Day 11 – Mike Cousins, health and safety manager

What do you do for the Trust?

I am the Trust’s health and safety manager and local security management specialist (LSMS). I am part of the compliance team, corporate governance. I cover all aspects of health and safety for the Trust, including acute and community services. The LSMS part of my role includes tackling violence against staff.

My role is divided between proactive work, such as writing policies, procedures and guidelines, and reactive work, which centres around accident investigation, learning and making recommendations to try and prevent a recurrence, working with other specialist advisors/departments and those affected by an incident.

What makes you proud of your work?

I like to think the work we undertake as a team makes a difference for the benefit of staff and patient safety and security.  A safe place of work for staff is also a safe place for patients.

I think one of my proudest moments this year was the management of ligature risks work I was involved in. This work was to raise awareness amongst staff of the risks associated with patients who are at risk of self-harm or suicide whilst in our care and measures to take to minimise this risk. Our work is being cited as an example of best practice and has been shared with other acute hospitals via the South West Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Group and will be adopted by a number of other trusts.

What was your highlight of 2018?

I was part of a working group concerning making reasonable adjustments for a member of staff with a vision impairment.  Working with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, our Trust has led the way regarding risk assessment and adjustments to enable them to work on inpatient wards with a guide dog.  I was just part of this work, which was a highlight for me as we set a standard for others to follow.

Outside of work: completing my 177th Parkrun at Bushy Park with my daughter!  Another was being part of a family holiday, surprising my dad in Tenerife for his 70th birthday.  The look on his face when he saw all of his grandchildren and great grandchild was priceless.

Top tip for a great Christmas?

  1. If the shop assistant tells you the gift you have just bought for a child is easy to assemble, they are probably lying
  2. Wrap presents as you buy them
  3. Join the turkey fan club and go veggie

Last updated: December 11, 2018