Controls Assurance in the NHS

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Controls Assurance in the NHSOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today In the world of occupational safety and health, it is unfortunate thathealth is often perceived as the poor relation of safety. With the introductionof Controls Assurance, however, the NHS now has in place a system to manage allaspects of safety and health and to comply with corporate governancerequirements. Controls Assurance is a key element of the Government’smodernisation programme for the NHS. Developed as a response to the Turnbull report, it is designed to provideevidence that NHS organisations are doing their reasonable best to meet theirobjectives and to protect patients, staff, visitors and other stakeholdersagainst risks. It requires NHS directors to review the effectiveness of theirsystems of internal control and to state they have done so in the trust’sannual report. The Healthcare Specialist Group at Iosh recently organised two seminarsdedicated to Controls Assurance. Led by Stuart Emslie, head of the ControlsAssurance team at the NHS executive, these events outlined the project andexamined, through the risk management system and health and safety managementstandards, the role of safety and risk professionals in the Controls Assuranceprocess. Is health and safety part of risk management? Should the risks associatedwith the care of patients be managed separately from the risks that face staffin the workplace? These are two recurring questions that were asked during theseminars. A recent survey of 420 NHS organisations, showed 48 per cent of them haveeither a fully integrated approach to the management of patient care-relatedrisks and non-patient care-related risks, including health and safety, or areactively working on such an approach. The Controls Assurance agenda aims toempower NHS staff to manage risk in their workplace and it is part of the NHS’sbroader agenda for the 21st century. This is essential as there are significant issues facing the NHS andControls Assurance over the next few years, including the Human Rights Act,infection control, patient food, the Disability Discrimination Act, themanagement of patient information, emergency planning and transport. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health represents 25,000safety and health professionals in industry, commerce and the public sector.Tel: 0116-257 3100; last_img read more