Friday, 21 September 2012

Chapter One Promotions Forthcoming Workshops

As well as hosting the Writing for Television Workshop which takes place on Saturday 29 September 2012, Chapter One promotions have a number of other workshops coming up this year that will appeal to a variety of writers. 

These workshops include: 

Attract An Agent Workshop 

Saturday 13 October 

Talent Scout Shelley Instone will help you prepare your submission for publishers and agents.

Young Writers' Creative Writing Workshop 

Saturday 20 October 

A day spent learning the fundamentals of writing creative fiction.  

Creative Writing Workshop 

Saturday 27 October 

Learn the act of writing great fictional pieces. 

Meet the Publisher Workshop 

Saturday 17 November 

Competition judge, Annette Longman, will be talking about unsolicited submissions and how to get noticed by publishers.

If you would like more information on these workshops, or to secure your place, visit 

Writing for Television Workshop 2012

Chapter One Promotions will be hosting the Writing for Television Workshop taking place on Saturday 29 September 2012. 

This one day workshop will give you the skills you need to make it as a writer for TV. Workshops will show you how to write scripts for television, teach you the fundamentals about character development, writing treatments, how to present your work to television producers and the terminology used in script writing.

There will also be the opportunity to analyse scripts in detail, used in a variety of television programmes and shows, and you will also be given the chance to have your work reviewed and assessed. Plus you will discover the best routes into the television industry and pick up some valuable insights.

The Writing for Television Workshop 2012 will be run by the award winning Ray Grewal who has years of experience writing television scripts and plays for the BBC and numerous independent producers, as well as a reader for Wall to Wall Television and a Script Editor at the Writer's Workshop. 

If you would like to attend the workshop, the fee is £65/£50 conc.

To book your place please send your cheque or postal order, made out to Chapter One Promotions, Canterbury Court, 1 - 3 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6DE.  

If you are a writer and would like help getting your work published, why not use one of our publisher packs to get you started. 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Is it better to work from home?

A Swiss study has found that the background noise, artificial ventilation and bright lights of a big office results in lower productivity and staff taking more sick days. Swedish researchers found that those with long commutes take more sick days than average workers.

Working from home certainly has its attractions. There is no commute, no boss standing over your shoulder, no distractions and you don't even have to change out of your PJs! It also allows you to be flexible with your time, especially if you have children. 

Whether it is called remote working, teleworking, e-working, telecommuting, working from home is on the rise. More than a quarter of directors of small and medium businesses surveyed by O2 this summer said they work from home for at least five days a month. 

Working from home has always been an option for some people working in the self-employed market, as a freelance journalist, for example. With email, mobile phones and a reliable internet connection, you can be contactable 24/7. 

However, working from home can be more difficult than you think. It can be difficult to switch off from work when  the computer is only in the next room. The fact that you are always contactable means that there is no "clocking off" at 5pm. It can also be isolating, the office environment is, by nature, sociable. Working from home you don't have the same contact. Not surprisingly, those who do make the commute to work everyday tend to have a tarnished view of those working from home, sitting down to watch day time TV before they get started. Those working from home must be self disciplined, after all, the hours they put in is reflected in the money they earn. 

"It depends on the employee, if the work they do can be done at home, and how they are monitored," says Mark Fielding, CEO of Irish Small and Medium Enterprises. Whole new ways of managing have to be introduced. The old-fashioned manager needs to see you coming in the door and in your seat. A few years later, the same companies were singing its (remote working's) praises. They had cut their overheads and in some cases, increased productivity." ( (Irish Independent, Sept 12)

Working from home isn't for everyone, nor is it for every business. But certainly more employers and employees are giving it a go.  

If you are considering a job working from home or would like help securing your perfect job, visit our website at

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Hospitals on the brink of collapse?

A Royal College of Physicians' report warns that hospitals in England could be on the brink of collapse because of the increased demand and the complexity of patients' conditions.
The college believes that urgent care is being compromised because the number of beds has been cut by a third over the past 25 years, but at the same time emergency admissions has started to rise and hospitals are seeing older patients with a wider variety of conditions. Advancements in medicine has led to people living longer, but this means they are increasingly developing complex long-term conditions such as dementia as a result.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said standards were slipping in hospitals throughout England. It has highlighted the way older patients were regularly moved around wards and the lack of continuity of care while in hospital as some of the examples of how care was suffering. The college is also concerned about the workload of staff. 
Prof Tim Evans, of the RCP, said: "This evidence is very distressing. All hospital patients deserve to receive safe, high-quality sustainable care centred around their needs. We must act now to make the drastic changes required to provide the care they deserve." (BBC News, Sept 12)
The Royal College of Physicians believe the best way to improve care is to concentrate hospital services in fewer, larger sites that are able to provide excellent care round-the-clock, seven days a week. It also cites that improvements must be made in community services as there were many patients who ended up in hospital because of a lack of help where they live.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Ratings survey to be completed at care homes next week

CQC chief David Behan is backing an independent survey that will cover 850 homes and run by 13 operators. The survey will be carried out by the polling firm Ipsos Mori.

Next week, almost 50,000 people living in care homes will be asked to rate their experience. This is a sign of a new approach to the way health and social care is monitored. A group of leading care home chains will complete the independent survey that is being backed by the Care Quality Commission, which says agencies must share responsibility for demonstrating the safety and quality of care services.

The CQC says it will take firm action where there is evidence of services failing, and it is likely to order more inspections of hospitals and care homes that do not show verified evidence of their performance. David Behan, the CQC's new chief executive, said: "How we regulate a small, three-bed home for people with autism, how we regulate a dental practice and how we regulate a multisite, multimillion-pound teaching hospital needs to be different." (The Guardian, Sept 12)

Residents and their families will be asked to rate factors including staff, activities, privacy, security and food and to say whether they are happy at their home and whether they would recommend it. Results will be published early next year and the survey will be repeated next September, involving many more of the 400,000 people in care homes. The aim is to help those looking for a care home to make an informed decision based on residents' real experiences.

If you are a health care provider and would like help with your CQC registration, visit the Words Worth Reading website.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Nursing in Practice event, Tuesday 18th September.

The Nursing in Practice event takes place on Tuesday 18th September.
The event is designed to meet the educational needs of all primary care nurses and public health professionals in London and the surrounding areas.
The programme includes speeches from Ursula Gallagher, Network Lead, NHS Alliance and Borough Director and PEC Chair, NHS Ealing who will discuss the importance of nurses in clinical commissioning groups, Viv Bennett, Deputy Chief Nurse, Department of Health and Andrea Spyropolous, President, RCN will look at the latest policy updates and the challenges facing nurses in primary care.
Seminars will deliver a wide range of current issues including:
   Gut care and nutrition
   Mental health 
   Sexual health and youth
   Women's health
   Updates on diabetes
   LGBT issues in primary care
   Travel health
   And more!
The educational conferences are complemented by an exhibition featuring:
   Key charities 
   Product suppliers 
   Educational institutes 
   Primary care service providers 
   Recruitment specialists

You can find out more about the nursing in Practice event at;

If you are a health care provider and would like help with CQC registration. Visit our website.