Welcome to NASHiCS

 
Striving to promote excellence of safety and health in care services
Our website is here to help you with Health and 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 for  8th June 2021

 

Events for 2021 – Dates for your diary.

learn NEW ways – deploy NEW skills – forge NEW links

Changes comply with the ” Government Safety Measures”


Webinar Tuesday 14th December 2021

Fire Safety – Are you getting it right?
Join us for this live Members Webinar 
Date: Tuesday 14th December 2021.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
Cost: No charge to register for the Members only event
Not a member? why not join today here membership application
Programme: Full details- topics and speakers  (subject to change)

Register here for the Webinar.
Note – You will be sent a joining link around a week before the event.


Conversation & Catch Up sessions.

Date: The first Tuesday of every month. – next on Tuesday 7th December 2021.
Time: 10:30 to 11:30.
Platform: Zoom. Meeting ID: 881 3909 7333 Pass code: 478823
No charge for the sessions. Problems: just ring 07840160030
Open to members and non members just sign in and join the discussion.
Questions; clarifications; views on topics; issues you may have.
Colleagues may have the answer.


Covid-19 Messages to All.

There is a wealth of information on the Covid-19 pandemic issued by the four countries of the UK.
We therefore point you to the official web-site link to keep up to date with the changes. Chris Jackson, National Chair.
* Click the Central Government UK. Here then click on the country you wish to obtain the latest information.

Face coverings

It is now a requirement to wear a face covering in shops and on public transport, as well as other locations including banks, takeaways, post offices, vets, pharmacies and premises providing personal care and beauty treatments such as hairdressers.

Current UK Vaccination details.

Statement on COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes: the role of the Care Quality Commission Here
Watch the Covid -19 plan video right if you haven’t seen it as this could well answer help your decision.

Vaccinations given UK as at 4th December 2021

1st Dose 51.1m   88.8% –

2nd Dose 46.5m  80.8% –

Booster dose 20.m 34.5%

Book or manage a COVID -19  Booster vaccination.

This may not yet available for you, please wait to be contacted by the NHS.
More information, including those that are currently eligible to book a booster do


Making sure your Care/Nursing Home is safe from fire.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that care home managers have many priorities in managing the infection control and care staffing challenges.
National Fire Chiefs Council recognise that the scale of these challenges may mean that the focus on fire safety measures may be lower on the list of priorities than they should be.
They are keen to remind managers about the critical importance of staffing levels, emergency plans, and fire safety management arrangements in Care/Nursing Homes.
Providers are encouraged to review their fire risk assessments and management arrangements to ensure these are considered. It may be valuable to engage with their Fire Risk Assessors or Local Fire and Rescue Service to gather further advice if they are concerned about fire safety arrangements, staffing levels or emergency plans.  Read 


Staffing levels in care ‘dangerously low’ with dying residents denied dignified end, says UNISON survey.

Nearly a third (31%) of care staff say staffing levels are dangerously low, getting worse and negatively affecting the care provided, says a UNISON survey published.
The findings are based on responses from more than 1,600 care employees and reveal some dying residents are being denied a dignified end to their lives.
This is because there are not enough staff to sit with them in their final hours, says the union. More


Keep your workplace ventilated to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19

With winter weather making workers reluctant to keep windows and doors open, it is even more important to ensure your workplace is adequately ventilated.
Good ventilation helps reduce the risk from aerosol transmission and prevents the spread of COVID-19.
Following useful feedback from businesses, HSE has updated its website on providing ventilation during the pandemic to make the advice easier to find and understand. More here


RIDDOR Reporting of  COVID-19.
Latest advice on keeping workplaces safe from COVID-19

Up to date with working safely guidance in England.
There are different regulations and guidance to follow for  ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on continuing to keep workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to advice from public health bodies and other government departments on measures not implemented by HSE, such as vaccination and testing.
This guidance is for the person reporting, usually the employer (known as the ‘responsible person’).


e-News issue 123 (November 2021)
available for Members.

Next issue 124 due end January 2022.
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.