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Interested in Apprenticeship Funding?

New Apprenticeship funding is available from 1st May. Don’t miss out!

More about the funding

This year the model has changed for the better.

  • Apprenticeship Funding is available at all levels of qualification
  • The Apprenticeship Agreement is between employees and their employers
  • A Statement of Commitment is made between them and the training provider

Which Apprenticeships will Life Training Academy deliver?

We are really excited to be able to offer the following Apprenticeships:

  • Levels 2 & 3 in Childcare / Early Years Educator
  • Levels 2 & 3 in Health & Social Care
  • Level 4 in Adult Care
  • Level 5 in Leadership in Adult Care
  • Level 5 in Leadership in Childcare
  • Level 3 in Customer Service
  • Levels 3 & 5 in Management
  • Levels 2 & 3 in Accounting

These are subject to region, so please contact us to find out more.

Interested in signing up? CLICK HERE

Special Offer: Extra 20% dicount for all our new clients

To start 2017 off with a bang, we have put together this CAN’T MISS offer. Buy a QCF Level 3 or 5 Diploma from us and get the following free:
  • FREE e-learning course from the following list:
    • Safeguarding Children
    • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
    • Infection Control
  • FREE text book for your chosen course
  • FREE webinars for the mandatory units of your course.  These will provide you will in depth help for each of these units.
Together this package would cost you an additional £400 but comes FREE until the end of January 2017.  Take advantage of this excellent offer! Contact us on 08003657553 for further details.

FREE!! E-book and Webinars for your courses

We are delighted to announce that as from today we are offering a FREE e-book which will support you in your chosen course and FREE webinars to help you through the mandatory units of your qualification. Your webinars will also provide you with details of other websites and resources which provide you with further information to support your course work. Book Now to take advantage!

Buy Now! Our new prices start from tomorrow

It’s your last chance to book a course through Life Training Academy at our lower prices, our prices increase at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT! Call us before 5pm today or complete a booking form at www.lifetrainingacademy.co.uk to secure your lower fees.

Book now to take advantage of our lower prices!

For the last 5 years or so, we have worked hard to keep our prices the same.  However, our costs have risen sharply over the two years and it is now the time to revise our prices.


This email is just to inform you that our prices will be increasing from Thursday 1st December 2016.


If you are still interested in booking one of our courses, please submit your booking form in before next Thursday to take advantage of our current lower prices.  We look forward to hearing from you very soon!

Do you know what our most popular courses are?

Our favourite courses this year! This year we have seen a big change to our favourite courses: • Our biggest seller at 60% is our QCF Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare. This is commonly known as the Early Years Educator qualification. • Your all time favourite is still the QCF Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care. This is the course recognised by regulatory bodies such as the CQC. Homebased childcare

Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning & Childcare

Working in childcare and need to be counted in the staff ratios? Then this is the course for you if you work with children between the ages of 0 – 5+. Managers

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care

This is the course required of you if you are a Registered Manager of a social care provision or if you are managing and supervising staff    

Why are our courses so popular?

Pure and simple, our customers keep coming back to us because we listen to them and deliver courses to suit their busy lifestyles:
  • Most is delivered using e-learning/distance learning
  • You have your own assessor
  • No college attendance is required
All of our courses are nationally recognised and relevant to your needs

Our Trainer Saves Someone’s Life!

Vicky Saves a Life!

On Thursday 12th May, one of our assessors, Vicky Brace was returning to Kings Cross station in London following supporting a group of our candidates on their QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Victoria Brace Her story is as follows: I was walking back to the train station when I noticed a group of people crowded round an individual on the street.  I stopped and suspected that the individual had stopped breathing and the people around were becoming panicked and upset.  I asked if anyone was first aid trained and nobody was, so my training background kicked in!  I immediately checked if he was breathing.  He wasn’t, so I began chest compressions on him.  After about 30 compressions the individual gasped for air and started breathing. The police and the paramedics came and took over and thanked me for saving his life! This is all thanks to the knowledge that I have received whilst working for Life Training Academy” Thank you to you, Vicky and well done for your valiant efforts.  We have a hero in the team! All the Team at Life Training Academy

Makaton Courses – Beginners to Enhanced Levels

We are pleased to announce that we are now delivering the following Makaton courses: 1. Makaton Beginners’ Course – designed to introduce delegates to Makaton, learning how to sign and sing to songs and specific terminology.  At the end of the session delegates will be able to understand 60 signs and symbols and 50 further signs to sing.  (£450 for up to 12 delegates) 2. Makaton Foundation Course – designed to introduce delegates to Makaton through Stages 1 to 4 in Makaton, including 300 signs nd symbols, how it can help with behaviour and teaching signs and symbols to service users. (£150 per candidate for groups of a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 12 delegates) 3. Makaton Enhanced Course – designed to provide delegates who have already completed the Foundation course in Makaton with additional skills and signs.  Delegates are taken through Stages 5 to 8, which includes a further 150 signs and symbols. (£215 per candidate for groups of a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 12 delegates)

New!! CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

We have now got approval to deliver the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare. This qualification prepares you to set up a home based child care setting.  It is also suitable if you wish to be employed in home based child care settings as a childminding assistant or other home childcarers (eg nannies, au pairs etc). Entry Requirements You should be at least 16 years old Experience in the workplace This is a knowledge-only qualification; therefore no placement in a real work environment is required. Qualification Structure In order to achieve this qualification, you must achieve 6 credits from 2 mandatory units:
  1. Preparing to work as a home based childcarer
  2. Preparing to set up a home based childcare business
Assessment and Support We will assess you via an e-portfolio, which you will be given secure access to.  You will also be assigned your own assessor who will set you work, mark your work and support you through your qualification. Progression This qualification prepares learners to set up a home based childcare settting.  It is also suitable for learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings. Although it does not provide direct progression, the subjects covered in this Award make a useful introduction to our Early Years Educator qualification For more information Full details can be found on our website www.lifetrainingacademy.co.uk.  Alternatively call us on 01279 725361 or email us on info@lifetrainingacademy.co.uk.

CACHE Childcare Qualifications now being offered

We are really pleased to be able to offer the following qualifications through CACHE: Level 2 Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF) Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF) Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

CPD Event – Assessment and Learning

Please visit the link below to see the details of our next CPD event:Read On Publications http://lifetrainingacademy.co.uk/cpd-event-improving-teaching-learning-and-assessment/

Mandatory Courses Offer


Looking at organising courses for your staff?

Book 10 courses with us to be delivered over an agreed period of time and receive one course for free!! Life Training Academy offer and deliver over 70 different short courses, which include mandatory courses for the health and social care industry. Call us now to book your chosen dates.  Remember, dates book up fast, so to enable you to secure your chosen dates it is advisable to contact us earlier rather than later. (This offer only applies to our short half or day courses.  It does not apply to qualifications.)

Congratulations to our candidates – October & November 2015

Congratulations to all our candidates who have recently completed their qualifications with us in October and November: Level 5 in Leadership for Health & Social Care
  • Beverley Roberts
  • Charlotte Gent
  • Karen Watson
  • Agata Dokszewicz
  • Linda Hill
  • Daniel Sedwick
  • Gemma Brand
  • Thiruven Carpanen
  • Jane Dyson
  • Melanie O’Rourke
  • Aidan Giles
Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • Dioynisious Cicily Antony
  • Adizatu Amadu
  • Christine Mukute
  • Jacqueline Brooks
  • Roxana Chirita
Level 3 in Children & Young Peoples Workforce/Early Years Educator/Residential Childcare
  • John Leachman
  • Kirsty Arnold
  • Cristina Perez Labrador
  • Kelly Tweed
  • Hope Pendergast
  • Eleanor Soden
  • Masuma Rahman
  • Lucky Harris-Leighton
  • Paul Pearson
Level 2 in Health & Social Care
  • Jakub Multaniak
Level 3 Assessing the Quality of Assessment (TAQA)
  • Heather McKinley
  • Ian Hart
Level 3 Dementia
  • Ersilia Anrohe

Our New Referral Scheme! (Companies)

John Lewis Vouchers Refer a friend and receive a £50 John Lewis voucher to spend at any John Lewis store! We wish to reward our valued customers with a £50 voucher to spend in any John Lewis store… and just in time for Christmas too! All you have to do to receive your voucher is refer a friend, who then buys any one of our QCF courses, whether it be a Level 2, 3 or 5.  They must confirm the referral by quoting this reference number:  REFPRO2 The voucher will be issued once the new delegate has paid in full, whether up front or in staged payments. (Terms and conditions apply.)  

