A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos –Rays Pet Scan and Ultrasound My day at the Royal Marsden

 

Life has been a bit hectic what with both of us with cancer now.

Last Thursday we had to travel to Ashford for Rays Pet Scan. this is a long process and I was nattering away to another carer while she was waiting for her husband.

The unit is run by a private firm which surprised me

PET scans are a type of test that create 3 dimensional (3D) pictures of the inside of your body. PET stands for positron emission tomography. The PET scan uses a mildly radioactive drug to show up areas of your body where cells are more active than normal. It’s used to help diagnose some conditions including cancer.

Now we have to wait for results.

On the way home the sat/nav took us through narrow country lanes so it was great to see places we didnt know existed, but it was a lovely country ride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday saw Ray at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital for a Ultra Sound on his neck and a bi-op. I sat in the car to be able to take a phone call from Ed Cook BBC

We had a long chat about a program we are filming for LASAG in Seven Oaks tomorrow 19 June.

I was amazed at how hot the car got no wonder poor dogs die in the heat. I was glad to get out and go and find Ray. He had the good news that his nodule in the throat was still very small so they are not doing a bi-op yet.

The weekend was quiet and I caught up with a bit of gardening as the rain has caused everything to grow up high and my neighbour wanted a plant of mine cut down as it had covered her house number she has swinging on a chain.

Monday (yesterday) saw us getting up at 4.30 to travel to the Marsden for my treatment. We were sailing along then on the M26 stop. A car had caught fire on the M25 at Clackets Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They didnt have to close all the road so we did squeeze by and couldnt believe we arrived on time at the RM.

Bloods done we sat and waited but when i saw the Doc I told him about my eyes. They are treating my hay fever but we are now waorried about the fact i have become very light sensitive until the drops work. I will get an appointment for an eye specialist. I worry that Immunotherapy might be causing this. It freaks me out when ever I get anything wrong as I just cant stop treatment.

They are waiting until the next scan confirms the meso is growing and the put me on a new trial,

I then had an appointment as I have entered a trial for Virtual reality intervention.

Safe space

SafeSpace is a unique app for Android and iOS mobile devices, providing immediate access to a sensory room experience wherever and whenever it is required.

The software has been designed to benefit children and young people with autism, learning and developmental issues or other neurological and emotional conditions; providing a solution whereby traditional methods of stimulation and support have been augmented and transformed like never before.

I chose a beach with waves and a palm tree and looked around found foot prints in the sand and wondered who had been there.

I have completed a huge amount of questionnaires. I have 3 more sessions and they will asses if cancer patients would benefit from this.

We have so much time on our hands when in appointments I think it would be a good thing.

I will report back to you all.

So tomorrow is an exciting day filming for the BBC for LASAG I will report back on that as well.

I seem to have caught up x

https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/

https://ramos72.wixsite.com/mnf-donation-info

A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos -A catch up on the news

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life has been busy and a whirlwind.

Since the Beacon International Cycle where they raised £5575k  my feet have touch the ground. What a wonderful sum of money and it is still rising.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had Meso Survivors Day which I of coarse played a part on social media. I have now survived 10 years. It is mixed feelings as so many mesowarriors have lost their lives in that time All I can do is keep speaking for them. Im a voice to keep their terrible disease in the public eye and raise all I can while Im still here is do all Im doing. Speaking where I can and raising Donations for research into this awful painful  asbestos disease.

I went to the Royal Marsden for my drug day. They had new growth as I reported in my last blog and now the pain is rising again in the back shoulder blade. Im expecting the date for my Bi-Op.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th June was our 59th wedding anniversary  a day to remember my wonderful father as he gave me away. Bless him and it is Fathers Day this Sunday.  xx

5th June we travelled to London to a Mesothelioma Alliance meeting at the GMB Offices. goodness they are are doing such a lot of building in the Eustan area it was like a obstacle coarse to get around it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray painted the shower room out Grey is the colour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th we went to the Kent University to meet Dr Louise Naylor who has a wide range of both academic and administrative experience in higher education and interests in supporting learning, teaching and research. She will be our Orator on the big day July 9th in Rochester Cathedral.

We showed her our speeches and we helped her with hers with all the info she needed.

