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Falmouth care home ordered to improve training standards

Posted: May 14th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The bosses of a care home in Falmouth, Cornwall, have been ordered to improve standards of care and staff training after inspectors found that it was “falling far short of standards people should be able to expect”. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the King Charles Court nursing home in November 2010 and then again in February 2011. They found a number of problems on the first visit, and not all of these had been rectified by the… Read more »

Restaurant to re-open following food hygiene violations

Posted: May 13th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A restaurant in Broughton near Preston which shut down due to food safety violations is to reopen under new management. The original owners of the Burlingtons restaurant pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences in August 2010 and were fined £3,000 plus £2,000 in court costs. The head chef at the restaurant also resigned following the verdict. Environmental health officers uncovered a number of problems in the kitchen of the restaurant, including unsanitary conditions and dirty walls, floors and door handles…. Read more »

Health and safety at work: the basics (pt.2)

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

In the first part of this guide to health and safety at work, we looked at the initial steps you must follow as an employer in order to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Let’s look what you need to do next (steps 1-5 are outlined in pt.1 of this guide): 6. Make sure your workplace has all the proper facilities to ensure a healthy and safe environment for employees. This could mean… Read more »

Health and safety at work: the basics (pt.1)

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

Health and safety in the workplace is every employer’s responsibility, but it is surprising how many bosses these days don’t really know where to start. Lax standards in health and safety can cause accidents, which can then lead to lawsuits and compensation claims, so it is in your interest as a business owner to protect your company and your staff. The following is a brief checklist of the stages you must follow in order to adhere to the Health and… Read more »

Barrow restaurant owner charged for fire safety breaches

Posted: May 11th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon 1

The manager of a restaurant in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness has been given a suspended jail term after alarming fire safety breaches were uncovered at the premises. Fire safety officers first identified problems at the Mithali restaurant on Dalton Road after inspecting the property in November 2009. They found a number of failings, most of which are covered in basic fire safety training. The building had no proper fire risk assessment, nor did it have fire alarms or emergency… Read more »

Food safety worries at Jamie Oliver restaurants

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

A number of the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants have been criticised by food hygiene officials after suspected cases of food poisoning were reported by diners. The chain, which contains seventeen restaurants, was inspected by food safety officers after two diners at Oliver’s Reading restaurant allegedly fell ill with the norovirus after eating a shellfish-based dish. Inspectors carried out spot-checks of eleven restaurants in the chain between November 2009 and November 2010, and they apparently uncovered a number of… Read more »

A foot on the ladder: taking a health and social care NVQ

Posted: May 10th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Training is vital for a career in health and social care; you won’t get anywhere without it. There are many care training courses available to new starters in this demanding yet highly rewarding sector, all of them tailored to suit trainees of different skill and career levels. Most people who are starting off their career in health and social care take a QCF NVQ Diploma course (note: this used to be called an NQF NVQ Diploma but the framework has… Read more »

Cheshire care home found to be “failing residents”

Posted: May 9th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home for elderly residents has been harshly criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for failing to protect the safety and welfare of its occupants. The CQC found that eight essential standards were not being met at the Rangemore care home, which is located in Knutsford. These included a lot of the basics that are generally included in care training courses, such as issues with the handling of medicines, respect for residents, record-keeping, poor infection control and cleanliness…. Read more »

Electrical firm fined £120,000 for health and safety breaches over worker injury

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

A company from East Sussex has been fined more than £120,000 after it was found to have breached health and safety regulations, resulting in a worker falling and sustaining serious injuries. The worker, who is not named in any reports of the incident, was working for Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil on a scissor lift when he fell. The electrical firm had been subcontracted to design and construct electrical and mechanical systems in new structures within Manor Royal Industrial Park, which is… Read more »

First aid: learning the basics

Posted: May 8th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

First aid is an invaluable skill to learn; it can literally save lives. As with learning any new skill, it is important to get the basics of first aid straight in your mind before progressing into more advanced training. Let’s start with the main aims of first aid, and why it is so important. The key objectives of first aid are to: • Preserve life – this is the main aid of all types of medical care, to save lives…. Read more »

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