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Improving Safeguarding Practice in Hospitals

Helen Young Chief Nurse & Interim Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust spoke at today's conference on:

  • what has been the impact of the Care Act 2014?
  • making safeguarding personal: improving adult safeguarding practice
  • professional judgement and decision making in safeguarding
  • developing guidance on managing self neglect
  • delivering culture change and implementing the practice guidance
  • clinical issues and safeguarding: what should be reported as a safeguarding concern
  • types of safeguarding enquiry and the role of health services
  • monitoring and improving safeguarding outcomes: the role of health service practitioners and managers

Helen discussed how they are approaching safeguarding vulnerable adults at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust. Helen emphasized the culture change that the trust has had to go through changing the focus from just child safeguarding to thinking about safeguarding adults and mothers.  Safeguarding training was refocused towards adult safeguarding.  Training is through both e-learning and face to face learning. Helen said “We are looking for prevention of issues before they arise”.

Helen is chair of the safeguarding committee which now covers children and adults and discussed the importance of embedding the learning from safeguarding cases.  Helen also discussed reporting of safeguarding cases in particular reporting to the board. We also look at outcome data, quality of referrals and patient experience.

Helen went on to discuss case studies of safeguarding work in Birmingham – further information in powerpoint slides below

For Helen Young's Full Presentation scroll down

Helen Young's Biography:

After training as a nurse at Westminster Hospital in London, Helen held Sisters posts in Surgery and Critical Care and Medicine before setting up a Nurse Led Development Unit with Leeds University. This fuelled her passion for developing nursing practice, education and leadership. She went on to complete her Masters in Education and take on roles as Head of Practice Development in Guys and St Thomas and then Chelsea and Westminster.

Helen has held Deputy and Chief Nurses roles in a number of large acute Trusts including East Kent, Conwy & Denbighshire, Croydon University Hospitals Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Kings College Hospital FT, as well as six years in a national role as Clinical Director and Chief Nurse for NHS Direct.

She is currently Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Helen is a Visiting Professor at BCU, Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and Harvard University Graduate

She is a also a Trustee of Dorothy House Hospice and President of her local Soroptimist  International Club, and organisation that works to empower, educate and enable women and girls in the UK and internationally.    

Also of interest:

Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Wednesday 21 September 2016
Hallam Conference Centre

Download: Helen Young's Full Presentation

4 July 2016


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