Our New Referral Scheme! (Self-funders)

John Lewis Vouchers Refer a friend and receive a £50 John Lewis voucher to spend at any John Lewis store! We wish to reward our valued customers with a £50 voucher to spend in any John Lewis store… and just in time for Christmas too! All you have to do to receive your voucher is refer a friend, who then buys any one of our QCF courses, whether it be a Level 2, 3 or 5.  They must confirm the referral by quoting this reference number:  REFPRO1 The voucher will be issued once the new delegate has paid in full, whether up front or in staged payments. (Terms and conditions apply.)  

Come and visit us at the MoD BFRS Careers Event in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Career Event BFRS Careers Event Why not come along? We are exhibiting at the MoD BFRS Careers Event at The Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth. Bring yourself, a colleague, partner or family to help you with your future career opportunities. We will be joined by a mixture of ELCAS accredited training providers and employers as well as advice and support serivces. If you are interested in attending you can pre-register your attendance here and receive regular updates and advice prior to the day to help you plan your visit. On the day there will be up to 40 exhibitors.

Interest free 0% finance now available on selected training courses

interest-free-credit-badge We have teamed up with Pay4Later to help you spread the cost on selected courses to aid your qualification and transform your job prospects.

AAT Level 2 & 3 Course Bundle

The AAT Accounting Qualification will start you on the path to a successful accounting and finance career. Recognised by leading employers in the UK and around the world, this is the perfect qualification whether you’re starting out, already working in finance, or looking to gain the skills to change career.
  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
Total cost of AAT Level 2 & 3 course bundle £2,900 

18 months interest free 0% finance available. More Information ›

Level 5 Diploma, TAQA and Level 3 Education & Training (PTLLS) Bundle

This course is designed to provide you with a nationally recognised Level 5 Diploma in either Management, Leadership in Health & Social Care or Leadership in Children and Young People’s Services, as well as the full Level 3 Assessors’ qualification (Level 3 Certificate in Assessing the Quality of Assessment).
  • Management qualification
  • Recognised training qualification
  • Recognised assessors’ qualification
Total cost of Level 5 Diploma, TAQA and Level 3 E&T Course Bundle £1,895

18 months interest free 0% finance available. More Information ›

Level 3 TAQA and Level 3 Education & Training (PTLLS) Bundle

This course is designed to provide you with the two nationally recognised qualifications to enable you to train and assess in the subjects that you are currently competent in. These are the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing the Quality of Assessment and the Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS).
  • Qualify to be a trainer and assessor
  • Ready to work immediately
  • Freelance opportunity
Total cost of Level 3 TAQA and Level 3 E&T Course Bundle £900 

12 months interest free 0%
finance available. More Information ›


About Pay4Later With Pay4Later applying for finance is quick and easy. You can apply using any device (smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC) and the application form takes five minutes to complete. Once you have submitted the application you will get an instant decision, allowing you to focus on your training rather than how you are going to afford it. Representative Finance Example: 0% Finance over 12 months
Total Order Value = £1000. 10% deposit = £100.
Balance (over 12 months) = £75/mth. Total repayable £1000.
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North Yorkshire Military Community Career Fair

home-3 We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the next BFRS Careers Event in Catterick. Details are as follows: Place: Catterick Leisure Centre, Gough Road, Catterick, North Yorkshire DL9 3EL Date: 15th October 2015 Times: 0930 – 1400hrs For more details, CLICK HERE We will be bringing details of all our courses, course bundles and exciting future proposals! We look forward to seeing you there. Sergio Paya Borrull  

New Course Bundles

We are pleased to announce, by popular demand, two course bundles.  Both are designed to allow you to qualify to assess and train, whether in a full-time, part-time or freelance position. You do not need to provide your own candidates and you will receive nationally recognised qualifications that are required by all training providers and colleges. Bundle 1: Level 5 Diploma, TAQA and L3 E&T This course is designed to provide you with a nationally recognised Level 5 Diploma in either Management, Leadership in Health & Social Care or Leadership in Children and Young People’s Services, as well as the full Level 3 Assessors’ qualification (Level 3 Certificate in Assessing the Quality of Assessment). You will required to be currently working in the management role for the pathway you wish to study eg Level 5 Leadership in Health & Social Care requires you to be in at least a supervisory role within the health and social care setting. CLICK HERE for more information. Bundle 2: Level 3 TAQA and Level 3 E&T This course is designed to provide you with the two nationally recognised qualifications to enable you to train and assess in the subjects that you are currently competent in.  These are the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing the Quality of Assessment and the Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS). These qualifications are recognised and required by training providers and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  You will be required to carry out a 60 minute course presentation as part of your Level 3 E&T requirements and also assess two candidates in two units.  However, we will provide you with these candidates. CLICK HERE for more information CONTACT US ON 01279 725361 or EMAIL US AT:  info@lifetrainingacademy.co.uk apple_training_logo_web_Medium    

Changes to the QCF qualification framework

From 1st October 2015, Ofqual have removed the QCF rules so that high quality vocational qualifications can be designed around the needs of employers, rather than the prescriptive set of QCF rules. The change is part of wider plans to strengthen vocational qualifications in England and Northern Ireland. These changes are being rolled out to the awarding bodies who are busy making the necessary changes.  In regards to when changes will be noticed by us as training providers, we are still waiting to hear.  It is anticipated to be rolled out in 2016/17. As of today, the new framework which replaces the QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) is known as the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF). In our eyes, this means that all the vocational qualifications that we deliver will no longer be subject the the restrictive rules of the QCF and will be more malleable to the needs of our employers.  How this translates to what the qualifications will be called and what they will look like, we are still waiting to hear.  However, this is an exciting time and we look forward to being able to deliver qualifications that are much more suitable to our employers’ needs. If you would like to see a quick 2 page summary: CLICK HERE Once we hear about more news, we will let you all know. All the team at Life Training Academy. apple_training_logo_web_Medium

Life Training Academy at BFRS Event in Tidworth

  Our champions were supported by Lisa Hibbard from Lifetime Awarding on the recent exhibition for the British Forces Resettlement Services at Tidworth.  This was a very busy event and we met some wonderful people who were all very motivated to continue to train towards a new career for themselves.  Thank you to everyone who visited our stall.  The next one is Catterick in October.

Congratulations to our candidates

Congratulations to all our candidates who have recently completed their qualifications with us in June: Level 5 in Leadership for Health & Social Care
  • Manisha Parbat Bhudia
  • Rachel Huyton
  • Hannah Cook
  • Jean Curran
  • Norma Jean Baker
  • Thilini Pavithra Kumari
  • Adelaide Davies
Level 5 in Leadership for Children & Young Peoples’ Services
  • Lynne Hocking
  • Russell Trayling
Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • Pippa Lloyd
  • Merry Glee Ibasco
  • Jennifer Skelton
  • Anthony Desborough
  • Max Cando
Level 3 in Children & Young Peoples Workforce/Early Years Educator/Residential Childcare
  • Danielle Cole
  • Lakshmi Gayatri Mallipudi
  • Debra Simpson
  • Deborah Zama Nath
Level 2 in Health & Social Care
  • Samantha Stafford
Level 4 Assuring the Quality of Assessment (IQA)
  • Connie Rae
  • Claire Hearn
Level 3 Assessing the Quality of Assessment (TAQA)
  • Leigh-Mara Ellwood
Level 3 Activities Planning
  • Teresa Moran

New Care Certificate

Just a quick post to let you know that we can deliver the new Care Certificate in two different ways: E-Learning – great if you only have one or two new starters who need to complete this quickly. For more information CLICK HERE Group Learning – great if you have up to 15 candidates at any one time.  We deliver this in your workplace.  For more information CLICK HERE

QCF Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

This is the new health and social care qualifications which we have been eagerly awaiting! This qualification is designed for those who wish to progress in their career in health and social care and would like a qualification to follow on from their Level 3 in Health & Social Care but do not have management responsibilities. Bitesized Essential Courses picture These are the main details:
  • * Designed for those who have completed their QCF / NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • * E-learning and work place observation
  • * No college attendance required
Wish to learn more? CLICK HERE  

Government announces new plans to make training in paediatric first aid a legal requirement for nursery staff in England.

