Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

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Image caption Some trusts saw the number of staff taking long-term leave double in five years

The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years.

Those taking long-term leave of a month or more rose from 7,580 in 2012-13 to 9,285 in 2016-17, BBC freedom of information requests found.

The union Unite said cuts to staff and services were putting extra pressure on front-line mental health workers.

The Department of Health said it was transforming mental health care.

Out of 81 mental health authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 58 provided the BBC with comparable information.

Looking after ourselves

One mental health doctor who had to take mental health leave told 5 live anonymously: “I don’t think I realised it was happening until quite a long way down the road.”

She explained that she was getting irritable with her partner, her sleep was disturbed and she couldn’t switch off from work.

“In the end, I went to my GP who offered me a sick note. I was quite taken aback that it was quite so obvious to my GP that I needed to be off work.” she said.

Media captionFormer mental health nurse on why she had to leave the NHS

“As mental health practitioners, we are pretty rubbish at putting our own mental health first. You need to put your own oxygen mask on first before putting it on to someone else.”

5 live also spoke to a group of community mental health nurses at the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust about how they cope with the pressure of the role.

“I think when you’re so passionate about something it’s very easy to overlook just how much you are taking on,” said Kate Ward, an occupational therapist working as a care co-ordinator in the team.

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Role of ‘technology’ in home health care

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At present, home-based health care is gaining significant traction and poised for transformation. Once recognized as a fragmented and unorganised sector, it is gaining ground through progressively capturing interest of entrepreneurs and investors.

It is a known fact that there is tremendous pressure on hospitals in delivering services at their facility, especially in Critical Care, something that can be easily outsourced today.

However, it has to be recognised that healthcare services being delivered in the home environment are at a remote location – unlike a hospital where it is a centralised facility. Therefore, monitoring and continuous feedback on key parameters, as relevant to the patient, are critical to have an impact on the outcome of the treatment.

This is eminently possible with appropriate use and incorporation of various technology elements.
With advancements in technology, both in IT and integration with Medical Electronics, it is possible to provide high quality care in the vicinity of a known and comfortable environment.

Technology can play an important role and impact the following areas:

1. Creating positive patient experiences

2. Creating an environment and providing data for better outcomes of the treatment

3. Enable home healthcare to be delivered in remote areas

The goal of technology-enabled home care also encompasses helping reduce need for institutional care, while alleviating financial and emotional burden that medical procedures come with. Its kernel of success lies in the common knowledge that chronic diseases can be treated in the home of the patient through appropriate and continuous monitoring. This monitoring could then trigger medical interventions that may be required, most of which can be implemented in a home care setting at a lower cost to the patient.

 

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How Americans get their health insurance

With Obamacare firmly in the crosshairs of Republican lawmakers, the debate around U.S. healthcare is at a fever pitch.

While there is no shortage of opinions on the best route forward, the timeliness of the debate also gives us an interesting chance to dive into some of the numbers around healthcare – namely how people even get coverage in the first place.

How Americans get healthcare

The following infographic shows a breakdown of how Americans get healthcare coverage, based on information from Census Bureau’s surveys.

Put together by Axios, it shows the proportion of Americans getting coverage from employers, Medicaid, Medicare, non-group policies, and other public sources. The graphic also includes the 9% of the population that is uninsured, as well.

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The following definitions for each category above come from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit that uses the Census Bureau’s data to put together comprehensive estimates on healthcare in the country:

Employer-Based: Includes those covered by employer-sponsored coverage either through their own job or as a dependent in the same household.

Medicaid: Includes those covered by Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and those who have both Medicaid and another type of coverage, such as dual eligibles who are also covered by Medicare.

Medicare: Includes those covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and those who have Medicare and another type of non-Medicaid coverage where Medicare is the primary payer. Excludes those with Medicare Part A coverage only and those covered by Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles).

Other Public: Includes those covered under the military or Veterans Administration.

Non-Group: Includes individuals and families that purchased or are covered as a dependent by non-group insurance.