We had a lovely lunch and spent a lovely couple of hours.

On the way home I called at the Garden centre and bought compost and plants. It was all to heavy for us to lift so got it delivered, we wouldnt have got the plants in as it rained all weekend. 2 months of rain in one day is unbelievable.

June 10th my plants arrived so I was able to plant up my pots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just got to wait for them to grow larger now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much mint I will have to make jars of mint sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th July was a LASAG support group meet up where we made plans for Mesothelioma Action Day July 5th.

We had a great talk from Sarah Collins Operations Director Of Cancer Care Group EKUFT a really new broom sweeping very clean I have high hopes things will be better in our East Kent Hospitals

June 12th Saw us up in London again for a MNF Board meeting and planning that big day in July 9th.

So that is part one written and part 2 gets even more hetic,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A huge thank you for all the people donating you know how grateful we all are for all your kindness.

 

A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos — Mr Nasty is rising up, Virtual reality Intervention Pilot Study, Involved in the training of new Chemo Pumps..

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all the excitement of Friday and the fabulous weekend of sunshine today was back to reality and the ride to the Marsden for scan results and treatment.

The traffic was brilliant and we went straight through (the schools must be on holiday still?)

We waited some time for bloods to be taken as it was a training day for the nurses.

Bloods taken we waited in the waiting room. There wasnt many patients coming in today so we didnt have any one to talk to.

Carol made us tea and toast as we were waiting so long which was sweet of her.

I had a visit from the lady who is running the virtual reality Intervention Pilot Study.

Based on the theory that introducing calm can help the cancer patient

I have signed up as I sit there for hours watching TV every 2 weeks so I will be doing something to help.

Based on this sort of thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELU-43DMNT4

Then the Doctor asked us to come in. He had my scan on the computer and then told me it was still growing. It was still very small but they can bi-op it now.

They have 2 drugs they want to use so I need another bi-op.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went to the Ultrasonic Dept and the doctor that is going to do the Bi-Op showed me Mr Nasty.

He looks like a black Pebble and she said he is the size of a finger nail. They want to hit him while he is small.

So she is going to talk to my Oncologist but she is at ASCO2019 in Canada.

I said dont forget I need July 9th free. But everyone seems to know about it xx

We went and had some lunch in a daze. the day we dreaded is back again and the fight is on again.

When my drug was ready I was called into the ward and then asked would I help out with the training of the new drug machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what all the training has been about today and I was the first patient. By being enclosed means less infection and also keep the nurses safe from the continual working with chemo.

So I had a gathering of all the nurses as I went through my treatment for the 45mins that it takes. A very Interesting day today.

 

A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #asbestos – The Mavis Nye Beacon Cycle Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I havent written a blog for some time as we have been catching up on things around the house. The garden looks back to normal and looking good with all the new flowers popping back up. if only we could change our seasons and have new bodies every year.

Ray decorated the bathroom so that looks very nice.

We got ready to go to Essex for The Beacon International Ride through England from Washington to Thurrock calling at each factory on the way down to raise money for the MNF  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/mavisnye-cyclechallenge?fbclid=IwAR1JkdDnQU9J1EuvCxsEoDy8GbTwFHqy2K20VabRSorq_nCB_poy85brcnE

Event details by Andy

About

We want to help raise as much money as possible to help the Mavis Nye Foundation continue with its working in developing treatments and finding a cure for mesothelioma.
Please give generously and you are welcome to cycle all or part of the route with us and ask your friends and family to sponsor you too.

Mavis Nye Beacon Cycle Challenge

After a visit to our factory from Mavis and Ray Nye, our staff were inspired to do something to help raise money for Mavis’s fantastic charity.
We have a team of cyclist who will be embarking on a gruelling challenge to help raise as much money as possible for the Mavis Nye foundation and also help raise awareness about mesothelioma and other lung diseases.
We plan to set of from our most Northerly depot in Washington in Tyne and Wear, we’ll cycle down to our  Leeds depot on day one. The next day we’ll set off from Leeds down to our central office and headquarters in Desborough in Northamptonshire. On the third and final day we’ll set off from Desborough down to our most Southerly office in West Thurrock just outside London.
The whole trip will be in excess of 350 miles, Mavis and Ray Nye will be waiting at out final location to receive our cyclist as they finish their mammoth journey.
Please give generously to this amazing charity which has done wonders for developing treatments for mesothelioma suffers.

