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Reading care home owners hit back at CQC criticism

Posted: June 1st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon 2

The owners of a care home in Reading have expressed irritation at a recent report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on standards at the home. The Orchard Lodge care home, on Baskerville Road, has 11 residents, many of whom have dementia. After a visit in February, CQC inspectors claimed that the home had failed to meet 12 out of 17 ‘essential’ standards of care, quality and safety. The report stated: “The home did not ensure that people had… Read more »

Lancaster mum uses first aid training to resuscitate daughter

Posted: May 31st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A woman from Lancaster was able to use her recently acquired first aid training to resuscitate her young daughter, after she fell and hit her head whilst playing in the garden. BBC News Lancashire reports that Sonya Hall’s three-year-old daughter Tilly was playing with her brother last March when she fell over and banged her head. The 33-year-old mother described how Tilly was shaking, had stopped breathing and had gone blue in the face. Luckily, Sonya had recently taken a… Read more »

Dealing with confrontational behaviour in a care environment

Posted: May 31st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Working in health and social care can be tremendously rewarding, but it can also be a challenging and complex line of work. Care workers need specialist knowledge and training to look after people with specific medical conditions, and they also need to know how to look after themselves. Unfortunately, cases of violence and aggression still occur within the care sector, despite initiatives set up by the Government to counter it. Often, difficult or dangerous situations are unavoidable, such as in… Read more »

Smoked salmon supplier scoops food safety award

Posted: May 30th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

One of Scotland’s oldest suppliers of traditional smoked salmon has been honoured with an award for maintaining exemplary standards in food safety training, measures and practice. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) made the decision to award John Ross Jr (Aberdeen Ltd) with the Grade A Global Standard for Food Safety after the company opened the doors of its smokehouse for an in-depth audit of its food safety and quality procedures. The company’s high standards, which it has been working towards… Read more »

Scarborough landlord fined for fire safety breaches in flats

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

The landlord of a block of flats in Scarborough has been fined more than £5,500 after breaching fire safety regulations and putting his tenants in danger. Ewan McFerren pleaded guilty of five breaches of the Fire Safety Order (2005) in York Crown Court recently, and was subsequently fined £5,500 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,400. The charges related to a block of flats on New Queen Street in Scarborough, in which fire safety investigators found a catalogue of… Read more »

Is your workplace due for a health and safety inspection?

Posted: May 28th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

As a business that has employees or that comes into contact with members of the public, it is very important to ensure that all your health and safety, and fire safety, measures are up to date. You can conduct a full risk assessment, arrange for your staff to undergo health and safety training and implement all recommended safety measures – but if you don’t review everything regularly you may be in violation of the law. More importantly, you may be… Read more »

Leicester takeaway shut down for shocking food safety offences

Posted: May 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A fast food restaurant in Leicester has been shut down by environmental health officers after an inspection revealed cockroach and mice infestations and shockingly unsanitary conditions in food preparation areas. The Eagle Pan takeaway in Belgrave, Leicestershire, was inspected by members of the council’s Food Safety Team recently. The unsanitary conditions they encountered were severe enough for environmental health officer Alison Cadmore to shut the restaurant down within an hour of the visit. She said: “I immediately noticed mouse droppings… Read more »

CQC releases dignity and nutrition report after 12 hospitals spot-checks

Posted: May 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has this week published its first detailed reports following twelve unannounced inspections of NHS hospitals throughout the UK. The CQC states that the findings do not represent a complete picture of standards at all of the hospitals; simply a snapshot of conditions and quality of care on the day of the visit. The first reports, available in full on the CQC website, flag up problems in three of the hospitals inspected so far. The NHS… Read more »

Why your business should go the extra mile with workplace training

Posted: May 26th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Some types of workplace training are mandatory, such as for those working in care environments or employees involved in the preparation of food. Ensuring that all staff undergo basic training can help you to meet UK regulations and legal requirements, as well as helping your business or organisation to run as smoothly as possible. Once all basic training requirements are met, however, you should start to think about training your staff up to more advanced levels. You can send staff… Read more »

Praise for son who saved father’s life with first aid skills

Posted: May 25th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A 13-year-old boy scout from Angus in Scotland has been honoured with a medal from The Scouts Association after he used his first aid training to save his father’s life. Lachlan Wallace was hiking back to Forfar from Tannadice with his father Iain, 10-year-old sister Mirren and the 3rd Forfar Scouts when the incident occurred. His father accidentally touched an unmarked electric fence, which gave him such a jolt that he was knocked unconscious. The 13-year-old, demonstrating just how useful… Read more »

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