Marie Curie has launched a free online resource for health and social care professionals who don’t have expertise in palliative and end of life care.
The charity says it is the first time that a comprehensive and robust suite of end of life care material has been made available free, quickly and easily accessible all in one place. Tracey Buckley, Marie Curie’s Palliative Care Knowledge Zone project lead and former clinical nurse manager at Marie Curie, said evidence suggested that some health and social care professionals felt uncomfortable talking about the dying process because they don’t have the knowledge and confidence to do so, and this could be a huge barrier to providing high quality care.
“The new Marie Curie Palliative Care Knowledge Zone aims to help give generalist health and social care staff the confidence to talk openly with their patients … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2016
Caring Homes Group has been recognised in the first Princess Royal Training Awards for its dementia training programme, ‘My World’.
The award is a new honour for employers in the UK who have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. Caring Homes shares the accolade with the likes of Bentley Motors, BAE systems, Asda, Unipart Group and IBM.
Caring Homes developed and implemented its My World dedicated dementia training programme to all colleagues across all its care homes during 2015-16. Accredited by City & Guilds, the programme has received very positive feedback from the wider care industry, colleagues and the families of residents.
My World was created to support carers understand how those living with dementia see the world, with the intention of increasing understanding on how people can be best supported. The three-level programme aims to … Read More »
Caring Times, October 2016
SweetTree Home Care Services has been praised for its implementation of the Care Certificate and called a ‘shining light’ for its work with new starters.
Skills for Care’s James Cross made the comments on a recent visit to the firm’s London offices where over 50 SweetTree carers will have completed their Care Certificate by the end of August, with a further 100 expected to graduate by the end of the year.
Michael Beresford, SweetTree learning and development manager, explains: “We’ve fully embraced the Care Certificate and what it’s aiming to do, and have ensured it’s been integrated within the heart of the organisation. Which is why we are delighted that Skills for Care has selected us as an example of best practice.
“The scheme presents some unique challenges for home care organisations like ours, such as how to facilitate observations … Read More »
DAVID EDWARDS,associate solicitor and head of the healthcare and regulatory teams at Harrison Drury Solicitors looks at a recent case involving BUPA Care Homes.
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In May this, Bupa Care Homes (CFC Homes) Ltd were brought before Carlisle Magistrates Court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in consequence of an incident involving bedrails in which a resident died at one the company’s care homes. Bupa was fined £400,000 with costs of £15,206.
The Court found that the company had failed to ensure that the resident’s bedrail assessment was suitable and sufficient, or that staff were adequately trained in bedrail risk assessments. They Court said reviews of bedrail assessment should have identified further measures to prevent the risk of falls, but staff who carried out the initial assessment and reviews were not adequately trained. It also found that measures identified to protect … Read More »
A nursing home in County Antrim has been fined £15,000 for breaking the law by not looking after the sensitive personal details in its care.
An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found widespread systemic failings in data protection at Whitehead Nursing Home at the time of a data breach.
The breach came when a member of staff took an unencrypted work laptop home, which was stolen during a burglary overnight. The laptop contained sensitive personal details relating to 46 staff including reasons for sickness absence and information about disciplinary matters. It also held some details about 29 residents including their date of birth, mental and physical health and ‘do not resuscitate’ status.
Ken Macdonald, Head of ICO Regions, said the nursing home had put its employees and residents at risk by failing to follow basic procedures to properly manage and look … Read More »
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A course in professional catering and cookery for the health and social care sector is being piloted at Barnet and Southgate College in North London.
The NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering is described as the first professional qualification for the sector. A result of collaboration between the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), and Barnet and Southgate College, the 20-week pilot course and qualification aims to address the absence of a recognised formal professional catering qualification dedicated to the health and social care sector.
NACC national chair Neel Radia said the course upholds a joint commitment to continuously improve the quality and standard of food in health and social care settings, and to position catering in this specific field as a viable and progressive career choice.
“The absence … Read More »
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The Welsh Government has set out how a multi-million pound grant will be used to support the essential training of the social care workforce in Wales ahead of major legislative changes being introduced over the next three years.
A new Regulation and Inspection Bill, to be introduced in the National Assembly next year, will establish a National Institute for Care and Support to drive forward workforce improvement and development across the sector.
The new arrangements are designed to support essential training in the social care sector and ensure social care staff get the training they need, including training in relation to the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act. The Social Care Workforce Development Programme (SCWDP) is worth £8.2m with local authorities contributing 30% match funding. The five priorities for the SCWDP grant in 2015-16 and 2016-17 will be:
To ensure staff … Read More »
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Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Social Care have launched new workforce capacity planning tools to help employers prepare for the implementation of the Care Act in April 2015.
Workforce capacity planning helps employers to work out whether or not they have the right mix and numbers of workers with the right skills and knowledge to implement care and support reform. The tools were commissioned by the Department of Health to support employers implement the Care Act which will have significant implications for the adult social care workforce in England.
The result is two new resources – the workforce readiness tool and the workforce capacity planning model.
Skills for Care says the workforce readiness tool will help employers reflect on their current workforce, their skills and knowledge and how the Care Act may require a change of approach. … Read More »
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A new standard for apprenticeships in property maintenance has been developed by a trailblazer group of cross-sector employers, led and supported by national care provider Barchester Healthcare.
Working alongside companies such as Hilton Worldwide, Carillion, Mitie, Interserve, Barchester has established the new standard which is recognised by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).
The new benchmark means that for the first time there will be an apprenticeship for maintenance staff across a range of business areas, including health and social care, hospitality, the NHS and local authorities.
This development gives apprentices who are not construction based the opportunity to learn how to maintain and care for the condition of buildings and grounds, ensuring they are kept in excellent working condition.
Barchester director of property services Bill Wilson said the new standard would raise the level of quality maintenance provided in sectors … Read More »
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A social care leader has called for fundamental changes to tackle a dire shortage of nurses in Wales. The scarcity of medically trained staff is leading to nursing home closures which will push the NHS beyond breaking point, according to Care Forum Wales chairman Mario Kreft.
One of the major causes of the problem, says Mr Kreft, is the flawed way in which social care is commissioned.
“The commissioning process should be about quality and securing value for money and not about paying the lowest possible price,” said Mr Kreft, speaking after it was announced that two homes in the Bridgend area were closing. HC-One, which owns Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn and Southmead Grange in South Cornelly, blamed “a national shortage of nursing staff” for the “very difficult decision”.
Mr Kreft said the closures were symptomatic of the problems affecting care … Read More »