What is Schizophrenia?

Public awareness of mental illnesses is on the rise, and for good reason. Approximately 1 in 6 people in the UK will need treatment for mental health conditions in their lifetimes, for a wide variety of mental health conditions. In particular, approximately 1 in 100 people will suffer from an episode of schizophrenia at some point in there life.

At any one moment, some 220,000 people in the Uk alone are receiving treatment for the condition. This article endeavours to explain the symptoms and hypothesised causes of schizophrenia.

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Healthcare assistant – what does an HCA do?

Deciding to become a healthcare assistant opens up a number of options for a career in care. Healthcare assistants (often referred to as care assistants, support workers or HCA) play a vital role in the National Health Service (NHS). They also work in patients homes or community settings such as GP surgeries.

This article offers some insight into healthcare assistants (HCAs) work and discusses possible options for training at entry level and beyond. It also looks at required skill sets for those wishing to undertake a role in the area of general patient care.

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Phobia – Treating Phobias


A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. Phobias can be debilitating conditions that have massive impacts on people’s lives, and as such are treated seriously by the medical profession as a whole.

There are a variety of approaches that can be taken to combat phobias, ranging from simple self-help tasks to full-blown medical interventions. This article seeks to explain some of these approaches.

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Identify a Stroke – How to identify strokes for carers and family members

Strokes can be life-threatening, and today they are unfortunately common (there are around 32,000 stroke related deaths in the UK every year). As such, it is important to understand what strokes are, and how to properly identify a stroke as they happen. Continue reading “Identify a Stroke – How to identify strokes for carers and family members”

Child Care Training Course – should parents undergo child care training?

Every parent wants the best for their children and support in the area of parenting is often hard to come by.  While a Child Care training course is generally tailored towards those working in a supervisory role, parents are more and more looking at alternative ways of brushing up on parenting soft skills.

In order to help you decide whether it is worthwhile investing your time and money in this type of training we’ve written an article that gives an overview of a typical Child Care course, outlining the benefits to careworkers as well as parents and their children. Continue reading “Child Care Training Course – should parents undergo child care training?”

Mental Health Treatments

1 in 5 adults are living with some variety of mental health issue which negatively affects their lives. Needing to locate facilities that offer different mental health treatments can be a complicated process. Like physical health issues, mental issues can get worse without appropriate treatment.

There are a variety of mental health treatments available. Often, an individual may receive more than one type of treatment while they are getting help with a mental health issue. For instance, a person may learn about their condition (education), talk to a counsellor or therapist, and make some lifestyle changes to support the positive things that they are making in their life. Continue reading “Mental Health Treatments”

Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?

Mandatory training relates to training that employers are expected to provide to their staff following statutory requirements.  Statutory requirements include the Health and Safety at Work Act, local authority requirements, and the requirements specified by the Care Quality Commission. Continue reading “Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?”

Medication management in Care

Working in a care home, or indeed in any domiciliary care role will require you to understand the principles of medication management.  While the focus of any care role is on the patient, you are also responsible for the care of others in their locale.  The onus ultimately is on you and mistakes with medicine can be fatal. This article looks at medication management and explains how the management of any prescribed or over the counter medicine is an important aspect of the job.

Patients are in care because they require a level of support.  This support may be in the form of physical support, such as moving a patient  or it may be emotional support.  In health and social care, it is important to remember at all times that no two patients are the same – some may have mobility issues, some chronic illness and others may need help with simple tasks that others take for granted. Continue reading “Medication management in Care”

Are Mandatory Training Courses different to Statutory Training Courses? (CQC)

Statutory training relates to training this is required legally in order to protect individuals in the workplace.  Mandatory training relates to trade specific training that the employer considers essential or compulsory for a specific job.  Both phrases are often confused by employers.  This article covers a list of mandatory social care training courses and looks at those that are statutory within the confines of the CQC.

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Diabetes Reversal – Is It Possible to Reverse Diabetes?

Around the world, about 300 million people are suffering from diabetes, an ailment in which the blood glucose levels remain high. For a long period, diabetes was described as a condition and not a disease and therefore, incurable. It was believed that once you have it, all you can do is to manage and try to live with it for the rest of your life. But recently, studies conducted in various corners of the world points to the fact that diabetes reversal is possible and patients can lead a normal life without medicine and extensive diet control. Continue reading “Diabetes Reversal – Is It Possible to Reverse Diabetes?”