Training and Healthcare Blogs

Welcome to our regular series of blogs where we discuss all aspects of training and healthcare issues.

Top Tips for Moving and Handling People Safely

Top Tips for Moving and Handling People Safely Did you know musculoskeletal problems has been the second most common reason for sickness absence for most of the last decade? (Office of National Statistics). Almost all jobs involve some form of manual handling so it is really important that staff are trained how to move and handle objects safely and effectively. When it comes to manual handling of people, it becomes more complex, usually with several people to consider and keep safe. There may be several people doing the moving and handling and you must also ensure the safety of the person being moved. We have put together our top tips for moving and handling people... Tips for Moving and Handling People 1) Allow the person being moved to do as much of the moving / positioning as they are physically able to do themselves. 2) Carry out a risk assessment! Having an up-to-date risk assessment in place before moving and handling someone is essential. 3) Consider what equipment could be used to lessen the strain of moving the person e.g. hoist / slide sheets / lifting cushion. 4) Ensure you / your staff have received the appropriate training on any Manual Handling equipment provided. 5) USE the equipment provided…

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Top Tips for Recruiting in the Care Sector

Guest blog by Highfield HR

At Highfield HR we have a wealth of experience with guiding employers on how to get the best out of their recruitment process and we understand that getting it right can be tricky, especially for those in the care sector where both recruitment and retention is a challenge many are facing now more than ever. Below we list our top recruitment tips for the care sector; - Plan ahead. A good recruitment process that is carefully planned will help you attract the right candidates to the role you are advertising. Make sure you think ahead and consider how you will develop good job descriptions, who will take care of developing contracts of employment and checking company policies are up to date, what interview techniques will you adopt in the interview process and how will you score applicants? - Familiarise yourself with the legal requirements associated with employing staff in this sector. Successful candidates must be suitable to work in a care setting and therefore must undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check. These checks will disclose convictions, cautions, warnings, reprimands and checks against barred lists. If you recruit a barred person to partake in regulated activities such as providing care (see…

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Simple steps to ease the stress of struggling to arrange training around staff rotas

In a recent survey of care managers, 70% found the biggest struggle when it came to staff training was trying to fit courses around staff rotas. From our experience working with care providers over the years we have come up with some simple steps to make the task of arranging courses around your staff rotas a little easier. 1) Get to know your staff and their timetable. Consider those that are part time - is there a day when all staff or most staff are in work? Are there certain days that some staff are unable to work? Do any of them have flexible working to be considered? Do your staff have the availability to come in on non-work days to attend training? 2) Familiarise yourself with work trends. Which are your busiest days? What times of the day are your busiest?Avoid them! 3) Think outside the box when scheduling training. Training doesn't have to be 9-5. In care often the busiest times are early morning and evenings so perhaps a course between 10am and 4pm would suit better? You could also break the training down into bite size chunks of 3 hours training per day. Do you really need a full week of training? If you…

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Meet our Managing Director and learn how CTR Care Training Ltd. was created

How did CTR Care Training Ltd come about? Well I started as a carer, then I qualified and worked for several years as a mental health nurse. The opportunity came up to become a manual handling trainer to be able to teach my colleagues. Teaching is something I was drawn to, so I completed the course and became a manual handling trainer. Alongside my nursing I then went on to setup my own manual handling training company. I was soon approached by a national first aid charity to come on board as a manual handling trainer / advisor, I chose to give up my business and join the charity. During my 4 years with the charity, I further developed my first aid and health and safety knowledge and qualifications. I was also a community first responder in my own time. As much as I enjoyed teaching first aid and health and safety, care is my passion and I missed working in that environment. So, with my knowledge, experience and qualifications in health and social care, first aid, health and safety and mental health, I decided to open my own training company again and in 2012 CTR Care Training was founded, becoming Limited…

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How to save money on your staff training without cutting corners

When budgets get tight in an organisation, you can guarantee the training budget is one of the first things to be scrutinised to see if any savings can be made. But staff training is hugely important, and you don't want to cut corners just to save a few pounds! The training your staff receives is vital to ensure your workers are competent and have the skills and knowledge they need to do the job and ensure you can continue offering a quality service. So here are a few ways you can save money on your staff training without 'cutting corners' and still maintaining the quality. Chose a provider with low overhead costs. They tend to be a more cost-effective option. But do not compromise on quality! Check their feedback and make sure they are the right provider for your company. Look at the full portfolio of courses on offer from your provider - if you currently use several companies for your training, consider using the one provider for as much of the training as you can. The more training you do with them the more possibility you have of negotiating discounts. If you need short courses, booking two short courses on…

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Top tips to creating a little FIRE into training where people have FUN and LEARN!

Top tips to creating a little FIRE into training where people have FUN and LEARN! Too many times over the years we have heard people moaning about having to attend a training course. It is boring! I do not learn anything new! How is this even relevant to me?! On our courses, 9 times out of 10, it is the people who at the beginning did not want to be there, that come to life during the course, engage and have fun! We get some of the best feedback from people who started off not wanting to be on the course. Why is this? Because we blow their expectations out of the water! They have an idea in their head of what training courses are like, based on poor or mediocre previous experiences - well we do not do poor and we are definitely not mediocre! Training should always be enjoyable, and you should always learn something new. Here are our criteria to add a little FIRE to your training courses and ensure everyone leaves the session with a smile on their face and armed with new information relevant to their workplace! Fun - attending a course is a little break from the…

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My staff find training boring! Are they actually gaining the knowledge they need?

Do your staff find training boring and you're not sure if they are actually gaining any knowledge / skills from it? Perhaps they have completed the same training annually for the last 10 - 20 years and feel they know everything already? It can be difficult when staff have completed regular training on the same subjects, year after year and perhaps they are not the type of person to usually enjoy attending training courses. If your team are finding training sessions boring, they are more likely to switch off and not take in important information and updates. This could lead to incorrect or outdated care procedures being carried out, de-motivated staff, unhappy clients and could impact on your company's reputation. In this blog we will share some tips as to what you as an employer can put in place to ensure your staff enjoy and look forward to training sessions and how you can confirm learning. 1) Timing - Firstly, one of the most important things we have found is ensuring you schedule the training sessions at a time that will suit your team. Having to attend a training session after completing a work shift is not the best way to ensure your…

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