Find out more about our related courses: Paediatric First Aid (link?) | First Aid Awareness | Safeguarding of Children In October 2012 nine-month-old Millie Thompson, of Stockport, died after choking on her lunch at Ramillies Hall School and Nursery in Cheadle Hulme. An e-petition set up by Millie’s mother Joanne instigated a review regarding the training of nursery staff. Mrs Thompson’s e-petition received more than 102,000 signatures calling for a change in the law. As a result of the e-petition, on Monday 15th December, MP for Cheadle, Mark Hunter, lead a debate on changing the law to ensure every nursery worker is trained in paediatric first-aid. Announcing the proposals, Childcare and Education minister Sam Gyimah said: “Today’s proposals will mean that thousands more staff will be able to respond to emergencies more quickly, making sure parents really can access the very best possible childcare choices for their families.” An inquest at Oldham Magistrates’ Court heard that whilst Millie was being fed by a supervisor whose basic first aid certificate had expired, she began coughing and crying. Millie was passed to a colleague who had paediatric first aid training and who gave her back slaps. However, Millie suffered a fatal cardiac arrest shortly after paramedics arrived. The coroner said paediatric first aid training for all nursery staff was “a matter of national importance”. Read more about the coroners plea for first aid training on the BBC news website The tragedy of Millie’s death has also resulted in the country’s Ambulances being required to carry a fully stocked life-saving paediatric kit. This new requirement has come into place following recommendations made by the coroner at the inquest of Millie Thompson. The National Ambulance Service Medical Director Group has stated that paediatric equipment on ambulances must conform to a newly-established national minimum standard list. This list ensures every ambulance across the nation must carry a fully stocked, life-saving Paediatric kit. Joanne Thompson has been quoted as saying, “We are extremely pleased that NWAS took the coroner’s recommendations seriously and that these changes have now been made. Somewhere in the work of these amazing paramedics, they will need the paediatric kit and there are ultimately children in the future who will directly benefit from the changes that have happened due to Millie’s passing.” Contact us to find out how we can help with your paediatric first aid a legal requirement

CQC supports new vision for End of Life Care

Find out more about our related courses: End of Life CarePerson Centred Care PlanningMCA&DOLSSOVA  eol“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.” Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement The CQC has announced its support of The Every Moment Counts publication, a narrative which aims to describe some of the critical outcomes and success factors relating to end of life care, support and treatment, from the perspective of the people who need that care, and their carers and families. The narrative was published on Monday 2nd March by National Voices, the National Council for Palliative Care and in partnership with NHS England. As part of this narrative, five themes have been identified as key when providing coordinated care near the end of life. These themes are summarised in the defining statement: “I can make the last stage of my life as good as possible because everyone works together confidently, honestly and consistently to help me and the people who are important to me, including my carer(s).” In addition to this statement, others which aim to detail the person centred care and support expected by those near the end of life include: “I have timely and honest conversations with those engaged in my care, support and treatment.” “I can remain in control as much as possible. This is recognised as a key goal in my care.” “I am confident that the people who are important to me will have the opportunity to get support with bereavement before and after my death.” “Things that need to happen, do so quickly.” Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Care Quality Commission (CQC), said: “CQC fully supports the narrative for person centred End of Life Care, which clearly articulates the quality of care which everyone should be able to expect at the end of their life. We are using the narrative in our thematic review of inequalities and variation in End of Life Care to describe what good care looks like, so that we can understand why people’s experience of End of Life Care often falls short of this.” The Every Moment Counts publication can be viewed here.

CQC report indicates that increasing numbers of vulnerable people are being protected

Find out more about our related courses: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS), Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA), MCA&DoLs (Combined), A report by the CQC has found that more people than ever before are being protected by Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The safeguards apply to vulnerable people aged 18 or over who are in hospitals, care homes and supported living, and who do not have the mental capacity (ability) to make decisions about their care or treatment. These safeguards, which are part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, aim to protect individuals by ensuring they are looked after in a way that does not limit their freedom inappropriately. There has been a significant increase in the applications to use the safeguards since March 2014 when the Supreme Court clarified that a person lacking mental capacity to consent is deprived of their liberty if they are both not free to leave, and under continuous supervision and control. The CQC has welcomed the rise in applications and has stated that this increase: “shows willingness among providers to protect the rights of individuals, and encourages external scrutiny of their care when a vulnerable person might be deprived of their liberty.” Included in the report, which was published on 26th January 2015, the CQC has made the following recommendations: “Local authorities continue to consider the use of advocacy for all those subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Local authority leads for the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards create good working relationships with their local coroners. This is likely to be of great benefit to ensure that a consistent message is given to providers and so that they can work together in dealing with the considerable extra activity as a result of the Supreme Court judgment. Local authorities and Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) providers work together to enable IMCAs to carry out their role to support the person or their unpaid Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) to challenge an authorisation to the Court of Protection when it is the person’s wish, whatever the IMCA’s views on the rightness of the authorisation.” An official infographic has been made available to show some of the key information from the report: 20150126_DoLS_infographic The full report can be viewed on the CQC website

Congratulations to Our Candidates – February 2015

Congratulations to all of the following individuals who have successfully completed their qualifications: Level 3 Children and Young People Natalie Webster Rachel Field Level 5 Adults Management Dawn Phipps Level 2 Health & Social Care Jacqueline Mountjoy L2 & 3 Accounting picture

Congratulations to Our Candidates – March 2015

Congratulations to all of the following individuals who have successfully completed their qualifications: Level 2 Health and Social Care Kelly Liddiard Margaretta Louisa De Ornellas E Oliveira Level 5 Adults Residential Ann Bird Karen Olizzi Marta Carter Level 5 Adults Advance Roger Smith Hodge Level 3 Children and Young People Danielle Bottomley Deborah Zama Nath Level 5 Children and Young People Management Edith Louise McNamara Teresa Ann Unsworth Rebecca England Level 5 Children and Young People Residential Francis  Williams Level 4 IQA Nick Farmer Chantelle Baron Level 3 TAQA Connie  Rae Level 5 in Leadership and Management for Health & Social Care and Children & Young People’s Workforce Damilola Akinwumi Carolyn Gower Aderonke Udoh Mevin Sohorye Paula Cawston Mandy  Robson Joanne Williams  L2 & 3 Accounting picture

Congratulations to Our Candidates – January 2015

Congratulations to all of the following individuals who have successfully completed their qualifications: Level 5 Adults Residential Catherine Singh Claire Mitchell Level 5 Adults Management Stevie Hamblin Muhammed Muwanga Level 5 in Leadership and Management for Health & Social Care and Children & Young People’s Workforce Angela Devine-Akhindime Jaqueline Lim Carol Barker Steve Kelly Lynn Starkey Level 7 Management George Kwaku Asamoah Level 3 Children & Young People Lauren Shelley Nicole Wade Sarah Lincoln Fargeot Level 5 Children & Young People Management Sarah Roe Level 3 TAQA (The Assessing Quality Assessment) Katherine Ellis L2 & 3 Accounting picture

Dance for Parkinson’s: Ballet initiative’s proven social, psychological and physical benefits

Find out more about our related courses: Activities Planning, Parkinson’s Disease Awareness, Person Centred Care Planning, Dance for Parkinson’s is a programme delivered by English National Ballet to help reduce the effect of movement difficulties experienced by those with Parkinson’s disease. In addition to the physical benefits, people with Parkinson’s are rediscovering their confidence, making friends and benefiting from the support of others in the Parkinson’s community. English National Ballet’s (ENB) Dance for Parkinson’s programme, has lead the way with its proven benefits, both psychological and physical. The idea stemmed from a seminar hosted by ENB’s director of learning, Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, which introduced US based dance programmes for those with Parkinson’s disease. Fleur Derbyshire-Fox described how the seminar was the catalyst for the programme: “I realised that here we were [at ENB] with a beautiful dance studio, and that it would make sense with our national remit and the resources we can offer to extend our work in this way.” Proven Benefits Using funding provided by Westminster City Council in London, Fleur Derbyshire-Fox was able to establish a 12-week pilot project. Dr Sara Houston and Ashley McGill from Roehampton University were enlisted to carry out a research study of the pilot, which involved examining physical data and analysis of individual and group interviews and diary entries. The results showed physical improvements as well as evidence that the classes had enabled individuals to access skills they didn’t know they had by increasing their confidence. As a result of the findings, ENB was granted funding for another term.  Danielle Jones, learning and participation officer at ENB, explains the processes behind the classes: “With every one of our exercises, we have in mind an understanding of the benefits. For people who are struggling with freezing, vertigo and falling, we do a lot of work on grounding weight and pulling the centre of gravity into a stable standing position. We also show people how to find their own alignment to give them confidence to work independently.” Being asked to move as a particular character from a performance can enhance a person’s movement as Danielle Jones explains: “Focusing on character helps them to overcome physical barriers.”  Nick Ephgrave, an information and support worker at Parkinson’s UK, explains how the benefits of the classes extend beyond the physical improvements:  “The benefits experienced by the Dance for Parkinson’s participants reach far beyond the physical – a genuine community has sprung out of ENB. Some people may see each other at a monthly support group and say hello, but because of the intimacy of dance, real friendships have developed – more so than with any other support group I’m involved with. From a selfish point of view, that’s made my job easier! Parkinson’s UK is always trying to reach as many people as possible and ENB has hugely helped with that. I often meet people at the ballet classes who don’t know about the work the organisation does or how it can support them, so I’m managing to reach people I never otherwise would have as a direct result of Dance for Parkinson’s.  Research has traditionally focused on motor symptoms, but there’s no question as to the benefits people are receiving through these groups. They are getting out of the house, meeting new people, and they leave the building with a smile on their faces. It’s hard to quantify but as a support worker I can see that the act of dancing with ENB has had a profound effect on the participants in so many areas – and not just the mobility issues for the hour and a half they’re in the studio. Of course there are all the physical benefits of dance and ballet – but the simple act of coming to an event they enjoy on a weekly basis… that’s priceless.”  Inclusivity Carers are also encouraged to take part in the classes, softening the distinction between ‘carer’ and ‘cared for’. By taking part in the programme they are able to meet other carers and gain an insight into the benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease. Fleur Derbyshire-Fox explains the benefits of the inclusive classes: “Dance is an inclusive practice, and if you are attending the class with your carer, there is equality. Here, everyone is a dancer, and no one has more power than the other.”

