The existing agreement in place to help protect lone working staff within the NHS is due to expire at the end of April.
Originally set up in 2009, the NHS Lone Worker Framework Agreement was introduced to provide safer working conditions for employees working alone within the NHS and wider public sector. After renewal in 2013, NHS Protect, the hospital advisory body responsible for overseeing measures to prevent abuse have taken the decision not to extend the agreement further.
As it is an employer’s duty to ensure a safe working environment, the responsibility ultimately falls to each individual NHS Trust to take adequate measures to prevent physical abuse and injury to employees. Key elements of this include upholding a lone worker policy, carrying out regular risk assessments and supplying personal safety alarms. This applies to NHS staff covering a variety of roles, but in particular to community nurses who often visit patients at home.
Failure to uphold an employer’s Duty of Care can result in hefty fines, prosecution and even publicity orders for those found to be in
On March 21st-23rd The Safety & Health Event returns to The NEC in Birmingham with some of the industry’s biggest names all under one roof.
As the UK’s fastest growing event for health and safety practitioners, over 200 companies including Skyguard will be exhibiting at the 3-day show. Attendees can choose from a fantastic selection of seminars offering advice on everything from improving safety in logistics to health and safety policy and fall protection.
There’s also the chance to get involved with the popular Safety Dialogue roundtable debates and plenty of networking opportunities throughout the course of the event.
Skyguard will once again be showcasing our range of specialist lone worker protection solutions, featuring our BS 8484:2016 accredited devices and apps. As ever the team will be on hand to answer your questions and provide exclusive demonstrations of our products. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Safety & Health Event is free to attend, please register now.
This year’s Lone Worker Safety Expo will be taking place on the 28th March at London’s Olympia Conference Centre. Bringing together top industry experts and professionals, the event is a must for those who are responsible for lone workers.
As well as featuring a broad spectrum of exhibitors covering all aspects of lone worker safety, there will be a host of fantastic speakers and seminar sessions from those in the know.
This provides delegates with a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and learn more about:
Your legal responsibilities concerning lone working
British Standards for Lone Worker Systems
Robust risk assessment tools
Producing effective policies and procedures
Implementing high impact training
Up-to-date control measures with the latest advances in technology
And much, much more…
Last night saw the return of BAFTA winning ITV crime drama Broadchurch, with Skyguard’s MySOS personal alarm being chosen to feature in the series providing support for a rape victim.
In yesterday’s opener viewers were introduced to Trish Winterman (played by Julie Hesmondhalgh) who suffered a brutal assault at the hands of an unknown attacker. As the story unfolds, the show deals with the aftermath of the attack and how this affects Trish’s character, whilst lining up a list of possible suspects.
A difficult subject matter for a primetime show, Police and rape counsellors have praised the program’s makers for tackling the issue. Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall has said that he wanted to tell this story as the number of sexual offences being reported is on the rise. Hopefully giving this new exposure will result in yet more victims coming forward.
Skyguard work with over half of the UK’s Police forces
Skyguard – part of the largest lone worker protection provider in the World is one of the first companies to be successfully audited against the latest version of BS 8484:2016 – the standard for the provision of lone worker device services.
Following the rigorous audit, the award certifies that Skyguard is working to the very highest standards of both product and service provision. Skyguard was already accredited to the previous version of the standard – BS 8484:2011 having passed annual audits conducted by UKAS accredited body, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI). Subsequently, Skyguard had already been awarded NSI Guarding Gold and ARC Gold standards – the highest available.
BS8484:2016 sets the standard to which UK lone worker device service suppliers should achieve and can be measured against. It is important as a benchmark for employers sourcing a credible provider, as it enables the highest level of police response to an alarm