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Preventing abuse in health and social care environments

Posted: June 17th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Abuse, whether violent or otherwise, should never happen in a care environment. Sadly though, it does occur and it remains a huge challenge for those actively working to eradicate it within the health and social care sector. There are a number of ways in which care workers can contribute to the fight against abuse, but it all starts with receiving the proper training. Depending of course on the type of care environment you work in, the following courses could be… Read more »

Two Plymouth companies fined after worker fractures pelvis

Posted: June 16th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon 1

Following a work accident in which an employee suffered a fractured pelvis, two companies based in Plymouth have been fined for breaching health and safety regulations. Both CL Electrical solutions Ltd and HT Gardner Distribution Ltd were brought before Plymouth Crown Court after worker Tom Davis suffered a work accident. Davis, a trainee electrician, was working at HT Gardner’s Plympton site at the time of the incident. He was asked to replace lightbulbs on the ceiling of the warehouse, and… Read more »

The key elements of infection control

Posted: June 15th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Infection control is one of the most essential parts of the infrastructure of health care, although unfortunately it is also one of the most overlooked and under-supported. There are many elements to infection control, and people working within healthcare environments should be aware of all of them in order to avoid an epidemic which could end up affecting public health. These elements include: • Prevention – this relates to cleaning, sterilisation and disinfection, hygiene, vaccination and surveillance • Monitoring and… Read more »

Care home worker resigns over incorrect medicine dispensation

Posted: June 14th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A staff member of a care home in Aberdeenshire has reportedly resigned after the home’s manager was informed that some patients were not given the right medication. The management team at the Havencourt nursing home were informed of the incident was from a colleague of the former employee who expressed concerns that improper medicine dispensation had taken place during a recent night shift. The nurse claimed that the member of staff on duty that night failed to give a dose… Read more »

Fire breaks out at east Belfast care home

Posted: June 13th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An elderly resident of a care home in east Belfast has been rushed to hospital after a fire broke out on the premises. The fire at the Victoria Park Care Home started last Sunday (12th June) at around 9pm at night. It was believed to have started in a ground floor room, although the cause of the fire has not yet been established. However, reports have suggested that an elderly resident from the home had to be led out of… Read more »

Food safety training: understanding the link between diet and health

Posted: June 12th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work within the food industry, you are likely to be aware of the UK Government’s recent efforts to improve general public health and prevent unnecessary death through healthier eating and more nutritional diets. In line with this campaign, businesses which supply food in any way (i.e. restaurants, cafes and even schools and hospitals) should be making a conscious effort to improve the nutritional content of the food they supply. This is why more advanced food safety training is… Read more »

Reading food businesses falling short of food hygiene standards

Posted: June 12th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following a recent inspection, more than half of the food-serving businesses in Reading have been found to be falling short of food hygiene standards. Reading Council’s food safety team visited a total of twenty-one premises over the last twelve months, checking for things like cleanliness of premises, safe food storage and preparation and food hygiene training for staff. What they found was quite shocking; of the 66 test samples that were taken from the knives, chopping boards and other kitchen… Read more »

Welsh firms fined for fatal health and safety breach

Posted: June 11th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Two firms have been ordered to pay more than £500,000 in compensation and court costs after a judge ruled that they were at least partly liable for the death of employee Christopher Booker, 49, at Aberthaw Power Station in June 2007. Mr Booker, 49, was killed after he fell 12 feet from a platform to the ground. He fell through an unprotected opening, in an area that was inadequately lit. Prior to the tragic incident, the company running the power… Read more »

CQC still concerned over standards at Barwell care home

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

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that it still has concerns about the standards of care at the Saffron House care home in Barwell, Leicestershire. Inspectors from the health and social care watchdog visited the High Street care home last March after a previous report expressed concern that Saffron House was not meeting all of the CQC’s 12 essential standards of care. In the original report, the following issues were raised: • Staff were not receiving the correct care… Read more »

Moving on from basic fire safety awareness training

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

Ideally, every employee in your business should undergo at least a basic level of fire safety awareness training. This will help the workplace to become a safer place, one that is fully prepared for an emergency situation such as an outbreak of fire. However, it is also very important for businesses to have a fully trained and competent ‘responsible person’ in charge of fire safety. This person, or persons, will need to have in-depth knowledge of fire safety rules and… Read more »

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