Burn Injuries in the Workplace and how to treat them

No matter how effective our preventive measures may seem to be, accidents are bound to happen at the workplace. One of the most common types of accidents that occur in the workplace are burns, especially in chemical industries. Both electrical and chemical equipment can be sources of burn injuries in the workplace.

Burns tend to damage the skin due to the high temperatures. Anyone dealing with a burn victim is required to be extra careful to avoid inflicting further pain on the victim. When the burns aren’t severe, they can easily be treated with simple first aid. However, some burns may be too severe and even life- threatening which will require immediate medical attention as well as on the spot first aid.

All employees need to have sufficient knowledge on how to treat minor burns in the workplace and how to care for life-threatening burns until the time a medical expert will arrive and take over. They should be able to identify the difference between a minor and fatal burn. Continue reading “Burn Injuries in the Workplace and how to treat them”

10 Suggestions for workplace safety

Organisations are always looking for new ways of making the workplace environment safe for every employee. In the recent years, the number of personal injury cases has been on the rise in several countries worldwide. Employers are paying out huge sums of money in compensation further strengthening the need for workplace safety.

Organisations are always in pursuit of new ways of minimising workplace accidents and reducing the likelihood of disruptive incidents that may occur. Below are ten simple steps that you can follow to make any workplace safer for everyone. Continue reading “10 Suggestions for workplace safety”

Personal skills – what do health care professionals need?

At TutorCare we take your personal development as seriously as your professional development.  Our aim is to develop your personal skills or ‘personality skills’. These are the personal attributes (also known as soft skills) you use to engage with people and can help influence how you communicate and relate to patients, colleagues, family and friends.

These skills are becoming more important in professional life.  They can impact your career prospects, your job performance and other lifestyle activities. Employers are increasingly looking for these ‘soft’skills in addition to qualifications. In healthcare, these soft personal skills can be more important that certain technical skills. Continue reading “Personal skills – what do health care professionals need?”

Eighteen free tips for better time management

Time management is an important aspect of co-ordinating any work based project.  Simple tasks can detract from the overall organisational goal if time is not planned effectively.  Below we offer 18 simple tips for improving your working life, tips that can allow you to focus on any given project and declutter the mind. Continue reading “Eighteen free tips for better time management”

What does DET mean in training?

The Diploma in Education and Training (DET) has now replaced the Diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector (DTLLS) qualification in the UK.
The DTLLS was a qualification that was designed for anyone planning to become a full teacher (or working as) in further, continuing or adult education.
The DET qualification that has replaced it is effectively an “in-service” qualification and is available at dedicated training centres across the UK or via e-learning at www.tutorcare.co.uk.

The new courses include modules such as “Preparing to teach”, “planning and progressing learning”, “enabling learning and assessment”, “managing behaviour” and “Curriculum planning”.

The DET / DTLLS course will take approximately one year to complete with delegates being assessed through a serious of observations and assignments.

Five Tips For Time Management and Staying Focused

Distractions are a slippery slope and before you know it, hours or precious minutes have slipped by. Stay away from websites unless you have set aside time for browsing or while enjoying free time.

To help you stay focused, we’ve put together a list of five tips for your own personal time management.   Tips that can be used in your private life as well as your professional one.


Be Determined

Time management is like a diet, only a tad less painful. It can be just as beneficial and you will see the results sooner as you prepare yourself to be more determined. Along with staying focused, you have to be resolute to stick with your plan. There are exceptions to most every rule of course, and no one wants to stick to a plan that is not working, but being determined to stay on the path you have set will be a valuable asset.


Learn To Delegate

If you are running or managing a small business, there are a variety of things that can leach into your time. Micromanaging is a quick way to burn out, so find ways to delegate things. Perhaps it is trusting the postal service to take care of shipping, or setting up auto-withdrawal for your monthly expenses, you need to be able to stay on track and save time. Trust when there is the opportunity to do so.


Embrace Technology

Use email, Skype or phone calls instead of meetings. Sometimes meetings can just turn into meet and greets or friends catching up. You count in gas, lunch, and the time preparing, and meetings can pull valuable resources away from areas that need them. Meetings are necessary at times, so when planning an itinerary or schedule, make sure that 12:30 meeting with Betty Boop at the Bread Bakery is absolutely needed. Skype, instant messenger, and email are all valuable tools and sometimes can help you accomplish what you are looking to do in a much shorter period. This is very important when it comes to sales people as well.


Prepare in advance of meetings

If you know your work environment and are prepared, you will not need an hour-long presentation. Many times companies that cater to small businesses depend on the fact that small business owners are very busy and not as knowledgeable as they should be. If you are prepared with what you want and need, you can serve yourself better and save a great deal of time.


