Safety in Care Awards 2012

National Association for Safety and Health
in Care Services

Industry celebrates excellence in care health and safety

Care sector health and safety professionals from across the UK united in celebration as dedication and excellence in their field was recognised and rewarded at the NASHiCS Safety in Care Awards 2012.

Karen McDonnell

Now in its second year, the awards programme has been fully embraced by the care health and safety sector attracting a host of strong and worthy nominations. The awards dinner, which took place on Wednesday 27 June 2012, has quickly become an important and popular feature of the annual NASHiCS National Learning & Development Forum.

Chris Jackson, National Chair, NASHiCS, comments: “Recently, it seems that all headlines relating to the social care sector are damning. This makes the NASHiCS Safety in Care Awards scheme so very important for our sector. It highlights the fantastic work that is being done across the UK and gives all care health and safety professionals a reason and opportunity to celebrate and feel proud of the work they do. The standard of entries for this year’s awards was simply outstanding and my sincere congratulations go to the deserved winners, and also the shortlisted finalists.”

Presentations were made by Karen McDonnell Vice President IOSH

The 2012 NASHiCS Safety in Care Awards winners:

Company or Individual of the Year Award –

The Abbey Metal Team, Flintshire County Council
Flinshire Team

The Team from Flintshire

The judges were full of praise for the metal fabrication and light engineering placement for adults with learning disabilities, which is part of Flintshire County Councils’ Day Opportunities Service and also operates on the open market. The judges admired the application for showing the positive side of health and safety and enabling service users to carry on participating in a life-enhancing activity they enjoy, in the safest way practicable.

Learning & Training Award –

Paul Westwick, Health & Safety Manager, Lifeways Group, Nottinghamshire.

The Team from Lifeways

The judges highly commended the fire training DVD, produced in partnership with The West Midlands Fire Service, ‘Working Together for a Safer Home’, describing it as an innovative approach to tackling fire safety issues that can occur with individuals who have specialist or complex needs living in their own homes. The judges were also impressed with the quality of the individuals featured in the DVD as each brought their own experiences into the messages, which provided a realistic training intervention that many trainees would associate with. They also felt the package could easily transfer to other similar environments.