Weekly Communication – Week Commencing 26th February 2024

Dear Colleagues

Please see your weekly overview update on behalf of the Director of Adult and Community Wellbeing (DASS) and Director of Public Health (DPH)

Safeguarding Adults Board Communication

‘Martha’s rule’- A new patient safety initiative to be rolled out by NHS

Martha Mills died in 2021 after developing sepsis in hospital, where she had been admitted with a pancreatic injury after falling off her bike. Martha’s family’s concerns about her deteriorating condition were not responded to promptly, and in 2023 a coroner ruled that Martha would probably have survived had she been moved to intensive care earlier.

‘Martha’s rule’ is a patient safety initiative and it will be implemented in the NHS from April 2024. The initiative will give patients and their families round-the-clock access to a rapid review from an independent critical care team, if they are worried about their or a loved one’s condition.

The implementation of ‘Martha’s rule’ will take a phased approach, starting with at least 100 adult and paediatric acute provider sites who already offer a 24/7 critical care outreach capability.

The three proposed components of ‘Martha’s rule’ are:

  • All staff in NHS trusts must have 24/7 access to a rapid review from a critical care outreach team, who they can contact should they have concerns about a patient.
  • All patients, their families, carers, and advocates must also have access to the same 24/7 rapid review from a critical care outreach team, which they can contact via mechanisms advertised around the hospital, and more widely if they are worried about the patient’s condition.
  • The NHS must implement a structured approach to obtain information relating to a patient’s condition directly from patients and their families at least daily. In the first instance, this will cover all inpatients in acute and specialist trusts.

For more information about ‘Martha’s rule,’ please visit: NHS England » Martha’s Rule

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2024

8th March is the International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, International Women’s Day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

This year’s theme is ‘Inspire inclusion’- emphasising the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society. This year’s campaign theme underscores the crucial role of inclusion in achieving gender equality. It calls for action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. ‘Inspire inclusion’ encourages everyone to recognise the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, including those from marginalised communities.

Let’s commit to creating a world where all women are empowered, valued, and included. By working together to break down barriers and foster diversity, we can build a more equitable and inclusive society for generations to come.

For more information about this year’s International Women’s Day and to access the campaign resources, please visit: International Women’s Day 2024 (internationalwomensday.com)

International Transgender Day of Visibility – 31st March 2024

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual day of recognition, celebrated around the world on 31st March. It is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender-expansive people, while simultaneously raising awareness of the work that is still needed to combat discrimination and violence. The International Transgender Day Of Visibility was founded in 2009 by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall.

Stonewall is a UK-based charity that stands for the freedom, equity and potential of all lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people. Stonewall produced a report including experiences of the 871 trans and non-binary people across a range of areas of life. The report highlighted issues experienced by the LGBTQ+ people, which affect the qaility of their lives.

Below are some of the findings:

  • 2 in 5 trans people (41%) and 3 in 10 non-binary people (31%) experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the previous 12 months.
  • More than a quarter of trans people (28%) in a relationship in the last year have faced domestic abuse from a partner.
  • 1 in 4 trans people (25%) have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
  • 2 in 5 trans people (40%) adjust the way they dress because they fear discrimination or harassment. This number increases significantly to half of non-binary people (52%).
  • 2 in 5 trans people (41%) said that healthcare staff lacked understanding of specific trans health needs when accessing general healthcare services in the previous year.

To access the full report including recommendations, please visit: lgbt_in_britain_-_trans_report_final.pdf (stonewall.org.uk)

To find out more about Stonewall charity, please visit: Stonewall

‘Professionals awareness on recognising adults vulnerable from fire’ training – Book your FREE space now!

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is delivering a number of online training sessions aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding on home fire safety. Each session will cover the eight core components of a person-centred home fire safety visit, and facilitators will demonstrate how to refer to the service.

Each event will last one hour, and there will be opportunities to network with local partners and engage in wider conversations around fire safety in the home, and emerging risks.

Below are details of the sessions and booking instructions:

LGA/ADPH annual public health conference – Book your FREE space now!

