Risk Management is a systematic approach to minimising exposure to risk by operating a risk management suite of policies, procedures and practices that work in unison to identify, analyse, evaluate, address and monitor risk.
The Trust aims to establish a philosophy which ensures that risk management is embedded within the culture of the organisation and is an integral part of its operating systems and processes. The Trust actively encourages and fosters innovation and creativity however it recognises that alongside this risks need to be clearly identified, interpreted and proactively managed.
Robust risk management is central to the effective running of the organisation and therefore it is the responsibility of all managers and staff throughout the Trust.
The assessment and management of all risks is intended to manage out the potential for adverse events to occur. It is recognised that not all risks can be eliminated or avoided therefore when things do go wrong, a culture that values learning rather than blaming helps to promote a response that encourages the reporting of adverse events. This in turn provides the necessary information and subsequent actions to help minimise the risk of such incidents recurring. This can be achieved through partnership working and the involvement of all, including our service users and their carers.
The Trust has is a legal requirement to ensure that assessments of health and safety risks to employees, and the organisation are carried out, and should be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that they remain accurate and valid. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (As Amended 2002) require that employers carry out assessments of the risks created by their operations, which may affect their employees, users of their services or anyone else who might be affected. Furthermore, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 highlights the commitment required of senior management to take reasonable steps to protect employees, users of their services or anyone else who might be affected where risks are created by their operations; therefore the implementation of robust risk management systems is of paramount importance.
This framework therefore lays out the Trusts systematic approaches to risk management.
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