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The Nursing Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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20.—(1) The registered person shall, having regard to the size of the nursing home, the statement of purpose and the number and needs of patients –

(a)ensure that at all times suitably qualified, competent and experienced persons are working at the nursing home in such numbers as are appropriate for the health and welfare of patients;

(b)ensure that the employment of any persons on a temporary basis at the nursing home will not prevent patients from receiving such continuity of nursing as is reasonable to meet their needs;

(c)ensure that the persons employed by the registered person to work at the nursing home receive –

(i)appraisal, mandatory training and other training appropriate to the work they are to perform; and

(ii)are supported to maintain their registration with the appropriate regulatory or occupational body; and

(iii)are enabled from time to time to obtain training and/or further qualifications appropriate to the work they perform;

(iv)are provided with a job description outlining their responsibilities.

(2) The registered person shall ensure that persons working at the nursing home are appropriately supervised.

(3) The registered person shall ensure that at all times a nurse is working at the nursing home and that the registered manager carries out a competency and a capability assessment with any nurse who is given the responsibility of being in charge of the home for any period of time in his absence.

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