Consultation on Safeguarding for Adults: Roles and Competencies
The RCN has been asked by NHS England to lead on development of an intercollegiate competency framework for health care staff to support adult safeguarding. Find out more about the consultation and how to feed back.
Dignity in health care
Explore this RCN learning resource to strengthen your understanding and practice in promoting dignity for your patients or clients and your colleagues.
This resource from the RCN provides information on domestic abuse including assessment tools, legislation and national guidance.
Patient safety and human factors
These pages will help you to learn more about patient safety and human factors in health care.
This resource is for RCN members who have concerns over clinical and staff safety in the workplace. It is important that nurses raise concerns directly with their employer. Registered nurses have a duty under the NMC to report concerns where patient care may be affected.
This hub includes information on raising and escalating concerns and safeguarding to assist nurses and midwives in applying these principles in their own practice. It has a training toolkit, films and key resources from all four UK countries.
Safeguarding adults with mental health problems and financial difficulty
Several types of abuse can cause financial problems for patients, which impact on their health. A carer might abuse their access to bank accounts, or self-neglect could lead to bills getting out of control. Financial problems can also arise as a direct result of mental or physical health problems, therefore patients are at increased risk of financial difficulty even if no abuse has occurred. For example during a period of poor mental health, people can find it very difficult to control their spending or to communicate with creditors. If someone is suddenly admitted to hospital, they may not have time to make arrangements regarding their employment, benefits or outstanding bills, and poor professional practice might mean this is not dealt with.
Any of these issues can quickly lead to spiralling debt and problems with relationships, employment and housing, any of which may significantly affect recovery from physical or mental illness. However, patients are unlikely to bring the subject up due to stigma or believing the situation can’t be helped. Therefore it is important for nurses to be aware of when financial problems may be impacting on someone’s health and proactive in raising the issue and directing people towards appropriate help.