Safeguarding adults is a key part of the work of Hillingdon CCG.
Definition of an adult at risk
Safeguarding adults involves a range of measures taken to protect people and patients in the most vulnerable circumstances. The 2011 London safeguarding adults procedures use the term ‘adult at risk’ and state that such an adult may be a person who:
- has impaired mental capacity
- has a physical disability
- is frail due to age or infirmity
- has a learning disability
- misuses alcohol or other substances
- has mental health needs including dementia or a personality disorder
- is a carer subject to abuse
- otherwise in need of care or support
Hillingdon CCG is committed to working in partnership with local authorities to fulfill their safeguarding responsibilities. We also have the job of ensuring that the organisations from which they commission services provide a safe system that safeguards vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding adults’ responsibilities
Hillingdon CCG safeguards and promotes the welfare of all adults especially vulnerable adults.
It does this by:
- Supporting the commissioning of high quality care for patients in the most vulnerable circumstances;
- Addressing failures in care with providers in line with the two Safeguarding Adult Boards policies and procedures;
- Improving services to patients through learning from all serious case reviews/serious incidents and national investigations and reports, such as Winterbourne and the Francis Inquiry
- Improving services to patients through the involvement of vulnerable adults in the development and improvement of services
How do you raise a safeguarding adults concern?
Safeguarding concerns may be raised by anyone:
- the person experiencing the alleged abuse
- members of the general public
- health and social care staff
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to provide legal protection for those vulnerable people with a mental disorder and a lack of capacity who are, or may become, deprived of their liberty within a hospital or care home and lack capacity to consent to being there. The safeguards exist to provide a proper legal process and suitable protection in those circumstances where, for a person's best interests, deprivation of liberty is necessary to keep them safe.
Hillingdon's safeguarding adults team is available to give advice on all matters relating to adult safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. If you have any concerns you would like to discuss, please refer to the safeguarding adults contact details on this page.