Related links

The following links may be useful for safety practitioners with healthcare responsibilities. By using these links, you will move to external sites. IOSH and its Healthcare Group are not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

NHS Clinical Evaluation Team
Established in April 2016, the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team reports to the Clinical Reference Board under the NHS Business Services Authority.

British Institute of Occupational Hygienists
BIOH is the professional body for occupational hygiene in the UK.

European agency for safety and health at work: healthcare
European information on health and safety at work in the health care sector, including hospitals, clinics and old peoples’ homes.

Health and safety responsibilities for directors and management board members
This report brings together the results of three surveys in 2001/02, 2003 and 2005 of the extent to which there is board level direction of health and safety in large private and public sector organisations.

Health Education Board for Scotland (HEBS)
HEBS have launched an online resource on their website called, Clear Directions. It offers information on how to create and manage successful health events and an interactive event planner enables organisers to collaborate with their team. Clear Directions guides you through the planning process step by step; from deciding the aims and objectives of your health event right through to evaluating its success.

HSE newsletter - subscription page

Low risk of exposure to asbestos containing textured coatings
New research, commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), on asbestos confirms that risks from asbestos containing textured coatings (TCs) are much lower than previously thought. The new research published recently supports the proposal that work with textured coatings will no longer require a licence. 

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) helps to safeguard public health by working with users, manufacturers and legislators to ensure that medical devices meet appropriate standards of safety, quality and performance and that they comply with relevant Directives of the European Union.

The National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) is open to all those who are interested in health and safety in the social care sector. The website contains news and events pages, a Members Area, a picture gallery and joining details among other items.

New guidance on managing shift work
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a new book that aims to improve the understanding of shift work and its impact on health and safety. More than 3.5 million people are employed as shift workers in the UK. They work in a wide variety of industries including the emergency services, healthcare, the utilities, transport, manufacturing, entertainment and retail. Poorly designed shift-working arrangements and/or long working hours may put them at risk of fatigue, accidents, injuries and ill health.

Science and Research Outlook website

The development of a fatigue / risk index for shift workers
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has funded the further development of the Fatigue Index, a practical tool to help assess the relative levels of fatigue associated with different shift patterns. As well as a research report describing the development work, also available is a calculator tool and its associated user guide. These will be particularly useful for anyone concerned with assessing the risks of fatigue from shift work.

Violence and aggression in management training for trainers and managers
The delivery of workplace violence management training constitutes a central part of the Healthcare sectors strategy for combating work-related violence and aggression.

Care Quality Commission | Homepage

Foundation Trust Network  

The’ Essential Standards of Quality & Safety’, describes the essential standards of quality and safety which providers of care services must comply with.

Health & Safety Professionals would find the following areas and outcomes of particular interest:

Safeguarding and safety, Outcome 8: Cleanliness and infection control, Outcome 10: Safety and suitability of premises and Outcome 11: Safety, availability and suitability of equipment.

Suitability of staffing, Outcome 12: Requirements relating to workers, Outcome 13: Staffing , Outcome 14: Supporting workers

Safer Needles Network
The Safer Needles Network is aimed at those concerned with reducing needlestick injuries and blood borne exposures. Second only to back-injuries as a cause of occupational injury amongst NHS workers, an on-going RCN surveillance project suggests that as many as 100,000 needlestick accidents occur in the UK every year.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  Health  and Social Care Services
This website provides information about managing the risks in health and social care that can affect employees and users of these services.
It will help those responsible for health and safety to manage the risks and provide regular updates on relevant issues.

Health & Safety Laboratory
Their work ranges from helping to control the hazards posed by industrial plant, through to assisting in the management of the occupational health of workers. A key requirement running through all of this is an understanding of human behaviour in workplace environments.

NHS Employers – Health, Work & Wellbeing

NHS Protect - NHS Protect leads on work to identify and tackle crime across the health service.
Aims to protect NHS staff and resources from activities that would otherwise undermine their effectiveness and their ability to meet the needs of patients and professionals.

Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health in Healthcare (POSHH)

ECRI Institute

Infection Prevention Society  


Healthcare Professional bodies:

General Medical Council (GMC)  - The GMC regulates doctors. HSE has a Memorandum of Understanding with the GMC which is an agreed framework for co-operation and collaboration between the two organisations. The Memorandum sets out the respective roles and responsibilities and outlines mechanisms in place for effective liaison relationships.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - The NMC regulates nurses and midwives 

General Dental Council (GDC)  - The GDC regulates dental professionals in the UK. This includes dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists.

General Optical Council (GOC)  - The GOC regulates optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.  

General Chiropractic Council (GCC)  -The GCC regulates chiropractors.

General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)  -The GOsC regulates osteopaths.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC)  - The GPC is the regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  The HCPC regulates 15 healthcare professionals: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dieticians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists. From 1st August 2012, the HCPC also assumed responsibility for regulating social workers in England.

The work of these professional bodies is regulated by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) .  The CHRE aims to protect the health and well-being of patients and the public by scrutinising and overseeing the work of regulatory bodies that set standards for training and conduct of healthcare professionals.




Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  - The HCPC is the regulator of the social work profession and social work education in England.

NHS Litigation Authority
A not-for-profit part of the NHS, who manage negligence and other claims against the NHS in England on behalf its member organisations.



Scottish NHS
Scottish Health on the Web (SHOW)is website for the NHS in Scotland. As part of the Scottish Executive Health department's commitment to improving Public/Patient Focus and Quality this website has been developed. The site contains information on work taking place throughout Scotland, information on forthcoming training events and online access to the Building Strong Foundations toolkit. It also has links to Safety Action Notice Bulletins and other health, safety and risk information.

CNORIS or the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnification Scheme for the NHS in Scotland is designed primarily for health professionals.

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)  - The SSSC is the regulator of the social work profession and social work education in Scotland.

Care Inspectorate
In April 2011 the Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) was created to scrutinise social care, social work and child protection services. In September 2011, their everyday name became the "Care Inspectorate" although the formal name (SCSWIS) as set out in legislation was not changed.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) was formed on 1 April 2011. The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) , which was set up in April 2009, is now part of HIS. HIS' focus is to reduce healthcare associated infection risk to hospital patients, to improve the care of elderly patients, and to regulate independent healthcare services through an inspection framework.



Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)
HIW is responsible for reviewing the quality and safety of patient care commissioned and provided by healthcare organisations in Wales.

Care Council for Wales (CCW)  -The CCW is the social care workforce regulator in Wales.

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)
- In Wales, CSSIW regulates social care, early years services and Local Authority care support services. Regulation includes registration, inspection, and investigation of complaints, compliance support and enforcement.


Northern Ireland:

HSENI - Health Industry Web Page

RQIA - The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is Northern Ireland's independent health and social care regulator



Health & Safety Authority - Healthcare Sector web page


Regulators of Services

Health Information and Quality Authority

Mental Health Commission


Regulators of Professionals

An Bord Altranais

Dental Council

Health & Social Care Professionals Council

Medical Council of Ireland

Opticians Board

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI)

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)


Regulators of Products

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

Irish Medicines Board (IMB)

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII)




ACSQHC - The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

SIA – Safety Institute of Australia

New Zealand

HQSC- Health Quality & Safety Commission

Home-Based Health Care Services - Health & Safety Guidelines

The Provision of Facilities & General Safety and Health in the Healthcare Industry – Guidelines


OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Healthcare Industry Section

ASSE -  American Society of Safety Engineers – Healthcare Speciality