Event date

29-May-2019 00:00  –
31-May-2019 00:00

Event type

Cycling

Event is completed

Louis came and picked us up and we had a good clear run across the Dartford Crossing to the depot at Thurrock where we sat in the office to wait for the 12pm arrival. It is 20 years since ray and I had sat in a working office and it bought back lots of memories of our working together in the Fire Alarm industry.

Happy days x

At 12 we were down stairs and the riders appeared around the corner and the fun began

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So a really great time was had by all and at 10.15pm last night the donations reached over the £5k target

Thank you so much to all those that have Donated and a huge thank you to Andy at Beacon for putting this event on and an even bigger thank you to the riders you did so well A huge mummy hug to you all xxx

I would like to finish with an article by Graham warren which sums up why Im so behind Beacon. i have visited the factory and Im amazed at what they have achieved to make Asbestos removal safer for the men in the enclosures Ray Gravener is a wonderful inventor and I can sit for hours listening to him. He has so much knowledge and the partnership between him and Andy Lewis Thomas is such a wonderful friendship. Im so proud to call these two friends.

Beacon International propose a revolutionary game

Beacon International propose a revolutionary game changer for the Licensed Asbestos Removal Industry

Graham Warren

Status is reachable

Graham Warren

Ray Gravener of Beacon International delivered a powerful talk at the BMTA Asbestos Seminar in Durham on 28th March on behalf of The Federation of Decontamination Equipment Manufacturers (FDEM), during which he offered his ideas for the improvement of air management within Asbestos enclosures for the Licensed Asbestos Industry. These aren’t just tweaks on the existing approach however; Ray has raised a series of concerns over current techniques and invested considerable time to develop his solutions that have resulted in a proposed fundamental redesign of how we undertake Licensed Asbestos removal. Here we explore Ray’s presentation and proposals.

So what are the issues behind this?

Ray’s work has identified that areas within enclosures could be missed by the incoming clean air even though we now have the higher ventilation rates taken from the HSL work which argued that a minimum of 1,000m3/hour created turbulence that resulted in mixing within an enclosure. His argument here is that the tracer gases used by HSL during RR988 simply do not work as a true model for Asbestos fibres. This stratification means fibres remain airborne for a long time and are not removed by existing arrangements meaning fibre levels will increase in some parts of enclosures away from what he terms the “Unidirectional zone” (see figure below). In addition fibres will stick to the walls which mean a higher risk of generating fibres during enclosure dismantling as well as having these still present where operatives are working.

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Another problem is the level of particles coming into an enclosure in the first place. The current method of drawing large volumes of air in from outside the enclosure also means large volumes of dust particles are drawn into the working enclosure where more particles are added in the form of Asbestos fibres. The general dust loading can cause problems with air testing as any analyst with an occluded filter will testify to.

The solution?

Ray has proposed a completely new style air inlet that disperses the incoming air around the edges of an enclosure to maximise the unidirectional zone and, thanks to the Coanda effect (a flow of air sticks to a surface it passes over, following curves), it scrubs enclosure surfaces clean and minimises the settling of fibres.

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This airflow inlet cannot be taken from a traditional airlock but here Ray has proposed an alternative that is commonly used on the continent which is, in essence, a 3 stage modular shower unit minus the shower with proper closing doors.

The next part is truly groundbreaking and overcomes the issue of pulling in large quantities of particles into the enclosure: the recirculation of NPU exhaust back into this new style air inlet in an almost closed cycle. Ducting attached to your NPU exhaust is channelled back round to these air inlets with only a small additional volume being drawn in each cycle (to create the pressure differential) and the same volume therefore being exhausted out of the cycle.

This recirculating also allows for a massive increase in the number of Air Changes per Hour (ACH) without creating a massive pressure differential that would increase the strain on enclosure fixings and seals. In addition by scrubbing the air clean through the HEPA filter over and over again at an elevated ACH rate this reduces fibre loading within the working enclosure, likely slashing current personal monitoring values for those undertaking Licensed Asbestos removal work.

