Safeguarding vulnerable adults
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Safeguarding vulnerable adults

Virginia Betts Formerly staff nurse, Forest Hospital, Nottingham, Derby University, Derby
Diane Marks-Maran Honorary professor of nursing, Kingston University, London, and St George’s, University of London, London
Trish Morris-Thompson Director of quality and clinical governance, Barchester Healthcare, London

This article explores some of the issues surrounding safeguarding vulnerable adults, examines some of the related legislation and literature, and outlines the responsibilities of those who care for this patient group. The article describes how one hospital that specialises in caring for people with early-onset dementia, Huntingdon’s disease and alcohol-related brain injury who require additional support, has provided staff with appropriate evidence-based information about safeguarding adults.

Nursing Standard. 28, 38, 37-41. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.38.37.e8587

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 20 November 2013

Accepted: 27 January 2014