Guidance includes assessment to guide professionals on when to raise pressure ulcers with adult social care services as a safeguarding concern
The chief social worker for adults has issued a national framework setting out when adult social services should consider holding a section 42 enquiry in response to concerns about pressure ulcers.
The guidance from Lyn Romeo highlights how hospital wards, care homes and other settings in England should respond when a service user develops pressure ulcers and when to refer the matter to local authority adult safeguarding services.
“Until now, there has been little, if any, consensus about the right agency, or multi-agency, response to identification of pressure ulcers,” Romeo said of the guidance.
“Pressure ulcers are truly dreadful for those who experience them – and distressing too for their families, friends and carers. The damage cannot be over-stated and they continue to be a major challenge for health and care practitioners across sectors.”
“Most pressure ulcers are, in fact, preventable,” she added.
“But to prevent them we need to ensure all health and care professionals (including social workers) involved in the planning, commissioning and delivering of health and social care can spot the risks and take appropriate speedy action.”
The guidance says all instances of pressure ulcers should be reported to local health services even if the service user is receiving social care services.
It also includes an adult safeguarding decision guide for assessing whether the matter should be referred to the local authority as a safeguarding concern.
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by on January 31, 2018 in Adults