Health & Safety in Health & Social Care

Course Overview

This course complies with Standard 8 of the Skills for Care National Minimum Training Standards for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.

It will be tailored to the business and individual health and safety needs of the client to make the learning experience relevant and fit for purpose.  Designed to help improve the workplace culture for occupational health and safety.


Who needs this qualification?

This qualification is specifically targeted at employees working in hospitals and care homes in the public and private sectors.

Why is this training important? – Following the Department of Health /  Skills for Care Minimum training standards. Everyone involved in care provision needs the adequate training to enable them to understand their responsibilties.

Learning outcomes. 

8.1. Roles and responsibilities

8.1.1 Be aware of key legislation and the agreed ways of working relating to health and safety at work

8.1.2 Know the main health and safety responsibilities of:

a) yourself
b) your manager
c) the individuals you support
d) others

8.1.3 Know what you must and must not do in relation to general health and safety until you are

8.1.4 Know who to ask for advice and support about health and safety at work

8.2. Risk assessments

8.2.1 Know why it is important to assess the health and safety risks posed by particular work settings,situations or activities

8.2.2 Understand how and when to report health and safety risks that you have identified


8.3. Moving and assisting

8.3.1 Be aware of key pieces of legislation that relate to moving and assisting

8.3.2 Be aware of tasks relating to moving and assisting that you are not allowed to carry out until you are competent

8.3.3 Understand how to move and assist people and objects safely, maintaining the individual’s dignity, and in line with legislation and agreed ways of working

8.4. Responding to accidents and sudden illness

8.4.1 Be aware of the different types of accidents and sudden illness that may occur in the course of your work

8.4.2 Understand the agreed ways of working to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur at work

8.4.3 Know which emergency first aid you are and are not allowed to carry out

8.5. Medication and healthcare tasks

8.5.1 Know the agreed ways of working in relation to medication

8.5.2 Know the agreed ways of working in relation to healthcare tasks

8.5.3 Know the tasks relating to medication and health care procedures that you are not allowed to carry out until you are competent


8.6. Handling hazardous substances

8.6.1 Be aware of the hazardous substances in your workplacex

8.6.2 Be aware of safe practices for storing, using and disposing of hazardous substances


Course details.

The Course is 3 Hours duration and will be delivered at your own premises or a convenient off site location. The course tutor Alan Overment has several years experience of training within the NHS and is qualified and accredited as; GradIOSH DipRSA, MIIRSM, MAIRSO, AMIIAI, AIfL.

He is also a member of NASHiCS (The National Association for Safety & Health in Care Services)

Delegates will receive a Handout Pack and Course Outline for use on the day. Delegates will also receive a Certificate of Attendance within a week of the event. All courses are fully evaluated using our own documentation, but in-house evaluation methods can be used if preferred.

Please contact us for a quote.

Our training courses can be provided though out the UK.

Health and safety in care homes

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Addressed primarily to owners and managers, with instructive guidance also for employees and safety representatives. Designed to enable them to better understand and meet their duties under health and safety legislation. The main risks found in care homes are covered in detail – such as the headline issues of first aid, hazardous substances, control of infection, moving and handling, and aggression or violence to staff – with guidance given on actions to take in order to safeguard both workers and service users.

Also provides risk assessment examples and checklists for training and self-auditing. Other specifics covered include incident reporting, work-related stress, legionella, water temperatures, hot surfaces, utilities, asbestos and matters concerning kitchens, laundry and outdoors.

Handling home care: Achieving safe, efficient and positive outcomes for care workers and clients

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Extensively detailed and illustrated guidance addressed to organisations providing home care services. Contains practical advice on minimising the risk from manual handling – chiefly of residents – to care workers and their clients. Documents 27 case study realities and lists alternative improvements that could have improved the care quality and further reduced risk. Whilst the guidance is not prescriptive, its primary significance is to highlight poor practice and contribute to the development of safer practices.

Aligned to the Manual Handling Regulations 1992, which the guide stresses is as much about lifting or assisting people as it is about carrying boxes, it explores specifics such as bed, bath, toilet, stairs and care procedures. Also includes the pertinent legal framework.

Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0’.