12 May

OH care for GP practices

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Governmentto phase in OH service for GP practice staff under NHS planGPsand practice staff are to get access to an occupational health service for thefirst time, under new government plans.Theinitiative, unveiled by health minister John Hutton at the end of June, willmean GPs and primary care staff will be provided with regular risk assessmentsto identify workplace hazards, pre-employment health assessments and access toOH nurses and physicians.Theywill also be offered immunisation, boosters, blood tests and counsellingservices.Whilethe services are being established – they are due to be up and running by nextMarch – a local telephone service will be set up offering advice onoccupational health and safety.NHStrust and health authority staff have long had access to OH services, but GPsand their staff have not – although some authorities make services availablethrough locally financed schemes.Huttonsaid, “GPs and their staff work very hard – doing a great job underpressure. That is why introducing these services is so important. By improvinghealth and safety in their work lives, GPs and their staff will be able to makethe best contribution to improving patient care.”DrPeter Verow, consultant occupational physician at Sandwell Health Care Trust,said the development had been “long awaited” but it would take sometime for OH services to gauge what level of demand was needed.GPpractices vary in size and complexity with some simply wanting health andsafety advice and others a full OH service.Thelocal OH service would first need to negotiate with the health authority orprimary care trust to agree on an appropriate level of service, he argued. Butthe best route was to have a dedicated OH nurse to establish and develop the service.”Ifit is just part of a job of another OH person in a unit then there is a dangerit becomes another service that is not pushed,” he said.TheGovernment’s NHS Plan, published last summer, pledged to invest £6m in 2001/02,and a further £2m in 2003/04, to make OH services available to GPs and theirstaff. www.doh.gov.uk/healthandsafety Previous Article Next Article OH care for GP practicesOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

4 May

USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea Authorities View post tag: Ends Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), successfully completed a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) the afternoon of July 20. July 23, 2014 The RAS lasted roughly two hours with more than 120,000 gallons of fuel being transferred to Roosevelt. Byrd is one of 12 dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command that provide underway replenishment of fuel to U.S. Navy ships at sea. Byrd pulled alongside the Roosevelt to coordinate the transfer of fuel lines from one ship to the other.The RAS began when the two ships were traveling parallel to each other moving at the same speed. Once the ships are at a close enough proximity, Sailors shot a phone and distance line from the receiving ship to Byrd to establish communication and help keep accurate distance between each ship. Once communications were established, the process of transferring the fuel lines began.“Without proper teamwork, the whole evolution could completely come apart,” said Cmdr. Jason Reller, commanding officer of Roosevelt. “It takes the diligence of both ships to ensure a successful RAS.”Once the fuel transfer hoses successfully coupled the ships, the refueling could begin.Roosevelt is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security co-operation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, July 23, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Replenishmentcenter_img View post tag: americas USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea View post tag: Defence View post tag: sea Share this article View post tag: USS Roosevelt View post tag: Navallast_img read more