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Update from ADASS: Making the safeguarding enquiry person centred and personalised

Liz Bruce Co-Chair, Safeguarding Policy Network at The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) & Tri-Borough Executive Director of Adult Social Care City of Westminster spoke at today’s Adult Safeguarding Enquires and Safeguarding Adults Reviews conference on:

  • ensuring the service user is at the centre of the enquiry

  • how do we ensure a proportionate response

  • embedded “learning lessons” from adult safeguarding cases into our system.

  • the commissioner perspective

In her presentation Liz discussed:

Making the safeguarding enquiry person centred and personalised

  • Ensuring the person is at the centre of the enquiry

  • How do we ensure a proportionate response

  • Embedded “learning lessons” from adult safeguarding cases into our system

  • The commission perspective

Commissioning safe services

  • Safeguarding activity goes up when service quality goes down

  • Getting the balance right between challenge and support to sustain a strong health and care market

  • Health and Adult Social Care, commissioning, procurement, contract monitoring, regulation, safeguarding, working together to prevent harm

  • The Duty of Candour (works both ways) holding one another to account

Liz commented that:

"For me Adult Safeguarding is about 'Risks, Rights and Responsibilty'"

"be careful of the word 'protection'"

"thinking about how we work together across agencies is very important"

"the market is very fragile"

"Safeguarding is not a substitute for good quality care"

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

Liz Bruce’s Biography:

Liz Bruce has worked at Executive Director level for last six years with the last two years across Tri Borough (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council).  Liz Bruce joined Tri-Borough in October 2013 having previously been Strategic Director in Manchester City for four years with a large portfolio that included housing, homelessness and Troubled Families. Manchester City has high levels of deprivation and complexity of needs. In addition Liz delivered 40 million pounds of savings from a 300 million gross budget over three years and in doing so redesigned staff teams and services at speed.

Liz has a mixed professional background including trained general nurse  (1974 to 1977), trained SEN teacher with an Hons degree in Education, trained Social Worker and Qualified Manager of  Social Work teams. She has worked on a whole range of multi-partner projects and programmes. In Manchester Liz took a lead role in the transfer of Public Health to Local Govt and led and managed PH transition and transformation.

Liz has worked for over 30 years in local govt and mostly in the North East and West, including on Teeside, Manchester City and Warwickshire County Council. She has led strategic commissioning functions, redesigned in house provision, worked in policy development and led training and development work in older people services. Liz has led high profile work in  integration across health and care and worked as a joint appointment at Director level previously. Liz was the national lead for Health and Wellbeing Board Development for older people and physical disabilities. She was an established member of national group for health and care reforms, a member of ADASS and SOLACE.  Liz is now ADASS National Lead fort Adults Safeguarding.  Liz is working with West London Alliance to scale up systems approach and leadership across health and care.  Recently went through LGA strategic peer review across Tri Borough.

Liz has a large family of six  grown up children and grandchildren and leads a busy life outside of work. This is the first time she has worked and lived in London and is enjoying it greatly. Tri-Borough is both challenging and stimulating and she hopes to establish good practice and innovation across the three boroughs in ASC and Public Health.

Also of interest:

Masterclass: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Friday 13 November, Hallam Conference Centre, London


Masterclass: Managing the Media in a Healthcare Crisis
Tuesday 17 November, Cavendish Conference Centre, London


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Ensuring Compliance in Practice
Tuesday 17 November, Hallam Conference Centre, London


Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults: Improving Adult Safeguarding Practice, Decision Making & Outcomes
Tuesday 1 December, Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: liz-bruce_1200.pdf

12 October 2015


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