Safeguarding means protecting everyone's health, well being and human rights, enabling all to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.

As a hospital and a form of public service, we have a duty to protect all who enter our grounds as a patient, visitor or as a member of staff.

Safeguarding protects people who may be in more vulnerable circumstances. It is a key responsibility of all local authorities and public services to work together and recognise when someone may be at risk. Once identified, the service can take steps to keep those people safe.

It means protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. This requires a notion of working together across organisations whilst also promoting good health and wellbeing. 

It is an integral part of providing high-quality healthcare. Safeguarding children, young people and adults is everyone's responsibility. 

At PHU, our Safeguarding department looks after:

  • specialist advice and support for frontline staff
  • abuse, neglect and maltreatment for children and vulnerable at risk adults
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • mental capacity act assessments
  • best interests decision making
  • domestic violence / abuse advice

Our staff:

  • Sarah Thompson - Head of Safeguarding, Mental Health and Learning Disability
  • Danielle Honey - Named Midwife
  • Ruth Radley - Named nurse
  • Catherine Mead - Adult Safeguarding Lead
  • Simon Birch - Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children 
  • Archana Wellings - Safeguarding Administration Manager