This year the event was held at a new venue, the Barcelo Hotel in Daventry.
This location has good links to road and rail for delegates.
Day one started in the late afternoon as usual with the Annual General meeting followed by a complimentary session on fire safety given by Andy Cloke, Group Fire Safety Manager, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Services and CFOA.
In the evening the largest number of delegates ever were at the Safety in Care Awards dinner and the winners were announced after everyone had enjoyed dinner and a fun quiz..For the full details of the awards please see the separate page.
Day two opened with a chance to network and visit the exhibitors before
Chris Jackson, NASHiCS National Chair got proceedings underway. Chris used the opportunity presented by the London Olympics 2012 to link the aspirations of those involved in the Olympic movement with those of Health & Safety Professionals, i.e. to get ever better and achieve their goals.
Before the Forum Chair was introduced, a special presentation was made to Richard Walder, NASHiCS Administrator, who was thanked for his unstinting efforts on behalf of the Association for so many years.
Forum Chair for the day, Des Kelly OBE, Executive Director National Care Forum, then officially kicked off the National Learning & Development Forum and introduced the first speaker
Steve Scott, Head of Social Care Unit at the HSE. Steve first mentioned the long awaited government response to the Dilnot report, which he likened to a marathon. He said the HSE had seen a lot of change in recent years which included a 34% cut in funding. At the same time the government had asked for better Regulation, the removal of the burden of legislation and a common sense approach.
The Lofstedt review had adopted the principle that Regulation should be based on risk but went on to say that current legislation is broadly right but that there has been over-interpretation by some people.
As a result, the report called for simplified guidance from the HSE, changes to RIDDOR, a review of existing Regulations and consideration to be given to exempting self-employed where their activities pose no harm.
The core mission of the SHE remains, i.e. to prevent death, injury and ill-health at work. Targeted interventions and enforcement will continue along with working with large organisations to improve standards.
The HSE also propose to introduce a new forum to bring together key players in social care and Steve closed by advising conference that there is now a liaison agreement between CQC and HSE which should help clarify responsibilities.
Breakout Sessions A & B followed.
Session A covered Lone Working and was led by Barry Holt, Director of Policy & Research, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.
Barry outlined the duty employers have to protect lone workers. First they must identify who is lone working and then assess the risk and identify the hazards they may face. He suggested they need an effective management system with effective communication supported, but not driven, by technology.
Barry supported his message by outlining two case studies that explored the issues involved.
Session B concentrated upon Personalisation Moving Forward – will health & safety influence this agenda?
Michelle Livesley of Helen Sanderson Associates.
Michelle began by talking about person-centred approaches to providing care services and involving people in decisions about the risks they take. She said that people are increasingly taking control of their own lives and care packages which introduces some risk and a proportionate approach is needed to find solutions that satisfy everyone.
Who is the person? – What’s important to me/ How best to support me?
Where are we now? – What’s working/not working?
Where do we want to be? – What does success look like?
What have we learned before? – What are the consequences if we do nothing?
What shall we do next?
Michelle said that we need to create a culture that enables positive risk taking with just enough support provided.
Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far they can go.