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An NVQ could be your route into a career in health and social care

Posted: August 4th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Getting started in any new career can be difficult, but in the field of health and social care, a lot of hard work and training is required of any new applicant. Luckily, there are a few different care training courses you can take to get you off to a great start in your new career in health and social care. The main course that most new applicants take is the QCF NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 2),… Read more »

Staffordshire hospitals receive top food safety assessment ratings

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report has revealed that all of the five community hospitals located in the region of North Staffordshire are performing excellently when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene, patient care and food hygiene. The report, which was published by the National Patient Safety Agency, followed a thorough assessment by Patient Environment Action Teams. These teams, made up of everyone from nurses and patient representatives to catering and domestic service managers, visited hospitals in Leek, Cheadle, Bradwell, Longton and Haywood…. Read more »

Letting agent fined £20,000 for safety failures

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A letting agency from Reading has reportedly been handed a huge fine of more than £20,000 by local officials after it allowed tenants to live in poor and unsafe conditions. The agency, Jarvis Properties, was investigated by health and safety officials at Reading Borough Councils after a resident complained about conditions in one of the properties it was responsible for managing. An inspection of a HMO (house in multiple occupation) in Prospect Street in the west of Reading revealed that… Read more »

3 reasons to take moving and handling of people training

Posted: August 1st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work in a hospital, care home, children’s home or any other care environment, it is very important that you know how to properly and safely move and handle people, just in case you ever need to. The best way to learn the techniques involved in safe moving and handling of people and get all the information you need is to take a care training course. Here are three reasons why it is imperative that you take a moving… Read more »

Doctor pushes for first aid to be taught in Scottish schools

Posted: July 31st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A leading doctor has urged the Scottish government to make first aid training compulsory in all Scottish schools, claiming that it will save lives and drastically reduce waiting times at Accident and Emergency Departments. Associate specialist in emergency medicine Dr Jennifer Devine, who currently works at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, has said that children should be taught more than just reading, writing and arithmetic at school. She believes that CPR and other life-saving skills should be taught at every level of… Read more »

Safety Council concerned about workplace fatality figures

Posted: July 30th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The British Safety Council (BSC) has expressed concern over the official statistics on worker fatalities in the UK for 2011 – 2012, which were released at the start of July. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the number of work-related fatalities in the UK in the last year was 173. This was slightly less than the 175 recorded in 2010-11, but considerably more than the historically low figure of 147 recorded in 2009-10. It is this stall in… Read more »

Key facts about working at height

Posted: July 30th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work at height as part of your job, it is very important that you undergo the proper health and safety training before starting work. You also need to wear the right safety clothing to work at height, and to have the right safety equipment with you. Your employer also needs to put the right protective measures in place. If any of these safety measures are missed out, your health and even your life could be in danger. Here… Read more »

New Inverclyde fire safety partnership launched

Posted: July 29th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new partnership has been launched in Scotland to raise awareness of how people with drug and alcohol issues could be more at risk from fire hazards. Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Inverclyde Addiction Services (IAS) to launch the partnership, which will be targeting high risk groups with alcohol and drug problems. The partnership was launched after recent figures revealed that addiction issues, excessive consumption of alcohol and mental health problems are the major contributing factors… Read more »

Harborough nursing home wins award for high care standards

Posted: July 29th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A residential care home based in the Leicestershire town of Harborough has been given an award for the high standards of care it provides to residents. The Willows Nursing and Residential Home, which is based on Harborough’s Coventry Road, was awarded the Quality Assessment Framework. It was only one of 19 similar facilities across the whole of the country to receive such an honour. The County Hall cabinet member of Adults and Communities for Leicestershire County Council commented on the… Read more »

Basic hygiene and safety advice for people working with food

Posted: July 28th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are starting a new job in which you will be working with food, you should seriously consider going on a food safety training course. Many of these also offer industry-recognised food hygiene qualifications, which can be useful in helping you advance in your career. However, there are basic food hygiene and safety rules that every food worker should know about, whether or not they go on a training course. Bear these in mind at all times when working… Read more »

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