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16 September 2013
 September 16, 2013
Company fined for breach of safety laws

Health Board Fined for not Protecting Lone Worker from Attack

Lothian Health Board has been fined for safety failings after a lone worker was attacked while making a home visit to a patient with mental health issues.

The community psychiatric nurse was visiting a 58-year-old female patient who had been suffering from psychiatric illnesses for more than 30 years when the attack happened.

HSE’s investigation found that the injured person was an experienced nurse whose role involved visiting patients in the East Lothian area who were receiving community treatment for mental or psychiatric illnesses.

During the incident the nurse was forced to the floor, threatened and had her hair pulled so violently that several clumps were pulled out. Since the incident, she has been understandably apprehensive about undertaking home visits and has experienced unwelcome ‘flashbacks’.

Haddington Sherriff Court heard that at the time of the incident there were no risk assessments in place for Community Health team workers dealing with client violence or aggression, or for lone working in

16 September 2013
 September 16, 2013
Skyguard's alarm receiving centre

Skyguard’s ARC the First in the UK Accredited to ACPO’s “Secured by Design”

Skyguard – Europe’s premier personal safety service for lone workers, has become the first Alarm Receiving Centre in the UK to be awarded the prestigious ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation.

Based in Surrey, Skyguard’s Incident Management Centre (IMC) is the first facility to have been audited to the ‘ARC for Lone Workers’ product category, by the Association of Chief Police Officer’s (ACPO) Secured by Design scheme. The coveted accreditation gives customers reassurance that a product has been tested to the rigorous standards set by Secured by Design, based upon the principle of ‘designing out crime’.

Endorsed companies are allowed to display the SBD logo and “Police Preferred Specification” title, which indicates the certified product guarantees national police approval. This accreditation complements Secured by Design approval of Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety device earlier this year; making Skyguard the only lone worker provider in the UK to have an end-to-end accredited service.

As well as achieving Secured by Design status, Skyguard’s IMC was also the

29 August 2013
 August 29, 2013
Man Down Alarm

Skyguard Launch MySOS Mandown – The Personal Safety Device for High Risk Lone Workers

Skyguard – the premier personal safety service for lone workers and at risk individuals is pleased to announce the launch of MySOS Mandown.

The MySOS is Europe’s smallest personal safety device with GPS. It’s fitted with a fall sensor that automatically raises an alarm to Skyguard’s Incident Management Centre in the event of a fall or sudden impact. Identical in design to the MySOS, the Mandown variant is equipped with all of the features of its predecessor, but comes complete with a Mandown sensor.

The feature is vital if the user falls, suffers from a medical condition or is physically assaulted and knocked to the floor and may not be able to raise an alarm manually. Upon alarm activation, the information and location of the user will be transmitted to Skyguard’s UK based, 24 hour manned Incident Management Centre. From there, Skyguard’s professionally-trained Controllers will listen in, using the device’s two-way audio, assess the situation quickly and expertly and summon the

22 August 2013
 August 22, 2013
Personal Alarm User

Havering Council use Skyguard’s MySOS Personal Alarms to Help Vulnerable People Keep Their Independence

“I like to be out and about, staying in gets me down,” says great-grandmother Kathleen Barker.

MySOS user Kathleen Barker and grand daughter Joanne.

But for Kathleen’s family, this has become a concern in the last 18 months, following her diagnosis with dementia.

They want Kathleen, 82, to enjoy as much independence as she can, but they also want to keep her safe, especially as she can sometimes end up wandering, becoming lost and confused, and has been known to wander at night.

Granddaughter Joanne Barker, 38, lives near to Kathleen in Collier Row and regularly checks in on her.

Jo knows her Nan’s condition is worsening and she needs support, but she also knows she is not yet ready for a care home.

This meant the family were faced with a difficult choice, how could they ensure Kathleen gets the right

22 August 2013
 August 22, 2013
Havering Council use Skyguard personal safety devices

Havering Council use Skyguard’s MySOS personal alarms to help vulnerable people keep their independence

“I like to be out and about, staying in gets me down,” says great-grandmother Kathleen Barker.

But for Kathleen’s family, this has become a concern in the last 18 months, following her diagnosis with dementia.

They want Kathleen, 82, to enjoy as much independence as she can, but they also want to keep her safe, especially as she can sometimes end up wandering, becoming lost and confused, and has been known to wander at night.

Granddaughter Joanne Barker, 38, lives near to Kathleen in Collier Row and regularly checks in on her.

Jo knows her Nan’s condition is worsening and she needs support, but she also knows she is not yet ready for a care home.

This meant the family were faced with a difficult choice, how could they ensure Kathleen gets the right level of support?

Jo has been working with Havering Council, discovering a range of technology that has helped her Nan to remain in her own home, while also

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