How can we put safety at the heart of residential settings for vulnerable adults?
Some eight years after Mencap's report, Death by Indifference, today's headlines are still never far away from further tragedies relating to our most vulnerable adults. The scandal at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is only the latest.
There have been many reports, reviews and government promises to eradicate the abuse and neglect of adults in residential settings – most recently culminating in the Homes not Hospitals programme.
Care homes, too, face huge challenges in the current climate. Funding and the introduction of the national living wage are two key issues the care home sector is grappling with amid growing fears of a collapse on the scale of the one at Southern Cross in 2011.
Added to this is the latest State of Care report from the Care Quality Commission. This has highlighted safety as the main concern, with 13% of hospitals and 10% of adult social care services rated inadequate on this measure.
But are we really learning the lessons from successive scandals and tragedies? And how can professionals ensure they are delivering safe and person-centred care amid a backdrop of financial instability?
Sector practitioners will be interested to learn of a new national conference that will provide a forum to discuss ways to overcome professional and sector challenges in order to protect vulnerable adults against neglect and abuse in “caring” settings.
Safeguarding adults in residential settings: Promoting compassionate cultures in care homes, hospitals and supported living environments for older people or adults with learning disabilities has been designed to deliver a positive learning experience with expert input to tackle the sector’s biggest issues and highlight national best-practice.
Further details can be found at here.
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