Patients: Safety

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Lord Mawson Lord Mawson Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is being undertaken to establish the impact of the safeguarding policy for patients on the behaviour of nurses in attending to the needs of patients.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

No central research has been commissioned to assess the impact of safeguarding policies for patients on the behaviour of nurses in attending to the needs of patients. Research may have been commissioned at a local level; however, this data is not collected centrally.

The Care Act 2014, which placed adult safeguarding on a statutory footing for the first time, made clear the responsibilities of agencies in relation to adult safeguarding with a greater focus on the prevention of abuse and neglect.

The Department is clear in statutory guidance supporting the Care Act that workers across a wide range of organisations, and not just those in frontline health and social care roles, need to be vigilant on behalf of those unable to protect themselves.

Commissioners and providers will have clear policies and procedures that set out the roles of nurses and all other staff in relation to safeguarding and the training and support that is required in order for them to fulfil those roles.

The Department and NHS England’s Compassion in Practice nursing strategy was published in December 2012 and is based around six core values: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage, and Commitment. The vision aims to embed these values, known as the 6C’s, in all nursing, midwifery and care-giving settings throughout the NHS and social care to improve care for patients. A copy of the strategy is attached and can be found at:

Compassion in Practice (PDF Document, 845.81 KB)

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