Following morning refreshments delegates had the opportunity to join one of the first series of ‘breakout sessions’.
Kevin Doughty continued with Hazard and risks from technology and looking at alternative.
Tony Prosser Head of learning and Development West Midlands Fire Service gave an interesting up-date of the Fire & Rescue Service rights of entry including domestic premises. Topical discussions were held regarding the Regularity Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, especially when a domestic premise becomes a workplace. Competence of the fire risk assessors was another topical issue; Tony reiterated the importance of ensuring the assessor was competent.
He also confirmed that the term ‘suitable and sufficient’ was subjective among many fire inspectors.
Tony answered many question especially about inconsistency from fire inspectors and finished the session by asking if NASHiCS would be interested in the near future in entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fire Service to which Andy Hollingshead Vice Chair welcomed.
Andy thanked Tony for his excellent up-date.
Water Safety and Legionella had a healthy number of delegates attending the session run by Bob Taylor General manager of Nant Ltd.
Discussions covered the facts on Legionella and the Water Safety regulations; the essential controls needed to be in place to combat Legionella; How it spreads and the control steps. Examples were given and the topic legionella versus Scalding risks and the use of Thermostatic Mixer Valves (TVM’s). .
Following an excellent buffet lunch with a large assortment of savoury items sweets and fresh fruit etc delegates then had the second chance to choose a breakout session.
Kevin Doughty held the second session repeating the morning one.
Commissioners and the role they play in ensuring a safe service for all and how direct payments affect this outcome was facilitated by Hope Daley, Head of Health and Safety UNISON and Jonathan Lloyd Employment Adviser Welsh Local Government Association.
Hope focused on the role of the carer and how the service is changing and what affected this is having on them as employees.
There were many questions from the floor on the subject with a clear indication that there is some confusion on what direct payments is going to have on the employee/employer relationship.
Jonathan Lloyd stated that we are clear that we are not clear on this subject and more needs to be done to clarify the situation before problems start to arise.
Looked after Children completed the trio for choice in the afternoon.
Sally Raynor, Quality Manager and Paul Westwick, Head of Health and Safety both from Lifeways Community Care split the delegates into pairs and with discussion and the use of flip charts they considered a range of situations which pose a threat to their personal safety and those who work with them.
In particular:-What threats may be present to looked after children; what measures you currently take to manage these risks; what could be put in place to reduce these risks.
These questions to be considered in relation to: When in the community; Violence and aggression; Allegations against support staff and Medication.
The breakout session went very well; Sally is very experienced in children’s services, which then appeared to give the group confidence, the group contributed very well.
Delegates then all convened back in the main room with Chris Jackson giving an update on NASHiCS news, what’s up and coming and moving forward to 2012.
The final session of the day was a question and answer session with the speakers to raise any issues of the day.
The numbers of questions were lower than anticipated but it was probably the result of a full intensive day and the fact that many questions were allowed for during and after the main speakers and of course in the breakout sessions.Members of the panel were asked to provide thoughts from the day that arose, and matters that are still in need of more clarification or discussion.
Hope Daley – UNISON * Direct Payments.
Kevin Doughty – Rowntree Foundation * Home Safety Approach and Technology.
Paul Westwick – Lifeways * Management of Violence and Aggression. Staff accepting the situation.
Jonathan Lloyd – WLGA Direct Payments. * We are clear, we are not clear. * LA’s do not have the funds they had in the past. * Carer – Employer, Employees Relationships.
Bob Taylor – Nant Ltd. * Misunderstandings. * Understanding overall water safety.
Matthew Hamar – HSE * Direct Payments, Continue to Review, Courts will Decide, Watching Brief. * Violence, tackling in Social Care. *Technology, Difficulty in provision of standard Kit proven to be effective. * Stakeholders to work with. * Thanks for Responses from Members to comments on proposals.
Thanks were given at the close to the Speakers for all their presentations and facilitating the breakouts, to the staff of the Centre and the excellent food supplied.
Thanks also were made to Sarah Byrne the seminar organizer from Mosaic Events on the smooth running of the day. Also to Richard Walder the administrator for his behind the scenes working.
Thanks were given to our sponsors for their support to enable the event to take place.
The weather had cleared up a bit and delegates left in time to beat the home going traffic.
The summary of the evaluation forms received indicated that the event was again up to the mark.
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Administrator. November 2011