WORKFORCE: The acute trust internally realigned its health and safety functions at the beginning of this year.

The functions were transferred from the workforce directorate to the nursing directorate, as part of a new trust risk management policy.

Trust board papers state: “The health and safety and manual handling central functions of the trust have been within the workforce directorate until December 2010.

“They moved to the nursing directorate under the head of integrated governance and quality to align them with the central risk function to support the ‘enterprise risk management’ approach approved by the trust board in its risk management policy.”