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.
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”
Missed the last webinar?
For those who could not view Carer Safety Caring Safely on 16th March but would like to view the recorded webinar, the link can be found here
For those who could not view Wellbeing and Health on 13th April but would like to view the recorded webinar, the link can be found here
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 27th April 2021.
****More dates planned:
Tuesday on 11th, 25th May.
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
****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
Agenda and Information Here
PLEASE NOTE: ABOVE EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
If you would like to add your name to a waiting list in case of any cancellations please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
Annual General Meeting Tuesday 8th June 2021
Follows at the end the forum
Details of the meeting will be sent to Members.
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.
We therefore point you to the official web-site links for the 4 Countries of the UK as shown below.
Chris Jackson, National Chair.
You will see that we now refer you to the following links.
* 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.
* Care Inspectorate Wales. https://careinspectorate.wales/
* The Regulation & Improvement Authority (Northern Ireland).
* Care Quality Commission (CQC). Public Information.
* Care Quality Commission (CQC). Provider Information.
* National Health Service (NHS).
* Health Protection Scotland.
* Health Service Wales.
* 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.
Air Purifier Scam – BEIS-Headed Letter Circulating
We are aware of businesses receiving BEIS-headed letters instructing
them to share contact details and to purchase air purifiers telling them that, by law, they need to purchase air purifiers to comply withCovid-19.
This is incorrect and an illegitimate letter.
A tweet has been shared via the BEIS account (here) encouraging recipients to send on to
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.
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Details.
Click on image to see this video aimed at everyone who has the COVID-19 vaccine to help them understand why it is important to continue to follow the hands, face, space and ventilate guidelines. Details
Over 40’s can book a Jab now. Over 50m total so far
35.1 million vaccinations 1st dose completed. as@7th May
16.7 million vaccinations 2nd dose completed.
Unpaid carers, not living with the person they care for are edible to receive free COVID-19 PPE until the end of March 2022
Obtain through the their local authority (LA) or local resilience forum (LRF) .
LAs and LRFs are invited to use CarePlace to triage requests for unpaid carers and can apply to use this free platform by completing the online application form. Once this has been submitted, LA/LRFs will be sent a test application. Details
Restrictions eased with Care Home Residents to be allowed to visit out of home visits.
Starting Tuesday 4 May all care home residents in England will be able to make out of home visits without having to isolate on their return, the government announced on 1st May 202.
Residents can visit a friend or family member’s garden, or go on walks in places such as parks, public gardens and beaches without having to quarantine on their return.
Residents must be accompanied by either a care worker or nominated visitor and follow the government guidelines of washing hands regularly, keeping social distance and remaining outside.
This move follows guidance allowing two visitors per care home resident in England.
The Department of Health & Social Care launched a consultation on making vaccination a condition of deployment for staff at older adult care homes.
The five-week consultation will seek views on the proposal,
Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus.
The deadline for responding to the consultation is Friday 21 May 2021. Details
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. Read more
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
e-News issue 116 (April 2021) available for Members.
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