Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a major cause of injury, ill health and sickness absence in the NHS. But they can be prevented through appropriate control measures in adherence with health and safety legislation.
The Health and Safety Executive has highlighted the need for workplaces to do more to improve compliance with this legislation, to help prevent work-related MSDs.
This 90-minute webinar explored new musculoskeletal guidance from the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group. It looked at how the guidance can support employers to ensure measures are in place to keep their workforce healthy and safe.
The session was hosted by Jenny Michael, head of health and safety at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, and Kim Sunley, health, safety and wellbeing national officer at Royal College of Nursing; co-chairs of the NHS Staff Council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group.
Attendees also heard from the Health and Safety Executive and from colleagues across health and care who specialise in this field. There was also an opportunity for a Q&A via the online chat.
- Martin McMahon, HM inspector of health and safety at the Health and Safety Executive.
- Louise Church, Health, safety and wellbeing national officer at the Royal College of Nursing and staff side member of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group.
- Claire Smith, head of wellbeing at work at Health Education and Improvement Wales and management side member of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group.
- Isaac Ferneyhough, clinical lead/head of moving and handling at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust and management side member of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group.
- Chris Quarrie, human factors specialist at the Health and Safety Executive.
View and download the full webinar slide pack below:
This guidance mentioned on this webpage was developed by the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group (HSWG), through partnership working between unions, management, and specialist advisors.
HSWG recognises that partnership working ensures best outcomes for patients and staff in protecting their health, safety and wellbeing and wishes to ensure this guidance is implemented with the same partnership approach.
Find further HSWG resources to support you in your organisation.