Safeguarding adults

NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to safeguarding the well-being of adults in receipt of services that it commissions. As a member of Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board , Portsmouth CCG ensures that staff have appropriate policies, procedures, training and access to specialist advice to ensure that adults at risk are identified and where necessary, in receipt of appropriate protection.

What is safeguarding adults?

All staff within health services have a responsibility for the safety and well- being of patients and colleagues.

Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental human right of every person and an essential requirement for health and well- being. Safeguarding adults is about the safety and well-being of all patients, but provides additional measures for those least able to protect themselves from harm or abuse.

What are the multi-agency safeguarding adult’s arrangements?

Portsmouth City Council has the lead responsibility for adult safeguarding. The Board consists of stakeholders and partners including the City Council, CCG, Police and the voluntary sector. All partner agencies are signatories to the Pan-Hampshire multi-agency policy, procedures and guidance (2013).

What is a vulnerable adult / adult at risk?

The definition of a vulnerable adult is taken from the Department of Health guidance ‘No Secrets’ (2000) as:

‘a person aged 18 or over who is in receipt or who is or may be in need of community services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.’

Although the following list is not exhaustive, an adult at risk may be a person who:

  • Is frail due to age, ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment, or a combination of these
  • Has a learning disability
  • Has a physical disability and/or a sensory impairment
  • Has mental health needs including dementia
  • Has a long-term illness/condition
  • Misuses substances or alcohol

How do I raise a safeguarding alert?

If you have any concerns that a vulnerable adult is at risk of being abused, you are required to take action. This will include taking any immediate action that is necessary to safeguard the person at risk (in an emergency situation dial 999 for an ambulance or the Police) and raising a safeguarding alert via the Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board, on (023) 9268 0810.

You can access the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy & Guidance here.

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