Care Home Guilty of Fire Safety Offences

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The owner of a care home has been sentenced after admitting fire safety failures following a devastating fire. The cause of the fire was found to be from an electrical fault, which quickly spread to the roof. At the time, 35 elderly residents were in the home; 30 were not independently mobile and five were […]

How to prepare for a CQC inspection

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) acts as an independent regulator of health and social care. Its inspection regime aims to ensure that the quality of care provided is fit for purpose. CQC inspections can be a daunting prospect for organisations, but don’t panic – by taking the necessary steps beforehand, the process can run smoothly. […]

HSE Issues Platform Lift Safety Alert

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The Health and Safety Executive has issued a safety warning after lives have been put at risk through bad-habit use of platform lifts. What are platform lifts? Platform lifts are vertical lifting platforms. Like traditional passenger lifts, they provide access between floors. Platform lifts are hydraulically or electrically powered and usually operate over two to […]

SLEEP-IN SHIFTS | Carers granted right to appeal

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As the protracted legal battle between Mencap and UNISON continues, the Supreme Court has now granted carers the right to appeal its earlier decision regarding pay for sleep-in shifts. The story so far A 2017 tribunal ruling concluded that staff who work sleep-in shifts should be paid the National Minimum Wage for the hours they […]

CARE NEWS | Draft law affecting Scottish care providers

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A Bill is currently working its way through Scottish Parliament. This would impact care providers in Scotland. The aim of this draft law is to ensure suitable and sustainable staffing to provide high quality care for service users. What does this Bill introduce? The Bill imposes a new statutory duty on all care service providers […]

6 ways to attract care workers

With a disappointingly high number of job vacancies available, employers in the care sector are struggling to attract the right talent, but a targeted recruitment strategy can get your recruitment efforts back on track. Here are six top tips for care providers: 1. Widen out the pool of potential candidates In order to get a […]

CARE | Manual Handling in Homes

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Care home employees typically spend a lot of time moving and handling. For example, helping residents move or moving equipment. No matter what the task is, it is essential that carers know how to carry out  tasks safely and correctly. They should know how to assist someone in a wheelchair, help someone to sit up […]

HEALTH & SAFETY | The Challenge for the Care sector

Owners and managers of care companies, juggling multiple functions and responsibilities, often overlook Health & Safety regulations.    But workplace Health & Safety should be a top priority. After all, safeguarding people from risk of harm is a legal duty – the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states employers must protect employees and […]

Crackdown on zero hours contracts for domiciliary care workers

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April has brought about some changes for employers in Wales in relation to domiciliary workers. Perhaps the most significant change is that providers are now required to provide domiciliary care workers a choice of contract following a three month period of employment. Social care minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, commented ‘There is a very clear link between […]

Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers

For healthcare providers, having clear standards of behaviour is absolutely essential to delivering safe and high-quality care. However, for those whose operations transcend borders, there are different, albeit very similar, Codes of Practice for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. What Codes of Practice are in place? In England, there is a Code of Conduct […]