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Away from asbestos risk the recirculating system can also readily introduce heating or cooling as necessary to help contribute to improved working conditions.

The finished enclosure has a unidirectional zone like this:

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Is recirculation a new idea?

According to Ray this was trialled over in America by no less an organisation than Ford but was abandoned as they could not overcome the issue of removing carbon dioxide from the air. Workers generate CO2 as they use up the Oxygen so within an almost sealed environment the CO2 level rises causing workers to slow down and feel tired and sluggish. Ray has overcome this with the addition of bespoke air inlets with a guide to ensure these are sufficient for the number of workers. In addition the smart ventilation controller explained next can have a CO2 level input allowing for this level to be monitored and managed accordingly.

Smart Controller

Beacon Internationals’ new smart ventilation controller controls the system automatically and is an essential component of the re-circulatory system. This has so many functions it’s impossible to list them all here but very briefly it can automatically control any number of NPU’s to ensure whatever pressure differential you require (-5 Pascals minimum) is maintained throughout a project. Data is automatically recorded and sent to the cloud allowing real-time monitoring and management of a job from the comfort of your beach chair. It also takes a large number of sensor inputs including pressure differential, CMH, temperature, gases and even particle counters.

Graham Warren ACAD Manager commented “The BMTA event had a great line up of speakers but the display and talk delivered by Beacon International was the highlight for me. Ray raised a lot of questions and shared his concerns with the audience on a variety of issues and it’s important these are looked into which is something ACAD will help support. It’s fantastic that our industry has such passionate people who are really striving to make a difference, and these latest new ideas from Beacon International really do provide a potential game-changer for us all.”

To find out more about these new products get in touch with Beacon International directly on 01536 762 939 or their website:

http://www.beaconinternational.co.uk/contact-us

Thank you xxx

A Diary Of A Mesowarrior #Mesothelioma #Asbestos — Ray and I spoke at The South West Occupational Health Nurses Group 30th Annual Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we travelled to Paddington to catch the train to Exeter, what a great service. Every 30 mins and a fast journey we were well pleased.

We got into a taxi then as it was 5 miles to the venue of the

South West Occupational Health Nurses Group 30th Annual Conference

At Dunchicdeok we seemed to travel in the moors up a time one track road and then we came across a jewel of a hotel Best Western Lord Haldon Country House Hotel is set in large, sumptuous private grounds with views over the surrounding countryside, giving you all the peace, quiet and quality you could possibly want. All our rooms are individually furnished and decorated, and many enjoy views over the rolling Devonshire countryside so youll be able to feast your eyes indoors and out!

The hotel is an ideal place to stay, but just as wonderful to return to. After a delightful day in Devon, which may include a trip to the Cathedral city of Exeter, a jaunt to the coast or a ramble across the moors, the Best Western Lord Haldon Country House is even more welcoming!

The history of the hotel is wonderful Haldon House (pronounced: “Hall-don”) on the eastern side of the Haldon Hills in the parishes of Dunchideock and Kenn,[2] near Exeter in Devon, England, was a large Georgian country house largely demolished in the 1920s.[1] The surviving north wing of the house, comprising the entrance front of the stable block, consists of two cuboid lodges linked by a screen pierced by a Triumphal Arch,[3] with later additions,[1] and serves today as the “Lord Haldon Hotel”.[4] The house was originally flanked by two such paired pavilions, as is evident from 19th century engravings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haldon_House

It is so different to the Hotels we have been in as it is a Hotel of the past. Staircases and tea pots –So graceful.

At 7.30 we went meet the other speakers and Dawn Wiltshire Green –a bundle of energy that never stops. She is dedicated to Occupational Nursing.

We went to bed knowing we had to get up early only I was woken up at 1.30 with someone trying to get into the room. I had already convinced my self there was ghosts as the building was so old. I lend over to tell Ray and he wasnt there. Yes it was him trying to find the bathroom in the dark and was trying to open the entrance door. Wrong!!!

I got the light on and laughed at my being so silly Ghosts !!! ha ha !!

