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Charities call for better dementia training in wake of CQC report

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

Following a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which highlighted failings in the quality of UK care for dementia patients and people using mental health services, there has been a call for improved care training from dementia and age charities. The CQC Care Update primarily criticised services for people with independent learning disabilities, mental health issues and dementia. The CQC’s chief executive David Behan said: “The majority of services are delivering good quality care; however care providers must do… Read more »

First aid tips – choking

Posted: March 20th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Choking can happen very suddenly and it can be a very frightening thing to witness. However, because it can happen so fast, you need to be equally in quick in using whatever first aid training you have to clear the obstructing object and stop the person choking. Speed and first aid skills are especially important when it is a child that is choking. What happens when someone is choking? Mild blockage of the airways can be cleared by the person… Read more »

London sushi store caught breaking food safety laws

Posted: March 20th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a sushi and grocery store in New Malden, in the south-west London borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, has been prosecuted after she was caught breaching food hygiene regulations. After inspecting the premises and finding multiple breaches of food safety laws, the local council made the decision to prosecute. As well as failing on general standards of food hygiene training, the violations found at the Jin Mi store included: • Failure to provide handwashing facilities for staff in food preparation… Read more »

Government plans to introduce compulsory care training

Posted: March 19th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

In order to raise standards in the basic care that care home residents receive and to protect elderly and vulnerable people from neglect and abuse, the Government is planning to introduce compulsory care training for all care home staff. The measure was announced by Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat Minister for Care and Support, who said that a lack of training left pensioners in the hands of some people with “no idea what they are doing”. He also said: “I… Read more »

TUC warns that workplace health and safety is ‘getting worse’

Posted: March 17th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Trades’ Union Congress (TUC) has warned that the UK’s safety record appears to be getting worse, and that a ‘hostile’ climate to health and safety issues could be to blame. The TUC has said that fewer visits and inspections are being made to workplaces by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and that local authority safety inspection teams are also having to make do with “substantially reduced” funding following government budget cuts. This is despite the fact… Read more »

Health and safety essential for food and drink manufacturers

Posted: March 16th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned food and drink manufacturers that they must take health and safety seriously, after around ten per cent of all fatal workplace accidents in 2011/12 took place in the food manufacturing sector. The HSE has releases statistics showing that in 2011/12: • There were 31 fatal injuries within the food and drink manufacturing industry • The number of fatalities within this 12 month period was slightly higher than the five year average of… Read more »

Carnival Cruise Lines launches fire safety review following ship blaze

Posted: March 15th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Carnival Corp, the owner of Carnival Cruise Lines, has launched a comprehensive fire safety review of its entire fleet after a blaze broke out aboard one of its shops last month. The fire on the Carnival Triumph, which was sailing in the Gulf of Mexico with around 4,000 passengers and crew members aboard, is believed to have started in the engine room. The blaze left the vessel adrift and its passengers stranded, and the incident made news headlines worldwide. Following… Read more »

10 firms closed by Irish food safety authority

Posted: March 14th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reportedly closed down 10 food businesses in the last month over fears that they could be endangering public health. The FSAI shut down the following firms over failed inspections, lack of food safety training, standards and practices and repeated failures to make improvements: • German Cakes and Snacks restaurant in Cork • Amerta Chinese Restaurant in County Dublin • Jimmy’s Take Away in Laois • At the Office Catering in Dublin •… Read more »

How is paediatric first aid different to adult first aid?

Posted: March 13th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are thinking of going on a first aid training course, it is important that you choose the most appropriate one for your situation. For example, if you will be working with children, or if you have children yourself, you will need to take a paediatric rather than an adult first aid training course. Paediatric first aid is quite different from adult first aid training for the following reasons: • Paediatric first aid is for children who haven’t yet… Read more »

Dementia training in Nottinghamshire care homes gets a funding boost

Posted: March 8th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Dementia training amongst care homes and care workers in the Nottinghamshire region is set to get a boost, after Nottinghamshire County Council announced a new investment of £350,000 in dementia-related care training. The local authority has recognised that dementia is set to be a growing challenge in the region in the coming years, as the number of people living with the syndrome in Nottinghamshire is predicted to rise from 9,700 to 15,000 by the year 2025. To cope with the… Read more »

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