(NHS WORCESTERSHIRE AND PROVIDER SERVICES)
DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE IN RESPONSE TO THE CARE QUALITY COMMISSION'S REVIEW OF NHS ARRANGEMENTS TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN
WORCESTERSHIRE PRIMARY CARE TRUST
In July 2009 the Care Quality Commission published a report following a national review of safeguarding arrangements across NHS Trusts. The report which focused on practices following the Baby Peter case included a recommendation that all NHS Trusts have robust arrangements in place to safeguard children and young people.
This declaration represents assurance from Worcestershire Primary Care Trust that safeguarding arrangements in the following key areas have been reviewed in response to a letter from the NHS Chief Executive on 16th July 2009.
CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU CHECKS
In accordance with the Primary Care Trust Recruitment and Selection Policy a Criminal Records Bureau Check is carried out for all Trust employees prior to appointment in line with statutory requirements.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The Primary Care Trust ensures that it's safeguarding policies and systems are up to date, robust and compliant with local and national legislation and guidance
In response to the Laming Report a process has been developed for following up any children who fail to attend out patient appointments.
The Primary Care Trust has a manual and electronic system to flag children where safeguarding concerns are identified.
All eligible staff are required to undertake safeguarding training (basic awareness) at Level 1 as part of mandatory training requirements.
A training matrix is being developed to identify health staff that require Level 2 or Level 3 safeguarding training within their role working with children and families.
All safeguarding training is updated three yearly and is carried out in partnership with Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board's.
The Primary Care Trust monitors compliance with requirements through regular review of training data and through staff appraisal processes.
BOARD LEVEL EXECUTIVE LEAD
There is a nominated Director at Board level with responsibility for safeguarding (the Director of Clinical Development/Executive Lead Nurse) who represents the organisation on the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board. The PCT Board receives a full report on safeguarding twice yearly.
DESIGNATED AND NAMED PROFESSIONAL'S
A Designated Doctor and Nurse are in place within the Primary Care Trust with the appropriate level of seniority and experience. Their job descriptions clearly define their roles and duties.
Named Doctors and Nurses are in place within the Primary Care Trust with appropriate seniority and experience. Their job descriptions clearly define their roles and duties. Time and support is afforded to all safeguarding professional's to undertake their roles.
PERFORMANCE MONITORING OF PROVIDERS AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
NHS Worcestershire undertakes ongoing performance monitoring of providers in relation to safeguarding responsibilities through the Clinical Services Review meetings which are held monthly with each provider.
Providers are required to demonstrate their compliance with all safeguarding policies and processes on an annual basis.
Within Worcestershire PCT Provider Services a yearly audit programme for safeguarding is in place to monitor
- Record Keeping and Documentation
- Clinical Supervision
- Follow up of children attending Accident and Emergency Departments or hospital admissions
Performance monitoring of independent contractors is undertaken through formal contract monitoring and clinical governance review processes, including QOF visits for general practice, clinical governance visits for dentists and contract monitoring visits for pharmacists.
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