This key annual public health conference hosted by the LGA in partnership with the Association of Directors and Public Health (ADPH) will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from leading expert speakers on the very latest thinking in national public health policy issues, as well as gaining insights from those delivering on the ground. It will provide a much needed opportunity for the public health community to come together, share learning, take stock, and plan for the future.

This year’s conference will focus on exploring the future of public health, with a keen eye on local government and system-wide perspectives. It will provide practical insights and strategic discussions to inform and address the evolving needs of our communities.

Over three half-day virtual sessions, delegates will be able to put their questions and comments to a stellar line up of speakers and will have the opportunity to participate in sessions sharing good practice from local areas, and to discuss issues that matter to them.

The online conference will take place on Tuesday 19th March – Thursday 21st March 2024, 9:30am-1pm. 

For more information about the event and to book your FREE space, please visit: Local Government Association

‘Proving the case for prevention approaches in autism services’ webinar – Book your FREE space now!

58% of autistic people say their mental health has declined in the past 12 months. Many are ‘hidden’ from existing health and care services with 75% reporting difficulties accessing health or social care. Prevention and early intervention is key to both improving the lives of autistic people and ensuring the sustainability of health and social care over the long term.

Many local authorities and health teams are implementing great examples of coproduced, joined-up approaches to support. Whilst proving outcomes of an intervention at a local level is relatively straightforward, proving outcomes across the wider health and care system can be more challenging.

Join a panel of expert speakers in this ADASS webinar aimed at senior decision-makers, commissioners, and budget holders within health and social care sector. The webinar will be interactive and will cover:

  • What evidence is needed to support prevention approaches.
  • How to harness existing data for improved decision making.
  • Practical steps you and your teams can take to demonstrate impact meaningfully.
  • How to improve engagement with neurodiverse communities to demonstrate impact.
  • How to think beyond purely local implementation and impacts.

The webinar will take place on Monday 18th March 2024, 10am-11:30am.

To find out more about the webinar and to book your FREE space, please visit: Proving the case for prevention approaches in autism services Tickets, Mon 18 Mar 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Data security and protection – FREE e-learning

This data security and protection e-learning has been specifically designed for social care practitioners in England. The e-learning is interactive and includes scenarios which reflect situations that staff face within adult social care settings, including care homes, supported living, home care, and community services.

There are four modules and each takes 10-20 minutes to complete:

  • Data protection rights and responsibilities
  • Keeping data secure
  • Threats to data and security
  • Data breaches

At the end of the course, there is a 20-question assessment which when successfully completed, will generate a completion certificate. There are also other useful resources available.

To find out more information about this FREE e-learning and to access the course, please visit: Data Security and Protection eLearning – Digital Care Hub

For more useful information and resources about safeguarding adults, please visit the NLSAB website www.northlincssab.co.uk

Domestic Abuse Partnership Board Communication

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2024

Every year on 8th March, people from all over the world celebrate the International Women’s Day – an opportunity to recognise women’s achievement, raise awareness about discrimination, and take action to drive gender equality.

In 2022, the local Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner commissioned a report ‘Understanding violence against women and girls in the Humber area’ to better understand the scale and impact of violence affecting women and girls locally. Over 1,600 women aged 16+ responded to the survey and some of key findings can be found below. The report also includes voices of professionals.

Violence against women before 18:

  • Only 2% of women reported never being subjected to any form of violence or abuse before their 18th birthday.
  • 72% of the women have been slapped, punched, or hit.
  • 74% have been touched inappropriately.
  • Coercive control was common – 67% of women have been insulted and put down to make them feel bad.
  • 87% have been catcalled in the street.
  • Most perpetrators were male.
  • Most women did not report the abuse.

Violence against women after 18:

  • Only 2% of women reported never being subjected to any form of violence or abuse since their 18th birthday.
  • 56% of the sample have been pushed or shoved.
  • 72% have been sexually harassed.
  • 50% of women have been told what to wear or how to dress.
  • 46% have been stalked.
  • Most perpetrators were male.
  • Most women did not report the abuse.