Uninsured: Includes those without health insurance and those who have coverage under the Indian Health Service only.

Healthcare mix by state

Here’s another look at how Americans get healthcare coverage on a state-by-state basis.

This time the graphic comes from Overflow Data and it simply shows the percent of buyers in each state that receive health coverage from public sources:

Oddly, the state that gets the highest proportion of public health coverage (New Mexico, 46.6%) is kitty-corner to the state with the lowest proportion of public health coverage (Utah, 21.3%).

Why the debate is paramount

If you ask some people what is going on with U.S. healthcare, they will tell you that things are going “sideways” – that costs are going up, but care is not improving anywhere near the same pace.

Here’s a graphic we published last year from Max Roser that puts this sentiment in perspective:

us healthcare systemVisual Capitalist via Our World in Data

It’s fair to say that care has been going sideways in the U.S. for some time, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

So, what needs to be done to fix the problem?

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GlobalCompliancePanel announces Seasonal offers for Professionals with Flat 50% OFF on all Seminars

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Do celebrations need a cause and a reason? Yes, and GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, is having a solid cause and reason for doing so. It is celebrating the many years of its relationship with its customers spread all over the world by offering its trainings at a massive 50% discount!

Yes, that is right. GlobalCompliancePanel’s seminars will be available for a huge 50% discount till April 30. Regulatory professionals who want to augment their knowledge of regulatory compliance can now do so by paying just half the price of these trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. All that is needed to do walk away with a rare offer such as this is to visit https://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/seminar?wordpress_SEO and use MGCP50 Promo Code.

This offer is valid till April 30, 2017. Regulatory professionals who want to take any of GlobalCompliancePanel’s trainings can book their trainings for an area of their interest by this date. From April 1 onwards, this offer will cease, meaning that the original price will apply from then.

So, why is GlobalCompliancePanel offering this discount? It is for a simple, but profound reason: It wants to thank its huge customer base for the support they have been extending to this company over the many years for which it has been in business. During the course of the 10 years for which GlobalCompliancePanel has been in business, it has trained thousands of regulatory compliance professionals from around the world.

These professionals, belonging to such varied geographies as the US and Japan and India and Canada, have been able to meet their regulatory compliance challenges on account of these trainings. These trainings are relevant, focused and valuable, and are from some of the best known regulatory compliance Experts found anywhere on this planet.

It is these trainings that have been hoping these professionals in the regulatory compliance arena gain more insights into regulations from the FDA, the EMA and other such bodies around the world. These trainings have been consistently helping them to meet these challenges, as they give them a better and sharper understanding of the implementing these requirements.

These regulatory requirements can pose hurdles to the most experienced and brightest of regulatory compliance professionals in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, life sciences and food and biologicals areas, but not to those who undertake professional trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. GlobalCompliancePanel’s panel of experts is here to help them overcome these challenges and hurdles.

This trend has been being witnessed from the time GlobalCompliancePanel entered the line of professional trainings. Any wonder then, that no fewer than 50,000 professionals have benefited from these trainings? What could be a better way of thanking such a huge base of customers than with this offer? GlobalCompliancePanel believes that a celebration should also be useful, and this is that this offer is!

Hurry up and enroll today. Happy learning!

 

 

Management systems should be built on expansiveness and versatility

Management systems should be built on expansiveness and versatility. Only such a system delivers results for an organization. First of all, let us get a basic understanding of a management system: It is a system that helps smoothens and streamlines an organization functioning, enabling it to go on without hiccups.

The purpose of a management system is to put the organization on the road to the destination it has chosen for itself. This is done by instilling a system in which there are a defined set of prescriptive and hierarchical documents, and are well-defined. A prudent management system is one that enables the organization to carry out a host of dispersed functions and activities, so that time and resources are spared.

What an organization’s management system should address is an important question. Ideally, it should consist of a set of standards and practices that addresses all the aspects of the organization’s safety, health and environment management. Such a management system greases the whole process and brings efficiency, consistency, cost-effectiveness and timeliness into it.

