Welcome to NASHiCS

 
Striving to promote excellence of safety and health in care services.
Our website is here to help you with health & 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 UK membership.

 

National Chair Annual Report for  8th June 2021

 

Events for 2021 – Dates for your diary.

learn NEW ways – deploy NEW skills – forge NEW links

Changes comply with the ” Government Safety Measures”


 Conversation & Catch Up sessions return in September.

Date: The first Tuesday of every month. – next on Tuesday 5th October 2021.
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.


Podcast

NASHiCS is pleased to present a new item.
This is our
first Podcast for you to listen to.
Its title is  “Safer Sharps” . for you to download for your use.
We hear from David Hulton, NASHiCS representative on the
Safer Healthcare &  Biosafety  Network  (formerly the Safer Needles Network), taking part in a Q & A session on the use of Sharps and Sharps injuries.

Listen In – our Safer Sharps Podcast is ready for you.


Dementia Care Expo 2021

Many thanks to all who visited our stand during the 2 day EXPO event at the NEC.

Winner of the chocolates pictured above is Jackie Wright, of AstonLark.

Left. David Hulton Barchester Healthcare. Right.Chris Jackson National Chair


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 and
click on the country you wish to obtain the latest information.

Current Vaccination details as at 17th September 2021.

Dose 1 – 48.5m – 89.3% of population UK
Dose 2 – 44.3m – 81.5% of Population UK

The deadline for care home colleagues to receive a first dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine has now passed Thursday 16th September.
Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) comes fully into force on November 11th 2021.

However the government has introduced Temporary Medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes.

From 15th September, people working or volunteering in care homes who have a medical reason why they are unable to have a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to self-certify that they meet the medical exemption criteria, using the appropriate forms Care home workers who are exempt will need to sign a form to give to their employer as proof of their temporary exemption status.

This temporary self-certification process has been introduced for a short period prior to the launch of the new NHS COVID Pass system which will go live imminently.
Once the NHS COVID Pass system is launched, care home workers will need to apply for a formal medical exemption through that process.

This temporary self-certification will expire 12 weeks after the NHS COVID Pass system is launched. Details here

If you haven’t booked your first or second appointment  please do so ASAP.
Everyone working in care settings must have the peace of mind that they and those around them are protected.  Read

Watch the video below if you haven’t seen it as this could well answer the questions that many are asking.
There is a Q&A after the brief presentations from PHE,CQC & Skills for Care.


Webinar recordings on IPC and care home cleaning.

Recordings of  webinars on “Infection Prevention & Control Manual for Older people and Adult Care Homes” and “Care Home Cleaning Specification” can now be accessed via Turas Learn (no account or login required).


HSE guidance on risks when cleaning/disinfecting premises using fog, mist or UV treatment.

HSE & public health bodies in England, Wales & Scotland have agreed joint advice on the risks to health from walk-through disinfecting systems for duty holders considering using them to reduce transmission of coronavirus.
Fog, mist, vapour or UV (ultraviolet) treatments may be suitable options to help control the spread of coronavirus.
Any use of these treatments for these purposes should form part of your COVID-19 risk assessment. Users must be competent and properly trained.


Advice card – ventilation advice for everyone at work.

The Scottish Government has issued a new sector advice card with ventilation advice for everyone at work. You can find this, and all previous sector advice cards,
Updated May 2021 here.


e-News issue 120 (August 2021) available for Members.

Next issue 121 due end September 2021.
The latest issue of the e-News for members only is available under News


You are welcome to write any  comments or suggestions concerning the website by contacting the NASHiCS Administrator.
Any items you may think would be of interest to Members would be welcome.