Learning for life: health action zones

Life
Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are the processes
by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice.

There
are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses, study days
and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection. Reading
articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-date with what
is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifying what you
have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to help you to
identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will also help
you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understand and
what you need to explore further.

1
Saving lives: Our Healthier Nation is an action plan for:

a)
Saving lives, improving health and community projects
b) Saving lives, community projects and tackling inequalities
c) Saving lives, improving health and tackling inequalities
d) Improving health, tackling inequalities and community projects

2
Saving lives: Our Healthier Nation is a three-way partnership between:

a)
Individuals, employers and government
b) Employers, communities and government
c) Communities, Government and individuals
d) Individuals, employers and communities

3
SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises are organisations employing:

a)
<500 people with a turnover of <£45m
b) <250 people with a turnover of <£27m
c) <1000 people with a turnover of <£60m
d) <750 people with a turnover of <£50m

4
What type of survey was undertaken to explore the occupational health and
safety needs of Sandwell?

a)
A business survey?
b) A risk assessment?
c) A health needs survey?
d) A health assessment?

5
Sandwell’s economic past was rooted in:

a)
Agriculture
b) Manufacturing
c) Commerce
d) Finance

6
In Sandwell the most reported occupational injury is:

a)
Strains and sprains?
b) RSI (repetitive strain injury)?
c) Needle stick injury?
d) Back pain?

7
SMEs will be able to access:

a)
An occupational health nurse?
b) A telephone advisory service?
c) A 24-hour health and safety adviser?
d) Occupational health advice via GPs?

8
Examples of key related problems outlined in the National Service Framework
are:

a)
Obesity and heart disease
b) Cancer and heart disease
c) Obesity and heart disease
d) Heart disease and back pain

9
Smoking cessation and alcohol management schemes are examples of:

a)
Healthy Employer initiatives
b) Health and Safety initiatives
c) Government recommendations
d) Community health promotion initiatives

10
What is one of the major difficulties encountered by the Workwell project?

a)
Finance?
b) Statistical evidence?
c) Government support?
d) Evaluation?

Feedback

1c
Obtain and read a copy of references 1 and 2. 2c 3b 4a Before carrying
out any other type of survey or assessment it is important to know and
understand the type of businesses that require occupational health and safety
advice. Risk assessment, health needs surveys and health assessment follow on
after the business survey. 5b 6d Read the article ‘Back Statements’ on
June 2000 issue of OH. Obtain the accident statistics from your organisation.
Is back pain the most reported injury? If not why not? Is it because of the
pro-active work OH and safety has done to prevent back injury? Explore and
discuss this with your colleagues. 7b 8b 9a 10d

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