New course puts safety first in healthcare

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. New course puts safety first in healthcareOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. IOSH’s new ‘Healthcare: risk and safety management’ training programme waslaunched last month at King’s College Hospital in London by the minister ofstate for health, John Hutton. The course, which has been produced in response to the concerns raised inthe National Audit Office’s report of May 2003, has been put together by RobDavies, of the University of Wales College of Medicine, in association withIOSH. The course covers issues high on the national agenda including: violence andaggression, infection control, governance, manual handling and risk assessment.At the launch, Hutton said: “I think this is a very important newinitiative for the healthcare industry. The number of accidents and sicknessrates due to work are falling, but they are still high. This course will becrucial in reducing further the rates of sickness and the number of accidentswe have in the industry.” IOSH chief executive Rob Strange said: “The National Audit Officereport identified several areas including the lack of processes and minimumstandards of health and safety for staff. “This course has been specifically designed and developed for thehealthcare sector and we firmly believe the package will fulfil a crucial needin the sector.” Some of the situations that course participants will be asked to considerare drawn from real-life scenarios, while the syllabus offers the flexibilityfor different organisations to customise the programme to suit their ownparticular needs. Demand to attend the launch was so high that further seminars will be held,including one at IOSH’s Wigston base in March. For further information contact Nichola Mills on 0116 257 3186 or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more