Mandatory First Aid Campaign Taken to Parliament and Ambulances Required to Stock Full Paediatric Kits

Today MPs will discuss the introduction of compulsory First Aid Training for all Nursery Staff, this is as a result of a campaign by Dan and Joanne Thompson who tragically lost their nine-month-old daughter Millie when she died at a Private Nursery in Cheadle. Dan and Joanna Thompson started a petition which amassed just under 103,000 signatures and managed to persuade MPs to consider introducing legislation. Millie choked on shepherd’s pie at her nursery on October 23, 2012. An inquest heard the nursery supervisor looking after her did not have a current first aid certificate. The Thompsons say that every member of staff in nurseries should have appropriate first aid training and that by making it a compulsory qualification will “protect other children”. MP for Cheadle, Mark Hunter, will lead a debate on changing the law to ensure every nursery worker is trained in paediatric first-aid. The tragedy of Millie’s death has also resulted in the country’s Ambulances being required to carry a fully stocked life-saving paediatric kit. This new requirement has come into place following recommendations made by the coroner at the inquest of Millie Thompson. The National Ambulance Service Medical Director Group has stated that paediatric equipment on ambulances must conform to a newly-established national minimum standard list. This list ensures every ambulance across the nation must carry a fully stocked, life-saving Paediatric kit. Joanne Thompson has been quoted as saying, “We are extremely pleased that NWAS took the coroner’s recommendations seriously and that these changes have now been made. Somewhere in the work of these amazing paramedics, they will need the paediatric kit and there are ultimately children in the future who will directly benefit from the changes that have happened due to Millie’s passing.” Paediatric-First-Aid  To view our child care courses, including Paediatric First Aid, click here  

Congratulations to our candidates

Congratulations to all of the following individuals who have successfully completed their qualifications: Level 3 Children and Young People Georgina Stewart Level 5 Children and Young People Kim Edmunds Level 2 Health and Social Care Alexis Ellison Danielle Morley Level 3 Health and Social Care Georgina Jirina Bohacova-Mossou Janice White Level 5 Adults Management Samantha Durrant Gough Junaid Nawaz Shaikh Clare White Dawn James Level 5 Children and Young Peoples Management Helen Rawnsley Level 5 Children and Young People Residential Collins Usada Level 5 Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care Joanna  Krawczyk Stephanie McKnight Sandhya Raju Patta Helen Haslam Tracy Murphy L2 & 3 Accounting picture

How Smart Technology Can Improve the Lives of Those with Care Needs

At Life Training Academy Ltd, we understand the importance of utilising technology to meet the needs of an ever changing social and professional landscape. We felt that the article below perfectly complemented our view on progressive care services. We hope that you will find it as motivational as we did, inspiring us to continue to play our part in the progression of care services. Living in Oslo, Norway, Helge and Kari Farsund have been together for 50 years. Mrs Farsund was an intensive-care nurse and her husband worked as an engineer. Mrs Farsund was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago. As the condition deteriorated, Mrs Farsund’s husband discovered a healthcare technology company called Abilia, which develops, manufactures and sells aids for persons with disabilities including environmental controls and aids. The system utilises is a wall-mounted tablet device and includes a planner for patients or carers to record up-coming events and provides spoken reminders about daily tasks, such as when they need to take medicine. The wall-mounted tablet also has Skype, which allows carers to regularly check in with patients. The Farsunds are currently testing the latest version of the system, which combines the screen with wirelessly connected sensors. The motion sensors are able to assess activity within the environment. For example an alarm will be sent out if the stove is left on for more than 15 minutes or a door is opened in the middle of the night. In Oslo, the sub-zero winters mean some Alzheimer’s patients have frozen to death when leaving their home during a period of confusion. Previous vice president of Abilia, Oystein Johnsen says, “With this kind of system, it allows people to take care of themselves, which is the most important thing.” With regard to the economic benefits, he has also said, “It also saves the government money. In Norway it cost one million Norwegian krone per year [£100,000] to have someone in a home, this system costs 15,000 a year. That is a lot of money to save.” Mr Farsunds translated his wife’s explanation of how the system has helped her: “She says that she knows that she won’t get better. The system helps to explain to her what is happening each day so she can look forward to events like birthdays or the club for retired nurses. It gives her something to look forward to,” translates her husband. Mr Farsund has his own reasons for using the system: “Sometimes she asks me what the meaning of life is because she is missing so many things because of the illness,” he says. “I was afraid that her depression would lead her to jump over the balcony. With the sensors, I know that I will wake up if the door is opened and that allows me to sleep. I want to go to bed and not worry about her. This was the most important thing for me.”

Study Suggests Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury are 60% More Likely to Develop Dementia

Researchers at the University of California examined the medical records of over 180,000 former US Armed Forces veterans, all of whom were free of dementia at the beginning of the study. 16% of those with a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury went on to develop dementia compared to 10% of those studied who did not have a traumatic brain injury. The researchers took into account increased risk factors for dementia, including diabetes and high blood pressure, before suggesting that veterans with TBI are 60% more likely to develop dementia. The study also suggested that veterans with TBI who have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or cerebrovascular disease were at even higher risk of developing dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society commented: ‘While we don’t need to worry about smaller bangs on the head, larger trauma to the brain could increase the risk of dementia. This interesting study adds weight to that evidence and also suggests that mental health issues in those already at increased risk can make them even more likely to develop dementia. ‘We need to understand more about the relationship that trauma has to later cognitive decline and dementia if we’re going to reduce these effects. Alzheimer’s Society funds research to examine how changes in the brain caused by brain injury can lead to dementia. This is one of too many unanswered questions about dementia, so we need a significant increase in research to find answers for the one in three people over 65 who will develop the condition.’ With staggering percentage in mind, it is essential that we not only remember those who gave their lives in wars past and present, but also those who are living with the cost of war. The wide variety of training that we provide ensures those who have given so much receive the highest quality care.

Congratulations to Our Candidates

Congratulations to all our candidates who have completed in the last month or so! bigstock-Portrait-Of-Smiling-Business-P-4042301                   Level 5 Leadership in Health & Social Care Tracy Murphy Faye Groves Errol Edwards Level 5 Leadership in Children & Young People’s Services Rachel Parker Joanne Williams Level 3 Health and Social Care Agew Ijang Qunita Konneh Lilian Claxton Mark Edwards Siouxsie Liddle Jane Lawrence Level 3 in Children & Young People’s Workforce Busisiwe Sibanda Valeria Tombolini Level 3 in Dementia Awareness Ileana Dragon Barbara Augustyn Diana Domingos TAQA Assessors’ Award Riaz Khan  

Benefits of Internet Surfing for the Elderly

Elderly need lessons on internet surfing as it plays vital role in fighting memory loss and dementia Internet for the Elderly London Bridge Hospital and Adblock Plus (a company who block and filter advertisements on the internet), have come together in calling for more education for the elderly, particularly when it comes to safe use of the internet and social media. This has all come about after an 8 year study of 50-90year olds, has proven that individuals who went online more often, experienced less mental decline comparted to those who do not use the internet. In particular, there was a significant improvement in delayed recall over time for people who went online more often. A consultant psychiatrist from London Bridge Hospital, Dr Tom Stevens, has emphasised how people over the age of 65 should remember the phrase ‘use it or lose it’, as the internet is a good way to ensure that older people are able to use their mental faculties. He went on to talk of how the internet has opened up some great opportunities for older people by providing a means of communication and convenience. Regardless of any physically inhibiting disabilities that someone may have, this will not hold them back on the internet. The Head of Operations at Adblock Plus, Ben Williams, stressed that everyone still needs to be informed about choices available online. For someone with no or little experience of going online, it could be very easy to be put off by pop-up advertisements, banners and other adverts which can often be tasteless, misleading and confusing. Many online scams specifically target older users such as phishing scams, promotions and low cost insurance etc. We must ensure that older people are aware of these and basic lessons on how to stay safe on the internet would be a good way of ensuring this. “Everyone in society – those both young and old – should be able to use the internet to stay in touch with others, for instance by sharing photos on social media with more distant family, and catching up with old friends. Any communication, whether it be face-to-face or digital, enables people to feel connected, and basic digital skills give people this opportunity.” http://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1564880/elderly-lessons-surfing-internet-dementia

