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National Chair Annual report 2020 National Chair Annual Report 3rd June 2020

COVID-19. Message to all.

NASHiCS  recognise that at this time of unprecedented challenges and changes to our normal routines, it is essential to be able to access information & up to date guidance.
We therefore point you to the official web-sites for NHS, Public Health, Care Regulators and Government. See Below.
We will keep links to these sites and key documents on our Home page, however at this moment we do not intend to create anything ourselves. NASHiCS is you, and your fellow members, alas we do not have a back room of paid staff, and are therefore limited in capacity to do anything and ensure it is kept current in these rapidly
changing times

Events for 2020 – dates for your diary.

For your information we have reviewed our event offerings for the rest of this year,  meaning a number of changes comply with the ” Government Safety Measures”  

****Forum Lancashire has now been scheduled for 1st of October 2020, so delegate bookings and exhibitor bookings will be transferable. Bookings are Open

***Networker London (No charge) on  25th November supported by
DAC Beachcroft LLP.

More will be provided as these new style arrangements are fully developed.
All will be open for Non members.
Chris Jackson, National Chair.


There is a wealth of information on the pandemic issued the four countries of the UK. NASHiCS is publishing below  items  concerning Health & Safety in the Care sector.
We will try to keep the details up to date as the situation changes frequently.

Heatwave Plan for England 2020.

The Heatwave Plan for England remains unchanged for summer 2020. Additional actions may be needed due to COVID-19 and specific resources are available below. Details here

Covid-19 Patient Safety Issue 5 (26th June 2020)

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Covid-19 How to Work Safely in Care Homes.

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.Here

COVID-19: How to Work Safely in Domiciliary Care in England.

A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Here

Covid-19 Find your Local Health Protection team in England.

For testing of care home residents, care homes should contact the local PHE Health Protection Team who will organise swabbing and testing for residents.  here

COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace.

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 symptoms. Here 
Click for Scotland, (Test and protect) Wales and Northern Ireland who have their own lists and criteria.

HSE Safety Alert issued. Use of face masks designated KN95

HSE has issued a Safety alert about the poor quality of
face masks claiming to be KN95.

Covid-19 HSE guidance, Latest information & Advice.

You can get up-to-date information from HSE here  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what you need to do on GOV.UK.

There is coronavirus information for people and businesses in other nations of the UK ***Scotland from the Scottish Government
***Wales is available from the Welsh Government
***Northern Ireland has guidance on nidirect

Covid-19 Guidance for Health Professionals.

Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases. Keep up to date with developments  here

Covid-19 Guidance on infection prevention & control

for sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK.
Keep up to date with developments here

Covid-19 Care Regulators, Public Health, NHS & Government links.

Remember to refresh your links each time you access as situations are changing frequently.

Updated 25th May

Covid-19 Staying Safe Outside Your Home.

It is your responsibility to adopt these principles wherever possible.  Details here

MHA Experience of Managing the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Large numbers of staff could have been unknowingly spreading coronavirus through care homes, according to the UK’s largest charitable care home provider.
On 3 June 2020, MHA featured on a 30 minute piece on BBC Newsnight focused on both the impact of COVID-19 and the approach we adopted in dealing with the virus across our homes and schemes. Accompanying the piece is an article from BBC News which highlights our data showing that almost half of staff and residents who test positive for the virus show no symptoms.

Covid-19 Ideas, suggestions,from colleagues

Should you wish to share any news, comments, ideas, questions or solutions relating to COVID 19, (you will need to log on as a Member), do e.mail these to the administrator@nashics.org and we will list them on the Members part of the website Covid-19 colleagues messages to read and if you can help or support each other then send them a response with your contact details.

Fire Safety Bill.

The Home Office has introduced a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.
The bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:… More

e-News issue 107 (June 2020) available for members.

Next issue 108 due July 2020.
The latest issue of the e-News for members only is available under News

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