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Train 4 Health
Wendy is Sales Director of Train 4 Health, a Statutory & Mandatory e-learning and testing system designed specifically for the NHS and social care. She is an organisational development specialist and architect of learning organisations and has authored several books and publications, including:
For further details visit: www.train4health.co.uk
The Statutory requirement refers to the legal responsibility of every employer to ensure their staff have the knowledge to maintain a healthy and safe working environment for themselves and their colleagues as laid down in the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The Act stipulates that an employer must:
The Act also stipulates an employee's responsibilities are to:
In addition, all buildings that deliver NHS services are likely to require a fire certificate due to the nature of their business. These premises need to ensure they comply with fire regulations stipulating:
Custom and practice in the NHS has interpreted this as:
In addition, there are a number of requirements set out by professional bodies stipulating Mandatory training requirements linked to professional registration. An example is the need for nurses to have annual updates for CPR and manual handling training. Practice nurses involved in vaccination or immunisation programmes should also receive anaphylaxis training with an annual flu vaccine update.
Defining Statutory & Mandatory training for health and social care organisations is not an easy process due to the fragmented nature of the legislation and the lack of detailed guidance from the Department of Health and NHS. It is good practice for any employer to establish some baselines and practice standards to help define the rules and responsibilities that govern independent businesses, particularly those contracting for public service provision. It is also an organisational safeguard that may help to reduce their risk of legal challenge.