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Old 02.06.2011, 09:54
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Re: Patients abused in Bristol [warning: shocking video]

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I do think the camera guy took long to catch as much possible on the camera since they knew it would be used later on in court. Obviously, in such a manipulated situation, when people have tried to beat corruption and actually report much earlier and failed, to have a really good and thorough evidence will have better outcome. I know, shocking to put the poor folks through even more misery, but otherwise it would have been just "he said, they said, he saw, they denied" scenario.
I actually saw the whole documentary by chance on Tuesday evening and there was one popint in it where the filming actually stopped abruptly because the film ran out in the camera. It was quite clear that they needed to have as much evidence as possible to make sure all the people responsible were brought to justice.

It was horrible to watch but impossible to top once you'd started. The home featured had been visited several times by he authorities (sometimes unannounced apparently) but the didn't find anything wrong
They obviously forget there glasses and hearing aids before they went.

The sad thing is it's obviuosly not an isolated case.
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Re: Patients abused in Bristol [warning: shocking video]

Humanity you make me cringe.

Oh look, in part two, one of the first comments gives Wayne's (one of the un-carers) address and telephone number.....
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Old 02.06.2011, 18:37
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Re: Patients abused in Bristol [warning: shocking video]

Does anyone know how strict the criteria is for hiring care workers in the uK?

I would think that you'll need solid references, stringent checks? That BBC reporter seem to land the job, no problem.

On the other hand, its not a very attractive job ie: doesnt pay alot but you have to give alot of yourself to genuinely care for these people - hence attracting people who just want to make 3 meals a day rather than real passion. Case in point, beginning of Part II where one of the senior support worker's life long goal is to open a tattoo parlour.

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Re: Patients abused in Bristol [warning: shocking video]

If the carers don't know how to diffuse or handle residents who are physically acting out, they they themselves may be the victims of abuse form the residents.

The carers act as if they got their training from watching UFC.

I am certainly not trying to excuse the bahaviour in the above video but perhaps the reason some cover their heads is to avoid being spat. on.
My sister has to take CQSW courses and regularly retrain. Usually she flies through the courses, the last one she thought would be easy, she was ill at the time, she failed and so has to redo the course. Both sisters love the work and get very attached to clients. Only one is still working although she should be retired, I worry about her safety. My other sister has an art degree but has also received training. These courses are not easy, we are all physically strong. I am a black belt TKD, green belt Ving tsun, my sister did Judo. I almost failed one of my trainings; I get very very worried about the balance between applying enough force but not restricting breathing. They say that it is not possible if the techniques that they teach are properly applied, but I'm not so sure. I tend to use my body as a physical barrier to protect others rather than use force.

The problem for me is that in physical intervention you are not acting defensively. You must intervene physically as a last resort to prevent a client from hurting themselves or from hurting other clients/ residents. The techniques taught in Physical intervention are pretty tricky so you have to practice.

So I think it depends on the company that you work for. We all earn at least double what the carers earn in the video. Some train their staff better and pay them better than others. My sister also has a super supportive boss, whom she feels free to discuss any issues with. We also have all kinds of other training - education methodologies, health and safety, resuscitation, etc. I was trained in the UK and US, my sisters in the UK.

It would be interesting to hear what the whistleblower had to say about training.

I don't like the fact that may of these courses are privately run, so as in education there is often some kind of kickback. incentives for those who decide to take one commercially produced course over another.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seft5fgDDtc

the really depressing thing though is that they didn't seem to be doing anything with the clients. My sisters were always taking them out of daytrips to the seaside, zoo etc., playing games, going out to shows, cinema etc., the clients get to choose. The little bit of gardening that they showed on the show was pitiful.

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Re: Patients abused in Bristol [warning: shocking video]

I have just sat and watched the whole documentary (recorded) in disbelieve (sorry I sound like a DM reader ). I am sure I sat and watched an almost identical documentary to this not too long ago, maybe a couple of years - for a while I kept wondering if it was a repeat of the programme i saw before where an undercover reporter went in and the abuse was the same as this. So it's still happening even after it was exposed in a similar way in the past, makes me fearful if this documentary will make enough waves to change things.

What I found surprising was the staff, they looked like the dregs of the human race working with the most vulnerable of the human race, how does this happen? why are there not professional trained staff working with these people instead of what looks like thugs dragged off the street?

The poor girl Simone where they poured water on her and left her outside until she was shaking, just awful - sadistic b'stards
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