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Certified Leeds

02 November 2011

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is to use the Reset Certification Scheme (RCS) - a unique card and internet-based method of checking and logging the skills and qualifications of contract personnel which will be mandatory for the Trust’s contractors.

All checks are recorded and retained for seven years giving unparalleled reassurances to all RCS users. Gary Duce, managing director of Reset Training, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Trust, whose hospitals include the famous St James’s or ‘Jimmy’s’. The new contract means that the Trust can find out instantly whether both companies and individuals have the skills and accreditations to do their job. They’ve also adopted RCS Access, a bolt-on service to RCS, offering security alongside contractor management”.

Jon Craven, Acting Head of Estates at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, commented: “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.

“Reset’s system offers a secure and streamlined checking process which can reduce verification times by over 90 per cent. We have always taken Health and Safety very seriously and RCS will help us build upon what we have already achieved.” said Mr Craven.

Following major investment by leading Yorkshire businessmen, including ex-Medical House Chairman Ian Townsend, RCS is expanding quickly with a number of new employees joining the team in the last month, and plans for more recruitment in the near future.

Gary Duce commented: “We are already in negotiations with many other organisations including numerous NHS Trusts across Yorkshire and the UK and we are confident that others will follow the lead of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. Our scheme not only ensures compliance, but does so more efficiently than previous methods, saving valuable time and money.”

“Vastly improving economy without cutting corners is an attractive proposition to Facilities Management administrators across the country. It only takes a few seconds to verify the qualifications and skills of anyone visiting the Trust’s hospitals to carry out work using RCS”.

Jon Craven said: “Checking the competence of the dozens of contract and maintenance workers visiting our sites every day was a time-consuming and expensive process. When we saw the time savings RCS could deliver we immediately knew we’d found a real, efficient solution to our problem”.

Ian Townsend commented on his investment to Reset: “I do not invest my money lightly, so Reset had to tick all the boxes. And it did. Like all the best ideas, RCS is very simple and fulfils a need. It saves time and money and helps ensure a safe working environment. It crucially maintains an electronic record of competency checks for seven years.

“As its popularity spreads, I foresee a time when company directors, duty holders and health and safety managers will feel they cannot do without it. It’s an efficient way to comply with health and safety law, and if the worst happens, it provides a robust and reliable defence. The company has a tremendously bright future.”

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