May 20 2010

Fit for Purpose

On the 6th April the Sick Note was officially replaced by the Fit Note. The new ‘Statement of Fitness to Work’ affects employees and employers across the United Kingdom. Read Full story

Mar 12 2010

Man Died Whilst Trapped in Hoist

Newport Coroner's Court has returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of a disabled man who asphyxiated after becoming trapped in a hoist. Mr Michael Powell, 54, who suffered from paralysis following a motorbike accident in 1975, became tangled in the mechanical hoist. The hoist had been due an inspection a month prior to Mr Powell’s death but no… Read Full story

Mar 12 2010

Respite Funding Not Reaching Carers

More than three-quarters of government funding (around £40m) allocated to provide respite breaks has not reached the carers for whom it was intended, according to two charities: the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care. Read Full story

Dec 02 2009

Lack of Manual Handling Training Factor in Fatality

A leading care provider operating a care home in West Yorkshire has been criticized as ‘miserably failing’ by the family of a severely disabled 80 year old woman who died following a fall from her bed. The elderly woman, who was a quadriplegic, had lived at the Wakefield home for five years. Read Full story

Dec 02 2009

National Back Exchange Conference 2009

Three EDGE trainers recently attended the National Back Exchange’s 2009 conference at Hinckley Island Hotel near Leicester. It was a very informative conference with some innovative speakers. The opening speech, conducted by Lesley Jenkins a behavioural analyst, was not only interesting and valuable, but fun and humorous. It detailed how people have… Read Full story

Sep 10 2009

Bedrails. The Argument Rages On.

The use of bedrails on the beds of adult hospital patients or care home residents has been a highly emotive debate since 1984 when The Lancet editorial at the time considered their use as ‘inappropriate and outdated.’ Read Full story

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