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SSASPB Learning Events

Mon 6 Apr 2020

The SSASPB held seven learning events on the topic of self-neglect, following the identification of lessons learnt from a Multi-agency Learning Review. Content included an overview of lessons learnt from the review by Helen Jones the Board Manager, a presentation covering hoarding was delivered by Mick Warrilow from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, a presentation by VOICES of Stoke which included a question answer session with an Expert Citizen and a presentation about adult safeguarding by Ruth Martin Safeguarding Team Leader from Staffordshire County Council supported by Jackie Bloxham Adult Safeguarding Team Manager from Stoke-on-Trent City Council .

The feedback from the events has been very good and the vast majority of those in attendance felt that the session was valuable, informative and useful to their work. The SSASPB are planning to run similar learning events in 2020 including the theme of financial and material abuse which is a strategic priority for the Board.

The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) funded three events intended to raise awareness of a number of issues including adult safeguarding, domestic abuse and the impact of the Intercollegiate Document: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff. Forty-eight people, mostly practice managers attended. In November 2019 the SSASPB hosted its first adult safeguarding conference entitled ‘let’s talk about risk’, 167 people attended, the conference speakers included the drama group AFTA thought from Liverpool who interacted with those present through dramatisation of a scenario where professionals worked with managed risk to improve the opportunities for a young adult with a learning disability.

Professor Alison Brammer and Dr. Laura Pritchard-Jones from Keele University delivered a presentation which outlined the legal framework of working with risk. Ruth Martin Safeguarding Team Leader from Staffordshire County Council spoke about how working with risk positively could enhance the lives of adults with care and support needs. There followed four case studies giving practical examples from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, where working positively with risk had improved opportunities for adults with care and support needs. The feedback gathered at the conclusion of the event was overwhelmingly positive, with nearly everybody reflecting that the event had improved their awareness of working positively with risk and its benefits.