“See something, say something!" HEFMA SW members at Eastwood Park for risk management seminar

HEFMA members from around the South West gathered at Eastwood Park earlier this month for a seminar on Risk Management.

“See something, say something! Managing risk” was the latest in a series of workshops delivered in a partnership between Eastwood Park and HEFMA South West, with the aim of stimulating discussion around the risks faced every day within estates and facilities in healthcare. The day was led by health & safety expert and Eastwood Park trainer Alan Hambidge, with contributions from Adrian Eggleton, Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust/ Chair of HEFMA SW and David Dodd Facilities Manager, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Opening with the question of ‘what is risk management’, Alan reminded the room of the words of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act, that it is the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees, as well as the duty of care to patients and others. He took delegates through ways to develop simple but robust risk management systems to support the risk register, with Adrian giving an invaluable insight into risk management from an NHS perspective and David speaking on the challenges of managing risk in soft FM, specifically food safety.  Alan closed with a review of tools and techniques and benchmarking systems such as IA/AE audit reports, PAM, ERIC, PACE and 6-Facet surveys.

The seminar received a very positive reception from attendees – Neil Hughes from Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust commented that the day was a “useful reminder of risk management processes and procedures”, David Brain of Livewell Southwest felt that the day was “an invaluable reminder”.

To register details of future HEFMA South West and Eastwood Park events call +44 (0)1454 262777 or email us.