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Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board

Digital Briefing April 2019

Welcome to the digital briefing from Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB).

In this briefing you can expect to find out what was discussed at the board meeting Tuesday 16th April 2019, and learn about some of the safeguarding work being carried out within the borough.

Approved Mental Health Professional Referrals Report

The Mental Capacity Act 1983 (amended in 2007) introduced the role of the Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP). At the point of referral, AHMP’s are required to arrange and coordinate each aspect of a Mental Health Assessment.

There are 26 AMHPs who work within the Lewisham AMHP service. The service runs between the hours of 08:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday. Lewisham out of hours AMHP service is run by the Emergency Duty Social Work Team (EDT) and operate between the times of 17:00 – 09:00.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust CQC Report – Action Plan

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection under the new regime in September 2018. The Trust have now published the Inspection Report.

The inspection was completed at both University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) sites. There were a number of areas which the CQC looked into and the overall rating given to the Trust was ‘Requires improvement’. This is unchanged from the previous inspection in 2017.

London Borough of Lewisham (LBL) Transitions Strategy 2018-2020

Work has been piloted in partnership with Children’s Services, to take a different approach to how Adult Social Care (ASC) work with young people preparing for adulthood. The intention is to have a more integrated approach and identify the young people who are in scope for transition at an earlier stage. ASC will work with these individuals and their families to ensure there is a seamless journey that considers independent living, employment, education and relationships etc.

An application for funding has been presented to the LBL Executive Management Team, which will allow ASC to begin recruiting for the joint team and to refocus the pathways linked to transition.

There is a Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) publication called ‘Mind the gap’, which is a very clear statement on what good looks like for transitions into adulthood.

Training Strategy Consultation: Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

The Care Act 2014 Care and Support Statutory Guidance suggests that Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB’s) should have a Multi-Agency Learning, Training and Development (LTD) Strategy. Partners were asked for feedback/suggestions on how to take the consultation for this forward, and to approve the development of a TNA for 2019-20. The intention is to not duplicate work done by single agencies, but to help agencies work together.

Members were also asked to approve the plan for the Liberty Protection Safeguards Training to be delivered in November 2019.

Board members agreed to the recommendations in the report.

Safer Lewisham Plan 2019-20

The Safer Lewisham Plan 2019-20 was recently approved by the Safer Lewisham Partnership. The plan highlights the three areas which have been identified as the partnership priorities.

  1. How do we have less violence in society?
  2. How to create safe spaces and places?
  3. How do we reduce negative bias and disproportionality?

Human Tracking Modern Day Slavery Statement

The reports were signed off by Council on 27th February 2019. Under the Modern Slavery Act, it is a requirement that each Local Authority has a Modern Day Slavery Statement. Alongside this, the team have also created a Protocol and a Co-operative Party Charter.

LBL Safeguarding Data Snapshot

The report from the Safeguarding Quality Assurance (SQA) Team was linked to the review of the data used for the national Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC) Return. There were a number of issues highlighted regarding the quality of some safeguarding referrals and the number of Safeguarding Concerns received is higher than the number recorded last year.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MaSH) - Update

It has been agreed with mental health colleagues to retain a post from South London and Maudsley (SLaM) to put into the MASH. This will help strengthen the link between the safeguarding referrals that come from SLaM. They are hoping to recruit to the manager post once the LBL ASC staffing reorganisation has been agreed.

Case Review Sub-Group Update eCR Case Management System

Board members were previously consulted on the desire to purchase the eCR Case Management system. No objections were noted. The software will be purchased and is currently going through the LBL procurement system.

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