Next morning after breakfast we joined everyone in the conference room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers were Chris Packham -Skin update

https://www.hsimagazine.com/author/chris-packham

Chris Packham is a partner at EnviroDerm Services, the consultancy concerned specifically with the prevention of damage to health due to workplace skin exposure. Chris has 36 years’ experience in the development of occupational skin management system

Water causes more problems to humans it is a chemical ??

Diana Kloss Gave us a coarse on GDPR I now know more about the subject http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/people/people-finder/prof-diana-kloss-mbe

Aaron Layton Consultant Audiologist gave a great talk on ear examinations

Aaron is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council and is a member of the British Society of Audiologists. Achieving a Distinction on his theory and a Merit on the practical qualifications in 2007 via the Hearing Aid Council, he has over 10 years of experience fitting all makes and models of hearing instruments.

Covering the South West, with Clinics at Nuffield Taunton, Nuffield Exeter and Dulverton, Aaron would also be able to see you in the comfort of your home or the newly opened Taunton centre.  All hearing assessments, fittings and wax removal can be done in your choice of locations with complete customer satisfaction our primary goal.  Please give us a call to book an appointment.

Diane Romano Woodward FOHN

Diane Romano-Woodward became interested in Occupational Health in the mid1980s when acting as a Safety Representative for the Royal College of Nursing. At this time she worked in Operating Theatres and this led to and interest in Hand Dermatitis and Latex Allergy which was just becoming an issue. She undertook a Master of Medical Science at the University of Birmingham in 1996 where her dissertation was on the prevalence of skin problems in operating theatre and oncology ward nurses. She became SCPHN by migration by portfolio. In 2015 she was made a Queen’s Nurse

Such great speakers and Ray and I spoke for an hour as well. Ray as usual went down very well and om pleased we put across the Patient Carer and told how we to are with BOHS, IOSH, ROSPA and The Locher Poject it all matched the info of Occupational Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They presented us with a £250.00 cheque for the MNFoundation which was very kind.

We headed for the station after saying our goodbyes and arrived home at 10pm very tired but very happy x

 

 

 

 

Ray and i also

A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos – A busy week but the highlight was the 12 Kings Bench Walk Seminar

 

 

 

 

 

A busy week this week

As Monday was a bank holiday I went to the Marsden on Tuesday.

The traffic was so bad so many lorries going past.

Then the Marsden was so busy as they tried to catch up. I was in a bed with 3 other women in the room so it was a very chatty day.

My veins played up though and the canula that was fitted in the morning was bent by the time my drug came up. I had so many nurses trying to get a new one in. Crazy!!!

I put on face book

The worse day at the Marsden My drug didnt come up until 4pm then even with a vein finder Im a pin cushion and 6 people couldnt find my veins We got home at 8.15pm what a day I hate Bank Holiday pile ups and I have another one coming up at the end of May.

We were shattered when we got home but we had to get up early to go back to London and to a MNF board meeting. It was a very heavy on with so much to talk about. Then we had a meeting with Erase Meso Paul Cook and his lovely wife. We talked about how we could help each other and work together.

We got home late again and then it was up and back to London for The 12 kings Bench Walk’s Annual Asbestos Seminar at The Barbican. We had lots of problems finding the right entrance and wished we had got a taxi. We really must be aware we cant walk far and got out of our depth a bit but arrive we did and had a great time mixing with our Friends.

The Seminar is very professional and its very interesting to be able to hear how law plays a part in claims. etc etc

Annual Asbestos Seminar 2019 Final Slides (1)

We got home late again and yesterday- Friday – I chilled right out but poor Ray had to get the Motorhome MOT’d

It passed though so we are very relieved although Ray had a lot of messing around with having to get tyres pumped up and a faulty valve had to be changed.

 

A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos – The ROSPA Conference in Edinburgh

I just dont know where to start!

I have had the most awesome experience in Scotland at the invite of ROSPA https://www.rospa.com/

No not the Royal Society of Road Safety that is just part of it but the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents. I seem to have moved into the area of prevention of Accidents which is really correct, we should prevent things happening rather than have to keep repairing after the event.

So that sets the scene of why I was travelling 4.5 hours out of Kings Cross to Edinburgh on Tuesday

RoSPA Scotland Conference 2019

This event is now fully booked

May 1, 2019 – DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre

The 2019 Scotland Conference returns on May 1, 2019 and in its 25th year will be supported by the HSE.

