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Staff use fire safety training to save residents in care home blaze

Posted: July 14th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The staff at a care home in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland had occasion to use the skills learnt in their fire safety training after a fire broke out and residents had to be evacuated safely. The Clare House care home, which specialises in the treatment of people with mental health problems, went up in flames last Tuesday (12th July) at around 12.30am. By the time the fire brigade arrived on the scene to tackle the blaze, the home’s staff had… Read more »

Stourport care home honoured with dementia care award

Posted: July 13th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Staff at the Ravenhurst Care Home in Stourport have been honoured with a prestigious award for their efforts in improving care for dementia patients. The award was presented to Anastasia Meredith, the manager of the Sanctuary Care-run home, and her deputy Mary Grannell at the headquarters of Worcestershire County Council. At County Hall, the prestigious Improving the Quality of Dementia Care award was presented to them by Eddie Clark, the council’s director of adult and community services. Ms Meredith attributed… Read more »

Mansfield hotel manager pleads guilty to fire safety offences

Posted: July 12th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A manager of two hotels in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, has pleaded guilty to a number of fire safety offences at Nottingham Crown Court. David Liu, the manager of both the Market Inn and the Dial Hotel, admitted 15 breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 after officers from Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service uncovered serious problems at his hotels. During a routine inspection, fire safety officers found that the upper floors of both premises were being used as sleeping… Read more »

Healthy eating training for caterers

Posted: July 11th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Healthy eating is a bigger issue these days than ever before, as the government takes new measures to battle ill health and death caused by poor diets, unhealthy eating habits and obesity. In addition to standard food safety training, catering firms and their workers should also ensure that they consider arranging more specialised training on healthy eating. This is particularly relevant for firms which supply food to educational facilities or to the health and social care sector. Attaining such a… Read more »

Building managers fined over fire safety breaches in London flats

Posted: July 10th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The managers of a block of flats in London have been fined thousands of pounds by Southwark Crown Court after numerous fire safety breaches were uncovered at the property. Inspectors from London Fire Brigade visited the Gloucester Terrace flats in Paddington after a fire broke out in one of the flats. They found a number of quite serious fire safety hazards, including failures to lock the electrical intake cupboard and failure to install a proper fire alarm system. The fire… Read more »

Hotel receptionist uses first aid training to save elderly woman’s life

Posted: July 9th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A hotel receptionist from Llandudno was able to save an elderly woman’s life using her first aid training after the guest collapsed and stopped breathing. Julie Smith, 47, was working at the Tynedale Hotel on a night shift when an elderly guest, 87-year-old Freda Madden, collapsed on the dance floor during the last dance of the night. As she had attended first aid training sessions previously, the receptionist was able to rush to the woman’s aid and keep her alive… Read more »

UK care homes found to be routinely breaching fire regulations

Posted: July 8th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

A number of care homes in the UK have been found to be routinely breaching fire safety regulations and putting their residents at risk, according to a report in the Guardian. Following a freedom of information request, it was revealed that as many as 135 care homes in the UK have been identified as fire hazards by inspectors from the fire service. In total, as many as 4,700 elderly and disabled people were found to be in danger by residing… Read more »

Entry to social care: the Common Induction Standards

Posted: July 7th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are new to the health and social care sector, there are a number of areas you must be trained in before you can work unsupervised. These are known as the Common Induction Standards, and they are essential for anyone starting a career in social care. The Common Induction Standards are designed to reflect current policy and practice within the sector, and give new staff a comprehensive and standardised induction into their new roles. They feed in perfectly to… Read more »

Report reveals shortage of well-trained home carers

Posted: July 6th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report published by the think tank IPPR has concluded that due to a shortage of well-trained care staff, an increasing number of elderly people are receiving poor quality care at home. IPPR researchers found a number of factors that appeared to be contributing to the UK’s ‘failing’ home care system, including high staff turnover rates, an over-reliance on migrant workers and low wages. This situation appears to be worse in London, where as many as 75 per cent… Read more »

Housing providers admit fire safety failures

Posted: July 5th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new survey has revealed that three quarters of the people who work for housing providers do not believe proper fire risk assessments have been carried out. The survey, undertaken by the fire service and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), involved asking nearly 400 employees of different housing providers if they were confident their organisations had properly assessed all fire risks at the high-rise tower blocks they managed. The results of the survey, which was launched following the deaths… Read more »

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