What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is the name given to a variety of life-long conditions that affect some 1 in every 400 children, with approximately 1700 new cases each year. Some people with the condition can live for many years comparatively unhindered, whereas more serious cases can massively reduce a victim’s life expectancy and quality of life.

Cerebral palsy has been getting much more attention as of late, with greater amounts of charity work being seen and more investment being put into providing care for victims and to work towards treatments. This article will give an overview of the causes, symptoms, and possible treatment possibilities for cerebral palsy.

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Working at Height – What is meant by Working at Height?

Working at height is defined by HSE as any work in any place where, if precautions are not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.

Due to the increasing height and number of tall buildings, it is becoming ever more relevant to understand the details of working at height.


Particular steps can be taken to make the activity safer, and indeed legislation that stipulates what must happen when organising work at height.

This article briefly outlines the details of the legislation involved, some basic principles to be considered when planning work at heights, and the appropriate details on who can work at height.

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Safety Management Programme – Essential Elements

It is important to understand the elements of a good process safety management programme to protect employees from harm when they are in their work environment.

Implementing such a programme is impossible without cooperation from every level of the company, managers and non-managers alike.

In this article we look at the core elements of a successful safety management programme:

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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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What is Reablement?

Reablement is an intensive short service, usually delivered in the home (or care home), which is offered to those recovering from an illness or injury. Whether it be after surgery or a bout of serious illness, modern medicine is often able to cure their afflictions.

However, for many people, the process of healing doesn’t end at discharge from the hospital. Aftercare of various lengths is typically required for many patients, with varying degrees of intensity.

This article will explain the process of reablement, and what things might take place during the course of aftercare treatment.

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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?”

Part-time courses – how online training can advance your career

Part-time courses are becoming more popular as an alternative to traditional teaching thanks due to the developments of modern technology. Traditional face to face courses, in the past, restricted learning to the classroom typically in term time, but the internet has opened up new ways of teaching for the time conscious end user.

Courses such as Degrees, Masters and higher education certification have quickly been adapted to distance learning, but the greatest growth has been in the areas of niche and specialist training.  Today there are a wide variety of options available for anyone wishing to improve their skills in the hopes of advancing their careers.

The availability of courses leads many to question if they should consider taking one, but there is always an air of scepticism around the value offered by courses online . This article outlines the advantages of taking part-time courses for those considering their alternatives.

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Supporting Someone with Dementia

Dementia can be a sad, stressful disease for the victim, but also for their family, friends, and carers. A diagnosis of dementia is not the end of the world since many people with dementia go on to live years longer and can still have happy lives.

With the right support and help, the victim can go on to live a meaningful life, and those providing care can do so with a minimal amount of stress. As such, this article outlines what you can do to help support someone who is living with dementia, as well as offering you some advice on how to look after yourself. Continue reading “Supporting Someone with Dementia”