Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in GP practices
The CQC expects practices to have robust systems in place for safeguarding children and adults at risk. This includes ensuring all staff have received the appropriate level of training for their role and that they all understand the system for reporting concerns.
GP practices should have a system in place to manage and review risks to children, young people and vulnerable adults.
During an inspection the CQC will also expect practices to have a risk register of vulnerable patients and robust information governance in place. All practices should have a safeguarding lead.
Download the following document for more information – Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in GP practices
See the following page for more information on CQC regulation and inspection
GPs and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
GPs and their staff (and all providers of health and social care) should have a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to ensure that they can act in a patient’s best interest.
The following document provides a reminder of the principles of MCA, including:
- When to appoint an independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA)
- Lasting power of attorney (LPA)
- Court of protection.
It then details how the application of DoLS has changed following a Supreme Court Judgement in March 2014. Click here to download.
Adult safeguarding toolkit
The following guide from the BMA will provide you with the key legal and ethical considerations you need to take into account concerning adult safeguarding, and signposts to other sources of support and information.
Please note it is not a set of rules or instructions, or a substitute for careful reflection and discussion with colleagues. You can seek additional advice on specific dilemmas from the BMA’s medical ethics and human rights department, the GMC, or your medical defence organisation.
The LMC organises a level 3 safeguarding presentation by safeguarding leads every March for the Sessional GPs for their appraisal. If you are a Sessional GP and would like to be added to the distribution list contact Mariah.
You may find the following resources useful:
- BMA and Law Society - Assessment of Mental Capacity
- General Medical Council - confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information
- GMC Ethical guidance
- NHS England - safeguarding adults guidance
- GOV.UK - Office of the Public Guardian
- Social Care Institute for Excellence - adult safeguarding