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Managing stress in health and social care

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Managing stress in health and social care

Work-related stress is a major cause of sickness absence in health and social care. If stress is not properly managed it can be associated with poor health and well-being, lower productivity and increased sickness absence.  Work-related stress is a priority topic in HSE's draft Health and Work Strategy and Public Services Sector Plan.

You can use HSE's Stress Management Standards to help manage the causes of work-related stress through a risk assessment approach. They identify six key areas which, if poorly managed, can be sources of stress at work and describe good management practice in each of these areas. HSE's stress web pages have more tools including: an example stress policy; a checklist for risk assessment; a template action plan; a competency framework for line managers; and, case studies to help manage stress.

If stress is an issue in your organisation, then this needs to be managed.  You are not obliged to use the Management Standards but you should have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

If you are experiencing problems that you think may be caused or aggravated by your work, speak to someone – your line manager, occupational health provider or your GP.

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    Police use of restraint in mental health and learning disability settings

    A new Memorandum of Understanding has been published in England and Wales which describes the respective roles of the Police and mental health care providers where Police assistance may be required to restrain a patient. It does not provide any new or additional duties, but gives clarification on existing liaison responsibilities to ensure a safe outcome for the patient. It has been produced by the Mental Health and Restraint Expert Reference Group whose members include the College of Policing, Department of Health, Home Office, regulators including HSE, charities and professional bodies. 


    Decontamination: Protecting first responders, healthcare workers, patients and the public

    Airborne disinfection, air purification and other interventions can be used to limit the spread of infectious microorganisms, such as MRSA and Ebola. Health and Safety Laboratories (HSL) microbiologists use their considerable experience of decontamination testing for the evaluation of products and equipment used in areas such as biosafety, biosecurity, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. HSL's decontamination service has informed effective decontamination of areas such as hospitals, emergency vehicles and accident sites. We have also advised on decontamination in the event of malicious releases, protecting the workforce and public from infection.  Follow this link to read more in HSE's Annual Science Review (Page 25).

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