Help In Home

McSence Communication Ltd has recognised a new employment opportunity in the social care sector due to changing economic conditions and the consequential cutbacks in service provision for home help/social care. Affordable good quality services are not currently available in Midlothian. Therefore McSence HelpinHome will train up 60 people to work in the home help/social care sector.

Funded by LEADER through our ‘Independence’ Project, this is a 6-week training programme designed to assist young unemployed from benefits and into work within the health and social care sector.

The trainer has a wealth of experience within the health and social care sector as a support worker, care manager and latterly a training manager.

The programme has been carefully designed to incorporate all aspects of training, both statutory and mandatory, which the health and social care worker should receive within an induction period. Whilst the Common Induction Standards do not apply in Scotland this has been a useful tool against which to measure the programme aligning as they do with the Scottish Social Services Council codes of practice for health and social care employers and employees and with the National Care Standards. The training is designed to equip the new health and social care worker with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to commence employment in this sector. All training is linked to the National minimum standards and can be used to provide knowledge evidence for SVQ.

Included within the programme are HSE approved Emergency First Aid at Work Training, Food Hygiene and Static Load Manual Handling. All of these courses, whilst an intrinsic part of the training programme, stand alone and have wider application for most businesses and industry.

The 1-day EFAW is an informally assessed course which equips the successful candidate with a HSE approved qualification which is valid for 3 years. The course, which includes opportunity for practical learning, covers topics such as incident management, supporting the unconscious casualty, resuscitation and dealing with a range of incidents including clinical shock, choking, wounds and bleeding, burns, fractures and sprains. It is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of first aid and where the workplace assessment has indicated the requirement for suitable trained personnel.

The 1-day Food Hygiene course is CIEH approved and meets the industry standards.  It is suitable for any persons handling food, whether preparing or serving, as a part of their workplace duties and covers topics such as the correct temperatures to heat and re-heat food to, hygiene precautions in storing and preparing food and common bacteria and how to avoid them.

Manual Handling Training is a statutory requirement across all business and industry. This 3- hour generic static load course covers the legislation underpinning manual handling in the workplace, safe load limits, mechanics of the spine and principles of safe lifting ,with practical demonstration and opportunity to practice safe lifting techniques.

The help in Home Training programme has been running since January 2011. At present we have a 50% success rate in assisting our students from benefits into work or further training.

HSC Graduation 2013