A pivot for health and environment management systems

Businesses that use their assets for setting up and creating inputs for the various standards around the functions are effective ones. This is a proven and effective method of optimizing the efficiency of management systems, and becomes the foundation on which decisions concerning the way resources are spent within the Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) scope of business are made. That is, a management system that becomes a hinge around which an array of functions can be performed is an efficient and effective one.

A proper management system has safety, health and environment at its core. The key to build an SH&E system that is designed along these lines is being able to first thoroughly evaluate their requirements. Organizations also need to have the farsightedness to anticipate the likely changes that could go into these functions over time. The management systems they build must have the strength, resilience and flexibility to absorb these changes. An organization that builds an SH&E system that fails to take these into account is doomed to failure and is sure to be a huge financial burden.

What can a management system that takes SH&E into consideration achieve?

The benefits of building an SH&E-accommodated management system are many. It can be used to or helps in:

o  Identifying everything that has to be managed within the function

o  Constructing a mechanism, tool, or process that manages each of those things identified. These are normally a set of standards, practices and programs that are built specifically for a particular function

o  Building the standard, practice or program so that it can be adjusted according to results

o  Building a measuring metric, benchmark or scorecard with both lagging and leading indicators

o  Building the management system in a way that is hierarchal in structure within the organization – (corporate sets and standards and the business unit builds the practice around the standard)

More on how to build a sound SH&E management

GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, will organize a two-day seminar in which the principles to adapt and the thinking needed to cultivate the outlook for building such a management system will be imparted.

The Director of this seminar is James J. Thatcher, President and Owner, Global Safety Solutions LLC., who is listed as an expert witness for operational, as well as safety, health, environmental, training and security issues in the Oil and Gas industry and the mining, minerals and chemical industry. Please register for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900844SEMINAR?linkedin_SEO .

This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

In-depth exploration of SH&E management systems

At this seminar, James will make an in-depth exploration of management systems in the health and environmental areas. A complete understanding of SH&E, plus Training and Security (TS), which are the functions around which standards and practices are built, will be offered. He will also offer a description of the 16 functions that cover the SHE & TS world in detail. This learning is important in helping participants understand ways by which to build a standard and practice around all these 16 functions.

The 16 functions that will have a standard and practice specific to the function are:

o  Hazard identification & control

o  Occupational health & industrial hygiene

o  Incident management

o  Emergency preparedness

o  Environmental

o  Regulatory compliance

o  Reporting performance

o  Managing risk

o  Managing safety

o  Management security

o  Verification & audits

o  Document & record management

o  Contractor & service provider management

o  Competency management (training)

o  Commitment, communication and implementation

o  Managing change

In addition, in order to enable clear understanding of the topics, James will also describe the role of supporting documents, associated programs, procedures or Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that are a part of the particular function being managed,.

How to build a complete Safety, Health & Environment Management System through Standards & Practices 2017

 

 

Course “How to build a complete Safety, Health & Environment Management System through Standards & Practices” has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

Overview:

A management system, by definition, is a process by which a function or functions are carried out in an organization by a series of hierarchal documents that are prescriptive, and set a particular path on which the organization manages its day-to-day operations.

A management system can be for one function, but more often than not, it incorporates many functions. Functions like accounting, engineering, banking, etc. have their own management systems, and the Safety, Health and Environmental, as well as Training and Security should have their own management system. This brings efficiency, consistency, cost effectiveness and timeliness to the entire process.

In order to work effectively, Corporate sets and creates (with business asset) input, the various standards around the functions

The SH&E, plus training and security are the functions we will build the standards and practices around. There are 16 functions that cover the SHE & TS world. We build a standard and practice around all 16 functions. Supporting documents, associated programs, procedures or standard operating procedures (SOP) will be a part of the particular function being managed. The 16 functions that will have a standard and practice specific to the function are:

  • Hazard identification & control
  • Occupational health & industrial hygiene
  • Incident management
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Environmental
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Reporting performance
  • Managing risk
  • Managing safety
  • Management security
  • Verification & audits
  • Document & record management
  • Contractor & service provider management
  • Competency management (training)
  • Commitment, communication and implementation
  • Managing change

Why should you attend :

Every organization in today’s business atmosphere, in order to be competitive and in compliance must have a comprehensive management system in place and operating smoothly. For those companies who do not understand this, the going is much harder and very much more expensive.

