Trust team shortlisted for top award

24 June 2008

Trust staff who have worked with colleagues from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) on a Safeguarding Adults Steering Group to protect vulnerable older people were shortlisted for this year’s London Health and Social Care Awards.

Trust staff who have worked with colleagues from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) on a Safeguarding Adults Steering Group to protect vulnerable older people were shortlisted for this year’s London Health and Social Care Awards.

More than 200 entries were received for the awards and only 26 finalists were shortlisted by the judging panel.

George Greener, Chair of NHS London and also chair of the judging panel, said: “All the finalists should be congratulated on their excellent work.”

Staff involved in the Safeguarding Adults Steering Group included Nick Hale (Nurse Consultant for older people), Jane Tippett (Emergency Department), Louise Magee (Medicine), Holly Ashforth & Sharon Doyley (Surgery), Jackie Valentine (Risk Management) and Natalie McFarlane (Therapies), together with Heather Tarrant and Mary Wynne from RBKC.

Nick Hale explained: “The key aim of our work has been to transform attitudes towards the protection of vulnerable older people so that this issue is treated with the same seriousness and priority as child protection.

“We set out to empower frontline staff so that they would be fully aware of and confident of initiating procedures that are in place to protect vulnerable older people.

“A mark of the team’s success is that before they came together Trust staff had not raised any adult protection alerts but since they began working on this issue more than 40 alerts have been raised.

“Not all of these alerts may uncover evidence of neglect or lack of care but they mean that the welfare of alleged victims can be safeguarded.”

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