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  1. Can you not do that Job Search in the area you're moving to? Just pop in the location of your new home into the search engines and contact employers there, might give you a little bit of a head start, I ended up moving to our new place (over 300 miles away) 8 weeks before the rest of my family and commuting at weekends when I was offered a job close to my new address.
  2. So, as I’ve been ‘accused’ of being one of ‘them’ I’ll clarify my position as a Practice Manager in a GP Surgery – not a social worker, clinician or police officer… Okay - here's why the police were called. Below is an excerpt from a child’s A&E record sheet with all of the identifying information removed. ALL clinical staff MUST adhere to this flowchart with all cases. As can be seen below even with no concerns, the clinician still follows through the flow chart to confirm this. Why did the police attend? Follow the flow chart and find out for yourself. Was ther
  3. King, please understand this – no one would be removed from their parents due to being a child. My son is exactly the same and runs around like a stunt man most of the time and there’s nothing un-explained about that. There’s a difference between the normal bumps and bruises and an unexplained weakness in one leg that would raise suspicions. There are NO figures or targets. Social work departments struggle to deal with the work that they already have, case list sizes are growing all of the time and there’s no reason whatsoever to actively seek cases within compliant families in order
  4. It might be worth sitting down with your GP (ask for a double appt) to review everything so far and ask them what their next steps are?
  5. No, they investigate complaints, no one gets 'targeted'. Trust me, their 'books' are fit to bursting anyway without picking on random people. Not in any of the experiences I've had of Social Workers, I've had the absolute displeasure of being involved in both adult and child protection cases and believe me, someone raising their voice / becoming threatening / swearing changes nothing. See above, if there's a legitimate complaint made such as an unexplained injury then there's no cause for 'public outrage'. Outrage is only due when these services don't investigate.
  6. Can I please play devil's advocate here? What if there was something 'wrong' at home. I know we all dread to think it, especially about our friends and family but there have been several cases recently like Victoria Climbie, Peter Connelly (Baby P), Keanu Williams and Hamzah Khan where opportunities to identify that these children were at risk were missed. Do we accept that sometimes in doing our best to ensure that these cases never happen again that we might get it wrong? I'd find it far easier to sleep if I'd raised the concern and it was shown to be nothing than if I later found
  7. Sali, you’ve got some excellent questions there and some equally good points. So I don’t lose track I’ve broken your post up and I’ll do what I can to respond to each of the points in turn. There is indeed an annual prescribing budget, it is generally based upon the previous years with an adjustment for any changes in list size. In all honesty it’s a bit of a misnomer – the Dr’s prescribe what’s needed and the budget lands where it lands. We do have targeted changes in prescribing from the health board – for example the one I used in a previous post to take people off
  8. To be fair, I can’t think of a better response, remember that your GP is just that – a General Practitioner – not a specialist, at least he recognised his own shortcomings and referred you to someone who may know how best to help. Far better that than politely ignoring your concerns or prescribing yet another medication and having you go away and try that. Do I watch the budget like a hawk? Yes - Do I have any input on the GP's clinical decision making? No. The community pharmacy team may well seek to guide prescribing decisions and NICE and the health boards will tell the GP's wh
  9. Your friend has a number of options open to him but this must be an especially difficult time so he needn't do anything in a hurry. He has up to 12 months to lodge a complaint with his wife’s GP practice and perhaps longer still to look at legal redress. As others have suggested, getting copies of medical records can be one route to explore. However, I’d recommend that he complains directly to the GP practice. Why? They’ll review all the records leading up to his wife’s diagnosis and untimely death. They’ll attempt to provide explanations of the reasoning behind choosing certain tes
  10. Alalia, Just to explain my insight into this, I’m a Practice Manager for a GP surgery in North Wales. It’s difficult to see exactly what you’re asking here but I ‘think’ that you’re looking to take your complaint to a body outside of the practice, ie/ ombudsman, GMC, health board etc... What I can explain is my understanding and knowledge of the way that we must handle complaints here in Wales. Things may well be different in England and Scotland and so your location will have an effect on the way your complaint is handled. Anyway, it is entirely normal for PM’s to handle a
  11. I can only talk from past work I’ve done with CAB that they tend to use a remote call filtering service to help deal with the volume of calls. One that was used widely was a virtual call centre (VCC) system that allowed us to route calls into one number (incidentally also an 0844 number at the time) to any other numbers as well as to IP phones and mobiles in case of emergency. By being able to publish a single number we could do our best to ensure people could reach us and not have to call several numbers / offices to try to reach someone. The cost of buying such a system for each of
  12. Fair point. Each review is going to be case by case and so it's difficult to predict, even in broadly similar circumstances what's likely to happen. If it's causing you a bit of anxiety it's best you get a definitive answer from the horse's mouth so to speak. Being told one thing on here for the DWP / ATOS to then call you and do the exact opposite isn't likely to do you any favours.
