Category Archives: Lin Talbot Training Blog

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

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

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

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

CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in Health and Social Care

For all of us involved in health and social care there is a lot to take in – what should we do, what can we do to help our service users to stay safe and yet stay on the right side of the law in respect of health & safety (that dreaded word…!!)  The CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in Health and Social Care is 1 day course designed by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) which informs and gives guidance on the relevant issues within the workplace This course sets out to train participants in Legislation, Health, Safety, Welfare, Risk Assessment, and then goes on to …Read More

Mental health boosted by outdoor sport

A new study has shown taking part in regular outdoor activity can reduce the risk of suffering mental health problems by half. Researchers at the University of Glasgow found activities in natural environments such as forests and parks have an especially positive effect on stress, fatigue and mood. The study, published in the journal Social Science And Medicine, showed exercising in ‘non-natural environments’ such as gyms has little impact on improving mental health The research team, lead by Professor Richard Mitchell, of the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health, studied the use of natural and non-natural environments for activity, such as running and cycling. They found that 8% …Read More

Britons ‘still each too much salt’ despite cutting down

The average British adult still eats too much salt every day despite reducing consumption over the last decade, according to new figures. Health experts warn against adults aged between 19 and 64 consuming more than 6g of salt per day, but the Department of Health’s annual report on dietary sodium intake shows the average person now consumes 8.1g. Men consume an average of 9.3g of salt per day, while women eat 6.8g, the assessment of the sodium content of 547 adults’ urine suggested. Four out of five men (80%) and more than half of women (58%) exceed the recommended maximum daily intake. But the overall average daily consumption has dropped …Read More