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Enhancing care in Irish nursing homes: why legal skills matter for healthcare professionals

Healthcare January 18, 2023

Do you work in a nursing home facility in Ireland? If so you are likely faced with challenges and responsibilities. One of the crucial aspects of your role involves navigating the complex legal terrain surrounding patient care, staff management, and quality assurance.

In this article, we will delve into the pressing need for nursing home professionals to gain legal skills by attending specialised legal courses. These courses provide invaluable insights and knowledge for those committed to delivering high-quality care while adhering to legal standards.

1. Employment Law and Investigations

Employment disputes and investigations are an inevitable part of managing a nursing home. To address these issues effectively, nursing home professionals must understand the legal aspects of employment investigations. Our courses provide in-depth knowledge on conducting fair and lawful investigations, ensuring compliance with employment laws, and promoting a healthy workplace environment. Read more…

2. Report Writing Skills for Healthcare

Accurate and comprehensive documentation is paramount in healthcare, as it serves as a vital record for patient care and legal matters. Nursing home professionals need the ability to craft detailed and legally sound reports. Our course will help you acquire the skills required to maintain impeccable records, ensuring transparency, accountability, and legal compliance. Read more…

3. Witness and Courtroom Skills for Healthcare

Nursing home professionals often find themselves in the role of witnesses in various legal proceedings. Our Witness Skills for Healthcare course will teach you valuable techniques for effective communication and testifying in court. Being well-prepared as a witness can make a significant difference in legal cases involving nursing homes. Read more…

4. Caring for the Vulnerable Adult

The welfare of vulnerable adults is a key concern in nursing homes. This course focused on the care of vulnerable adults offer insights into the legislation and regulations governing their protection. By gaining this knowledge, you can enhance your ability to provide safe, compassionate, and legally compliant care. Read more…

5. Optimal Procedure for Incident Evaluation

Incidents in nursing homes can have legal implications, and understanding the best practices in incident review is essential. This course will guide you in conducting thorough investigations, analysing root causes and implementing corrective actions in line with legal standards. Read more…

6. Handbook for Coroner’s Investigation

Unfortunately, deaths in nursing homes can lead to coroner’s inquests. An understanding of the legal aspects of this process will prove to be crucial. Our guide will provide essential knowledge on how to navigate coroner’s inquests, ensuring transparency and adherence to the law. Read more…

7. Consent, Capacity and Assisted Decision Making

On 26 April 2023 the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act (2015) (the “2015 Act”) and the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Act 2022 (Ireland) (the “2022 Amendment Act”) were commenced. The Act creates a new system to support people to make decisions and allows for several new support structures as well as Advance Healthcare Directives and changes to the Power of Attorney system. The provisions of the new Act are not limited to people with a disability or impairment but applies to any person whose decision-making capacity is in ‘question’. Anybody may need to use the provisions of the Act at one time or another. Read more…

8. Open Disclosure Under the New Patient Safety Act

The long-anticipated Patient Safety (Notifiable Incidents and Open Disclosure) Act 2023 was signed into the law in April 2023. Read more…

9. Examining Restrictive Practices through the Human Rights Lens

This half day training will assist staff to identify restrictions in a person’s care, in order to examine whether the care is the ‘least restrictive’ possible in line with the European Convention on Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on Rights for People with Disabilities and the Irish Constitution. It is underpinned by the HIQA Guidance for Restrictive Practices in Designated Centres for Older People and Disabilities 2023. Read more…

Download the Legal Skills for Nursing Homes brochure here

The Benefits of Legal Education for Nursing Home Professionals

1. Improved Quality of Care: Legal education equips you with the knowledge and skills to provide a higher standard of care while maintaining compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

2. Reduced Legal Risk: By gaining legal skills, all nursing home staff can minimise the legal risks associated with patient care, staff management, and facility operations, ultimately reducing the likelihood of costly legal challenges.

3. Enhanced Reputation: Nursing homes that demonstrate a commitment to legal compliance and best practices in patient care can build a positive reputation in their communities, attracting more residents and families.

4. Personal and Professional Growth: Legal education opens up new avenues for personal and professional growth. It empowers professionals to take on leadership roles and contribute more effectively to their organisations.

In the demanding environment of nursing home care, the acquisition of legal skills through specialised courses is no longer an option but a necessity. You and your colleagues can greatly benefit from attending some of the courses we offer. It will not only empower you to provide high-quality care but also protect your organisation from legal pitfalls. By making legal education a priority, you can ensure the well-being of your residents and secure the future and reputation of your organisation.

For further details or to request a call back, please fill out our Contact form or contact Mark Cassidy, Training Consultant:

Tel: 01 878 8265 | Mobile: 089 419 3637


Download the Legal Skills for Nursing Homes brochure here

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