Imagine you are taking a quiet walk through the local park one weekend and the person walking just ahead of you collapsed. Would you know what to do? Would you have the basic knowledge to be able to work out whether it was stroke, heart attack, or whether they had perhaps just tripped and knocked their head? Could you do Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)? And if so would it be effective? We all like to think that in the event of an emergency we would know what to do and perhaps in quiet moments imagine the sense of genuine satisfaction that would come from actually having some saved someone’s life. Yet is this realistic? A 2010 study by St John’s Ambulance in the UK revealed some shocking results: Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents (59%) wouldn’t feel confident trying to save a life A quarter (24%) would do nothing and wait for an ambulance to arrive or hope that a passer-by knows first aid Around a third (39%) would try and do first aid even though they are not sure what to do Just over a quarter (28%) say they would know what first aid to do – but sadly their confidence is misplaced. As the survey results show, many would do the wrong thing and may even make the situation worse. While we can all point to two obvious problems with this research (it was in 2010, not 2017; and it relates to the UK, not Ireland) the chances are that a similar survey today in Ireland would find the same results. Of course, there are exceptions – in June this year, for example, former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan was instrumental in saving the life of a man who collapsed in a café in Castlebar. Yet that is the by far an exception rather than the rule. If you are an employer, beyond just wanting to do the right thing and help someone in need, it is important to recognise that you may also have a legal requirement to have someone trained in first-aid on site. The guidelines from the Health & Safety Authority are very clear in this regard: Factories, Construction Sites, Surface Mines and Quarries with over 50 employees must have at least one first aider, and thereafter an additional first-aider for approximately every 150 people General workplaces with between 100 and 399 employees must have one first-aider with an additional first-aider for every additional 300 employees thereafter Failure to comply with these basic requirements may result not just in sanction from the HSA but also the needless death or injury of one of your team. If you are unsure about your obligations or need help assessing your needs, ISM Training’s friendly team of consultants would be delighted to help. Depending on the nature of your workplace and the number of staff you have, ISM’s one-day Occupational/Emergency First Aid might be sufficient. The next programme will be running on September 16th and the investment will be €99. Alternatively, we are [...]
A recent report found that there is a huge shortage of healthcare assistants in Ireland and a quick search on recruitment sites shows hundreds of vacancies around the country. But why is this the case? Why are there so many vacancies for healthcare assistants? Well on the one hand Ireland’s population is aging – currently 12% of the population is over 65 and this is due to increase rapidly over the coming years. As the population ages, so too – sad to say – does the demand for nursing care of all types, including of course, healthcare assistants. Just as important as an aging population, however, is an increased realisation that providing home-based care for the elderly is a viable solution. On a very practical level home-based care can assist in relieving pressure on the overall healthcare system, freeing up beds in both hospitals and nursing homes for those who require critical care. More than that, however, many elderly people simply do not wish to leave the familiar surroundings of their home. Having lived in a house and neighbourhood for years, maybe decades, the elderly very often have well-established social and family networks in the area. They know not only where the shop is, but more importantly who it is works at the shop. They have friends and neighbours nearby who keep an eye one things for them and who they can drop into for a chat and cup of tea. Home care can consequently be particularly beneficial for those who do not have complex needs and wish to stay in familiar surroundings with friends and family nearby. As recent cases have also demonstrated, there is no guarantee that a nursing home will be able to support a couple staying together so home-based care may well be an option in these situations too. For anyone looking to make a start as a healthcare assistant, ISM Training is proud to offer this QQI Level 5 Start in Healthcare course, in association with our partner B&B Nursing. ISM Training’s Start in Healthcare course is designed to give learners the essential skills and qualifications needed to begin a career as a Healthcare Assistant and consists of the following 6 key areas: Care Skills (QQI Level 5) Care of the Older Person (QQI Level 5) People Moving & Handling Elder Abuse Awareness Positive Dementia Care Hand Hygiene & Food Safety If you are interested in a career as a healthcare assistant but need to upskill, ISM Training is perfectly placed to help. Our QQI Level 5 accredited programme will fully equip you to step into a role as a Healthcare Assistant providing home care to the elderly. What is more, through a partnership with our sister company, ISM Recruitment, we are able to offer graduates of our QQI Level 5 Start in Healthcare course direct access to vacancies and employers. If you are interested in a career as a Healthcare Assistant, why not call our friendly Customer Care Team staff today on 01 864 1790.
Just as salt and vinegar naturally seem go together, summer is that time of year when festivals and events seem to pop up all over the countryside. From local festivals in small towns to concerts hosting international stars, Ireland has seen a real blossoming of summer entertainment over the last few years. Recent events – both in Ireland and internationally – have highlighted that it is not enough for event organisers just to book a headline act and to sell some tickets to willing punters. A concert or event attracting potentially 30,000 – 50,000 people involves a huge amount of logistics and very careful management. Now, more than ever, it is vitally important to have adequate security at such events, and comprehensive security courses in place in order to have trained professionals on hand. A key aspect of the successful management of any event – be it large or small – is ensuring that an appropriate safety plan is in place. For the acts this involves safety of sets and equipment, as well as sufficient security to ensure that no “over-excited” fans are able to make a nuisance of themselves! Beyond the acts, however, organisers also have a duty of care to ensure that people attending are able both to enter and exit the event safely, while also enjoying themselves in a safe and protected manner while at the event. Events at Dublin’s 2017 Longitude Festival just this weekend have demonstrated how, with the best of intentions, things can sometimes go wrong. After initially advising festival-goers to arrive early in order to avoid delays entering the venue, organisers were unprepared for what happened when too many people actually took their advice and did indeed, turn up early. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of people, a crush ensued, though thankfully no injuries have been reported. A key aspect of safety both for the acts and members of the public are the security guards working on the event. Far from being killjoy’s intent on stopping event-goers from having fun, the role of a modern security guard is rather about facilitating the safe and secure enjoyment of the concert or festival by all members of the public. While this can at times mean being strict and enforcing legal regulations, a professionally-trained security guard should at all times act appropriately and with consideration. If you are interested in a career in security, ISM Training offers a QQI Level 4 certificate course in Guarding Skills and Door Supervision. By the end of this intensive 5-day course, you will have gained complete understanding of the manned guarding industry in Ireland and will… Be able to demonstrate an awareness of a number of practical security procedures. Understand the role of the Security Officer and Door Supervisor. Attain the qualifications required to apply for a Private Security Authority Licence to operate as a Security Officer and as a Door Supervisor. If you are interested in finding out more about security guard training call our friendly Customer Care Team staff today on 01 [...]