High profile speakers, inspirational awards and innovative breakout sessions made the recent NASHiCS (National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services) Learning & Development Forum in Oxford a great success.
Entitled ‘Safety Leadership – Delivers Success’, this year’s event covered a vast range of subjects from leadership to commissions to legal matters.
Among the speakers, Philip White, Director of Operational Strategy at the Health & Safety Executive updated the delegates on matters of regulation, including the important transfer of responsibility for recording and investigating accidents and injuries to the Care Quality Commission from April 2015.
Delegates also heard from speaker Andrew Cozens CBE, Chair of the Carer’s Trust, who spoke at the first NASHiCS event ten years ago. He reflected on the need for professionals to be adaptable and flexible to the constant flux in the sector and also the value of developing partnerships and joint working to raise standards for safety and health.
One highlight of the event was when attendees had the opportunity to experience a mock trial played out in the famous Court Room at Oxford Town Hall as featured in the Inspector Morse series.
Over the course of the afternoon, a team which included a practicing defence barrister, a prosecution solicitor, a prosecuting HSE (Health & Safety Executive) officer and various witnesses played out a real criminal case that happened in a care home. The incident involved the death of a resident after falling from a sling that was being used to move them.
“Ideally those who daily provide and manage care services will never have to attend court themselves; however we think that it always pays to be prepared and to understand the processes that could take place including the cross examination of all witnesses.” said Chris Jackson, National Chair of NASHiCS.
Feedback from delegates has been very positive. One delegate said: “A huge thank you to the dedicated team at NASHiCS for their openness and professionalism in providing advice and support to members. Also the efforts made to promote excellent care and consult on regulation.”
Another delegate reported: “NASHICS 10th Anniversary Conference was excellent. I thought the mock trial was interesting and informative; being held in a real courtroom followed by a special meal at Oriel College made the whole event feel very special. The speakers were of a high standard covering topical subjects. I thought the support from the organisers was absolutely outstanding and the Kassam Stadium an excellent venue.”
The event also included speakers on subjects such as managing stress and wellbeing at work and an insight from the CEO of the mental health providers’ forum who had the personal task of investigating the death of a mental health worker. NASHiCS also presented four Safety in Care Awards to individuals from across the sector who have excelled in supporting NASHiCS mission – to promote and improve safety and health in care practice.