AGM National Chair's Report 29th June 2011 - Powerpoint PDF version here>>
We have had yet another very positive year over 2010 and 2011 - So as I take you through some key aspects of the year we can see how much had been going on.
We had a great start with our Conference Challenges and Choices – safety matters, here at the Nottingham Belfry. Well attended, by both delegates and exhibitors.
Novembersaw our regular Seminar held in Leeds at the John Charles Sports Centre. Titled “Personally Fit & Focused. Wide range of good topics, with our keynote address given by Professor Sayheed Khan, HSE Board member, on Fit Notes one year on; as well as from HSE covering slips and trips in kitchen and an e-mail update.
In March 2011 we held a series of NASHiCS Networkers across the UK; they took place in Gateshead, Leicester, London, Tiverton and at the Care Show in Bournemouth.
Although not attracting huge numbers, those attending had quality debates on a wide range of topics.
We decided to review and refresh our material used to promote NASHiCS at events and at our own seminars, and for any mail shots and for the new members pack.
So we have Folders, leaflet, bookmarks, information outers, pens, graphic panels and a touch screen monitor, which allows us to show the web-site. You will be able to see all these later today at our stand.
There is no point in having material if we don’t get chance to use it, so we had a presence at the NACC Conference at Blackpool in September
Also in planning for several months was our November presence at the Care Show held in the NEC. We had a presentation on one day, and members were recruited, however only a few people attended the presentation and the technology failed part way through (Not our fault I must add).
This did in the long run work to our advantage as we were able to secure stand space for Bournemouth in March and for the NEC earlier this month via a Contra deal.
Both these were good events, and we were able to recruit new members and secure interest for exhibiting here today.
Our web –site continues to serve us well, and thanks to Richard for all his input keeping things up to date. We do recognise that it can accommodate some changes, and we will be working on these over the coming months.
NEWS AND INFORMATION
e-News, now up to issue 17, very well received, and is now 5 pages on occasions.
Focus on Care, our journal has continued, with a 3,000 print run for the last issue. This is a fantastic medium for us to promote NASHiCS and key safety in care topics. Simon and David will be with us today and tomorrow so have a chat with them if you have any good ideas for an article or you are a budding author.
I have now been able to bring NCF on board, as you see on the next summer issue out today. We have revamped the distribution, to have sent direct.
I have also had an article in a new magazine Care Talk, which then allowed us a complimentary advert for the Conference.
LINKS WITH ASSOCIATIONS
In November I attended the NCF Managers Conference, which allowed me chance to talk about NASHiCS, and source some speakers, and our Conference Chair, Sharon.
We are looking to attend this year and take part in one of their workshops.
I had a meeting with John Adams, General Secretary VODG to brief him about NASHiCS and explore some possible links in the future. VODG - Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.
I have attended 3 meetings of the IOSH PSG committee, at the Grange in Leicester. This maintains our link into IOSH, and gives us the heads up on some key topics and consultations.
LINKS WITH ORGANISATIONS
I had a meeting at the SCIE offices in London during January with a view to promoting our Partners forum.
I attended the Residential Forum, in October, called Balancing Risk and Quality.
Held over 2 days it was a series of workshops.
Chaired by Dame Gillian Wagner, (who will be with us over the Conference) along with representatives from CQC, HSE, CCS, SCIE, NCA, NCF, CMM editor, NHS, SCA and Skills for Care
Meetings continued, wash-up in August, and McCullough Moore Ltd were appointed after a tendering exercise to manage the Conference for 2 years (2011&2012).
We must recognise of all the hard work of the planning team.
STANDARDS and BEST PRACTICE
In February we were able, at long last, along with CFOA to launch the Additional Fire Guidance, this has been well received, good coverage, and issue of Press Release – so well done to the group, and their staying power to see it through, thanks to Dave Hulton for holding it all together.
Particular mention of Andy Clarke, who was a member of the group, but sadly was involved in a very serious accident, and is still critically ill.
HSE consultations, on legionella, and use of slings and hoists. Not sure where this is at just now. Hope to find out from Matthew Hamar later today.
Via our Safety Information Portal SIP, we have added extra information sheets and guidance notes. Thank you to everyone who has written and contributed.
We now have 8 on-line for members, with more to come.
Well what can I say, but the same as last year, in that it continues to grow, Richard is run off his feet putting up new member packs.
IND – 77 CORP - 64 Others – 102 - Total members - 243
A Members survey was undertaken a few months ago, and the executive had an initial look at the results, some good messages coming back, for us all, and some good suggestions for us to take forward.
Thanks to Nigel.
e-mails shot for recruitment (as part of the Conference package) have taken place.
Time is precious; all the work is undertaken in a voluntary role, as well as the day job.
We were all shocked, when we heard of the sudden death of Carol Hughes, we had only been together a few days earlier at our April Executive. Carol’s contributions will be missed,
May, saw the election for the National Executive take place, details of your new executive on the sheet. So two new faces now make up the team.
Thank you for the work and support from all National Executive Members. And part of the team our thanks to Richard our Administrator; for keeping us all on track, compiling the e-news, looking after the finances, our data base and membership renewals. And much more beside –
BUT In addition for all the behinds the scenes work in keeping our Web-site: working -on-line booking and trading - and alerts – if not signed up for them do so now.
If you are not sure then have a look at the web-site on our stand here.
>>> Certainly we would not be where we are today without his dedication to the role.
So thank you
HERES TO 2012 onwards >>
Partners Forum -- HSE, CQC, SCIE, CPA, CCS,
Events and strategy for Scotland and Wales
Sheltered Housing – Fire Guidance
Growing the membership
Acting on the Members Survey
Seminar on November 9th, in Cardiff, – this time help from Mosaic Events and still free to members.
I want to continue to build the reputation of NASHiCS as a very professional and dedicated association, giving us more contacts with key players and associations and along the way recruit more members.
NASHiCS is a member lead Association, and so is here for you, if you have any views, ideas, or thoughts on what needs doing then let any member of the team know.
>>so we can raise the profile of Health and Safety in the Care Sector thus
Making a Difference
Thank you. And have a good Conference.
Chris Jackson, National Chair, June 2011