RR810 - Health surveillance - a time for change? Workshop proceedings 07/08 July 2009
Background: HSE's existing health surveillance (HS) guidance (HSG61) was last edited in 1999 and is in need of review.
Workshop Aim: A workshop involving key stakeholders aimed to provide a process by which key areas for improvement in HSG61 could be identified along with workable solutions.
Main Outputs: Delegates were assigned to one of three syndicate exercise groups. The primary output of the workshop was a set of ideas for improvement and solutions. These were captured in the contributors' own words and are shown in the report in twenty-six tables.
Conclusions: The common themes that emerged across the three-syndicate groups were the need to:
- clarify HSE's definition of HS and how it will enforce on HS;
- define the streams of competency for delivering HS;
- connect HS with a risk assessment (RA) process;
- publish clear and targeted guidance;
- improve models of communication;
- develop a 'learning cycle';
- include 'cost benefit' information; and
- use and validate appropriate tools to conduct HS.
Next Steps: The primary workshop outputs will be utilised in the selection and prioritisation of proposals for future workstreams for consideration in HSE's planning process and in further engagement with stakeholders.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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