Do What You Need To Do

Procrastination may seem like a minor thing for people that have the skill and funds to start a small business in the first place, but it can get in everyone’s way. Knowing when to put something off and prioritizing is very important. When you are planning, put the things that need to be done at the top of the list and let those items command your attention. Sometimes things need to be put off because you do not have the time or assets to put towards them as well.

With these tips, you should be able to prepare and utilize your time better. Remember to prioritize, delegate when you can, stay focused and determined, and take advantage of the time you have.

If Time Management is something you or your employees struggle with visit our website and learn how to manage your time effectively.

Registered care home managers: what qualifications you will need

If you have the ambition to become a manager or supervisors in a care home, you will need certain skills, qualities and qualifications. This is the case in any position of responsibility, especially in the care sector where the welfare of other people is at stake.


To progress in a managerial role in the care sector, you will need to be a certain kind of person. You will need to have integrity, be responsible, organised and honest, and be able to manage people. Most importantly, you need to be passionate about protecting and respecting the people in your care.


Depending on the position you are applying for, you will need either one or both of the following care training qualifications:

NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care This kind of course covers most managerial duties, including communication and reporting, professional development (of self and staff), the protection of all individuals and healthy and safe working practices.

Leadership and Management of Care Services (LMC) This care training course goes into more depth on the subject of how to efficiently run a care service. It covers everything from how to develop procedures, policies and practices to communication, leadership skills and respecting the rights of patients.


The Importance of Health & Safety in the workplace

A healthy and safe atmosphere exerts positivity and relaxation irrespective of the fact whether it’s your workplace or your home. However, employers need to take special care for the health, safety, and well-being of their employees. Not only does it increase the productivity of their employees but it is an obligation that they must follow and non-adherence to it can get them in trouble legally. There are many benefits that an employer can derive by giving their employees a safe and healthy environment. Some of these benefits include positive work environment, lower staff turnover, enhanced productivity etc.

Apart from legal restrictions, providing a healthy and safe environment to the employees should be the top-most priority of the employer owing to the following reasons.

The main benefit of keeping the office atmosphere safe comes in the form of enhanced productivity of employees. This brings with it workplace positivity and offers employees a relaxed environment in the knowledge that they are not at risk. An office that is fully equipped with safety measures and employees that understand their responsibility (and yours as employer) will help them focus on their own abilities resulting in increased productivity.

Any accident in the office premises can cost the employer a lot financially and if in an unfortunate case of the accident an employee gets injured, the severity of the problem increases dramatically. The financial loss will depend on the accident, but the cost of injury to the employee will have to be borne by the employer. A safe and secure environment will reduce the insurance cost  a great deal.

A workplace with no proper health and safety maintenance will definitely see a lot of employees quitting the work for better prospects. No person likes to work in an environment where they are not provided with proper safety gear or equipment. The employer ultimately is responsible for this. If there is heavy machinery installed in the workplace, it is the duty of the employer to check all the security concerns associated with it, ensuring it is well maintained. It is also their responsibility to communicate the safety precautions to the employees for their well-being aswell as making them understand the implications of ignoring any safety guidelines.

The employer needs to address all the risks and concerns associated with the office premises, the business, subcontractors and employees. It is useful in most cases to assign an individual to oversee all health and safety aspects within the business.  Training can then be brought inhouse not only for the employees but also the designated Health and Safety person.

Not offering a safe, secure, and healthy environment to the employees will have the employer’s reputation at stake. Accidents can ruin reputations as well as lives. The following courses offered by TutorCare online will discuss the reasons and importance of why employee’s safety and health should be the first priority for any employer.

Health and Safety E-Learning Courses (an overview)

Emergency First Aid Awareness

Health and Safety Level 2 (includes conducting appropriate risk assessments)

The Benefits Of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training

Nonviolence crisis intervention is an important aspect of every business. Most businesses rely on the day to day interaction between humans from all walks of life. While it is never good to start a conflict, preparing your team to learn how to stop crisis through peaceful means will do your business a lot of good.


At TutorCare we specialise in training and certifying individuals for a number of care related courses.  One of these is in the area of nonviolent means of crisis intervention. The core emphasis is not using physical restraint to stop crisis except as a last resort. They focus on equipping people with verbal techniques of de-escalation to minimize the need for physical crisis intervention.

A nonviolent crisis intervention training course is designed to meet the needs of every individual irrespective of their cognitive range, verbal ability, behavioural disorder or any other special need. Participants learn the importance of observing and understanding all the possible factors that make behavior challenging and the most efficient way to intervene according to each situation. Although the emphasis is on verbal methods of de-escalation, some nonviolent methods of physical restraint are also taught during training. This helps reduce the number of disruptive incidents within the organisation.


