A health and safety approach to risk identifies 5 key steps

A health and safety approach to risk identifies 5 key steps: Identify the hazard, Identify the risk (who may be harmed and how), Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions, Record findings and implement them, Review the risk assessment and update if necessary. Disability Discrimination Act 2005, Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010.
Stroke patient or amputee – if in a wheelchair assessing the patient and asking them if they can transfer to the camera chair when they are due to be photographed. Assessing the mobility and if required sourcing additional help when necessary. If the patient feels they cannot transfer, ensuring they are comfortable and their needs are met by not letting them feel awkward. Assisting the patient/family member/carer in positioning the wheelchair, and moving the camera towards the patient. Confirming the patient feels comfortable at all times. Using additional aids such as an ‘Angel Cushion’ for gentle support designed for assisting the patient to reach the camera adequately.
Interpreter – making sure an interpreter is present or able to be contacted via language line if the patient is non-English speaking. This ensures we get the correct and necessary information from the patient but also that they understand the procedure and to make sure they are placed in the correct pathways.
Annual risk assessments are completed on each clinic by all staff members who work in the clinic rooms, however, basic risk assessments are done mentally on each patient as they enter the clinic room e.g. adaptations to the clinic room –moving chairs to accommodate wheelchairs.


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