that was beyond its use-by date. Both of these issues could have had serious… Read more »

Basic safety tips for landlords

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are a landlord of a rental property, you have a basic responsibility to take steps to keep your tenants safe. Some safety measures are not required by law, but if you fail to take them and the worst should happen, you could find yourself being prosecuted and fined or sued and having to pay compensation. This is why all landlords should take the following safety steps: 1. Take basic health and safety training, as well as fire safety… Read more »

Worker at fatal fall church denies responsibility for health and safety

Posted: May 30th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An employee at a church in Liverpool where a volunteer worker suffered a fatal fall has said that he wasn’t responsible for health and safety. Royden Henry, 43, was the assistant building manager on duty at the Liverpool Lighthouse when the tragic incident took place. Lee Bourn, a member of the congregation, who had volunteered to assist builder Keith Tyson in installing insulation in the Anfield building. The church had got quotes for the work and had even received a… Read more »

First aid tips – shock

Posted: May 30th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

When you think of shock, you may not necessarily see it as a serious medical condition. However, shock can be much more than feelings of emotional distress or a general feeling of being unwell. It happens when the vital organs like the heart and brain are deprived of oxygen, and it can sometimes be life threatening. Identifying the signs of shock To treat shock, you firstly need to be able to recognise it. Look for the following signs: • Cold… Read more »

Scottish holiday park receives country’s 1000th food hygiene award

Posted: May 30th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has awarded the Craig Tara Holiday Park near Ayr with an Eat Safe Award, representing Scotland’s 1000th such food hygiene award since the scheme started back in 2005. The Craig Tara Holiday Park was granted the award after all five of its eateries displayed excellence in everything from food safety management to food hygiene training, and all five were given the Eat Safe Award at the same time. Many other holiday destinations across Scotland have… Read more »

Majority of care home users would recommend their home, survey finds

Posted: May 30th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a new study carried out amongst small care home providers, the majority of residents wouldn’t hesitate in recommending their care home to a friend. The survey was carried out by healthcare research specialists Howard Warwick Associates (HWA) and only covered homes with less than 15 residents and providers with no more than 5 homes. Researchers revealed that a huge 95 per cent of care home users would give their home a recommendation, and the same percentage said that… Read more »

Councils concerned about fire safety in private rentals

Posted: May 30th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

New research has revealed that fire safety standards in private rental properties are amongst the biggest concerns for councils in the UK, along with gas and electrical safety. The survey of 178 councils throughout the UK, undertaken by the Electrical Safety Council and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), found that that fire safety, gas and electrical safety standards in the sector were the amongst the biggest concerns for councils. At present, landlord are not legally required to carry out… Read more »

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