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First aid training could be life-saving for athletes

Posted: October 19th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Premier League football clubs and other professional sports teams usually have whole teams of medical experts on hand in case of injury or illness during training sessions and matches. However, smaller teams and youth clubs don’t have the money to spend on a full-time medic. This is why these teams should consider first aid training instead. Everyone from coaches and support staff to sports participants, players and athletes should consider taking a first aid course. A medical emergency can happen… Read more »

Croydon takeaway guilty of breaching fire safety laws

Posted: October 18th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a takeaway restaurant in Croydon has been prosecuted and given a suspended prison sentence for breaching fire safety laws and potentially putting his customers and staff in danger. Munawar Ahmed, the owner of the Chicken Inn and Takeaway, was given a prohibition notice following an inspection by Croydon Council’s housing enforcement team back in January 2011. The notice prohibited the rooms upstairs from the chicken shop being used as accommodation, as they did not have any of… Read more »

Health and social care review to be carried out in Wales

Posted: October 18th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A review into health and social care services is to be carried out in Wales, with unannounced visits to take place at around 100 care homes this year. The review is being spearheaded by Sarah Rochira, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, who wants to use the upcoming visits to hear directly from care home residents and their families about the quality and standards of care they receive from care providers. Discussing her aims for the review, Ms Rochira said:… Read more »

East Ayrshire schools fail food safety checks

Posted: October 17th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland has found that around 30 schools in East Ayrshire are failing on food hygiene standards. After a recent round of inspections, it was revealed that the schools in question had been serving their students meals from kitchens that aren’t meeting the required hygiene standards. The schools in need of better food hygiene training and other improvements to food safety management systems have been named and shamed online, and five… Read more »

Shrewsbury first aiders take delivery of life-saving AED machine

Posted: October 17th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

First aiders in the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury have taken delivery of a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine, a piece of equipment that could help to save lives in public places. The AED machine has been designed so that it can technically be used by anyone, but those who have undergone first aid training and specifically, AED training courses, are best placed to use it. The device administers electronic shocks in order to restart of the heart in people… Read more »

Insurance firm warns landlords of the importance of fire safety

Posted: October 16th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A leading insurance firm has warned landlords, as well as their tenants, of the importance of ensuring that all fire safety measures are carried out on rented properties., The latest figures from Total Landlord Insurance, which specialises in providing suitable insurance products to landlords, suggest that the average claim value for a fire in a rented property is around £18,000. Fires in these properties are most commonly caused by faulty or overloaded electrics, as well as smoking indoors and cooking…. Read more »

Planning a pop-up food stand? Make food hygiene training a priority

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

Pop-up restaurants and food stands are hugely popular at the moment, and the UK’s towns and cities are only set to see more of them appearing in the coming months, as Christmas approaches. If you are planning to set up shop at a Christmas market or another festive event, it is crucial that you make food hygiene training for all of your staff a top priority. Many pop-up stand owners already have restaurants, in which all employees have taken rigorous… Read more »

Cumbrian care home praised for quality of care

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

A care home in the Cumbrian market town of Egremont has been praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the quality of care it provides to its residents. The Walsingham care home, which specialises in providing care for people who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments or learning disabilities, was recently inspected by CQC officers. A report produced after the visit stated that the facility was meeting all key standards relating to: • Staffing and care training for staff •… Read more »

Health and safety award for firm with 1m accident-free hours

Posted: October 15th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A company which has managed to rack up an impressive one million working hours without a single accident or safety incident occurring has been awarded a prestigious occupational health and safety award. The silver award was presented to Burnt Tree, a vehicle rental specialist, by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) at a special awards ceremony held in Glasgow. Burnt Tree has not had a single reportable safety incident or accident at its Shrewsbury headquarters, nor at… Read more »

4,000 UK care homes don’t have anyone in charge

Posted: October 10th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a report submitted to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), around 4,000 care homes in the UK are breaking the law by not having anyone officially in charge. Each care home is required by law to have a registered manager, someone who has had all the right care training and has the skills and experience to run a care home for elderly, ill or vulnerable people responsibly. However, new research has found that 3,900 UK care homes don’t have… Read more »

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