Welcome to NASHiCS

 

Striving to promote excellence of safety and health in care services.
Our website is here to help you with health & safety matters in the care sector

If you have a question or need advice, start by taking a look at our documents
Find guidance and information on topics such as Fire Safety, Restraint, Manual Handling, Scalding, First-Aid, Risk Assessment, Care Plans and much more.
Look at details of our dedicated events you can attend to network with colleagues in the care sector helping raise the profile of health and safety If not a member, join today, and be part of our growing UK membership

 

National Chair Annual Report 3rd June 2020


Events for 2021 – dates for your diary.

learn NEW ways – deploy NEW skills – forge NEW links

For your information we have reviewed our event offerings for the rest of this year,  meaning a number of changes comply with the ” Government Safety Measures”

Virtual events on line.

****Conversation and Catch Up. (C&C)
Join us for our free fortnightly live virtual conversation & catch up to discuss topical issues. Members and Non Members  welcome.

Join us at the next C&C Tuesday 16th February 2021.

****More dates planned:
Tuesday on 2nd;16th;30th March.
Time:10.30am to 11.30 am via Zoom.
A chance to see & chat with fellow members about the issue of the day, share a solution, or just find out what’s going on ! (don’t forget  bring your beverage of choice)
For further details & how to sign for these free events  Click here

New events added.

****Webinar – Carer Safety-Caring Safely.                   Sponsored by
Date: Tuesday March 16th 2021
Time: 2.15pm – 4.00pm
Cost: Free to Members and non members
Programme:Speakers & to Book: > here
Overview: The Webinar will focus on Safety Risk Reduction and Infection Control for Carers and those being cared for while using care home equipment.

*****Webinar – Wellbeing & Mental Health for Social Care.
Date:
Tuesday 13th April 2021
Time: 2.15-4.15pm
Cost: Free to Members and non members
Programme: Speakers & to Book: Here
Overview: During this webinar take the opportunity to consider your organisations position on these far reaching topics. As they move up the agenda, reflect & hear some initial thoughts around health & wellbeing, strategically & locally, alongside managing our greater use of digital platforms & how the HSE approaches this area of workplace health.

****Webinar – Mock Court Case.
Date:
Tuesday 11th May 2021
Time: 1.30pm to 4.00pm
Cost: Free to Members and non members
Overview: Mock Court Case.This will be an insightful and interactive webinar and we would be delighted if you can attend to join the discussion
To book TBC

****Forum Lancashire has a new date of Tuesday 8th June 2021,
Same location & same programme,so delegate bookings & exhibitor bookings will be transferable.
Programme  Here & Bookings Open


Covid-19 Message to All.

There is a wealth of information on the Covid-19 pandemic issued by the four countries of the UK.
To date NASHiCS published below  items mainly concerning Health & Safety in the Care sector.
However the pace of the change to the instructions issued by the 4 countries of the United kingdom
We therefore point you to the official web-site links as shown below.
Chris Jackson, National Chair.

You will see that we now refer you to the following links.
UPDATES Covid-19.

 *  Central Government UK. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 *  Scottish Government. https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
 *  Welsh Government. https://gov.wales/coronavirus
 *  Northern Ireland Executive. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus
 *  Health & Safety Executive (HSE.)https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm
 *  Care Inspectorate Scotland.
     https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/coronavirus-professionals
 *  Care Inspectorate Wales. https://careinspectorate.wales/
 *  The Regulation & Improvement Authority (Northern Ireland).
     https://www.rqia.org.uk/
 *  Care Quality Commission (CQC). Public Information.
     https://www.cqc.org.uk/about-us/our-purpose-role/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-information-public
*   Care Quality Commission (CQC). Provider Information.
     https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/all-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-information-providers
 *  National Health Service (NHS).
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 *  Health Protection Scotland.
    https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/
 *  Health Service Wales.
    https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
 *  NI Direct https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19.

Remember to refresh your links each time you access as situations are changing frequently.


