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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stress the need for risk assessments to be “proportionate” and “balanced” and to reflect a common-sense approach where health and safety are an integral part of running an organisation.
Inspections are carried out in just one or two days, but your “internal inspecting” should be continuous and it is important to cover all key areas described in the CQC Key Lines of Enquiry systematically. This is where the interactive Inspection Audit Tool is invaluable. We explain how to use it.
The World Health Organisation announced in March that the rapid spread of Covid-19 around the world could be termed a “pandemic”, therefore creating a crisis for every government’s public health authorities. Governments had to act quickly to impose measures to reduce the imminent spread of this “novel” virus in their country and to provide effective care and treatment for those who contracted it. Care expert Chris Payne looks at where we are now, the opportunity for reflection on its impact and the potential way forward for care services.
The global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has been an immeasurable source of anxiety, fear, uncertainty and stress, all of which are normal reactions to this evolving situation. In this article, Deborah Bellamy explains how these reactions are likely to have intensified for service users in adult residential care settings with learning disabilities or autism, and the particular challenges of caring for this group.
The stress, disruption and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic is having a severe mental health impact. More people are being trained to help those feeling suicidal. The key message, as part of a wider drive to reassure those under duress, is that they are not alone and help is not far away, writes Jon Herbert.
Whether it’s weird, vivid dreams, tapping away on the laptop at 3am or just feeling exhausted — the Covid-19 pandemic is dramatically affecting work patterns and workers’ sleep. Vicky Powell highlights the latest research on sleep and shares the current advice from sleep experts on how to help workers cope — and feel rested — in the UK’s new working reality.
With massive pressure on owner-managers, how should they protect their mental health? What are the warning signs something is wrong? And what practical techniques can be used to protect the mental health of small business owners? Dave Howell reports