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Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff

Published: 19 September, 2018

One of the most important principles of safeguarding is that it is everyone’s responsibility. Health care staff frequently work with people in their moments of greatest need and can witness health and social inequalities which have a direct impact on the lives of people they care for. New intercollegiate guidance has been designed to guide professionals and the teams they work with to identify the competencies they need in order to support individuals to receive personalised and culturally sensitive safeguarding.

Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff  sets out minimum training requirements for all healthcare staff including non-clinical primary care staff (level 1), GP practice Managers (level 2), GPs (level 3), and named professionals (level 4).

For practitioners, the framework competencies may be a useful tool for:

  • developing and reviewing job/role descriptions
  • assessing clinical competence for different levels of practitioner
  • developing personal goals
  • performance appraisal

See the Safeguarding page for related learning resources.

Last updated: 17 September, 2018

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