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Evaluation of an evidence-based model of safeguarding clinical supervision within one healthcare organization in the United KingdomAIMClinical supervision has been recognized as a valuable mechanism through which healthcare professionals may evaluate, reflect upon and develop their clinical practice within the context of safeguarding. However, while there is a general consensus with regard to the value of clinical supervision there are multiple approaches to utilization in practice. This brief communication provides an overview of an evaluation of one model of safeguarding clinical supervision which was explicitly developed to support healthcare professionals in their everyday practice.METHODSThe current study used a survey approach, which involved the development and administration of an online anonymous survey with clinical supervisors and supervisees working within the one service of the Trust.RESULTSThe survey results showed that individuals were overall confident, knowledgeable and satisfied with their safeguarding supervisions. However, individuals at a lower band were significantly less positive about supervision, particularly in relation to how much they felt enabled to explore their safeguard concerns, how much they felt equipped to provide/receive safeguarding supervision and about how much they understood clearly the difference between managerial supervision/clinical and safeguarding supervision.CONCLUSIONA number of key recommendations arising from the findings of the evaluation are presented in this article and are considered in terms of the question 'what constituents form the core components of a successful Safeguarding Supervision Framework relationship?'
The deprivation of liberty safeguards: Observations and limitationsThe recently introduced Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), which came into force in April 2009, was created to protect the liberty of people lacking capacity admitted to care homes and hospitals in England and Wales. This paper discusses observations and some limitations of the DoLS for protecting the liberty of residents within institutional settings. The regulation, safeguards and recent relevant case law are examined critically. The author suggests that their effectiveness may be limited by the under-recognition of cases, ambiguity and limited safeguards within the statute. The paper concludes that the DoLS legislation has been a positive step towards protecting the liberty of those lacking capacity but that limitations present could undermine the purpose of the legislation.
Safeguarding vulnerable adults' liberty: The lawIn response to a landmark legal case, the government has made changes to legislation in an attempt to uphold the rights of vulnerable adults who are subject to extensive restrictions. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced in April. They apply to people over the age of 18 who lack capacity to consent to arrangements for their care. People with a learning disability in hospitals and care homes will be protected by the safeguards. Healthcare professionals must be aware of, and identify possible situations of, deprivation of liberty to comply with the law.