George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Statement of Intent for Safeguarding
We at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. We work closely with other agencies within Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire to ensure a seamless, co-ordinated approach to both adults and children in our care, and to the children of adults in our care.
We have currently declared ourselves compliant with the CQC requirements for safeguarding children.
The Trust has designated consultants and named nurses for safeguarding adults and children. There is also a named midwife responsible for safeguarding. These professionals provide advice, training and support to staff, patients and other agencies.
The Trust works in partnership with local authorities to safeguard vulnerable adults and children. Each local authority has its own Safeguarding Adult Board and Safeguarding Children’s Board made up of nominated lead officers from key organisations within the local authority.
The role of the safeguarding board is to maintain and develop inter-agency frameworks to safeguard adults and children and to co-ordinate what is done by each agency lead member to achieve this.
The Board representative for George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is the Director of Nursing, Michelle Norton.
The Trust has a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004 to protect children from harm as part of the wider work of safeguarding and promoting their welfare.
This means working in partnership with other agencies to:
- Protect children from maltreatment
- Prevent impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensure children grow up in circumstances consistent with provision of safe and effective care
We aim to fulfil our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by:
- Having clear lines of accountability and structures
- Supporting a culture that enables safeguarding issues and promotion of children’s welfare to be addressed, and ensuring that accurate records with regard to actions and decisions are made
- Ensuring staff receive adequate training to identify and protect people from abuse
The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust works hard to ensure that all patients, children and adults are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
The Trust works hard to ensure that all patients are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment. To achieve this for adults, we are working in partnership with other agencies in line with the No Secrets Guidance (Department of Health 2000) to ensure:
- Processes are in place to prevent harm
- Processes are in place for effectively responding where there is a high risk of harm or harm may have been experienced
- Processes are in place to learn from events
- We aim to fulfil our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults by:
Winterborne View Concordat
Following the publication of the findings of the Winterborne View investigation the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust board received a briefing report. Within this report were the main findings and an assurance that safeguarding responsibilities plus learning lessons from this case would be incorporated into our training sessions for all staff.
Safeguarding Leads at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Dr Mukta Jain
Executive lead for child and adult safeguarding
Daljit Athwal, Executive Director of Nursing - Interim
Tel - 024 7686 5080