International Day of Older People

Did you know that October 1st is the International Day of Older People? Older People How many older people do you know are they lonely that is not just being alone! Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is more than just the feeling of wanting company or wanting to do something with another person. Loneliness is a feeling of being cut off, disconnected, and/or alienated from other people, so that it feels difficult or even impossible to have any form of meaningful human contact. Lonely people often feel empty or hollow inside. Feelings of separation or isolation from the world are common amongst those that are lonely.  Loneliness should not be equated with being alone. Everyone has times when they are alone for situational reasons, or because they have chosen to be alone. Being alone can be experienced as positive, pleasurable, and emotionally nourishing if it is under the individual’s control. Solitude is the state of being alone and secluded from other people, and often implies having made a conscious choice to be alone. Age UK, provides charitable services for senior citizens. It supports people with a full range of issues from supporting people to claim the correct benefits that they are entitled to, it offers care and support when needed and helps people cope with loneliness especially following bereavement. Loneliness is a massive issue for people in later life in the UK. Half of all people aged 75 and over live alone, and 1 in 10 people aged 65 or over say they are always or often feel lonely – that’s just over a million people.  Shockingly, half of all older people consider the television their main form of company. To tackle the problem of loneliness among older people, Age UK has developed befriending services. The service works by assigning each older person a befriender, who provides friendly conversa tion and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time. Sometime this is by telephone and some where a volunteer visits the person at home. This vital service provides a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support. The telephone befriending service called “Call in Time”, which consists of a regular daily or weekly phone call. The relationship is structured so that each befriender makes the call at a reg ular pre-agreed time. All befrienders are volunteers, who freely give up their time to help lonely older people. There is a “Big Knit” programme going on around the country all you have to do is Knit a small hat, big enough to fit over the top of an ‘innocent’ brand of smoothie drinks. Send the completed hat(s) by mid October to Age UK, where they will be crowned on top of ‘innocent’ drink bottles. For every behatted ‘innocent’ drink bottle sold in the UK, 25p will be donated to Age UK. So please purchase these drinks and support the loneliness of older people. The Psychiatrists say that loneliness is “the only disease that can be cured by adding two or more cases together.” To the extent that loneliness is caused by depression, it may be helped by similar treatments, such as various forms of psychotherapy, anti-depressant medications, or both. Another treatment for both loneliness and depression is pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy. The presence of animal companions — dogs, cats, and even rabbits or guinea pigs — can ease feelings of depression and loneliness among elderly people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are a number of health benefits associated with pet ownership: In addition to easing feelings of loneliness, because of the increased opportunities for socialising with other pet owners, in addition to the companionship the animal provides, having a pet is associated with lowered blood pressure and decreased levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

Congratulations to our candidates – August 2014

Congratulations to all the following learners who have worked really hard to complete their qualifications: bigstock-Girl-with-pile-color-book--Is-21192851 Level 2 Health and Social Care

Sarah Adamson

Level 2 Certificate in Dementia

Vera Wilson

Anna Grzywinska

Hannah Jones

Kailey Pledger

Sophie Marks

Emma Yeo

Bhaktj Gurung

Nanu Gurung

Louise Powell

Alisa Gurung

Level 3 Health and Social Care

Michelle Jallow

Nicola Gray

Level 3 Children and Young People

Jacqueline Meakin

Regina Socorro Mapeso

Level 3 TAQA

David Shaw

Level 4 IQA

Tracy McNicholas

Level 5 Leadership and Management

Karen Train

Amit Kumar

Abigail Sherman

Zara Morritt

Sandie Paul

Anna Hughes

Felicity Smith

Carl Sneddon

Danielle Bayton

Marion Brown

Pardailan Minoui

Denis Peter Green

Glaister Thomas

Kuldip Bharj

Kyle Tory

Sarah O’Hanlon


Are you vulnerable to a stroke and will diabetes increase your risk?

The short answer to this is yes.  A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. People with diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to have Stroke and Diabetesa stroke caused by a blockage, called an ischemic stroke, than people without the condition, according to research. However, the risk of having a stroke caused by bleeding in or around the brain known as a haemorrhagic stroke, this is probably similar to that of people who do not have diabetes. Diabetes is a condition caused by too much glucose in the blood. It affects over two million people in the UK. If not treated or controlled well, diabetes can increase your risk of stroke because high levels of glucose in the blood can damage your arteries, making them harder and narrower, called atherosclerosis. Diabetes also increases the risk of the build-up of fatty deposits in your arteries, which increases the chances of these blood vessels becoming blocked. If this happens in an artery leading to the brain, it could cause a stroke. The main risk factors are: –
  • If there is a family history of diabetes, particularly if a close relative such as a parent or sibling has the condition.
  • Your ethnicity. In the UK, type 2 diabetes is up to six times more common in people of South Asian descent and up to three times more common in people of African or African–Caribbean descent, compared with the general population.
  • Being overweight or obese. Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to excess weight. It is estimated that 80 per cent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Being overweight reduces the body’s ability to respond to insulin. In particular if you carry extra weight around your waist (called central obesity) you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Age – the risk of developing diabetes increases with age. If you are white and aged over 40, or if you are over 25 and are of African, African–Caribbean or Asian descent, you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • If you have had diabetes during pregnancy and not needed to take medication. Your diabetes care team will advise and support you in making any necessary changes to your lifestyle.
A mini-stroke is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours, after which people appear to return to normal. Symptoms associated with mini-strokes can include weakness or numbness on one side of the body, loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes, memory loss, confusion or a sudden fall.   Reducing your risk of stroke It is important to keep close control over your blood glucose levels. You should also aim to keep your blood pressure as low as possible. Your blood pressure can be controlled by following a healthy lifestyle, but you may also need to take medication. Reducing your cholesterol levels can help reduce your risk of stroke, as well as other conditions such as heart disease. This means eating a diet that is low in saturated fat.  Control your weight as excess weight can raise your blood pressure, increase the strain on your heart and increase your risk of stroke. Don’t smoke as smoking damages blood vessels that may already be damaged as a result of diabetes. Smoking is also linked to higher blood pressure and drink alcohol in moderation. It is also important that we help ourselves by eating a healthy, balanced diet that is low in salt, fat and sugar and includes plenty of fruit and vegetables. We can also stay active as well as helping to reduce the blood pressure, regular physical activity can help to control your blood glucose levels, reduce cholesterol levels and maintain your overall fitness. A recent study in Canada says that eating tree nuts appears to help lower and stabilise blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, according these include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pine nuts and pistachios. They do not include peanuts, which are legumes.

Employee of the Month – August 2014

Alison Hudson – Lead IV, Quality Auditor, Trainer and Assessor Alison Hudson - Lead IV, Assessor & Trainer It was a lovely surprise and I was delighted to be awarded employee of the month for August. It is always great to be appreciated and makes all the hard work worthwhile.I am really pleased to be part of the team who I know all work really hard to make Life the successful organisation it has become. Having worked with Life Training from when they started out, I have seen them grow from a single tree to a veritable orchard! A big thank you to Jules and Adrian for your support, to Hannah and Alanna for nominating me, and to all the other team members who work so hard to keep me and all the other hard working Assessors and Trainers busy!!

One in three Alzheimer’s cases preventable

According to new research from the University of Cambridge, one in three cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide is preventable. Previous research from 2011 estimated that one in two cases couldL2 Dementia be preventable, however this new study takes into consideration overlapping risk factors. The team from Cambridge analysed population-based data to work out the seven main risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease which included:
  • Diabetes
  • Mid-life Hypertension
  • Mid-life Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Low education attainment
The study worked out that a third of Alzheimer’s cases could be linked to a lifestyle factor that can be altered and how reducing these risk factors affects the number of future Alzheimer’s cases. They found out that reducing each risk by 10%, nearly nine million cases of the disease could be prevented by 2050, this would mean for the UK a reduction of 200,000 cases (8.8%). Current estimates suggest that more than 106 million people worldwide will have Alzheimer’s by 2050, this number is more than three times the number affected in 2010. Professor Carol Brayne, from the institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge has stated that although there is no single way of treating dementia, we may be able to reduce the risk of developing dementia when older. “Simply tackling physical inactivity, for example, will reduce levels of obesity, hypertension and diabetes, and prevent some people from developing dementia. As well as being healthier old age in general, it’s a win-win situation”. Doctor Simon Ridley, head of research at charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, stated that there’s still so much to learn and discover about the disease and how we do not fully understand the mechanisms behind how factors are related to the onset of Alzheimer’s. “While age is the biggest risk factor for most cases of Alzheimer’s, there are a number of lifestyle and general health factors that could increase or decrease a person’s chances of developing the disease”. With an ageing population, the amount of people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is set to spiral. Doctor Ridley states that the focus on research on preventing Alzheimer’s needs to continue as there is no certain preventative measures and that most cases of Alzheimer’s are due to non-modifiable risk factors, but mainly old age. To read further, click here.

