Updates from June Board Meeting
The main items discussed at the June Board meeting were:
Introduction from the New Chair
Anthony Douglas CBE, introduced himself as the new Independent Chair.
Changes within the Central Team
Paul Nicholls, SAB Board Manager and Dominic Nasmyth-Miller, SAB Professional Advisor, shared news about new opportunities and clarified their leaving dates: Paul Nicholls will leave on 27 September and Dominic will join Suffolk Family Carers on 21 August 2019. Both were thanked for their contributions and both posts will be advertised shortly.
Updates from the following Subgroups were presented to the Board:
Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG & NHS West Suffolk CCG, provided a report from the Health Subgroup.
Key achievements include;
- Safeguarding supervision is now integrated into health internal policies.
- Bi-monthly meetings are taking place with health colleagues and the local authority DOLS team to explore DOLS practice and procedures to ensure safety and quality of care for patients in provision funded by health.
- Health partners are implementing regular audits of capacity assessments.
- The numbers of DOLS Assessments from health partners have increased.
- The group is sharing learning from the MM Safeguarding Adult Review and is embedding the Fire Risk Assessment Tool into CHC Contracts and Hospital Discharge Planning Procedures.
Priorities going forward will include;
- An audit on effectiveness of embedding the Self-Neglect Policy into Healthcare Practices.
- Keeping health partners up to date with the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
- Sharing the learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews across health organisations.
- Monitoring the progress of the implementation of the SAB Framework with health partner.
Safeguarding Adults Review Panel (SARP)
Head of Adult Safeguarding, Suffolk County Council, provided a report from the SARP highlighting the work to complete the AM and MM action plans plus an update on ongoing cases including a safeguarding adult review due for completion in December.
Update on NSFT Action Plan
Safeguarding Lead, NSFT, attended the Board and presented an update on the NSFT Action Plan.
- Dedicated coaches for each initiative are now in post
- Quality and service reviews are underway which have brought about thematic learning
Further assurance was sought regarding the identified risks. The Action Plan is to be received at the next Board. The SAB/LSCB Independent Chair, is to meet with the Chief Executive Officer of the NSFT on behalf of both Boards to relay concerns.
Update on the SAB Data Performance Report
The SAB Professional Advisor presented the completed Performance Data Report which captured safeguarding data and provided supporting analysis from across the partnership within the reporting period 01 April 2018 > 31 March 2019.
HMIP Inspection Report
Safeguarding Lead at Hollesley Bay Prison Service, presented a report confirming that areas highlighted by the inspectorate as requiring further attention regarding safeguarding have now been addressed. Highlights included;
- A programme is now in place to further educate staff on safeguarding procedures and policy.
- Public Protection Business Administrators are now in place.
- Weekly Public Protection Meetings will take place and will feed into the MAPA Process.
The SAB/LSCB Chair is to visit Hollesley Bay Prison to view copies of the Risk Assessments and to report back to the Board.
Update on the Transformation Plan
The Transformation Lead, Safeguarding Review Project, provided an update on the Transformation Plan and an updated copy was shared with partners.
- The structure to form the Managing Positions of Trust Policy is in place.
- The Large-Scale Complex Investigations Policy (Organisational Abuse Policy) is being explored further with the working group to finalise the name of the policy and to develop this work further.
- The SAB Framework has been promoted through 5 train-the trainer sessions and the latest version along with the training slides are able to be downloaded from the SAB Website.
Update on the Liberty Protection Safeguards
Head of Adult Safeguarding, Suffolk County Council, presented a report providing an update on the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) which are anticipated to be implemented in Spring 2020. ACS and CCG are developing plans to provide joined up training for the LPS. A further update on the developments to be brought to the next SAB Meeting.
Signs of Safety
The Workforce Development Advisor for Signs of Safety presented a report on the roll out of Signs of Safety (SOS) within ACS. It was recognised that SOS has been used across both Boards and is a language that partners understand.
The SAB/LSCB Independent Chair is to explore with the Representative of the District and Borough Councils whether the SOS methodology is able to be rolled out through the District and Borough Councils.
User Involvement Strategy
The SAB Board Manager confirmed that the Strategy has been re-named Engagement and Communication Strategy and includes along with the involvement of lay people on the Board, the focus on Communication, Co-production and User experience.
Comments were welcomed from partners with the Strategy and the proposal for user engagement led by Healthwatch being presented at the next SAB Meeting.
- Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG & NHS West Suffolk CCG, provided an update on LeDeR – East Anglia is the lowest rated area of the country, although no specific concerns were identified for Suffolk.
- Training Strategy – Comments requested from partners, to be received by 03 July 2019