Welcome to NASHiCS

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

Chris Jackson, National Chair.

 National Chair Annual Report for  8th June 2021

Events for 2022 – Dates for your diary.

learn NEW ways – deploy NEW skills – forge NEW links

Summer Seminar for Safety and Health in Care Services

Protecting your services – don’t get caught out!

Date: 14th June 2022.

Venue: The Incora Pavillion, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, County Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby DE21 6DA

Times: 9.00 am registration. Commence 9.15am – 4:30pm – In-person event
(with the AGM)

Forum includes:

A Legal Case – from our colleagues at Weightmans – Andrew Clarke and James Muller
National Covid inquiry – update by Weightmans LLP

Getting people to do stuff – behavioural science in the workplace – Nick Barratt, Barratt Behaviour Change Consultancy (BBCC)

Audit process – developing a system – David Hulton and Andy Hollingshead – Barchester Healthcare

Programme (subject to change) – Here

Cost – Members £58.00 – Non Members £78.00

Book your place – Here

Speaker profiles –

Nick Barratt MSc, BCBA Director, BBCC
Andrew Clarke, Partner, Weightmans LLP

Conversation & Catch Up sessions.

Date: The first Tuesday of every month. – next on Tuesday 7th June 2022.
This session will be hosted by Andy Hollingshead H&S Manager Barchester Healthcare
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.

NASHiCS supports
The UK stands with Ukraine.

The British Government is doing all it can to support Ukrainian nationals living and working in the UK. Building on immediate support provided in recent weeks to assist British Nationals to leave Ukraine, the Home Secretary recently confirmed Ukrainians who are .. full message Read

National Patient Safety Alert Issued 5th April.

Inadvertent oral administration of potassium permanganate.
Potassium permanganate is routinely used in the NHS as a dilute solution to treat weeping and blistering skin conditions. It is supplied in concentrated forms, either as a ‘tablet’ or a solution, which requires dilution before use. These concentrated forms resemble an oral tablet or drink and if ingested are highly toxic.
There have been reports of patients ingesting potassium permanganate where: healthcare staff have inadvertently administered potassium permanganate orally;..………..
The alert asks both secondary and primary care providers to take action to assess if the benefit of using  potassium permanganate outweighs the risk, and, if use is to continue, to ensure safer prescribing and labelling, and to ensure it is stored safely. More

Covid-19 updates Messages to All.

The government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England.
There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching & spreading COVID-19:

Details re Testing, Booster vaccinations for Care Home residents,
Over 75s
and  weakened immune systems
Just click the Central Government UK. Here
then click on the country you wish to obtain the latest information.

Prime Minister sets out plan for living with COVID

However, the Covid-19 pandemic is “not over”

Following the prime minister’s announcements, the top scientific and medical advisers did warn that Covid can be expected to return in more virulent and dangerous forms.
and urged people testing positive to continue to isolate.  

Employer responsibilities to workers regarding the provision of PPE are changing from 6th April 2022.

The employer will be responsible for the maintenance, storage and replacement of any PPE they provide, and as a worker, you will be required to report loss and defects in the PPE which is provided, use the PPE in accordance with the training and instruction provided, and ensure PPE is returned to the accommodation provided by the employer.
The Personal Protective Equipment at work (amendment) regulations 2022
interim guidance to help employers identify whether they and their workforce may be impacted by the changes and explains what employers may need to do to prepare for the changes. Read here

Acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) for holding open fire doors.

National Protection Learning Information Note.
In response to a number of recent enquires, this information note is designed to raise
awareness of the suitability of acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) when used to hold open (and subsequently release) fire doors in premises

Making sure your Care/Nursing Home is safe from fire.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that care home managers have many priorities in managing the infection control and care staffing challenges.
National Fire Chiefs Council recognise that the scale of these challenges may mean that the focus on fire safety measures may be lower on the list of priorities than they should be.
Providers in care/nursing homes are encouraged to review their fire risk assessments and management arrangements to ensure these are considered. It may be valuable to engage with their Fire Risk Assessors or Local Fire and Rescue Service to gather further advice if they are concerned about fire safety arrangements, staffing levels or emergency plans.  Read 

Keep your workplace ventilated to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

With winter weather making workers reluctant to keep windows and doors open, it is even more important to ensure your workplace is adequately ventilated.
Good ventilation helps reduce the risk from aerosol transmission and prevents the spread of COVID-19.
Following useful feedback from businesses, HSE has updated its website on providing ventilation during the pandemic to make the advice easier to find and understand.
More here

e-News issue 127 (April 2022)
available for Members.


Next issue 128 due end May 2022.
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