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.

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  2nd February 2021.

****More dates planned:
Tuesday on 16th February; 9th; 23rd March 2021
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

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


COVID-19. Message to all.

NASHiCS  recognise that at this time of unprecedented challenges and changes to our normal routines, it is essential to be able to access information & up to date guidance.
We therefore point you to the official web-site links as shown below.
Chris Jackson, National Chair.


Covid-19.

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 coupled with the Covid-19 virus restrictions being eased make tracking somewhat difficult to keep up to date.
We have therefore decided to revamp the publication of the various announcements to ensure that access to the information is easier and up to date.

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.

This will ensure that by accessing the organisations above you will obtain up to date information on the various subjects.
Remember to refresh your links each time you access as situations are changing frequently.


COVID-19 Vaccination programme 2021.

Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme
Details.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine authorised by regulator.

The vaccine will be available for free and the Government is working with the devolved administrations to make sure it is deployed fairly across the UK.


Free COVID-19 PPE for care sector extended to June 2021.

In order to protect the health and wellbeing of care workers, as well as their patients and clients, the continued provision will make sure front line workers can access rigorously tested and high-quality PPE.
The scheme has been extended to better support this critical stage for vaccination and mass testing programmes.
CQC registered providers can continue to access free PPE through the PPE portal


Social Care sector to receive £290million to boost staffing levels & testing.

The funding is to protect and support staff and residents in care homes and those receiving help in their own homes. 19th January 2021

  • New £120 million fund for local authorities to boost staffing levels.
  • £149 million grant system to support increased testing in care homes.

The new £120 million funding will help local authorities to boost staffing levels, a direct ask of the sector. The funding can:

  • provide additional care staff where shortages arise
  • support administrative tasks so experienced and skilled staff can focus on providing care
  • help existing staff to take on additional hours if they wish with overtime payments or by covering childcare costs Details 

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


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


SOCIAL CARE 2020 and beyond.

For the social care sector to thrive, regulation and governance will need careful attention.
Social Care in England is a jigsaw puzzle – a patchwork of providers, funding and regulation. This leads to major variations in the standard and quality of care.Report issued


Free flu vaccines for Health & Social Care workers.

This year the vaccine is being offered to more people than ever to address the additional risk posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). Ensure staff receive  the vaccine PHEwebsite

 Scotland                 Wales             Northern Ireland


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


Keep a lookout for latex.

With the increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the current climate, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing Latex.
Natural rubber latex proteins are substances hazardous to health under COSHH


e-News issue 112 (November 2020) available for Members.

Next issue 113 due end January 2021 (no Issue December 2020).
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.