Safeguarding Adults

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust works hard to ensure that all patients, particularly those that are vulnerable, are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment. In particular it is important that St George’s protects patients from abuse, whether from within the hospital or from the community.

  • The trust has a multi-agency policy and robust procedures in place for responding to and reporting alleged abuse
  • The trust’s adult safeguarding steering group reviews local and national guidance and legislation to ensure policies and procedures are relevant and updated
  • All trust staff receive mandatory awareness training of adult protection as part of their induction
  • The trust recognises that particular groups of people, such as those with dementia or a learning disability, are at risk of abuse. Staff can make a significant difference to their care by treating all patients with respect and dignity
  • The trust works closely with colleagues in local authorities in investigating allegations of abuse
  • The trust is represented on the partnership boards of both Wandsworth and Merton boroughs to ensure that there is an effective multi-agency approach to protecting vulnerable adults
  • The director of nursing and patient safety is the lead executive director for safeguarding
  • The trust board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives an annual report on adult safeguarding issues and six monthly updates

If you have concerns that a vulnerable adult is being abused then please visit the following resources:

For residents of Wandsworth:
Safeguarding_Adults

For residents of Merton:
Safeguarding-Adults

For advice and support:
Ageuk – Protecting-Yourself
Elder Abuse

For advice on learning disability:
MenCap