Introduction to Child Care

bigstock-Group-of-students-holding-note-13645406 Life Training Academy offers many specialised training courses in many fields of work within the child care setting. Recently there has been a growing demand for child development courses, and as OFSTED and CQC are particularly interested in the quality of care within the child care industry, it seems only right to deliver a specialised training course for those coming to work in the sector, including registered child-minders. This introductory course is a short course to be delivered to a group of up to 15 learners in their own workplace and is designed to give them knowledge in:
  • child development
  • safeguarding
  • first aid
  • how to play with children as part of their development
  • understanding behaviour and what it means
  • helping children with special needs
  • sensory loss
This course will set you up to start your QCF (NVQ) Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce or the QCF (NVQ) Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator). A good start to advance your career. We invite you to visit our website, and look at what we have to offer you, and can be assure you of a high standard of training from our qualified and experienced trainers. Click on the following links to look at other childcare courses we offer: Child Care Qualifications Health & Safety Courses   Contact Us: Tel:  01279 725361 Email:  info@lifetrainingacademy.co.uk Web:  www.lifetrainingacademy.co.uk

Brain Injury Awareness

traumatic-brain-injury-11A new addition to our short course list! Brain Injury is a devastating event in the lives of those who are living with the injury, and for the families and carers who are delivering their care. We are currently focussing on Brain Injury, another of the many training courses we offer and deliver. In this field we look at:
  • the brain and its functions
  • the areas that control the body and its autonomy
  • how stimulation and movement can help to bring back basic tasks to the individual
  • how the brain reacts to constant exercise to stimulate the senses
Brain injury can affect new born babies, either in the womb or during the delivery as well as incidents later in life such as when there is an accident, or if there is a Cerebral Vascular Accident, (Stroke). We invite you to talk to us about your course requirements. It is our aim to help you to deliver first class care in your establishment, via the training from our expert team. Contact us on: Tel: 01279 725361 Email: info@lifetrainingacademy.co.uk Web: www.lifetrainingacademy.co.uk

Shift Workers Face Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Source:  BBC Health Article A recent large international research project has identified that Type 2 Diabetes is more in common in people who work shifts. The study was published in Occupatioal and Environmetal Medice and the results showed that both men and people who are working rotating shifts are at higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Shift workers become more at risk due to disruption to the body clock affecting waistlines, hormones and sleep.  All of these increase increase the risk of diabetes. Studies were carried out in sleep laboratories which show that making people sleep at the wrong time of day caused the onset of the early stages of Type 2 Diabetes within weeks. In the UK, 45 out of every 1,000 adults have some form of diabetes, primarily Type 2.  Diabetes can cause numerous other problems, such as blindness, increased risk of heart attacks, stroke and can also damage nerves and blood vessels. The study carried out at Huazhaong University of Science and Technology in China showed that shift workers were 9% more likely to have Type 2 Diabetes.  For men, the figure was 35%, however, adding alternating shift patterns increased the risk to 42%. Possible reasons for shift working causing such an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes include disrupted sleeping and eating patterns.  One idea is that eating late at night makes the body more prone to store energy as fat, increasing the risk of obesity and in turn, diabetes.  As these studies, are only looking at one shapshot in time, it isn’t  possible to say definitely that shift work causes diabetes.  There may be other factors that play a part in this. Researchers suggest that the result of these studies suggest that male shift workers in particular should pay more attention to the prevention of diabetes and be more educated to recognise the signs of diabetes.  There are easy ways for everyone to make themselves aware of their own personal risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, such as taking risk assessments either on-line or at their local pharmacy. Overall, the best ways to reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes is to maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise and having a balanced diet. Professor Nick Wareham from the University of Cambridge has commented on these studies saying that any effects are moderate, and that “the key question would be to identify what intervetions could be put in place to alleviate the risks in those who work shifts”.

National Childhood Obesity Week – Monday 7th July – Sunday 13th July 2014

Why are so many of the children in today’s society obese. Childhood obesity occurs when children and adolescents are above the normal body weight for their age and height. Obese children are at risk for many long-term problems usually seen in adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart disease and strokes asthma, thyroid problems, and liver disease.

Obesity can cause problems for a child’s healthy growth and development. The main causes of most cases of obesity are unhealthy eating and genetic factors. Children may become obese as a result of an underlying medical condition or injury, eating poor diets, inactivity and some medications like steroids. As a parent, it is important to set good examples and for some it may mean a lifestyle and behaviour change. Set goals and giving rewards and praise for their success, but make sure these aren’t food-related. Instead, try rewarding them by doing an activity they enjoy. To improve our child’s health we need to focus on healthy food choices to encourage children to see the importance of this lifestyle. Utilising fruits and vegetables as snack items can be a great way to get your children eating healthier. Make a point to keep your fridge stocked with things like broccoli, spinach, carrots, apples and oranges. Look for breads, pastas and cereals made with whole grains. In many cases, you can also find products in this category that have also been fortified with calcium and fibre. Choose lean meats such as chicken breasts, turkey breasts, fish and seafood. It’s best to stick to water and skimmed or non-fat milk when looking for beverage choices. Fruit juices, sodas and most other drinks contain tons of sugar and calories. Even worse, these liquid calories are digested more quickly, so children can drink a ton of soda or juice without feeling full at all. Getting your children involved is a great way to show them the importance of these habits Always involve your children in cooking dinner, whether it’s setting the table, chopping up vegetables or tossing a salad, it’s important to show children that cooking is not only a part of a normal routine, but that it’s also fun. The really important thing to remember is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Children also need to stay active and motivated to exercise outside the house such as cycling, fly kites in a park, walks around your neighbourhood, play hide-and-seek, using a skipping rope, playing hop-scotch and school sports other active recreation, and make the most of opportunities for exercise at school,  these are all good forms of exercise. Children over the age of five need to do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. Reduce the amount of time your child spends watching television or using a computer. Try to limit this to less than two hours a day or 14 hours a week. http://www.noaw.org.uk/ Margaret Moody

The Concept of ability not disability.

Article by Margaret Moody A Disability is a lack of ability relative to a personal or group standard or norm. In reality there is often simply a spectrum of ability.Ability is about quality of life, it is related to how free a person is to make their own choices and live an equal life to their neighbour. They may need to do things in a different order, use specific aids or equipment but in certain areas they can be as competitive and cable as any other person. Unfortunately when people look at others with a disability they only see what they cannot do. Why is that? As with anyone else we all have our strengths and weaknesses. You have strengths. You have weaknesses. It is important that we stop looking at others in a negative fashion and we should not do so. We are all people and we all contribute. You only have to look at the news and see the people who have real disabilities but have strength far beyond most of us, think about Andrea Bocelli he is totally blind, he won a singing competition in 1970 and has gone on to be a great opera singer recognised the world over. Being blind has not stopped his attainment in the world. He also plays the flute and the piano; one might ask how he does this when he cannot read the music. These are his strengths. In the field of sport and physical activity, people are given the opportunity to compete both socially and formally in competition against, regional, national and international athletes, placing them in a stronger position to compete at the highest level, many of these people have achieved their inspiration and beyond. For a significant number of disabled people computer technology and the Internet holds the keys to their choices. It can help them to demonstrate to employers and the public that IT and the Internet are tools for equality in the workplace. Because a person sits in a wheelchair too many valuable skills can be overlooked and wasted, employers and the public should “see the ability not the disability”. People with a disability should be encouraged to utilise and develop their skills, to work and be competent at their strengths, to carry out normal every day activities. For people with physical disabilities accessibility and safety are primary issues. Access to public areas such as city streets and public buildings and restrooms are some of the more visible changes brought about in recent decades.Today a man walks with crutches, next week there is a meeting, he cannot attend this meeting as it is on a third floor with many steps, which he cannot climb. Whose loss is it that he cannot attend and offer his skills and knowledge? Another man who’s abilities outweighed his disabilities and with this he leads a professional and very productive life. His work involves providing materials for the visually impaired. The use of modern technology allows this person to use computers, Braille note takers, books, tapes, readers and many other devices. A guide dog aids him in using transportation and everyday walking to and from destinations.  It is important that we encourage the active involvement of people with disabilities to work to and develop their ability, and seek their feedback and support so that they can have a direct input into decisions which affect them.

