History – The NASHiCS Story

The National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) focuses on the many aspects of health and safety affecting the Care Sector.

It was formed in October 2004 from the National Social Care Health and Safety Forum, being formally constituted in June 2006, but in existence under other names since May 1996.

The Association and its Members deal with regulatory bodies such the HSE; along with topics including transport for the disabled, communicable disease control, Legionella, falls prevention, manual handling techniques, restraint, hot water, dealing with aggression, lifting aids, fire safety, stress, first-aid, to safety training, building design and smoking.

NASHiCS membership has has grown steadily since its inception and now has a  membership throughout the whole of the UK. It celebrated it 15th Anniversary in 2019

Membership is open to all in the social care sector and is seeking to develop national links with other institutions, government bodies, enforcement agencies, and care sector associations, with an aim to have significant influence on safety and health in caring services

Our Mission:

To promote and improve safety and health in care practice by providing a sharing and networking forum to encourage the development and adoption of the highest professional standards

 NASHiCS Member Profile.
– Private Providers    –     Not- for-Profit Providers
– Local Authorities     –      Independent Providers
– Residential Homes  –     Children’s Services
– Home Care              –      Equipment suppliers
– Regulators              –     Training providers
– Consultants            –

National Conference for Safety and Health in Social Care is our principal event
Seminars/Forums are held at times during the year.
NASHiCS Networker events are held during the year at various locations throughout the UK.

Members have their own section in the website & receive regular issues of e-News  and other information on specific topics.

Past Chairs of NASHiCS

Roy Benjamin
National Chair 2004-2008

Lynda Coleman
National Chair 2008-2009








Past National Executive Committee Members.

Trudy Clements 2019-2021 Dimensions Ltd

Rebecca Brooks 2019-2021 Sunrise Senior Living

Richard Walder 2004-2018 Administrator 2004-2018 Retired

Aneurin Brown Hallmark Care Homes 2017-2019

David Vallender 2008-2018 Treasurer 2016-2018 Retired

Abbie McCrae 2015-2017

Gareth McManus 2015-2016

Trudy Clements 2013-2016- Treasurer 2014-2016

Bob Taylor 2013-2015 – Retired

Fiona Bentley 2011 – 2012

Margaret McIntyre 2005 – 2010 Chair Conference Committee 2005 – 2010.Retired

Mike Jones 2006 – 2009 Retired

Jill Barlow, Anchor Trust 2007 – 2007

Paul Whitaker, New Dimensions 2006 – 2007

Jan Burns, Skills for Care 2005 – 2007

David Simms, Leicester City Council 2004 -2006

Lynda Westrupp, City of Stoke on Trent Council 2004-2005