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Adult Safeguarding Thresholds

Michelle Johnstone Head of Safeguarding Lincs Community Health Services spoke at today’s Undertaking Adult Safeguarding Investigations and Safeguarding Adults Reviews on:

• making the service user the centre of the process
• creating adult safeguarding panels to hear cases and determinations/recommendations regarding outcomes
• how do we ensure a proportionate response?
• embedded “learning lessons” from adult safeguarding cases into our system.
• the thresholds for undertaking an Adult Safeguarding Investigation
• the thresholds for undertaking a Safeguarding Adults Review

Michelle discussed why there is a need for safeguarding, how to recognise safeguarding issues, the importance of making safeguarding personal and following the six safeguarding principles in practice. 

Michelle believes that in terms of safeguarding thresholds there should be no safeguarding thresholds at all as we should make safeguarding personal. All safeguarding concerns should be reported to the local authority so we can assess and also understand what the individuals wants and needs are. To need to understand the difference we are making for the individual.

Michelle finished her presentation by emphasising the importance of learning from safeguarding cases, saying:
•    The overriding reason for holding a review must be to learn from past experience
•    Lessons learnt must be used to improve future practice and multi-agency working
•    Actions must be embedded into practice across agencies and monitored by the LSAB 

Michelle’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Michelle has worked within healthcare for 27 years, working in both the NHS and the Independent Sector. she completed her Post Registration Nursing Degree while working as Nurse Manager within an acute independent hospital in Scotland. She returned to the NHS in 2002 after moving to Lincolnshire working within secondary and primary care as a senior manager. Safeguarding adults has always been part of her portfolio; however she took up her current role in June 2011. She completed my Masters at Nottingham University focusing on policy developments in relation to adult safeguarding and No Secrets, she had a six months secondment in 2012 to East Midlands Strategic Health Authority leading on Safeguarding Adults and Learning Disabilities and participate in the regional and national safeguarding Adults Leads Networks.      

With colleagues from health and social care Michelle has developed new Multiagency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures for Lincolnshire with the potential for this to be rolled out across the region.

Future conferences of interest:

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Health Services: Implementing the New Care Act 2014: Revised Regulations and Guidance
Tuesday 3 February 2015 
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

Legal Masterclass: The Care Act 2014 A Practical Guide
Tuesday 3 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Legal Masterclass: Adult Safeguarding The New Statutory Framework
Wednesday 4 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services Including Implications of the New Care Act 2014
Tuesday 24 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Implementing the new statutory framework for Adult Safeguarding under the Care Act 2014: Revised Regulations and Guidance
Monday 2 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Legal Masterclass: The Care Act 2014 A Practical Guide
Wednesday 18 March 2015 
Cavendish Conference Centre, London

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Ensuring Compliance in Practice
Wednesday 25 March 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Adult Safeguarding Investigations & Safeguarding Adults Reviews
Monday 20 April 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: Michelle Johnstone full presentation

11 December 2014


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