NHS success for skills guarantee

Skills guarantee: Marking the NHS breathrough are, from left, Reset's Gary Duce, Jon Craven and Ian Townsend.

Skills guarantee: Marking the NHS breathrough are, from left, Reset's Gary Duce, Jon Craven and Ian Townsend.

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Innovative, internet-based technology for checking the skills and safety of contractors’ staff has gained an important foothold in the health service for its Sheffield-based inventors.

The Reset Certification Scheme is the brainchild of Ecclesfield-based Reset Training and is being tested at two Leeds hospitals with the aim of being rolled out across the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The scheme is based on what looks like a cross between a credit and an identity card, complete with a 16 digit “account” number and photograph of the holder.

Skills, qualifications and accreditations held by the cardholder are recorded on a secure computer system which can be accessed over the Internet by approved personnel at the location where the contractor is working.

Jon Craven, from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This is an exciting new initiative for us, which will save the Trust both time and money.

“Up until now, compliance with HSE guidelines required us to carry out detailed checks on contractors and service providers. This system will make that process much easier.

“We are commencing a trial at St James and Leeds General Infirmary, which if successful, will be rolled out across the whole Trust.”

Sheffield entrepreneur Ian Townsend, who is backing Reset, believes a time will come when company directors, duty holders and health and safety managers will feel they cannot do without the Reset Certification Scheme.

“The company has a tremendously bright future,” said Mr Townsend.

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