Although advised for care providers, an organisation doesn’t need to pay for each staff to participate in this training; rather a single employee or the business owner can receive the training and train others within the organisation. It is a cost effective and comprehensive training option.


Benefits of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training to an Organization Through the effort of a certified member of staff with proven strategies for safety, violent behaviour can be reduced or eliminated completely.

    • It helps reduce incidents of injury in the workplace
    • It helps your business meet accreditation standards
    • It minimizes liability
    • It improves staff retention
    • It helps your business comply with legislative mandates
    • Demonstrates that your organisation is committed and willing to contribute to a safer community
    • It helps you create and maintain a caring, respectful, and safe environment for those being served and your staff


Benefits of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training to Staff

This training reduces the risks of staff injury around the workplace. It drastically reduces the occurrence of injury associated with physical intervention

  •  It will improve the level of mature communication among staff because it establishes a common language
  •   It will boost the level of staff confidence to step up and verbally intervene
  •   It will alleviate the degree of stress and anxiety that can arise as a result of uncertainty and confusion
  • It will make every member of staff feel safe at work again
  • Benefits of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training to Those You Serve
  •  It allows them to live, learn and thrive in an environment that is safe and respectful
  • They can comfortably interact with some positive role models who are equipped to manage even the most difficult situation
  • They will become active participants in the process of debriefing and learn coping skills
  • They will feel supported by empathic, compassionate and respectful staff
  •   They will be able to receive guidance about positive behavioural choices

When you opt for a training program in the UK, you’ll be able to choose from different packages available. At the end of the training, you will have learned how to organise your mental state about how people escalate their behaviour, how you should respond during a crisis, preventive practicing, and techniques of non-affiliated holding skills. You will also learn how you can build your confidence to teach others about what you’ve learned. In the end, you would be given a certificate.

The instructor certification allows you to pride yourself as a qualified and certified instructor. You would able to conduct in-house training at will. This is a good way to downwash the program throughout your organisation.

When you have received your certificate as an instructor, you’ll have access to exceptional support for training implementation. This would be an ongoing process and not just a one-time event. You would automatically be a made a member of the CPI Instructor Association. This is a global network of intervention and crisis prevention specialists. Membership guarantees that you and your organisation enjoy so many benefits.


Some of the Benefits of Instructor Certification Include:

Maximization of initial training skills and investment with the aid of free consultation. You’ll be able to solve problems with CPI training directors without charge regarding crisis intervention and training issues.

You’ll be able to attend free webinars to gain more knowledge and skill.

As a certified training instructor, you’ll be granted access to many online training resources. These resources are strictly restricted to instructors. You’ll be able to learn physical intervention skills and have access to legislative updates through newsletters. You will also have access to print journals and supportive stance to aid your cause. Following our course these resources will help you work towards becoming an expert in Assaultive Behaviour (JSM), and you will enjoy member pricing discounts for paid resources. All certified instructors who demonstrate an extraordinary level of expertise can also earn a place in the Hall of Merit.

There are so many benefits attached to training and getting certified as an instructor. The organisation, the prospective instructor, those who are served and your business as a whole will benefit from the nonviolent crisis intervention program.


Our training courses include – http://www.tutorcare.co.uk/care-training-courses/train-the-trainer/physical-intervention-instructor-course

Why is confidentiality so important in health and social care?

The issue of confidentiality is massively important in the field of health and social care. However, it is often seen as quite complex, which can lead to misapplication and misunderstanding. This is why each and every person working within the sector is recommended to take a care training course which focuses on the concept of confidentiality and all of the issues surrounding it.

The basics: what is confidentiality?

In relation to the health and social care sector, confidentiality relates to personal information about patients. Problems arise when it comes to deciding how this information should be shared in order to improve a patients care and for better communication amongst care staff.

The aim of a confidential care service should be to protect the patients information and restrict who has access to it. The patient should be informed what his or her information is being used for and who has access to it, and they should give consent for it to be used in this way.

However, confidentiality in care is not always as simple as that, particularly if the patient is unable to give consent for whatever reason. At TutorCare we offer a confidentiality in care training course that helps explain the finer points of legislation regarding this issue.

The course covers the following aspects;

  • What is confidentiality?
  • Why do we need to respect confidentiality?
  • Legislation, policy and procedure.
  • Information security breaches and how to manage them.
  • What does disclosure mean?
  • Philosophical and ethical issues.
  • Personal experience and practice.