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  membership.

Chris Jackson, National Chair.

 National Chair Annual Report for  8th June 2021

Events for 2022 – Dates for your diary.

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Changes comply with the ” Government Safety Measures”


Conversation & Catch Up sessions.

Date: The first Tuesday of every month. – next on Tuesday 1st February 2022.
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.


Employer responsibilities to workers regarding the provision of PPE are changing from 6th April 2022.

The employer will be responsible for the maintenance, storage and replacement of any PPE they provide, and as a worker, you will be required to report loss and defects in the PPE which is provided, use the PPE in accordance with the training and instruction provided, and ensure PPE is returned to the accommodation provided by the employer.
The Personal Protective Equipment at work (amendment) regulations 2022
interim guidance.
HSE has prepared interim guidance to help employers identify whether they and their workforce may be impacted by the changes and explains what employers may need to do to prepare for the changes. Read here


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 15th January 2022

1st Dose 52.1m   90.5% –

2nd Dose 47.9m  83.2% –

Booster dose 36.03m 63.1%

Book or manage a COVID -19  Booster vaccination.
More information go to   NHS.

Some sites are now operating walk in system.

The Government is accelerating the rollout of booster vaccinations to social care workers in light of the Omicron variant.


Visiting Care Homes & Covid testing changes England.

Restrictions have been reduced from 28 days to 14 for care home outbreaks of the omicron variant. This minimises the time that visiting is limited to only essential care givers & allows visits to resume inside the care home with family & friends sooner.
Testing requirements have been changed to reflect the current situation. Since 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately but won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test  

Read further details


Vaccinations as a condition of deployment in all healthcare settings.

Parliament has passed new legislation on vaccination requirements for staff in healthcare settings. From 1 April 2022 it will become a requirement for all staff providing face to face care to have received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccination has been a condition of deployment in care homes since 11 November. This is now be extended to the wider healthcare community following a consultation that led the change.

The CQC has published guidance  on their role and who to contact if you have concerns.


Free PPE for front line health and Social Care Staff extended to 31st March 2023.

The offer of free personal protective equipment (PPE) to front line health and social care staff in England has been extended for another year. The move follows apublic consultation, which received over 5,000 responses from across the health and care system.           Details

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 


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


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


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