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#1 Posted : 27 February 2002 14:58:00(UTC)
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Posted By PatrickT
Colleagues, I am to attend an interview for a post as Risk Manager in a Local NHS Trust.

I am to prepare a presentation along the lines of;

"What are the National Documents that relate to Mangagement and Assessment of Risk in MHS'"

"Pick out 5 Key areas for improvement and explain why"

Input from colleagues regarding documents I may have missed / not digested, other than CAS, NCR (5yr), ICF, would be gratefully received.

Comments from colleagues in the Healthcare SG, giving examples of good / bad practice re Risk Management in MHS / Trust would be most useful.

Kind Regards

Patrick Teyhan TechSP
#2 Posted : 27 February 2002 18:11:00(UTC)
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Posted By Martin R. Bessant
Please see my comments on today's other thread you have posted. Why two postings on same subject on same day?
#3 Posted : 27 February 2002 19:29:00(UTC)
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Posted By peter
you need to look at the dept of health web site and look on coin for any circulars to trusts and health services on risk managament
you could also look at the institute of healthcare management site to see what they offer
if you already work in the nhs try searching the nhsnet for info
#4 Posted : 01 March 2002 13:46:00(UTC)
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Posted By Eddie Newall
You may find some of the following safety-related mental health web sites useful.

Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health includes examples of scenarios to be used in critical appraisal workshops. It also includes contents of Evidence-based Mental Health as well as guidance on evaluating prevalence studies.

Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Audit in mental health and psychiatry, including a clinical audit toolkit in mental health.

Department of Health National Service Framework on Mental Health discusses safety, crisis management, risk assessment, reduction in suicide rates etc.

Health Evidence Bulletins – Wales includes the Mental Health Bulletin covering various topics: http://hebw.uwcm.ac.uk

Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research costs £10 for registered nurses to join (£5 for students) and provides topics, which can be searched from the database. All searches are carried out by a post service.

Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee (SNMAC) report, Mental Health Nursing: ‘Addressing Acute Concerns’ is available on the Department of Health website

Young Minds, 102–108 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5SA, Tel: 0171 336 8445, promotes co-ordinated, multi-disciplinary and inter-agency care to foster the emotional psychological well-being of children. They publish a range of leaflets and resource sheets on mental health issues, hold regular conferences and events to promote greater understanding of mental health, inter-agency collaboration and analyses of policy issues, latest research and examples of good practice.

Email me at ewn1@cant.ac.uk if you want print-based resources.
#5 Posted : 01 March 2002 14:48:00(UTC)
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Posted By Jane Riley
Hi Patrick,

Apart from all the docs that our colleagues have mentioned, don't forget the obvious - Management of Health & Safety at work Regulations 1999, HSG 65, Controls assurance standards including the core risk management standard.

Hope this helps & that you've not got document overload!


#6 Posted : 03 March 2002 14:24:00(UTC)
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Posted By Phil Douglas

My comments assume you mean risk management as a profession, which is very different to H&S. H&S is just one element of risk management related to legal compliance.

There are no great secrets about risk management; people often describe it as the pessimistic application of recognised business principles and planning methodologies. The individual elements of risk management are in themselves very simple, not a deal of difference between the HSE five steps.

Improved corporate governance has been a feature of the last decade. Reports from the Cadbury committee, Hampel committee, Rutteman, Nolan and Turnbull, helped form a body of guidance on corporate governance, including risk management and internal control. I would imagine that these documents would relate to your issue. (search on the Webb, you will find them)

So what about five key areas for improvement? Try these:

· Financial
· Business
· Compliance
· Operational

If you look to Turnbull and general risk management you will find specific things under the above headings that need to be considered.

The NHS has a boatload of risks, probably many unmanaged. Recent TV reports about some trusts, give an impression that even where issues are identified, they remain unmanaged.

But just take financial for a moment, looking at Liquidity risk, risk, • Going concern problems, •Credit risk, • Interest risk, •High cost of capital, • types of fraud, • Miss- statement risk related to financial info, • Breakdown of accounting systems, • Unrecorded liabilities, • Unreliable accounting records.

Make improvements to the above, that work and even without further cash injections from the Government, you maximise the money you do get.

I realise that these are not health, examples, but if you have not worked in the NHS field, then it would be difficult to give specific examples, it may be best to demonstrate a good knowledge of the basic principles of risk management, as like H&S management, the principles can be taken into any workplace and applied. Like many of us Safety Practitioners do, when we move from industry to industry.

#7 Posted : 03 March 2002 20:09:00(UTC)
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Posted By PatrickT
Many thanks to colleagues who responded to my call for help.

I have now been for interview and will find out shortly, if I have been successful.

Kindest Regards

Patrick Teyhan

My thanks to Martin B for his input, (no e-Mail address)
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