Data protection is the protection and the legal control over access to and the use of all data stored physically and electronically. It is defined by the Data protection Act (DPA) of 1998 and was updated by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in 2018.
Confidentiality of information is a key part of maintaining dignity for those using health and social care services. The DPA requires public bodies and their data controllers to comply with a range of predefined principles.
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Health and safety is important all year round, but there are a number of myths that have sprung up regarding the HSE and Christmas. Continue reading “Health and Safety at Christmas”
Over the past decade, over 11,000 front-line fire-fighting jobs have disappeared. Having a personal level of experience with fire safety practices in the current climate is important, but this goes doubly if not more so for care homes, especially given that there is specific legislation in place. This article seeks to outline some general fire safety guidance, before going deeper into what is required in a care home setting. Continue reading “Fire Safety in Care Homes”
Understanding and addressing your patients’ needs is the ultimate goal of the conscientious care worker. In any work environment, too often, when employees are confronted by angry customers, they inadvertently escalate the situation rather than address the root cause. Conflict resolution and customer service are key skill-sets used effectively by experienced carers. Continue reading “Conflict resolution – The patient is always right, mostly.”
The Care Certificate is the most important piece of certification for anyone wanting to work in the care sector. It can be difficult to understand exactly what it is and what it includes, so the purpose of this article is to enable the prospective carer to understand what they are required to study in order to be able to work in their field. Continue reading “Understanding the Care Certificate”
Epilepsy is a condition that most people are familiar with; disclaimers warning epileptics about flashing lights or visual patterns in movies or games are ubiquitous in modern society. This article aims to outline what epilepsy is, and what to do if somebody you know is suffering from the seizures caused by epilepsy. Continue reading “Epilepsy – what is it and how to prepare?”
Strokes can be life-threatening, and they are also not uncommon. As such,
it is important to understand what strokes are, and how you can help care for someone who is suffering or has suffered from a stroke. In a stroke act FAST.
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Approximately 3 and a half million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, with a further half million believed to be living undiagnosed. This equates to roughly 1 in 16 people, meaning it’s likely that, as a carer, you will come across people living with the condition; as such, it is important to know how to help care for them should they require it. This article outlines what diabetes is, and explains how diabetic patient care can ensure they live a relatively normal life. Continue reading “Diabetic Patient Care – A guide for carers with diabetes symptoms”
Patients with Aspergers syndrome can have difficult lives, typically with difficulties in understanding and processing language. People may find out they have Aspergers as a child, or during later life, but in either case, sufferers frequently report feeling overwhelmed by the world; other people, it seems, intuitively know how to hold conversations, but people with Asperger’s syndrome struggle to build a rapport. As such, this article will provide some advice on how to help people live comfortably with Aspergers. Continue reading “Supporting patients with Aspergers – Care advice for Asperger’s Syndrome”
Quality patient care is the objective of every care management team. To achieve this requires careful planning, long-term commitment and working within a tight budget. More importantly, it requires highly skilled staff with a dedication to a career that can be extremely stressful. Skills that can be honed or developed further through online training.
A study by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee found that 48 per cent of care staff leaves within a year of starting. While pay and working hours are a factor, the lack of career development and training is often a recurring complaint within the industry.
Investing in your employees through Online Care Courses can make the difference. Continue reading “Online Training – Why Care homes should use Online Care Courses”