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Health and Social Care Group - letter from the Chair

October 2021

Hello to all group members.

Your Health and Social Care group are still meeting ‘virtually’ to ensure we continue to update our action plans to support our overall strategy and our members, while also minimising the impact on our carbon footprint. The groups last meeting took place on 13 October 2021, and I am pleased to say that we have scheduled an informal “drop in session” for you to meet your committee virtually on 19 November at 12.00 – 13.00. We look forward to meeting you all. Please contact bookings@iosh.com to register and on receipt of your email a link to the drop in will be sent.

Our intention is to arrange a couple of webinars covering:

  • PPE/RPE – innovations in the development of RPE specifically for Health & Social Care (Clear masks) to help with communication.
  • Wellbeing.
  • Occupational Cancer.

Dates for these will be published shortly.

The Committee will be sending out a short survey in the next month to ask for data on the level of violence & aggression across the sector, with the aim of collating the information to provide a “snap shot” of current trends across the UK & Global countries.

IOSH is represented on the NHS Employers Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group, and are running a webinar on Stress & its impact on the Workplace on 05 November 2021 at 10:00, with guest speakers from the HSE, Unison and the vice chair of the Health &Social Care Committee Fiona Potter.

https://www.nhsemployers.org/events/stress-and-impact-workplace

We are also looking schedule an event in the summer of 2022, topic, and venue to be announced early in 2022, so watch this space for future announcements.

As part of IOSH’s ‘Get to know OSH industries’ the Vice Chair and I took part in the Future Leaders quick-fire questions on 27 September 2021. It was a privilege to represent Health and Social Care and meet our future leaders and hopefully highlighted the many positives of working in health and social care and particularly as an OSH professional. The session was recorded and will be uploaded to the IOSH website, so please look out for it.

The IOSH website has a host of useful information, so please visit: https://iosh.com/ and take advantage of the many free resources.

It would also be useful to hear what topics you would like to discuss, so please send your suggestions in to: Networks@iosh.com

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Many thanks and stay safe,

Mark Parsons
Chair IOSH Health and Social Care Group