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Local hospital wins gold in national awards for putting safety first

20 Apr 2015 10:06:42
ROSPA 2015

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has won a gold award for preventing accidents on its hospital and community sites. Only organisations that maintain high standards in consecutive years can win gold medals.
The Trust has been awarded the prestigious award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as part of their RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015.

The RoSPA Awards date back 59 years and recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work. The scheme is open to organisations of all types and sizes across the UK and overseas. Judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.”

Tracey McErlain-Burns, the Trust’s Chief Nurse, said: “We have extremely busy hospital and community sites with patients transferred from wards to theatres and between departments in hospital and community settings, or being pushed in wheelchairs down busy corridors, as well as portering and housekeeping activities 24 hours a day. The safety of our staff, patients and visitors is a paramount. Achieving a gold award is testament to the team, and I thank them for doing a fantastic job.”

See www.rospa.com/awards/ for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

For more information about the work of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, please visit: http://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/ You can also join the 2,961 followers we have on Twitter @RotherhamNHS_FT or ‘like us’ on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheRotherhamNHSFoundationTrust.  

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