Protecting against the risk of a corporate manslaughter investigation and prosecution in the NHS<br />Stuart Emslie <br />...
About ECRI Institute<br />Major international non-profit health services research agency<br />Designated as a Collaboratin...
About Gael Ltd<br />UK market leader in the design, development and delivery of compliance management solutions<br />Flags...
Meeting Format<br />Background to Health & Safety Laws & Regulations<br />Risk Management in the NHS<br />Controls assuran...
1992: Compliance with Health & Safety Laws & Regulations<br />Around 500 safety related statutes in UK<br />Approximately ...
Safecode…….<br />Issued to all UK NHS organisations 1994<br />Audit compliance against 60 key H&S statutes<br />Comprehens...
1994<br />
1999 Controls assurance H&S standard<br />38 pages…..<br />
2004 Standards for better health<br />“While Standards for Better Health will synthesise a large number of existing rules ...
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust<br />Male, mid-forties dies due to air embolism during routine cardiac a...
Ten steps to compliance?<br />Ensure that you have in place an effective health and safety/risk management system, e.g. se...
Ten steps to compliance?…..cont…<br />Board members should receive awareness training on their role and responsibilities w...
For more information about how your organisation can ensure compliance with the Corporate Manslaughter Act, <br />Contact ...
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Gael Corporate Manslaughter Webinar Presentation - 20 June 2009

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Gael Ltd and ECRI Institute (Europe) hosted a free webinar on Friday 19th June 2009 looking at the Corporate Manslaughter Act and the potential implications for the NHS.

The webinar was an opportunity to find out:

1. What can go wrong that could expose a healthcare organisation to an investigation and possible prosecution under the Act.

2. What your organisation can do to ensure compliance with the Act.

Gael Ltd, the UK market leader in the design, development and delivery of compliance management solutions, and ECRI Institute (Europe),a major international non-profit health services research organisation and collaborating centre of the World Health Organisation.

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Gael Corporate Manslaughter Webinar Presentation - 20 June 2009

  1. 1. Protecting against the risk of a corporate manslaughter investigation and prosecution in the NHS<br />Stuart Emslie <br />BSc MSc FIHM<br />Independent consultant and advisor to ECRI Institute (Europe)<br />Visiting Fellow, Loughborough University Business School<br />Governance Advisor, Harrogate and District NHS foundation trust<br />Former Department of Health Head of Controls Assurance for the NHS in England<br />
  2. 2. About ECRI Institute<br />Major international non-profit health services research agency<br />Designated as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organisation<br />Over 5,000 members, with client list including, public and private hospitals, government agencies, and accrediting agencies worldwide<br />
  3. 3. About Gael Ltd<br />UK market leader in the design, development and delivery of compliance management solutions<br />Flagship product ,Q-Pulse was designed to enable organisations to achieve value from demonstrating compliance<br />Q-Pulse users represent organisations of all sizes, across all industry sectors, including healthcare, life sciences and aviation, with installations in over 90 countries<br />
  4. 4. Meeting Format<br />Background to Health & Safety Laws & Regulations<br />Risk Management in the NHS<br />Controls assurance H&S standard<br />Standards for Better Health<br />Occupational health & safety standards<br />Leading Health & Safety at work<br />Ten Steps to compliance<br />
  5. 5. 1992: Compliance with Health & Safety Laws & Regulations<br />Around 500 safety related statutes in UK<br />Approximately 60 of day-to-day concern<br />&gt;100 authoritative codes of practice<br />
  6. 6. Safecode…….<br />Issued to all UK NHS organisations 1994<br />Audit compliance against 60 key H&S statutes<br />Comprehensive module for setting investment priorities for safety/risk management <br />
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  8. 8. 1999 Controls assurance H&S standard<br />38 pages…..<br />
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  10. 10. 2004 Standards for better health<br />“While Standards for Better Health will synthesise a large number of existing rules and guidance, NHS bodies will continue to be subject to the wider regulatory framework, such as health and safety legislation.”<br />
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  17. 17. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust<br />Male, mid-forties dies due to air embolism during routine cardiac angiogram<br />Injected with air rather than radio-opaque fluid<br />No ‘safety check’ carried out<br />Trust successfully prosecuted under Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for not having a ‘safe system of work’<br />Poor management…….<br />
  18. 18. Ten steps to compliance?<br />Ensure that you have in place an effective health and safety/risk management system, e.g. see OHSAS 180001:2007; HSG 65, Successful Health and Safety Management (HSE); AS/NZS 4360:2004 risk management (See also IoD/HSE and NHS guidance). <br />As part of the management system, ensure that a robust health and safety policy is in place. Within that policy all health and safety roles and responsibilities should be articulated. <br />Job descriptions of staff should reflect their role in health and safety management, particularly at a senior level. <br />Senior managers should be trained to ensure they understand their role in the effective management of health and safety. Reflect upon the competencies of existing senior managers with respect to health and safety management. Provide additional developmental opportunities to address any deficiencies. <br />Line managers should receive training to enable them to manage health and safety within the part of the organisation for which they are responsible. <br />Adapted from Local Government Employers - www.lge.gov.uk<br />
  19. 19. Ten steps to compliance?…..cont…<br />Board members should receive awareness training on their role and responsibilities within the health and safety system. This is particularly important for non-executive directors. To help ensure adequate representation of health and safety issues, consider designating an executive director with responsibility for the management of health and safety. <br />Ensure that health and safety performance, including compliance with health and safety legislation, is regularly considered at board level. Refer NHS Staff Council OHSS standards. Remember that health and safety law applies to everyone, including patients!<br />Mainstream health and safety into decision-making processes and ensure proper scrutiny of the health and safety implications of policy decisions. <br />Ensure health and safety (including patient safety) is firmly part of an integrated approach to risk management across the organisation.<br />Adopt a robust and transparent approach to prioritising investment in improving the management of health and safety and other risks.<br />Ensure you have a good policy regarding what to do when the inspector and/or police arrive to investigate!<br />Adapted from Local Government Employers - www.lge.gov.uk<br />
  20. 20. For more information about how your organisation can ensure compliance with the Corporate Manslaughter Act, <br />Contact Gael Ltd nowat-<br />healthcare@gaelquality.com <br />or visit <br />www.gaelquality.com<br />

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