Violence against girls aged 16-17:

  • Only 4% of 16- and 17-year-olds reported never being subjected to any form of violence or abuse.
  • 40% of girls have received threats to kill or harm.
  • 79% of girls have been sexually harassed.
  • 50% have had someone checking their phone or email.
  • 76% of girls have received an unsolicited nude(s) from a male(s).
  • Most perpetrators were male.
  • Most girls did not report the abuse.

To access the full report, please visit: PowerPoint Presentation (humberside-pcc.gov.uk)

For other useful information and resources on the local strategy to end violence against women and girls (VAWG), please visit: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (humberside-pcc.gov.uk)

For more information about this year’s International Women’s Day, please visit: International Women’s Day 2024 (internationalwomensday.com)

NO MORE Week – 3-9th March 2024

The 11th annual NO MORE Week is coming up on 3-9th March 2024. Launched in 2013 NO MORE Week is an annual, international opportunity to come together to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence, inspiring individuals, organisations, and communities to make change.

UK Says No More will stand alongside our global sister campaigns, including NO MORE in the US and Australia Says No More, with the aim of sharing resources and information around domestic abuse and sexual violence and demonstrating how we can all take action to create a difference.

For more information about this year’s NO MORE Week, please visit: NO MORE Week 2024 – UK SAYS NO MORE

‘Loneliness loop’ risks trapping young people in repeating cycle of abuse

A detailed study of intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA) among young people in the UK has found that a ‘loneliness loop’ risks trapping young people in a repeating cycle of abuse. The University of Bristol-led research, which analysed survey data from 3,000 young people, recommends early intervention to prevent young people from experiencing IPVA.

Young people described experiences of being silenced, either by not being believed about adverse childhood experiences, such as domestic or sexual violence and abuse, bullying or other forms of abuse, or by being negatively labelled as ‘bad’ when they acted out from those experiences. The resulting isolation and loneliness made them vulnerable to further abuse, which led to further isolation and loneliness.

Key recommendations include:

  • All schools should teach young people to recognise psychologically abusive and controlling aspects of relationships.
  • GP, maternity, and counselling services are uniquely placed to effectively respond to the needs of victims/survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse.
  • Staff working or in contact with young people, including those in schools, should be appropriately trained in trauma-informed care.

To access the full report, please visit: ‘Loneliness loop’ risks trapping young people in repeating cycle of abuse – News (bristol.ac.uk)

‘Her story, her justice’ – Advance report

‘Her story, her justice’ examines how the criminal justice system fails to respond to survivors of domestic abuse and details how the system could work better to secure more arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of perpetrators.

The fact is that 96% of domestic abuse crimes do not result in a prosecution. Even in cases where prosecution is successful, survivors often receive inadequate information and protection following their abuser’s conviction.

Analysis of Advance data shows that when the system works, outcomes for victims/survivors are markedly improved. ‘Her story, her justice’ is campaigning for a raft of recommended changes that it is believed will greatly improve outcomes for women who are brave enough to report their abuser.

To access the full report including recommendations, please visit: Advance report ‘Her Story, Her Justice’ – Advance Charity

North Lincolnshire MARAC/DASH training – Book your FREE space now!

The Blue Door are offering FREE ‘Multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC)/DASH’ training for North Lincolnshire practitioners, who work with anyone who is experiencing/at risk of domestic abuse.

The aims and objectives for the course are:

  • To develop an understanding of the MARAC process, the role of the IDVA, including an overview of the DASH risk assessment.
  • To have a clear understanding of the MARAC criteria.
  • To know when and how to complete a MARAC referral.
  • To identify the responsibility of agencies when dealing with domestic abuse cases.

The training will take place on Thursday 14th November 2024, 9:30am-1pm, at The Arc, 2 Lichfield Avenue, Scunthorpe, DN17 1QL.

To find out more about this training and to book your FREE space, please visit: North Lincolnshire MARAC/DASH Training Tickets, Thu 14 Nov 2024 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

For more useful information and resources about safeguarding adults and domestic abuse, please visit the NLSAB website www.northlincssab.co.uk

Many Thanks

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Provider Development Team