HSE publishes updated guidance on risks when disinfecting premises during Covid -19.

HSE & public health bodies in England, Wales & Scotland have agreed joint advice on the risks to health from walk-through disinfecting systems for duty holders considering using them to reduce transmission of coronavirus. 

Cleaning premises using fog, mist or UV treatment.

Fog, mist, vapour or UV (ultraviolet) treatments may be suitable options to help control the spread of coronavirus, by cleaning and disinfecting a larger space or room.
Any use of these treatments for these purposes should form part of your COVID-19 risk assessment.
Users must be competent and properly trained.


COVID-19 Vaccination programme 2021.

Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. 10/02/21
Details.

16+ million completed. 70+ people in UK received first dose of  COVID-19 vaccine; Now for 60+ to start.

Significant milestone for largest vaccination programme in British History.
Details 15/02/21


Designated settings for people with Covid-19 leaving hospital.

CQC is continuing to work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to provide assurance of safe and high-quality care in designated settings, which are part of a scheme to allow people with a COVID-positive test result to be discharged safely from hospitals. Details
13/02/2021


Designated Settings Indemnity Support.  FAQ’s.

To ensure safe care for people discharged from hospital with a  Covid-19 positive test, CQC has worked with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to create the Designated Setting scheme. Designated Settings Indemnity Support will enable care homes assured by CQC as designated settings, or intending to be assured by CQC, and which are not able to obtain sufficient insurance, to overcome this barrier to accepting infectious COVID-19 positive patients from the NHS  Jan 2021. More info & FAQ’s  


Joint statement from DHSC and CQC:

Actions for care colleagues testing positive for COVID-19

“Under no circumstances should care staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are displaying symptoms or not, work in a care setting until the legally required period of self-isolation has ended.

The national guidance is clear on this and applies equally to other periods of required isolation, for example being a household contact and quarantine periods associated with overseas travel. Read more


Your step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing.
This guide explains how to test yourself using LFD and self-report results to the NHS.

This guide explains how to test yourself using Lateral Flow tests (LFD) and self-report results to the NHS. It is specifically for Care Home staff & Care Home managers who are self-testing at home.Get more help at http://www.gov.uk/covid19-self-test-help including demonstration videos and instructions in alternative languages.
Step by step guide details 03/02/21


Visiting Care Homes during Covid-19 during lockdown.

Visiting is a central part of care home life. It is crucially important for maintaining health and wellbeing and quality of life for residents. Visiting is also vital for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones and contribute to their support and care (often as essential carers).  Read updated guidance in full
28 January 2021.


National Restrictions for – four countries of the UK.

The restrictions are changing at a rapid pace spurred on by the new strain now identified so ensure you refer to the specific government websites in your area.~ Further guidance on the lockdown for England is available on GOV.UK.
~ Information is available on current stay at home restrictions in Scotland
~ Information is available on current alert level 4 in Wales.
~ Information is available on current restrictions in Northern Ireland


Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on UK population

The Office for National Statistics is working to assess the impact of the pandemic on the UK population. Crucial to this will be understanding how international migration has changed over the past 12 months. Becca Briggs, David Freeman & Rich Pereira explain how the ONS is meeting the challenge and what that means for our population, migration and labour market statistics.   Read Blog      25/01/2021


Wintry weather is arriving and slips and trips accidents are especially frequent at this time of year.

With low temperatures and less daylight, winter can make surfaces perilous, and
slip and trip accidents increase significantly.
There are plenty of seasonal factors to consider when avoiding these sorts of accidents. Poor lighting, excess water from rain and even gritting can all cause problems.
Take a look at the HSE  online guide to avoiding slips & trips in winter weather


e-News issue 113 (January 2021) available for Members.

Next issue 114 due end February 2021.
The latest issue of the e-News for members only is available under News


You are welcome to write any  comments or suggestions concerning the website by contacting the NASHiCS Administrator.
Any items you may think would be of interest to Members would be welcome.