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NEWS
news
‘Put Health and Safety First’
Urges Care Property Specialists
E
CO
Integrated
Property
Solutions delivered a hardhitting presentation at the
National Association of Safety and
Health in Care Services (NASHICS)
National
Health
and
Safety
Conference for Social Care in
September.
The property solutions provider which
specialises in care homes and the
welfare sector explained the necessity
for a comprehensive programme of
property management to ensure the
wellbeing of residents and compliance
of the business, which could effectively
save lives.
In front of an audience of care providers
and health and safety professionals,
ECO IPS director Robin Harris, spelled
out how caring businesses could
maintain high levels of operational care
and faultless premises with particular
reference to the Health and Social Care
Act 2008.
Robin explains: “The role of care home
manager is complex with many
responsibilities including the wellbeing
of the physical building as well as its
residents. Risk assessments, asbestos
surveys and health and safety audits are
under the remit of the manager which
creates an incredibly heavy workload for
anyone in this position.”
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Earlier this year a report by the Care
Quality Commission revealed a quarter
of care services were failing on safety,
with over a third (37%) of nursing homes
failing to meet required safety standards.
Five care homes have been prosecuted
while a further thousand have been
closed down or given warning notices.
“There is a direct correlation between
the standards of the physical
environment and the safety of residents
as seen in a number of recent high
profile incidents,” Robin continues.
“Outsourcing property management not
only frees managers up to concentrate
on the people they’re there to support,
but also ensures total compliance in the
heavily regulated care industry. Failure
to record, manage and document
correctly
can
have
devastating
consequences.”
He adds: “Whether you are dealing with
reactive maintenance for damage or
repairs,
planned
and
regular
assessments or larger scale projects like
re-modelling and extensions, you need
to source contractors who are
competent, cost-effective and compliant.
This can be a lengthy task and recording
all this activity in the required format can
be equally time-consuming. Leaving the
health and safety compliance side of the
business to experts allows care home
managers to focus on operational care
and the welfare of residents.
“We recommend finding a provider that
has a deep understanding of the
nuances of the care sector, access to a
network of qualified and registered
contractors and a data storage system
that ticks all the compliance boxes and
is fully backed up.”
The conference was organised to
provide updates on health and safety
issues in the care sector and was
attended by care providers, owners and
managers of care services and those
with a health and safety remit in the
caring industry.
ECO IPS was a main sponsor of the
event and Robin Harris was joined on
the list of expert speakers by
representatives from the Care Quality
Commission, Health and Safety
Executive and the NHS.
ECO IPS provides total property
solutions for clients including Care UK,
Abbeyfield,
Methodist
Housing
Association and Lifeways amongst
others.
For more information on how to get a
personalised property management
system visit www.eco-ips.co.uk.
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