All posts by Sarah

Dementia Training

We are so pleased to have been awarded Level 4 accreditation by OCN for our brand new Dementia training which is delivered over a 3 day period in the classroom plus extra study assignments outside the classroom.  This level of training is ideal for managers and supervisory staff as it gives plenty of opportunity for discussion and analysis with a view to improving practice within this very complex subject.  It gives participants chance for reflection and the opening to expand ideas as well as to learn latest practice – this is so important as often in a busy work schedule we just don’t get chance to this very important part …Read More

Lone Working

We’ve just run a lone working and personal safety course for Maidstone Borough Council which proved to be a real eye opener for me as I learned about the way staff work and how vulnerable they can be when working alone. There are safety strategies in place to protect workers but nevertheless they are unavoidably exposed to so many unpleasant situations. The general public are abusive to operatives and also, on occasion, quite threatening especially to street cleaners they come across on their way home from nightclubs.  Staff have been physically attacked and verbally abused.  Dog wardens have a real uphill struggle to encourage dog owners to pick up dog …Read More

Death leads to fine for Health Care firm

A healthcare firm has been fined for safety failings after a resident suffering from dementia fell to his death from a first floor window of an Essex nursing home. Kenneth Terrey, 74, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, had been a resident at the Paternoster House Care House in Epping Forest for less than three months when he died on 9 March 2011. The owners of the nursing home, Barchester Healthcare Homes Limited, were sentenced today (1st November) after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that his death could have been prevented had a faulty window restrictor been checked and fixed. Chelmsford Crown Court heard that Mr Terrey …Read More

All Change

It has been all change for us here at Lin Talbot Training………..our sister company, Lighthouse Safety Training undertook a very extensive project to house both companies, complete with training suites, under one roof We are now all residing at No 18 Ivy Street, Rainham Kent ME8 8BE.  These premises started life as a church and then became a masonic temple.  It was at this point that Hazel and Andrew Price (our Managing Directors) bought the run-down building and turned it into, what is now, a very spacious, comfortable and fit-for-purpose establishment – a truly perfect environment for our needs. Both companies are run from offices within the newly created upstairs …Read More

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Did you know that Medway Council is instigating the nationally known Food Hygiene Rating Scheme over the next year or so.  This system gives all food premises a rating between 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) and gives the general public an idea of the standards of that food establishment.  This information is displayed on a sticker (eg in the window) or is available on line to all interested parties. Part of the considerations for this rating is that all proprietors of food businesses must ensure that all food handlers (i.e. anyone who handles or prepares food, including drinks and ice) must be supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene matters …Read More

Sharps Regulations will take effect this month

New regulations to control the risks posed by needles and other ‘sharps’ in healthcare will take effect this month. The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations will come into force on 11 May 2013. Northern Ireland will introduce equivalent regulations on the same date. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is introducing the new regulations to implement a European Directive. They will supplement the existing health and safety legislation that already requires employers across all sectors to take effective action to control the risk from sharps injuries. Employers and contractors working in the healthcare sector will be required to: Have effective arrangements for the safe use and disposal …Read More

Alzheimer’s and Stress

STRESSFUL lifestyles could be the key trigger for incurable Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe. Even the trauma of bereavement or moving home could bring on dementia. Scientists funded by the Alzheimer’s Society are investigating the link and hope their findings could lead to new drug treatments to fight the disease. A study at the University of Kuopio in Finland has found that the long-term effects of stress may be the biggest cause of the disease. When stressed, our blood pressure rises as our heart beats faster and levels of the hormone cortisol in the bloodstream also increase. Experts believe once cortisol enters the brain it starts to kill off cells there, …Read More

Nursing home fined for elderly man’s fatal fall

Truro Crown court heard today that an elderly man with dementia was able to wander into another resident’s room at his nursing home and fall to his death from a window. Reginald Gibbings, 89, fell 3.6 metres from the room at Hillcrest House, Barbican Road, East Looe on 15 July 2008. Hillcrest House Ltd was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £95,963 in costs in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A compensation order of £2,300 towards the family’s funeral costs was also made. The court was told that Mr Gibbings had been admitted to the secure unit for elderly and mentally ill people at Hillcrest …Read More

Moving and Handling (People Movers) Children

Just last week we delivered a bespoke moving and handling (people movers) course to a group of foster carers in the South East who support children and young people with disabilities (both physical and/or learning disabilities)   The course was received extremely well with the participants saying that this was the first course where the subject matter and the practical techniques shown were entirely relevant to them.  They also valued the opportunity to discuss case studies and to spend time considering alternate handling strategies   Example of comments:   “The training was first class and tailored well for my needs – the first time in 10 years of fostering I …Read More

Safety guidelines for sharps use in diabetes treatment

A group of medical professionals from 13 countries has agreed new global recommendations on ensuring the safety of patients and health-care workers relating to the use of needle injections for the treatment of diabetes. The recommendations, published by the Workshop on Injection Safety in Endocrinology (WISE) consensus group, were informed by the results of a four-month survey of sharps injuries among 634 nurses from 13 western European countries and Russia. This research an and other issues were discussed at the WISE event in October last year, which brought together a diverse group of 58 leaders in the field of diabetes safety from countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, …Read More