Abuse and Medical Association Safeguarding

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Safeguarding vulnerable adults – a tool kit for general practitioners

Safeguarding vulnerable adults – a tool kit for general practitioners Contents

Contents
CARD 1 ............................................................................................. 5 A stepped approach to safeguarding CARD 2 ............................................................................................. 8 Safeguarding vulnerable adults: basic principles CARD 3 .......................................................................................... 11 What is safeguarding? CARD 4 .......................................................................................... 18 Which adults may be vulnerable? CARD 5 .......................................................................................... 23 What constitutes abuse and neglect? CARD 6 .......................................................................................... 26 What part does mental capacity play in safeguarding? CARD 7 .......................................................................................... 33 Adults lacking capacity CARD 8 .......................................................................................... 38 Care and treatment amounting to deprivation of liberty – the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) CARD 9 .......................................................................................... 41 When can information be shared about vulnerable adults?

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Safeguarding vulnerable adults – a tool kit for general practitioners Contents

CARD 10 ....................................................................................... 45 What part does good communication play in safeguarding CARD 11 ....................................................................................... 48 How can safeguarding adults be made part of ordinary care? CARD 12 ....................................................................................... 52 When should GPs refer through multi-agency safeguarding adults service? CARD 13 ....................................................................................... 55 When should concerns about patient safety be reported? CARD 14 ....................................................................................... 59 What is the structure of adult protection services? CARD 15 ....................................................................................... 61 Guidance on protecting vulnerable adults CARD 16 ....................................................................................... 63 Adult protection legislation CARD 17 ....................................................................................... 65 Useful names and addresses

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Safeguarding vulnerable adults – a tool kit for general practitioners Introduction – About this tool kit

Introduction – About this tool kit
This tool kit is about promoting the wellbeing of adults who may have difficulty in protecting themselves from harm and abuse and in promoting their own interests. Designed principally with general practitioners (GPs) in mind, it will nonetheless be useful for any professional working in a health care setting who encounters adults whose ability to promote their own rights and interests may be challenged, either directly by an abuser, or because they are in a situation of dependency, or through institutional neglect or disempowerment. Although GP consortia will have a critical role in ensuring that adults are appropriately safeguarded throughout the care they commission, the focus of this tool kit is on GPs as practitioners. In 2005 the Department of Health (DH) published the findings of an inquiry into how the NHS handled allegations about the performance and conduct of two consultant psychiatrists, William Kerr and Michael Haslam who had been convicted of indecent assault involving their female patients....
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