9 tips and key things care managers need to know about volunteers

26 November 2021

In comparison to hospices or acute hospitals, volunteering has been underdeveloped in some care settings. With over 100,000 existing vacancies across the social care sector in England and 60,000 more predicted by the National Care Association due to the mandatory Covid vaccination requirement, one in 10 social care posts could be vacant by the end of the year. It is envisaged considerable numbers of volunteers will be needed to help buoy up staff shortages. Deborah Bellamy suggests tips and key things care managers should know about volunteers and ensuring their health and safety in accordance with updated HSE guidance.

Covid round-up — everything HR needs to know from the last 18 months

25 November 2021

The Covid pandemic saw the onset of new challenges, new ways of working and new laws. The past 18 months brought unprecedented employment issues, which HR teams across the UK have been manically trying to keep up and comply with. As we start to see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s important to reflect on the key takeaways and look forward to what’s coming next.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile assessment and Moving into Year 1

24 November 2021

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the first stage of educational programmes in England, which concludes in each child being assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) at the end of their Reception year in school to see if they have reached the expected national measure of a Good Level of Development (GLD). The EYFSP is intrinsically linked to the child moving into the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1. Rebecca Fisk explains more about this assessment profile and what it means.

How to deal with abusive online comments in your practice

24 November 2021

Healthcare providers and members of staff are increasingly facing abusive comments on social media platforms. Christine Grey details how to manage inappropriate posts and support your staff who become the victims of any unfairness or online abuse.

Clean energy: the safety risks

24 November 2021

The planned transition to cleaner sources of energy like hydrogen will help us reach our climate change goals, but the safety risks must not be overlooked, says Paul Davidson.

Menopause at work: why support is crucial

24 November 2021

The symptoms of the menopause can have a negative impact on an employee’s health and their ability to perform to their best at work, so it’s vital employers support them, explain Anna Fletcher and Vivienne Reeve from Gowling WLG law firm.

Using settlement agreements for workplace injury claims

24 November 2021

Most civil claims for compensation for personal injury, and many employment tribunal claims, are settled by compromise agreements (or settlement agreements) before they come to court. Robert Spicer looks at the importance of the wording of these agreements in the context of health and safety.