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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 »

North Wales landlord fined over failure to conduct fire risk assessment

Posted: May 7th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The landlord of a block of flats in North Wales has been fined more than £5,000 for failing to conduct a fire risk assessment. Mr D.C. Lloyd was reportedly sent an enforcement notice by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service which required him to make improvements to fire safety measures at his property, Ferry Lodge Flats in Saltney Ferry. Mold Magistrates Court heard that Mr Lloyd had failed to comply with the notice, prompting the fire service to initiate legal… Read more »

Birmingham care home ordered to improve after patient injury

Posted: May 6th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

A care home in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham has been ordered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to improve its standards after a resident was injured due to suspected neglect. The Kerria Court care home, which has the capacity to care for 47 people, was visited by the CQC’s inspectors last February. During the inspection, it was found that a resident had sustained a minor injury due to “poor staff practice and potential neglect”, and there were also issues… Read more »

Preventing contamination in the food industry

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

Businesses and organisations operating within the food and drink industry have a responsibility to maintain extremely high standards in relation to food hygiene and safety. This is to protect the public from harm or ill health and adhere to health and safety laws. All employees within a food or drink business need to undergo rigorous food safety training in order to maintain the company’s high standards. There are many issues to learn about and some of these can be more… Read more »

Newquay hotel owners to be sentenced over fatal fire

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

The owners of a hotel in Newquay which burned down four years ago, in a fire that caused the loss of three lives, are to be sentenced in Truro Crown Court. The fire at the Penhallow Hotel broke out in August 2007, with the most likely cause of the blaze believed to be arson. Firefighters at the scene later described the fire as the worst they’d seen in Britain in forty years. More than 90 people escaped the blaze, but… Read more »

Stress: how it affects you as a care worker as well as the people you care for

Posted: May 4th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Being aware of stress and its negative effects is important in any work environment, as is knowing how to counter it. However, proper management of stress in a care environment is perhaps even more crucial. This because stress not only affects you, but your colleagues and importantly, the people you care for. Not everyone knows how to recognise stress, nor do they fully understand how it can create a negative working environment that in turn affects the day-to-day life of… Read more »

Bolton nightclub boss says fire safety course saved lives

Posted: May 4th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The boss of a nightclub in Bolton has said that arranging fire safety training for himself and his staff potentially saved lives in a recent fire at the premises. The fire started at the Lush Disco Bar on Bradshawgate in Bolton in the early hours of Sunday (1st May) morning. Owner Giuseppe Granata claims that although the fire caused several thousands of pounds worth of damage, it could have turned into a major blaze and endangered many lives had staff… Read more »

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