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Bupa receives award for care home safety training

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Private healthcare company Bupa Care Homes has been recognised at the Welsh Care Awards for its impressive safety training.

The company developed a comprehensive DVD which provides up-to-date training and advice for Welsh care home staff on when to use bed rails.

The devices are widely used to prevent vulnerable people from falling out of bed and the DVD ensures that staff understand the appropriate times for their use.

This initiative has now earned Bupa a bronze award in the 'Health and Safety in Social Care' category at the Welsh Care Awards, which were held recently in Cardiff.

'Ensuring the safe use of bed rails is an important and challenging issue and I am pleased the measures we are taking have been recognised by the Welsh Care Forum and the Health and Safety Executive,' said Conor Whitelaw, Bupa Care Services' regional manager for Wales.

'But the best thing is hearing from home managers and carers how this training aid is really delivering on the ground - managers say they can see best practice becoming normal practice,' he added.

Bupa Care Homes operates more than 300 residential and nursing homes throughout the UK and is currently developing and extending many of its facilities to increase choice and provide extra bedrooms.

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Care of the elderly news : 30 November 2009