History - The NASHiCS Story
The National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) focuses on the many aspects of health and safety affecting the Care Sector.
It was formed in October 2004 from the National Social Care Health and Safety Forum, being formally constituted in June 2006, but in existence under other names since May 1996.
The Association and its Members deal with regulatory bodies such the HSE; along with topics including transport for the disabled, communicable disease control, Legionella, falls prevention, manual handling techniques, restraint, hot water, dealing with aggression, lifting aids, fire safety, stress, first-aid, to safety training, building design and smoking.
NASHiCS has gone from strength to strength since its inception and now has a growing membership throughout the whole of the UK.
Membership is open to all in the social care sector and is seeking to develop national links with other institutions, government bodies, enforcement agencies, and care sector associations, with an aim to have significant influence on safety and health in caring services
To promote and improve safety and health in care practice by providing a sharing and networking forum to encourage the development and adoption of the highest professional standards
NASHiCS Member Profile
- Private Providers - Not- for-Profit Providers
- Local Authorities - Independent Providers
- Residential Homes - Children’s Services
- Home Care - Equipment suppliers
- Regulators - Training providers
The National Learning & Development Forum & Exhibition is our principal event.
Safety Seminars and NASHiCS Networker events are held during the year at various locations throughout the UK.
Members have their own section in the website & receive regular issues of e-News and 'Focus on Care' safety journal.
Past Chairs of NASHiCS
Roy Benjamin 2004 - 2008 Lynnda Coleman 2008 - 2009
Past National Executive Committee Members
Paul Westwick, Lifeways 2001-2012
Margaret McIntyre 2005 - 2010 - Also Chair of Conference Committee 2005 - 2010.
Mike Jones 2006 - 2009
Jill Barlow, Anchor Trust 2007 - 2007
Paul Whitaker, New Dimensions 2006 - 2007
Jan Burns, Skills for Care 2005 - 2007
David Simms, Leicester City Council 2004 -2006
Lynda Westrupp, City of Stoke on Trent Council 2004-2005