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Sepsis Nursing Interventions in a New Age of Technology
21/10/2020
Sepsis can be fatal if not spotted early, and nursing interventions are key to noticing the symptoms on time. Recent technological integrations have shown promise in facilitating nurses' management of sepsis patients, yet figures indicate that the UK is failing to keep up with other wealthy nations’ progress on cutting sepsis mortality. Here we unpack the latest research... Read More

What Are the Eight Principles of the Data Protection Act?
12/10/2020
The UK Data Protection Act was originally designed to protect personal data stored on computers and paper filing systems. Since then, technology has evolved substantially and so have many of the permissions surrounding it, however, the core principles stay the same - 8 principles of the data protection act still apply today and ensure that personal information is processed and stored lawfully. Read More
 
England Is Not Breastfeeding Friendly: 5 Countries We Should Take a Leaf From
01/10/2020
Since the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was introduced, countries across the world have been working to become more breastfeeding friendly. Each country has it's own unique strategy to promote the welfare of mothers and babies alike, here are some of the most successful strategies that the UK could gain inspiration from. Read More

Nursing Recruitment and Retention: On The Brink, A Skillset Too Far For Britain's Sexual Health Nurses?
25/09/2020
Sexual health services have hit 'breaking point', with staff morale at an all-time low and nursing recruitment and retention facing a massive 'succession-crisis'. Taking a look back at the last 20 years, we explore the debates around issues of exploitation, inequality of pay and perceived competency and interrogate the question: have sexual health nurses been pushed beyond their skillset? Read More
 
Sepsis Nursing Diagnosis: The Critical Signs
13/09/2020
Many of us have heard of the term sepsis, and that it’s linked to some form of infection. What many people don’t know is not only how common cases of sepsis can be, but also the key signs that someone might be suffering from sepsis because it can be increasingly difficult to spot, making it a life-threatening condition that can occur both in children and adults. Without early identification and emergency treatment the chances of surviving sepsis are greatly reduced. Read More

Manual Handling Regulations: The Complete Employer's Guide
25/08/2020
For some industries, manual handling is a routine activity. Nevertheless, to promote your own safety, it is important to understand the risks and manual handling regulations at work and, to maintain workplace health for your workers, bolster up your training and risk assessment. Read More
 
End of Life Care Plan: Where to Start?
21/08/2020
Discussing death with a loved one is challenging to say the least. By the same token, being the health or social care professional responsible for discussing an end of life care plan with a dying or critically ill patient and their family members is a huge professional challenge. Read More

Vaccine Hesitancy: The Political Strain of (and on) Healthcare
05/08/2020
Whilst the majority of the world waits patiently for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, anti-vaxxers are joining anti-lockdown protests and using this time of uncertainty to spread misinformation and fear. Such an alliance is causing vaccine hesitancy to rise in the UK and across the world, posing a threat to public health. Here we will unpack everything about vaccines and the people they're made for - from the science to the politics to the conspiracy theories they are entrenched in. Read More
 
Breastfeeding Immunity: Can We Get Britain to Stay Natural for Longer?
03/08/2020
Breast milk is commonly understood to provide sustenance to babies, but fewer people know about the importance of breastfeeding immunity. Breastfeeding has been shown to provide vital protection from infectious diseases to infants whilst in the womb and shortly after. But, is that the whole story, or are there effects that reach beyond infancy? Read More

Mental Health Days - Rarely Taken, Desperately Needed
09/07/2020
It’s an interesting concept that a day off can be taken without guilt for a headache, but if you’re having a full-blown panic attack or episode of depression you feel you still have to go to work. So how do you know if you need to take mental health days and what should you do with them? Read More
 
Ableism and The Autism Puzzle Piece – An Autistic's Perspective
22/06/2020
The autism puzzle piece symbol puzzle piece to represent people on the autism spectrum has a long and troubled past, from when it was first created. Why? To understand this, you have to first understand where the symbol came from and the meaning attached to it. Read More

WorldHost 2020: Empowering Staff to Keep Customers Safe and Happy Beyond COVID-19
08/06/2020
On Monday 8 June, People 1st International is launching WorldHost 2020, a bite-sized e-learning module which extends the globally recognised WorldHost customer service programme, to help businesses to maintain a positive reputation and increase customer confidence post-COVID-19. Read More
 
CQC in Care Homes: Providers Call for Stronger Regulation
27/05/2020
The regulator has, like many others, had to adapt their approach around the challenges that come with a pandemic, however, along with their launch of the Emergency Support Framework, the CQC has received some backlash over their role in care homes during the crisis. Read More

How to Stop Ruminating and Accept the Times We are in
18/05/2020
It's Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme is kindness, most specifically being kind to yourself. In light of this theme, our Head of Marketing explores how altering your perception of time, your own time in particular, can be massively advantageous for your mental health. Read More
 
Fire Safety Regulations Since Grenfell: The New Regime
11/05/2020
Several key fire safety regulations have come into power in the UK this month. Here, we take a look back at the timeline since Grenfell and explore what the new legislation means for the healthcare sector. Read More

COVID-19: One in three charities has cancelled services due to lack of digital skills or tech
07/05/2020
Our survey of charity digital skills has been updated to include information on how COVID-19 has affected the sector. One early finding is that one in three lack the skills or tech to cope. Read More
 
New guidance released on CSTF mandatory training during Covid-19
30/04/2020
New guidance released by Skills for Health and Health Education England following a review of the minimum requirements for statutory and mandatory training during the Covid-19, has identified that four key subject matters should be focused on to ensure training is maintained for frontline workers. Read More

Coronavirus Update - Our Promise to You
14/04/2020
As the number of COVID-19 cases rise and concerns around the pandemic escalate, we want to reassure you that the Skills Platform are committed to supporting our customers, the NHS and wider healthcare sector during this novel crisis. Read More
 
Happy Birthday to the Care Certificate
08/04/2020
It’s now five years since the Care Certificate was launched in England in April 2015. With the latest statistics showing that 68% of frontline health and social care staff have engaged with the Care Certificate, let’s refresh our minds as to what the Care Certificate is as well as answer some of the commonly asked questions from throughout the health and social sector. Read More

Improving the care for people with autism and learning disabilities
10/02/2020
In October 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) released their annual assessment of health care and social care in England. The document, aptly named ‘State of Care’ reported that, despite challenging times, most of the care given across England is good and, overall, the quality is improving slightly. However, they also reported that service users are not always having good experiences and sometimes people don’t get the care they need until it’s too late and things have seriously worsened for them. Read More
 
New Oral Health mandatory questions added to Effective: Key Lines of Enquiry
04/02/2020
CQC published a report ‘Smiling Matters’ in June 2019 which details an in-depth review on the state of oral health care in care homes across England. Since October 2019, new questions to improve oral care in care homes have been added to the Care Quality Commission’s ‘effective’ key line of inspection inquiry. Read More