Working groups

Terms of reference

‘Task and finish’ (T&F) working groups will be formed to deliver the work of the Forum, with their leaders and main participants established by the Forum.  The Chairs of these working groups are free to invite further representation from beyond the Forum’s membership, as they see fit.

Chairs of each group are responsible for organisation and convening meetings as appropriate.

Chairs are to provide an update on progress for their group at each meeting of the Forum.  When appropriate, copies of any draft products (e.g. guidance; case studies etc.) should be provided in advance of the Forum meetings to allow time for consideration by members.

A summary is provided below of the purpose of the current working groups for the Forum. T&F groups are free to amend these as required.

Purpose of group

1. Mapping

The initial aim is to identify and list the nationally recognised standards, expectations and guidance that both dutyholders and regulators should be working to. This will help dutyholders challenge inconsistent regulatory decisions. The group should also attempt to list training courses that help meet these standards, where applicable.

Rather than seeking to create or rewrite guidance, the group should focus on identifying what is deemed to be “compliance”.  The aim is to signpost and communicate what already exists.  Output could be ‘stand-alone’ (short term), or form part of a much more comprehensive 'knowledge architecture' (longer term).

The group should consider dutyholders’, workers and service users ’ views about issues that have caused problems, to ensure that these are included in the references. 

2. Sensible management of  risk

This group should aim to gather in, and publicise, a wide range of well-articulated risk management case studies.  The group should also explore difficult interface issues, for example between safety and individual freedoms and dignity, and how they were sensibly reconciled. 
Of particular interest are situations that are not typically cited in guidance (e.g. in domiciliary care). The group needs to consider the views of dutyholders about what, in practice, causes problems. Reference to the NASHiCS 'bank of risk assessments' may be useful.

3. Commissioning

The BIS report on adult social care provides important context for this group.  The group should consider the roles and duties of commissioners and how these sit alongside those of regulators.  Commissioners should ensure that the safety and needs of workers and service users are adequately catered for, whilst at the same time ensuring that unnecessary burdens are not placed on providers.

Outputs will include guidance on how health and safety requirements should be applied to the commissioning process including case studies of how things work well or otherwise.

Membership of groups

The current membership of these groups, whilst subject to change, is summarised below:

Mapping

Sensible management of risk

Commissioning