Barchester Healthcare Health & Safety Team response to Covid-19
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by Dr Karen McDonnell
1y ago
Continuity Planning? Thinking back to Monday 16th March 2020 I remember getting up early. I was due to visit one of our homes in Tewkesbury. I was just about to leave the house when an email landed from a senior Director telling us all to ‘Hold’ all visits and be ready for a conference call that morning. Yes, this was the start of the ‘Lock Down’. With the benefit of hindsight, how ready were we for what was about to happen next? Our management team had already undertaken various strategic planning exercises. On the 16th March, a ‘’strategic executive team’’ was established and a planning and ..read more
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Building resilience: mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
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by RoSPA Training
1y ago
More than ever before, mental health is a topic for open discussion in the media, within our social circles and of course at work. Mental health and wellbeing is all about how we think, feel and behave, and is usually caused by a reaction to a difficult life event, which can be caused or made worse by work-related issues. In particular, working in isolation away from managers and colleagues can add stress to a workforce that is already facing a significant amount of pressure. The scale of the problem Globally, an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression, one of the leading causes of ..read more
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Building resilience: Online Driving Courses
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by RoSPA Training
1y ago
In the UK, one of the few growth sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic has been transportation services and in particular, food delivery. By the end of March 2020, revenue in the UK online groceries delivery segment was up by 11.5 % compared with Jan-March in the previous year.  Despite the amount of traffic on our roads falling to levels not seen since 1955 during the pandemic, the number of people driving for work to deliver food and other items has increased. In the same month, Tesco added more than 200 new vans and hired another 2,500 drivers. Other supermarkets such as Morrisons follo ..read more
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Catch it, Kill it, Bin it… Then What?
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by Dr Karen McDonnell
1y ago
Core messaging during the COVID -19 pandemic has focused on the role each citizen plays in bringing the situation under control. Good hygiene and social distancing have been spoken about widely and it is acknowledged that the latter is the primary risk control measure. The role of key workers has also been widely discussed, such as the value of NHS staff and care workers, the role of educators and the rapid transition to home schooling. And as I sit here at home thinking about the 27million households in the UK on lockdown, and the impact on people and their communities, I can hear a familiar ..read more
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Here to help!
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by Matt Cryer
1y ago
Following on from our previous blog, We’re with you every step of the way!, the appetite to help and engage with RoSPA Awards Entrants extends to the whole RoSPA Health & Safety Awards team.   We caught up with two more members of the RoSPA team, Julia Small and Letty Hill, to find out how they are ready and willing to lend a helping hand… Julia SmallExecutive Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events For over 15 years, Julia has had oversight of RoSPA’s robust awards procedures, including the secure online entry system used by nearly 2,000 entrants, judging and verification processes ..read more
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5 Steps to Become RoSPA Award Winner
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by Matt Cryer
1y ago
Thinking of entering the RoSPA Health & Safety Awards for the first time? On the face of it, it can seem quite daunting. “Which part of the organisation should I enter? Have we got enough evidence to support the ten key performance questions?” And so on… After all, there is a lot of hard work involved entering an internationally recognised and highly prestigious reward scheme, so to make life a little easier, we put together this little infographic to show you just how simple it is to begin your awards journey.   Exchanging best practice is at the heart of the RoSPA Awards Network, s ..read more
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Meet the Winners: Dyer & Butler Ltd
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by Matt Cryer
1y ago
From their Safety, Sustainability and Training Director, Steven Broom, being awarded Health and Safety Influencer of the Year 2019, to winning a number of President and Gold Medal Awards across a variety of divisions, Dyer & Butler Ltd enjoyed an outstanding 2019. As one of the first winners of the Influencer of the Year Award, we recently caught up with Steven to find out Dyer & Butler Ltd’s impressive awards history, and how winning a RoSPA Award has benefited both himself and his organisation… What benefits does winning a RoSPA Award have for your organisation? RoSPA is a well-respe ..read more
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Staying safe on the road in a gig economy
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by Ed Homer
1y ago
If you’ve ever driven a car or ridden a motorcycle on a short-term contract, chances are you’ve participated in the gig economy. In fact, millions of adults in the UK are now participants in the system as drivers and riders, whether they’re aware of it or not. But how can you and other road users stay safe? What is the gig economy? The term ‘gig economy’ is used to describe the 1.1 million people in the UK who work in a free market system in which temporary positions are common place. The gig economy is made up of three main components; the independent workers paid by the gig, the consumers wh ..read more
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We’re off to Chennai
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by Matt Cryer
1y ago
Only a few months into the year, 2020 is already proving to be more exciting than ever. This March, RoSPA will be launching our first ever Awards Excellence Forum in India. Taking place on Tuesday, March 24, at Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Campus in Chennai, India. This free event is a phenomenal example of just how far the RoSPA Health & Safety Awards scheme reaches across the globe. Hosting this international event is International Awards Ambassador Stephen Storey. With over 27 years of experience in the health and safety industry, combined with his rich RoSPA Award winning history, Ste ..read more
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Meet the Winners: Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd.
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by Matt Cryer
1y ago
2019 was a spectacular year for Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd. at the RoSPA Health & Safety Awards. As well as being Highly Commended in the Health & Safety Team of the Year, they also achieved a RoSPA Gold Achievement Award. Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd. first entered the RoSPA Awards back in 2017, winning a Silver RoSPA Award. Since then, they’ve continued to enter, pushing themselves to win a Gold Award in 2018 and then again in 2019. We spoke to Kieran Doona, Health and Safety Manager at Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd. to find out more about their awards journey over the ..read more
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