An innovative new model has been launched in Lancashire for healthcare staff to provide evidence based, skilled, timely and appropriate advice and support to protect vulnerable adults and children at risk of harm from abuse and neglect, known as safeguarding.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust launched the Safeguarding Adults and Mental Capacity Act Champions model by hosting a conference at the Samlesbury Hotel in Preston. Throughout the Trust there are Safeguarding Champions who are key contacts in each team equipped with the latest knowledge and can support colleagues with any queries or issues they have around this area. The event included presentations from Champions, members of the Safeguarding team, plus representatives from partner organisations and Jake Berry MP for Rossendale and Darwen.
Max Marshall, Medical Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“At Lancashire Care we are dedicated to ensuring the prevention of harm or risk occurring to anyone involved with our services. Looking out for the most vulnerable people and those at most risk is of paramount importance to us. Safeguarding vulnerable people who receive our services can only be achieved through a highly skilled, collaborative, knowledgeable and competent workforce.
“The conference allowed us to share the different challenges and approaches safeguarding brings to both the organisation as a whole and to individual clinicians. It was also a chance to highlight that safeguarding is not just about procedure but also providing compassionate, ethical and non-judgmental treatment and care. I would like to thank our partners for coming along and sharing their knowledge and experience to help strengthen the service provided across Lancashire.”
Marie Gibbons, Safeguarding Adults Named Nurse and Mental Capacity Act Lead for Blackburn with Darwen who organised the event said:
“The event was a huge success and showcased the dedication, commitment and passion of our staff, Safeguarding Champions and partners across the county. It demonstrated that by working together and sharing our knowledge as agencies we can make a difference to the lives of the vulnerable people we work with.
“We have applied our expertise as a safeguarding team in developing staff who have volunteered to take on the champion’s role for the benefit of our patients, carers and our staff alike. When dealing with concerns of abuse and neglect, it is of paramount importance the right support is provided at the right time and is tailored to each circumstance. By ensuring a champion is ‘within arm’s reach’ of every member of staff in the organisation, means that timely support can be provided to those who require our assistance.”
Jake Berry MP said of the conference:
“This was a really useful event to highlight the issue of Safeguarding. I would like to put on record my appreciation to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust for arranging this conference and offer my thanks to the staff for their dedication to helping those in need across Lancashire”
You can find out more information about the Safeguarding team by visiting www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/safeguarding.