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What is Prevent Duty? The Role You Play in Counter-Extremism
26/01/2021
Modern Britain is a multicultural society with a diverse culture, but unfortunately, there are threats to our multiculturalism. Voices of extremism come in many forms, some of which oppose the multiethnic and multireligious culture within Britain and some of which threaten our welfare as a result. Read More

Garden Leave 101: A Quick and Easy Guide
10/12/2020
Alexander Boswell, Marketing MA, Business PhD and SaaS mastermind has got a pretty good grasp of business concepts – at least he thought he did until he decided to leave the corporate world and was given PILON, a term he misunderstood for garden leave. When he sought to clarify this misinterpretation, he found he wasn't the only one with a tonne of questions. Thus, he endeavours to answer every query and doubt surrounding the subject in this comprehensive guide. Read More
 
Investigation Skills: A Mindset Beyond Police Work
19/11/2020
Whether you’re investigating a crime, accident, a person or an organisation, investigation skills are an essential part of our day-to-day lives. This article explores what investigation skills are, why they are relevant to professions outside the Police, and how to apply them daily. Read More

6 Stages of Grooming Adults and Teens: Spotting The Red Flags
17/11/2020
It's National Safeguarding Adults Week and one of the key themes this year is adult grooming. Sadly, social isolation could make the most vulnerable in our society, more likely to be targeted for abuse. With the rise in social media usage and more and more people falling into more vulnerable positions, we thought it paramount to break down the key 6 stages of grooming adults (as well as teens, because the tactics are often the same). 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

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
 
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

Not Such a Blue Monday
20/01/2020
The third Monday of January has the uninspiring title of Blue Monday. Apparently, a university professor managed to precisely calculate the most depressing day of the year, using formulae based on weather conditions, financial debt, time since Christmas, the time since failing our new year’s resolutions and low motivational level!! Cheery stuff. Read More
 
The balancing act: staying healthy in a demanding caring role
13/05/2019
Caring for others can take its toll on your body, mind and emotions. Yet, even though you may be an expert at looking after your patients, are you giving your own wellbeing the same attention? Read More

What is the CSTF? - The Acronym You Should Look Out For
11/04/2019
Whether you work in a major hospital or a care home setting; are a generalist or a specialist; are newly-trained or experienced; or are working at the front-line or a support role – any new employer (permanent or agency work) needs to know that you have up-to-date training. Read More
 
The importance of empathy
25/03/2019
All of you will have found yourselves in public situations where powerful emotions bubble to the surface, e.g. on the ‘phone to a call centre or waiting for a delayed train. Often even if it doesn’t change the outcome of the situation, if you are dealt with in an open, honest and respectful way, you feel more in control and able to cope. Read More

Empowering Patients
18/02/2019
Fortunately, 21st century healthcare is gradually moving away from the out-dated ‘doctor knows best’ model to one which is more person-centred. For you, as a health care practitioner, this means working with your patients - exploring what they already know, educating and empowering them to live the best they can with their conditions. Read More
 
What is COSHH?
15/01/2019
Working in the healthcare environment you have a duty to keep your patients safe and free from harm. However, in doing so you need to know that your health is not being put at risk and you are able to work in a safe environment. Read More

Keeping your care home healthy this winter - Part 2
26/11/2018
This past year has given us some extreme weather: who can forget the deluge of snow that the ‘Beast from the east’ brought us in March? And then, just a couple of months later we enjoyed unprecedented heat waves throughout the long summer. Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball, so who knows what the next few months will bring weather-wise? However, what we do know is that, if you work in a care home, it’s not only the weather that you will be concerned about this winter. Read More
 
Keeping your care home healthy this winter - Part 1
13/11/2018
This past year has given us some extreme weather: who can forget the deluge of snow that the ‘Beast from the east’ brought us in March? And then, just a couple of months later we enjoyed unprecedented heat waves throughout the long summer. Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball, so who knows what the next few months will bring weather-wise? However, what we do know is that, if you work in a care home, it’s not only the weather that you will be concerned about this winter. Read More

The challenges of keeping up-to-date
01/11/2018
Whatever field of healthcare you work in, the ability to cope with change has become an important aspect of your role. Yet keeping abreast of clinical, organisational and administrative changes presents a logistical challenge for even the most dedicated professional Read More
 
About Anaphylaxis
23/10/2018
Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction which affects the whole body. Without prompt treatment, it can quickly deteriorate into anaphylactic shock. Read More

Supporting people with early onset dementia
16/10/2018
Most people tend to think that dementia only affects older people. However, approximately 42,000 people in the UK are affected by what’s known as ‘young onset dementia’ each year. This short article aims to give a brief overview of early onset dementia. However, to fully support people, both through the initial stages after diagnosis and as the disease progresses, it is advisable to undertake specialist healthcare training to help patients deal with the inevitable grief and confusion. Read More
 
Looking after yourself
09/10/2018
I’m sure that you didn’t enter the caring professions expecting things to be easy, but as the song goes ‘no-one said it would be this hard.’ Unlike so many careers, what you are leaving behind at the end of a long and tiring day isn’t just a ‘to do’ list, it may quite literally be life and death. In addition, being frequently under-resourced means that so often your best is never quite enough. And that’s not easy to cope with. Read More

Maintaining nutrition and hydration in care homes
23/08/2018
Both how much and what you eat and drink not only affects your weight but it impacts on your mood, concentration levels and how you feel. In essence, ‘good’ food and hydration are essential for general wellbeing. So, as a healthcare worker, ensuring that your patients receive adequate amounts of nutrition and hydration is a fundamental aspect of holistic care. Read More
 
An introduction to PEG feeding
20/08/2018
Patients who receive PEG feeding will have a PEG tube (also known as a gastrostomy tube) inserted directly into their stomach. The tube allows all food, fluids and medications to pass directly into the digestive tract. Read More