Life at work as a blind person and guide dog owner.

  dogs_uniteI joined Life Training Academy at the end of October 2013, following a long period of searching for work in mainstream employment.  I had worked for an organisation which employs blind and disabled people to work in a factory environment.  Due to my skills, I was fortunate to work in an administrative role, where I assisted in general duties and covering on reception when required.  Despite this, it was not secure employment, and I wanted to work for a company who would employ me on my ability as opposed to my disability.  Job searching was not easy, however I was able to upload my CV on to various job sites and was offered several interviews which did not materialise, and I was given a variety of reasons and excuses for why they could not employ me; these ranged from health and safety issues, to concerns about how I would negotiate my office surroundings; none of these reasons were justified and obviously caused me to develop issues with confidence and self-belief. Following months of endless searching, I received an E-mail from Life Training Academy, explaining that they were very interested in my CV, and enquired whether I had considered applying for the advertised position.  I attended an interview, and immediately became aware of the difference in attitudes towards my disability from those expressed at previous interviews.  At Life, their interest was how I could grow with them by using my existing skills as well as learning about the company and experiencing new challenges and undertaking different duties. mandywoodman Another bonus, was obviously my main assistant and key part of my life, my guide dog Vesper; a golden retriever who has been my best friend and companion for six years and is now eight years old.  He is loved by everyone who meets him, and can sometimes be an obvious distraction in the office. Throughout his working life, Vesper has enabled me to sustain full independence from travelling to work in London by train and underground, to working at Life where I am able to assist with post office and banking duties.  As the Receptionist/Administrator, my duties, as well as dealing with telephone and face to face enquiries, also include using my computer for E-mail and other Microsoft applications.  As someone with no sight, I have several clever pieces of equipment which help me to undertake these tasks; the first, is my screen reading software, called “JAWS” which is loaded on to the computer, and speaks everything displayed on the screen including E-mails, letters and spreadsheets.  I also have a Braille note-taker, which I use for taking messages or storing information, contacts and telephone numbers; it has no screen, and allows me to both read and write in Braille.  The final item of equipment I use, is called a “Read Easy Move” which can take images of printed material and read them out loud to me, which means I can effectively read post, sort information packs and filing when necessary.  Having this equipment, as well as having Vesper,  have enabled me to enter into a job role with confidence and have the ability to demonstrate how possible it is for those without sight, to overcome any difficulties and challenges which are faced. Since working at Life Training Academy, my confidence has returned, and I now feel as though I have a proper job at last, and responsibilities and opportunities I feel privileged to be given.  I very much hope, in the future, that perspectives and attitudes of employers will change towards recruiting blind people, and that this article is proof of how life-changing and beneficial it is for us to be given the opportunity to demonstrate our ability, not our disability. Mandy Woodman.  

Congratulations to Candidates

bigstock-Portrait-Of-Smiling-Business-P-4042293                       Congratulations to all our candidates who have completed in the last month or so!

Level 7 Management 

George Kwaku Asamoah

Level 5 Leadership and Management Level 6 Contracting Construction Management Operations  Thomas Brien Level 5 Leadership in Health & Social Care John Elford Farag Gihawi Shah Nawaz Karina Beitmann-Ward Dean Sargent Kim Strong Rebecca Kelly Denis Peter Green Fiona Bankes Natalie Douglas Kovilia Iyapah-Carpanen Uthaya Babu Prakash Level 5 Leadership in Children & Young People’s Services  Sukhbinder Dhut Level 3 Health and Social Care Kim O’Brien Tracie Simon David Shaw Regina Socorro Mapeso Level 2 Health and Social Care Carolyn Morgan  

Considering How Vital Care Is

vitalcareConsidering How Vital Care Is, and How Much the Industry is Worth, it’s Shocking That Workers Are So Underpaid and Undervalued. The most recent issue of Chartered Management Institute magazine features an article written by Baroness Denise Kingsmill upon which she reflects on a recent review she has completed of pay and conditions of care workers due to be published this month – Taking Care. More famously known for her past report on the unhealthy working environment for models in the fashion industry, which got nicknamed the “Skinny Model Report”, she doubts that care sector working conditions will receive as much publicity or controversy even though the effects are much further widespread. Denise states that “Care is not a glamorous occupation” and goes onto talking of the realities of care work; the engagement with numerous people with multiple conditions for only short bursts of times and follows onto emphasising the importance of care work in our society. Questioning that if this is the case, then why are care workers “undervalued, underpaid, undertrained and under regulated” with no status, regulation or registration. “This workforce of 1.5 million people is almost invisible”. Throughout her investigations the phrase “I’m just a care worker” appeared far too often, not accounting for complex feeding methods, use of hoists in moving clients, dressing wounds, administering medication and providing vital emotional and domestic support. “It’s not a job for the faint-hearted and it’s certainly not ‘just’ a job”. Care workers are ultimately subject among the worst conditions of any workers in the UK. Universally wages are either just meeting national minimum wage, although this is often ignored by employers not taking into consideration how long it takes for domiciliary workers to travel to their clients. Pay at its best is rarely any more than 15% above minimum wage. On top of the poor rates of pay involved throughout the care sector, most care workers will not know what hours they are working from week to week. “Zero-hours contracts play a huge role in the sector and destabilise workers’ lives”. Since the Care Quality Commission’s requirements for qualifications have been reduced, this has led to qualifications being patchy, training varying considerably with no real common framework for care workers. This has led to the workforce being older workers or migrant workers as young people are reluctant to enter a profession where there is little means of progression. “Care is in crisis”; far too often, the poor conditions for workers often leads to a poor quality of service for clients. One reason for this may be the pressure of austerity measures on local authorities in recent years, leading to underfunding for care workers and service users alike. The Taking Care review looked greatly into the ways of improving the care sector without increasing funding, however the need for funding still echoes all sides and is almost overwhelming. “Underfunding is a false economy: if we truly valued care, there would be less need for vulnerable people to go to hospital, a benefit to the public purse and to service users”. The Training Body – Skills for Care estimates that the care industry is worth £43billion to the UK economy and this is growing due to increasing ages of the population. Even taking this into account the sector is characterised by the few smaller businesses dependent on local authority budgets, not helped with larger companies such as Southern Cross Healthcare, who operated 750 homes and employed 41,000 staff, until it closed down in 2012 with huge debts – ultimately giving the sector a reputation for bad financial management. As well as the financial detriments faced by the care sector, it is also tainted with accounts of abuse highlighted in both the Orchid View Care Home and the Old Deanery Home undercover footage, first hand experiences and employee descriptions  that have come to light over the last year. “Given that it is likely that most of us will need paid-for care in the last two years of our lives, it’s a sector that merits a brighter light being shone on it”

Congratulations to Candidates

Level 7 Management George Kwaku Asamoah Level 6 Consturction Thomas Brien Level 5 Leadership and Management John Elford Farag Gihawi Shah Nawaz Karina Beitmann-Ward Dean Sargent Kim Strong Rebecca Kelly Denis Peter Green Fiona Bankes Natalie Douglas Kovillia Iyapah-Carpanen Babu Prakash Uthaya Level 5 Children and Young People Residential Sukhbinder Dhut Level 3 Health and Social Care Kim O’Brien Tracie Simon David Shaw Regina Socorro Mapeso Level 2 Health and Social Care Carolyn Morgan    

