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clive ireland

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  • Comment on: Mental health nursing services now at ‘tipping point’

    clive ireland's comment 26 January, 2016 8:35 pm

    Sorry, looks like the spelling gremlins ate my previous comment, here is a much clearer version!
    I am the chairman of a mental health charity, we are also having our funding cut at the same time. We have been picking up a far greater workload across the sector up by 150 percent in 2 years, then we are hit with a 16 percent cut in funding that will decimate how we support the statutory sector. We open 7 days a week providing crisis and drop in support without an appointment, this cut is very likely to close us on Saturday and Sunday out busiest time, where will they go? A & E! We work in direct support of the CMHT and Foundation Trust with all our services. Our cuts have been implemented by financial guru's, who have no insight and no interest in the human impact this will have. We averted 3 suicides in December alone.
    The future of Mental Health care is looking ominous.

  • Comment on: Mental health nursing services now at ‘tipping point’

    clive ireland's comment 26 January, 2016 7:24 pm

    I am chairman of a mental health charity, we are also having our funding cut at the same time. We have been picking up a far greater workload across the sector up by 150 percent in 2 years, then we are hit with a 16 percent cut in funding that will decimate how we support the statutory sector. We open 7 days a week providing crisis and drop in support without an appointment, this cut is very likely to close us on Saturday and Sunday out busiest time, where will they go? A & E! Our cuts have been implemented by financial guru's, who have no insight and no interest in the human impact this will have. We averted 3 suicides in December alone.
    The future of Mental Health care is looking ominous.

  • Comment on: Warning over false claims about HCA care certificate

    clive ireland's comment 5 January, 2016 6:04 pm

    In response to the point above, it is not mandatory, there are reasons for this, it has been designed by skills for care, but it has no powers to make any training mandatory. Our employers can under the direction of CQC and other professional bodies dictate mandatory.
    What is curious is CQC's statement with regards to the Care Certificate as follows:
    "We expect that providers who employ health care support workers and adult social care workers should be able to demonstrate that those staff have, or are working towards, the skills set out in the Care Certificate."
    We are all inspected by CQC, their expectation of the training is obviously suffice to make anyone wanting a decent CQC inspection, inclined to deliver the Care Certificate.
    The training in most cases is not the issue, it is getting enough mentors to coach and guide new staff for the 12 week period that is mandatory.
    The Care Certificate should give a bench mark, but unfortunately as well all know, when something is not mandatory, it becomes a lower priority to many.
    We should have a bench mark standard for all HCA's.
    Carer's are permitted to do CPR, it is nothing to do with their insurance what so ever, it is to do with a risk averse approach, it is the responsibility of the Trust to ensure that any agency staff are fully trained to the required standard, the Trust is liable if it does not. You have to remember that a Care Agency is not a registered provider of health and social care, it is a job agency, unless it also operates a domiciliary care agency.
    Doing CPR even with a BLS qualification still makes the person a lay person and thus covered under the act of a Samaritan, BLS does not signify the same as GP, Nurse, Paramedic ................
    All care staff have a duty of care.