Health and Safety in Care, Safety Consultant in Shropshire

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Health and Safety Consultancy and Safety Training for schools, nurseries, academies, hospitals, care homes, domiciliary care, retailers, shops, offices, pubs, hotels, manufacturing companies and small contractors.

Risk Assessments, Workplace Audits, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Warden, Manual Handling, Food Hygiene, CoSHH Assessments and more.

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Health and Safety Consultancy in Disability Care

Health and Safety in Special Needs Care

Health and Safety Consultancy in Care Homes in Shropshire

Learning disability, mental disability and physical disability can affect people of all ages at any time in a persons life.  For the care provider this may mean caring for people on a long-term basis, for temporary respite care or day care services.  Staff are often exposed to physical violence and stressful situations and bank staff called upon to provide infrequent assistance.

The first specialist care home I visited was in 2006, before which I had not been exposed to such a dedicated team of staff working in a predominantly continuous stressful environment. Learning about behaviour conditions so that I could fully understand the working environment was part of my own development and this has assisted to provide realistic assessment of risks for staff, visitors and service users.With high expectations of compliance with CQC standards set within care home businesses, my aim is to ensure the same high values are applied to safety compliance.

CASE STUDY - scenario

A large UK healthcare provider employing 4000 staff, with a portfolio of 150 residential premises caring for 1200 individuals.  The units in the portfolio of properties cover care in secure hospitals to rehabilitation support in step-down houses.  The properties are spread throughout the UK with the head office based in the capital of the country.  Each residential unit employ a Home Manager dealing with the day to day Health and Safety issues and maintenance workers are assessed and authorised from head office.  

At the beginning of 2012 there was no Health and safety Committee set up and regional managers were employed to provide assistance to the Care Home Managers and to feed back on-going H&S issues to the company directors and senior managers.  The Care Homes were provided with generic Health and Safety Policies, risk assessments and CoSHH assessments and contractors were responsible for maintaining their own working files at each premises location.

What did the Health and Safety consultation involve?

Adele carried out Health and safety inspections and documentation audits at 70% of the company premises over a 12 month period to provide workplace assessment reports for the Care Home Managers.

The audits were conducted with the Home Manager and Maintenance Officer and in addition to workplace audits, all relevant Health and safety documentation was reviewed.  Most homes had access to company transport so driver assessment records were appraised plus the  maintenance/inspection records for company vehicles.

At the end of the year, Adele met with the company directors to present a report on findings resulting from the visits, mainly relating to how the directors and senior managers were meeting their Health and safety responsibilities.  Summarising key issues revolving around the training of staff, H&S documentation as a whole and how health and safety was communicated through the company resulting in an improvement plan being implemented across the company.

Each property visit resulted in an workplace audit report being supplied to the company owners as well as an overall HSG65 audit report to identify the strengths of compliance as well as the consistent failings that needed to be managed in relation to company-wide safety management systems.  

Outcomes from working across all sites

Apart from issuing each Home Manager with an audit report and workplace inspection, guidance was delivered in regards to reviewing the Health and safety Policies at each site in addition to the staff risk assessments.  Supplementary information was sent to the Home Managers with examples of Training Matrix styles to show that H&S training was considered at all levels and also examples of how to record H&S induction training.

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The Directors set up a Health and Safety Committee group at regional levels, with information fed back to the directors at the end of each quarter.  Home Managers were provided with greater information relating to maintenance work that was being carried out on properties in their region, so that they could understand how priorities were being allocated on workplace maintenance.  The staff also received specific Mini-Bus training (were relevant) delivered by trainers with specific experience relating to the movement of persons with disabilities (both physical and mental health issues).

With such a large project carried out over the 12 month period, time-scales for improvements were established relevant to the risk levels.  For mandatory health and safety improvements, Home Managers were tasked to follow the action plans and provide evidence to their regional managers at the end of each quarter to show that corrective actions were complete.  For best-practice improvements, the Home Managers were set dates to review actions with their regional managers and then to forward proposals to the head office staff so that organisational agreement could be addressed.

How can this work for other companies?

Every new client will receive a personal visit from Adele to identify the actual needs in health and safety terms.  With so many years experience of how care homes operate, Adele can establish what systems are currently in place and what should be in place at the first meeting.  A proposal can be presented to company directors that truly reflect the work that needs to be done.  Of course, this agenda is open to review as the programme progresses.

Adele will always provide examples of reports so that you can see what you will expect from your audit visit. Each business has an individual need and you can be guaranteed that the service provided will be personalised to the company standard.