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24 January 2017
 January 24, 2017
NHS workers protected by personal safety alarms

NHS Trust Puts Lone Worker Safety First to Gain Improved CQC Rating

Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation have achieved an upgraded CQC rating following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

The trust which provides a range of mental health services in northern England has been rated as ‘good’ by regulators following a series of improvements.

One of the areas highlighted in the official report were measures undertaken to protect lone workers. The trust currently employs over 3,700 staff and volunteers working across 200 locations in Rotherham, Doncaster, North Lincolnshire and Manchester serving around 150,000 patients.

Services mainly comprise mental health and learning disability provision for all ages, although the trust has also diversified into community services including district nursing.

Health visitors and district nurses regularly attend appointments on their own in patient’s homes, putting them at risk of assault. To help mitigate this issue, the trust has supplied staff with MySOS devices from Skyguard. These compact personal safety alarms are small enough to fit on a keychain and can be easily activated in situations where the user feels

9 December 2016
 December 9, 2016
Its important to be aware of personal safety when travelling at night

10 Safety Tips for Travelling to and From Work in the Dark

As the dull evenings draw in, many workers find themselves travelling to and from work in the dark. With the decrease in daylight, the opportunity for potential attackers rises significantly.

To help you stay safe on your journey we have compiled a list of our top ten recommendations on what to do, should you have to travel in the darkness.
Avoid Walking Alone
As the saying goes, there’s safety in numbers so if you know beforehand that you’ll be travelling home after dark, try and find a friend or trusted colleague who will be taking a similar route. People on their own are more at risk, so walking in groups if possible is strongly recommended.
Make Sure People Are Aware of Where You Are
Phone a friend before you set out to let them know your whereabouts and when you are due home. If you fail to arrive at your destination by the given time, someone can check then up on you to see if you are ok. Always make sure your phone is fully charged before setting

3 October 2016
 October 3, 2016
stalker

The Unsettling Truth About Stalking

What is Stalking?

Defining ‘stalking’ is often tricky because a stalker will use multiple methods to harass their victim. According to the National Stalking Helpline, stalking consists of any type of unwanted behaviour, such as regularly sending gifts/flowers, making malicious/unwanted communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and causing fear and anxiety for the victim, then it is classed as stalking and must be stopped.
The following points reveal worrying truths about stalking and the effect it can have on victims:

Stalking is not limited to a delusional fan lurking in the shadow of a celebrity. In fact, 40% of people who contact a stalking helpline are being stalked by ex-partners and a further third are already acquainted with their stalker, be it a friend or somebody they’ve previously dated.
Anybody can become a victim of stalking. Dr Lorraine Sheridan and the Network for Surviving Stalking surveyed 2,292 stalking victims with an age range of 10 to 73. This included male and female victims, spread across the

5 September 2016
 September 5, 2016
Prison

Health and Safety Failings Can Lead to Imprisonment

According to UK laws, severe failings of health and safety within organisations aren’t only punishable by fines as highlighted this week after a company director was jailed for 12 months following the death of an employee.

Company director Kenneth Thelwall, from Enfield, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment following the death of one of his employees resulting from the overturn of a spider lift during loading. This fatality follows the guilty plea from Mr Thelwall over a separate incident in 2010 when employee Bernard Rowson was crushed to death in a metal gate.

His firm, Thorn Warehousing Ltd was charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act and subsequently fined £166,000 plus court costs. Unsurprisingly, the company is currently in administration.

However, those in charge of the welfare of employee safety, including the safeguarding of lone workers regardless if they’re ‘on site’ are liable to face custodial sentences – consequently having severe, life changing impact on

26 August 2016
 August 26, 2016
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A 46% Rise in Attacks on Paramedics

The emergency services – designed to be there for us in our hour of need, all too often fall victim to abuse and attacks from the people they are trying to help. The culprits, in most cases, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to data from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB), there were 98 reported attacks on paramedics in 2011-12. Just 3 years on, this figure jumped to 126 reported attacks for 2014-15, and rose again last year to a staggering 184.

Although these figures are alarming, it is likely they take in to account only a proportion of the incidents that take place. Paramedics feel dissuaded to report attacks as any pending investigations take them away from performing their duties.

SECAMB Security Manager, Adam Graham said current safety measures included; CCTV, risk assessments and conflict resolution training, but has called for a government-led task force to tackle the problem more thoroughly.

In an example of the violence faced by our ambulance service, paramedic Gemma Fitzgerald suffered a broken jaw whilst trying to help

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