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Homecare provider Caremark enhances links with IIRSM

National homecare provider Caremark has been busy forging strong links with the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) as it enhances its health and safety training, resources and provision for franchisees and their staff.

The internationally-recognised institute operates in 70 countries in a variety of industries, and was founded to educate the public on accident prevention and occupational health. Caremark’s national training manager, Lynda Goldsmith, is a Specialist Member of the IIRSM, and was recently accredited as a Registered Safety Practitioner by the body.

Lynda commented: “I am really delighted to have achieved this registration with the Institute on behalf of Caremark. Caremark Ltd is now an approved centre of training within our role of social care providers. Caremark undertook an accreditation process to achieve its approval status for all our training from the aspect of health and safety. This gives Caremark an international stamp of approval, as the IIRSM is an international organisation, which will have a double benefit for our international offices.”

Health and safety can be a tricky subject for homecare providers, who must also try to assess and minimise risk within clients’ homes as well as their offices. It’s something that Lynda feels strongly about: “For me the merging of the two worlds of health and safety and social care is really important. We need to bring the awareness of health and safety into the social care world, as care will affect everyone at some point in their life.

“Health and safety is a massive part of our job when we deliver care to adults and children. As well as being regulated by the Care Quality Commission, we are also governed by health and safety law to ensure people that we support are safe.

“Not many people realise this. This is something which people tend to think only applies to more industrialised working environments; however, as well as safeguarding our care workers, we have a duty of care to our franchisees as well, to ensure there is health and safety guidance in place within their offices.”

The accreditation with the IIRSM came through Caremark’s e-learning courses and blended learning system, authored by Lynda and written specifically to suit the homecare environment and reflect the franchise‘s system, policies and procedures. It was developed in partnership with Karen Hoskins, manager of the health and safety team with Essex Chambers of Commerce.

Caremark’s e-learning course is the first branded online training course for homecare workers accredited by the IIRSM. In addition, Caremark is now recognised by the body as an approved Centre of Training.

Lynda concluded: “Even people within the Institute and the industrialised world of health and safety will have been affected by care touching their lives in some way, whether for themselves or their family. It is important for them to realise that the social care industry has health and safety taped down.”

Lynda’s work within the Institute includes having been elected for the last year as secretary of the Executive Committee to the Dorset branch, with an invitation to open a Sussex branch as chairperson in the autumn.

Caremark Ltd

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