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One in ten Scottish care homes providing “unsatisfactory” care

Posted: June 29th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

New figures published this week have revealed that one in ten Scottish care homes are providing care that is either “weak” or “unsatisfactory”. The figures, obtained by the Labour Party following a Freedom of Information request, showed that of the 880 nursing homes in Scotland, not all were meeting the high standards they should be. 67 care homes were found to be delivering a weak service, whilst 11 were unsatisfactory, which is the very worst level of service. Whilst a… Read more »

The role of the fire warden in your workplace

Posted: June 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

All workplaces are required to have a ‘responsible person’ for fire safety. This person (or persons – more than one trained person is preferable) is also known as a fire warden or fire marshal. The fire warden has a certain number of duties and responsibilities, all of which require proper fire marshall training to be undertaken beforehand. The role entails: • Having good general fire safety awareness • Checking fire fighting equipment regularly and identifying anything that is damaged or… Read more »

Preston takeaway goes from zero star to five star on food hygiene

Posted: June 27th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A fast food restaurant in the Lancashire town of Preston has managed to score top marks for food hygiene following a recent inspection, despite getting a zero star rating just a few months ago. The last time Sandos in Preston was inspected, back in March 2011, it was given a zero star rating from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for food safety. Inspectors flagged up four major areas of non-compliance, which included cleanliness and improper food storage along with a… Read more »

Construction firms fined £140k for health and safety failures

Posted: June 27th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A construction firm and a subcontractor have been fined more than £140,000 after it was revealed that safety failures at a construction site in Bristol led to a man suffering severe brain damage. Richard Chodliewicz, 53, was working on a lift installation at the new Radisson Blu Hotel site in Bristol in July 2008 when the incident occurred. He was at the bottom of the lift shaft with a colleague, whilst another man was stationed at the top of the… Read more »

How to safely manage challenging behaviour in a care environment

Posted: June 26th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Working within a care environment, you are likely to encounter many difficult situations as well as challenging behaviour from some of the people under your care. You need the skills and the knowledge to be able to prevent these situations from occurring if possible, but safely handle and defuse them if they do occur. Physical intervention training will enable you to learn more about the kinds of challenging behaviour (i.e. anger, aggression etc.) you may face in the particular care… Read more »

Gloucester restaurant owner fined £3,000 for fire safety breaches

Posted: June 25th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a restaurant in Gloucester has been fined more than £3,000 after he pleaded guilty to ten fire safety breaches. The problems at the Connoisseur Tandoori Restaurant were uncovered after there was a fire at the premises in November 2009 and an investigation was launched into the cause of the incident. Inspectors visiting the property found that: • Staff were using the top floors as sleeping accommodation without authorisation • There were no fire alarms or smoke detectors… Read more »

Burton convenience shop criticised for poor food safety standards

Posted: June 24th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A convenience shop in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire has been criticised by health and safety officials after it performed poorly in a recent council inspection. Environmental health officials from East Staffordshire Borough Council visited the Burton Polski Mini Market (on Horninglow Road) on June 10th, 2011. They found numerous safety problems, including dusty shelves, out-of-date stock and insufficient food safety management issues, all of which suggested that the staff and managers of the shop had not had the proper… Read more »

How your training can help you outside of work

Posted: June 23rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the most beneficial reasons to undertake professional workplace training is the way in which it can develop you as a person, as well as an employee. Training can help you to improve in your current role, as well as in your future career, but it can also help you outside of work. First aid training, fire safety training and health and safety training can help you in a number of ways. These three types of training, in particular,… Read more »

Refuse worker saves toddler’s life just weeks after completing first aid training

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A refuse worker who was on his daily rounds in Middlesbrough was able to save a little girl’s life after she suffered a fit, by giving her emergency first aid. Paul Thompson, 34, had completed a first aid training course just weeks before the incident occurred on June 9th, 2011. He was emptying bins on Melsonby Avenue in Middlesbrough when local woman Anne Tierney ran out of the house carrying her two-year-old granddaughter Farrah Appleby, who had suffered a seizure…. Read more »

Inspectors report malnourishment and dehydration risk at Taunton care home

Posted: June 21st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have reported that residents at the Ruishton Court Nursing Home in Taunton are “at risk of malnourishment and dehydration”. A number of issues were raised at the Henlade care home, including problems with safeguarding, poor nutritional leadership, staffing, care training and record-keeping. Due to inadequate care planning, inspectors believed that the health and welfare of residents was at risk. It was found that whilst residents who could communicate to a certain level were… Read more »

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