The Conference is the annual event for the health and safety community in Scotland. It’s a unique opportunity to discuss key issues facing professionals, through a range of updates case studies and interactive sessions.

The Scotsman had written a great piece to welcome us to this event https://www.scotsman.com/health/asbestos-victim-bids-to-prevent-deaths-with-work-safety-drive-1-4916199?fbclid=IwAR18_u-tptYFVh5AQtLKYpuUl4OrLc-QsyWT3nTsLalONmjosiI2q67r2Vw

Asbestos victim bids to prevent deaths with work safety drive

That headline was going to stick in my mind when I met David Foy and his Locher Project. But im jumping so back to arriving after a wonderful journey as we passed through Durham and saw the wonderful Cathedral that my ancestors on my Fathers side saw as the set off to work in the shipyards in 1800’s.and Newcastle as well –yes I have Geordie blood in my veins is that why Im such a determined woman ha ha !!

Then all the Northumberland coast line where and into Edinburgh.

We were soon in the hotel and had a great nights sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

09:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:30 Welcome and introduction from the Chair
Errol Taylor, Chief Executive, RoSPA

09:35 Tackling work related ill health conditions
Martin McMahon, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, HSE and Robert Atkinson, Organisational Lead (Occupational Health and Safety, NHS Health Scotland

  • Reviewing the findings from the PHASS Scottish Health and Work Summit held on 1st November 2018
  • Update on progress to tackle the big three work related health conditions
  • What you can do, to make a difference

10:05 Staying Alive: working at height panel debate

10:35 HSE investigations and you
Barry Baker, Head of Operations (Scotland), HSE

  • Why the HSE investigate
  • How the HSE investigate
  • What are the likely outcomes

11:05 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

11:25 The Scottish Mentally Flourishing Workplaces Collaborative
Shirley Windsor, Organisational Lead for Public Mental Health, NHS Health Scotland

11:55 Implementing workplace wellbeing initiatives
Kevin Daniels, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of East Anglia
Kevin’s talk will cover emerging findings of a review of the scientific literature on implementing workplace wellbeing initiatives. It will draw on case studies of organisations that have successfully implemented multifaceted wellbeing programmes and it will cover the specific areas of action required to make initiatives sustainable

12:25 Safety Party! What is your vision?
This is your chance to discuss the chosen hot topics with today’s speakers and present your opinions to your fellow colleagues.

12:55 Lunch, exhibition and networking

13:45 Personal and Organisational mentoring : routes to success
Dave Foy, Health & Safety Manager, Prestons College and John Johnston, Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor, TechnipFMC

  • The benefits of mentoring
  • The strengths of a mentor and how can you use your skills
  • The power of interpersonal skills in improving OHS standards and performance

David has asked Ray and I to help the LocherProject and I didnt hesitate as it is just what I enjoy, working with the young people 

https://www.safetygroupsuk.org.uk/campaigns/locher/about-the-locher-approach/

14:15 The Journey 
Mavis Nye, President, Mavis Nye Foundation
It really began in the 1950`s when aged 15 Mavis met Ray who was to become her lifelong  partner. 49 years later, Mavis was suddenly aware her breathing was laboured and made an urgent appointment with her GP. She was given the news she had mesothelioma and life expectancy of about 3 months. Mavis will share her story of how she was unknowlingly exposed to asbestos in this presentation.

Ray had people in tears again as usual his story of the past fitted in so well we must prevent it happening in the future.

But sadly my slides proved it was still carrying on now Asbestos is all around us.

14:45 Driving offences – minimising the risks of prosecution
Katherine Metcalfe, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons

  • How to guard against employees committing driving offences
  • When things do go wrong, protecting the organisation and supporting employees
  • Common pitfalls
  • Interest from the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland

15:30 Call to action
Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA OHS Policy Adviser, Head of RoSPA Scotland

Karen is a wonderful passionate about safety she also wants me to work closely with her –how can I refuse ha !!

15:45 Closing remarks from Chair

It was a great day and thank you all for such a interesting day.
The Blue Blazer on the corner has a blue blazer hanging sign
Back to London
We were on a packed train coming home but we were inspired and chatting and planning all the way home.