  13. Probably the only way of getting a meaningful answer to be fair.
  14. Hence the reason I wasn't debating the morality of it. I know it's a charged subject and clearly even my choice of words has elicited a reaction. I think in the most part it was/is down to organisations exploring avenues made available to them. Clearly, reputations aside, there are many sub-prime contractors in the 3rd sector whose experiences and expectations of operating in welfare to work have been polar opposites. I can think of several CAB in the city I worked in having to seriously re-configure their services and staffing and in one case close altogether due to funding cuts. I
  15. You’re quite right, but these things are just symptoms of a wider problem in the 3rd Sector. Any recession or downturn is a ‘double-whammy’ for charities. Take the CAB service as an example, funded normally by local councils for very specific areas they too have found that their funding has been slashed. Coupled with a sharp increase in demand for their services they have to do something to survive. Funding is key for these organisations, so they do what they know will work to protect the front line services as much as possible, in a CEO you need a certain skill-set, unfortunately th
  16. Already some good suggestions there about Freecycle/charity shops but also have a look at ASDA/Tesco. I too am 'big boned' and Tesco have a great range of work suitable clothes that would come well within the £20 for a pair of trousers and shirt or blouse.
  17. Hi Caspa, I have to admit I've read your post a few times before I've come to typing this. Is your son claiming the correct benefit? If he's been sanctioned would I be right in thinking that he's a JSA claimant? I'd have thought that perhaps, given your explanation of the severity of his anxiety, that he might be more appropriately claiming ESA. Actively seeking work is doing just that, searching for and applying for jobs. If your son is being asked to start that process by making a CV and spec letter but not send them, then no - he's not actively seeking work but he is partaki
  18. You're right, again, in very many respects. The structured (read scripted) interview has it's place due to companies wishing to measure everyone with the same 'yard stick' when it comes to selection. It lessens the chance of managers leaning towards a certain candidate due to appearance or family situation - but only when used properly by the employer... I've been for a number of roles where psychometrics and personality testing have been factored in and the issue with this is that with practice, it's possible to throw the results in your favour. One of the more effective recru
  19. The 30 second judgement is something well all do as humans, we quite often send one of the non-interviewing managers to go and make the candidate a coffee while they’re waiting and have a chat with them in a far less formal manner, that’s as much a part of the interview for our place as the structured questions, finding out if someone can not only do the job but also fit in with your existing team is vital. Getting it wrong can be a nightmare for the company and the individual. You’re right, I’ve found that your ability to adapt to the situation is as important as sticking to ‘the
  20. You’re spot on, a good performance at interview doesn’t mean they’re the best person for the job. However, as said above the role being applied for tends to dictate the character traits that are most important. Retail Sales really is dog eat dog (plenty of personal experience…) as if I was recruiting for that I’d place a massive amount of importance on someone’s ‘gift of the gab’, if it was a non-public facing, non competitive role then less so. There is one route that might work here and it depends entirely upon Joe. Relying solely on the WP, especially as it seems that he doesn’t h
  21. Okay, silly question... What is it about the interview that makes you nervous? In real terms only one of the following things will happen: You get the job You don't get the job So the worst possible outcome is that, for the time being, nothing changes. Use your adviser and their colleagues to your advantage. Get them to run mock interviews and chuck questions at you. Things that have worked for me is to take in a bottle / glass of water, if you’re struggling for an answer then you can take a sip – gives you a few extra seconds to think of something and it’s bette
  22. Joe, I honestly can't say that you'll get into a job without some form of interview. Put yourself in the employers' shoes for a moment and ask if you would employ someone without meeting them first? What help do you think would work when it comes to interviews? No-one can make you feel confident, that you have to do for yourself. So it's down to preparation. Your advisor at Ingeus WILL be a good source of help on this but you may not always like what they say. Interviews are structured, contrived and false - simple really... They're designed to put you, and the other appl
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