The standards and practices that are put in place act as the cornerstone for decisions being made relative to resources and dollars spent within the SH&E scope of business.

This process accomplishes the following:

  • Identifies the things that need to be managed within the function
  • Construct a process, tool, or mechanism that best manages each of those things identified
  • They are usually a set of standards, practices and programs that are built specifically for a particular function
  • Build the standard, practice or program so that it can be adjusted according to results
  • Build a measuring metric, benchmark or scorecard with both lagging and leading indicators
  • Build the management system in a way that is hierarchal in structure within the organization – (corporate sets and standards and the business unit builds the practice around the standard)

 

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • How to build a SH&E management system
  • How to evaluate its effectiveness
  • The tools you need in order to build a SH&E MS
  • How to implement the system with total management support
  • How to develop successful implementation plans, both with management and the workforce
  • How to tell the difference between a standard and a practice
  • How to understand how to design SH&E documents correctly
  • How to assess the risk of not having a MS process in place
  • How to roll the process out
  • How to communicate the process to those who can support the effort

 

 

Who will benefit:

  • EHS Managers, Directors, VP
  • Regulatory Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Production Managers, Directors, VP
  • Legal Managers
  • Quality Auditors
  • Operational Leaders (managers, directors, VP)

 

Agenda:

Lecture 1:

Process overview, Main elements of the SH&E MS, Process, infrastructure & system

Internal sources and External sources

What the regulatory agencies are looking for in a SH&E MS

Lecture 2:

System deficiencies

People, process & tools

Lecture 3:

The law perspective & risk analysis

Managing the risks through a systems approach

Lecture 4:

Non-conformance with expectations

Trending for results

Plan-Do-Check-Act

 

Day 2 Schedule

Lecture 1:

Process mapping tools

Creating the Standards & Practices (lots of examples)

Lecture 2:

Continue creating standards & practices

Lecture 3:

SH&E MS plan execution

Communicating the management system

Lecture 4:

SH&E documentation expectations

The MS review & approval process by management

Auditing the MS

How to roll it out – by stages

 

 

Speaker:

James Thatcher,

President, Global Safety Solutions, LLC,

 

James Thatcher the owner and President of Global Safety Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Divide, Colorado. Dr. Thatcher has 35 years of experience in the Oil and Gas, Metals/Minerals and Chemical industry, with management positions in engineering, operations, human resources, safety, health and environment, as well as training and security.

He has a MS in mechanical engineering, and a Ph.D. in psychology/organizational development. He has had many articles published in the Occupational Hazards Magazine, the VPP Leadership Magazine, IADC driller magazine, and through several organizations such as the National Safety Management Society and the World Safety Organization. He has presented at many seminars, summits, conferences, and association meetings for many years.

He is listed as an expert witness for operational as well as safety, health, environmental, training and security issues in the Oil and Gas industry and the mining, minerals and chemical industry. He is recognized in the Safety, Health, Environmental, Training and Security disciplines as an expert in these fields. He was the president of the National Safety Management Society for two terms, and is on their board of directors. He is closely associated with the World Safety Association, and is listed in the United Nations directory as an expert in the field of safety, health, training and security. He was the President of Technical Safety and Training Solutions, Incorporated, and consulted in the United States, Europe and South America.

I offer presentations for EHS conferences and summits, as well as for business group meetings in the area of EHS culture, values, systems, motivation, and inspiration. These messages are both timely and effective in helping to raise the bar in your EHS efforts.

 

 

 

Location: Baltimore, MD Date: April 6th & 7th, 2017 and Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

 

 

Venue: The DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport

Address: The DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport   890 Elkridge Landing Road – Linthicum, MD 21090

 

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