Deprivation of Liberty

The European Convention of Human rights Article 5 (1) says, everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be deprived of his liberty save in the specific cases and in accordance with procedure prescribed by law. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) was introduced by the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and updated in 2007, as an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).  However the safeguards do not apply to a person detained under the MHA A deprivation of liberty authorisation cannot be used if a person has the mental capacity to make decisions, so the person’s capacity will be assessed as part of the process. The MCA provides safeguards and monitoring when people are deprived of liberty. There are five principles to the MCA and the DoLS are in addition to and do not replace other safeguards in place through the MCA. The safeguards particularly but not always relate to those planning care. People should always consider all options, which may or may not involve restricting the person’s freedom, and should provide care in the least restrictive way possible. However, if all alternatives have been explored and the hospital or care home believes it is necessary to deprive a person of their liberty in order to care for them safely, then they must get permission to do this by following strict processes. These processes are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and they have been designed to ensure that a person’s loss of liberty is lawful and that they are protected. The key elements of the MCA are, to ensure the person who is without mental capacity is provided with a representative, to give the person (or their representative) the right to challenge a MCA through the Court of Protection and to provide a mechanism for DoLS to be reviewed and monitored regularly. How do we deprive a person of their liberty? There is no one single factor identifying DoLS it is a question of the degree and intensity of control in the overall situation. There are some samples of the type of restrictions that would not constitute deprivation Main door locked, confusing, keypad/double door handles, returning a person who has wandered out of a residence, dissuading a confused person from leaving, using benign force to do so, using benign force to feed, dress, and provide medical treatment or benign force being used to bring a confused person back to the care home or hospital. Placing reasonable limitations on visits by carers, refusing to let a person leave the facility without an escort whose job is to support/care for the person or using restraint, medication or seclusion in an emergency situation to respond to the patients threatening, disturbed behaviour So what is a deprivation of liberty? There have been several test cases in the European Court of Human Rights and in the UK that have clarified which situations may constitute a deprivation of liberty:  a person being restrained in order to admit them to hospital,  medication being given against a person’s will, staff having complete control over a person’s care or movements for a long period, staff making all decisions about a person, including choices about assessments, treatment and visitors and staff deciding whether a person can be released into the care of others or to live elsewhere. Generally these are issues that are serious enough that there is likelihood of the harm to the person, you the have to assess if the deprivation of liberty is proportionate to the risk of harm and if the person could not be protected from harm in any other reasonable way. Deprivation is ultimately a legal question, Staff should always try to care for a person in a way that does not deprive them of their liberty. If they are unable to do this, the registered manager of a care home is responsible for applying for an authorisation for the deprivation of liberty. The managing authority should do this either when someone is about to be admitted, or when they are already in the care home or hospital. It is unlawful to carry out an action that will deprive someone of their liberty, without an authorisation for this action being in place. The application for a standard authorisation will be made to the supervisory body – this may be the local authority or the primary health care trust. The supervisory body will arrange an assessment to decide whether the qualifying criteria for DoLS are met, and will either grant or refuse an authorisation. In an emergency, the management of the care home or hospital may grant itself an urgent authorisation, but must apply for a standard authorisation at the same time. This urgent authorisation is usually valid for seven days, although the supervisory body may extend this for up to another seven days in some circumstances. Before an urgent authorisation is given, steps should be taken to consult with carers and family members. Once an Authorisation has been started, the supervisory body must arrange for an assessment to take place within 21 days, to establish whether the qualifying requirements for an authorisation are met for that particular person. These include Age: Is the person over 18? No refusals: Would authorisation for deprivation conflict with existing legal arrangements such as an Advances Decision or Lasting Power of Attorney? Mental Capacity Assessment: Does the person have a mental capacity about whether they should be accommodated in the relevant hospital or care home to be given care or treatment? Mental Health Assessment: Does the person have a mental disorder within the meaning of Mental Health Act 1983? Eligibility assessment: Is the person eligible for Deprivation of Liberty safeguards? (that this, they are not already liable to be detained under the MHA) Best interests’ assessment: Would a deprivation of Liberty be in the person’s best interests? An authorisation for a deprivation of liberty cannot be granted unless all of these requirements are met. An authorisation should last for the shortest time possible up to a maximum of 12 months. The assessment on which the authorisation is based can remain valid for 12 months. The managing authority and the supervisory body must: make regular checks to see if the authorisation is still needed, remove the authorisation when no longer necessary, provide the person’s representative with information about their care and treatment. For more information see: www.mental-capacity.com Margaret E Moody

Spring is officially here!

sunSpring is officially here and the days are getting longer.  This finally dawned on me yesterday when I noticed it was 9pm and still just light outside.  Doesn’t it make you feel so much better! This month has also seen so much activity, with trade shows and events left right and centre.  A particular point of interest this month is Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place from 12th – 18th May.  This year they are particularly looking at anxiety. Visit the dedicated web page at:  http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/mentalhealthawarenessweek/get-involved/?view=Standard if you wish to get involved in organising activities, events or providing support.  You will also find several downloadable information booklets and posters which will help you in your quest. Carrying on with this theme is our trainer, Margaret’s contribution regarding Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which has become an interesting topic of conversation recently with questions about whether this legislation should be revisited. Foremost in our minds is also the recent media attention to the Panorama report on a carehome in Essex.  For those of us involved in delivering good quality care, you will also be interested to read Baroness Kingsmill’s article on Taking Care, published in the CMI May magazine which reports on the working conditions in the care sector. Let’s continue to carry the flag for excellent care and people management! Jules

Where’s the birdie?

spring_has_SprungSpring is sprung The grass is ris I wonder where the birdies is?” Thanks to Frederic Ogden Nash for this daft saying but it always comes to mind at this time of year. Even so, it is clear to see that everyone and everything has come to life again, particularly now that we are officially in British Summer time. Inevitably this means not been able to hide under a woolly jumper and makes me think of my winter spare tyre. You may be pleased to hear that I have lost a huge 3 lbs in body weight but am now sick of the raw food smoothie diet and crave something crunchy and sweet. And now the shops are full of Easter eggs to make things additionally difficult. However, I allowed myself to feel a little smug this week when the news revealed that we are now supposed to be eating 7 portions of veg and fruit a day. Easy, I’ve become a rabbit on this diet! Seriously though, nutrition and diet is this month’s target subject and we are all becoming very well aware of how closely diet is linked with health and well-being. I hope you all enjoy the Easter break. Jules Cook Jules Small image

Congratulations to our candidates

Well done to all our candidates who have recently completed their qualifications! Level 5 Leadership and Management
  • Saima Adil Zafar
  • Sarah Pinnell
  • Samuel Dunn
  • Peter Caven
  • Heather Mintrim
  • Melissa Jones
  • Melika Powell
  • Maragret Esapa
Level 3 Health & Social Care
  • Charlotte Kinzett
  • Ilona Szydlo
  • Gifty Ampratwum
  • Larilissa Taglianetti (CYP Pathway)
Level 2 Health and Social Care
  • Magdalena Stolas
  • Elle Hutchinson
  • Janice Arnott
Level 3 Dementia Certificate
  • Lynn Carter

Employee of The Month – Jermaine Girard (Business Development Advisor)

Jermaine.jpgJermaine Girard – Business Development Advisor I am delighted to have won the Employee of the Month. This is the first time I have won the award in my vocational career and hopefully it is the first of many.   Hopefully this now invigorates me with the spirit of those early entrepreneurs during the days of industrialisation and I can go from strength to strength. Today employee of the month, tomorrow who knows what? Watch out Bill Gates… I’M COMING!!!!   In closing, I want to thank Neil and Alanna for their hard work in helping me win the award. Without Neil’s elite expertise out in the field my hard work in the office would be a futile effort. I can supply all the ammunition in the world but I still need someone to ‘stick it in the back of the net’ for me and Neil happily obliged.

What is Sugar in Relation to Diabetes?

sugarDiabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high because of the hormone known as insulin produced by part of the pancreas, a large gland located behind the stomach. Insulin helps move the glucose into the cells of our body, to give them the energy they need. Insulin controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in our blood. If we don’t have enough insulin, or the insulin we produce isn’t working properly, the glucose isn’t moved into the cells of our body. Instead, glucose builds up in our blood. This means the cells in our body aren’t getting the energy they need. A build-up of glucose in the blood can also damage tissues and arteries, and lead to other serious health problems. There are two main types of diabetes, these are referred to as type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. It is more common than type 1 with about 90% of people with diabetes having type 1 and they are usually aged 40 years and over. Type 1 diabetes which occurs when the body doesn’t produce any insulin at all. This is because the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. This causes insulin deficiency and your glucose levels increase, which can seriously damage the body’s organs. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition. elderly-man-diabetes-glucose It is important diabetes is diagnosed as early as possible. Diabetes cannot be cured, but treatment aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible to control your symptoms and minimise health problems developing later. What is sugar? All sugars are carbohydrates found naturally in most foods. Their main nutritional value is in providing energy. However, sugar is also added to lots of foods such as sweets, chocolate, cakes and some fizzy and juice drinks. Sugar is known as many different things it may be called: glucose, sucrose, maltose, corn syrup, honey, hydrolysed starch, invert sugar, and fructose. Look for the carbohydrates in foods as these are the body’s main source of energy.  They are easily digested and broken down into glucose, which the body uses to perform its numerous functions. But be forewarned, almost all fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy products and processed and packaged foods have some amount of sugar. Many foods that contain added sugars are also high in energy, so eating these foods often can contribute to you becoming overweight. Sugary foods and drinks can also cause tooth decay, especially if you eat them between meals. The longer the sugary food is in contact with the teeth, the more damage it can cause. The sugars found naturally in whole fruit are less likely to cause tooth decay because the sugars are contained within the structure of the fruit. But when fruit is juiced or blended, the sugars are released. Once released, these sugars can damage teeth, especially if fruit juice is drunk frequently. Fruit juice is still a healthy choice, and counts as one of your recommended daily five portions of fruit and vegetables. But it is best to drink fruit juice at mealtimes in order to minimise damage to your teeth. When we eat starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and potatoes, or sugary foods such as chocolate or cakes, the digestion of these foods produces a form of energy called glucose.