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Safeguarding Adults & Children

This page was last updated: March 2nd, 2021

Our staff are trained and committed to safeguarding adults and children as part of their professional practice. We have a responsibility to recognise and respond to adults or children that are in need of protection from significant harm and abuse.

We work as part of a multi-agency team to safeguard people who are at risk and meet our legal obligations as set in legislation such as the Care Act 2014.

Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by an act, or a failure to act, on the part of another person or persons. The categories of abuse are;

  • Physical Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Organisational abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Modern Slavery
  • Self-Neglect

Safeguarding Adults Team

Safeguarding Office

01872 255741

Safeguarding Lead Nurse & Named Nurse for Adults

Zoe Cooper

Safeguarding Adults Named Doctor

Dr Neil Pollard

Safeguarding Lead

Kim O’Keeffe

Specialist Nurse for Mental Health & Wellbeing, and Mental Capacity Lead

Lerryn Hogg

Acute Liaison Team for Learning Disabilities and/or Autism

Lerryn Hogg
Daniella Rubio
Adrian Quest
Jane Rees
Hannah Lyth

View our Patients with Learning Disabilities or Autism page.

Assistant Practitioner for Mental Health

Ben Gregg-Waller

Admiral Nurse (Dementia Specialist)

Tracey Frowde

Named Midwives for Safeguarding Children & Adults at Risk

Bernie Dolan & Suzie Williams

Hospital Advocate / IMCA

Kim Lees

Homeless Patient Advisor

Colette Jolly

Addaction Outreach Workers

Lee Derrick
Jo Sutcliffe

Safeguarding Administrator

Adam Annear

Team email

All the team can also be reached on their mobiles through the Royal Cornwall Hospital switchboard on 01872 250000.

View our Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedural Guidance.

Safeguarding Children Team

Child protection is everybody’s business and all health professionals have a vital role to play in actively promoting the health and wellbeing of children. The safeguarding children’s team is here to support, encourage and empower health staff to safeguard children.

RCHT subscribes to the South West Child Protection Procedures and is a core member of the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.

Named Nurse for Child Protection

Wendy Perkin
Pendragon House,
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
01872 255748

Named Doctor for Child Protection

Simon Bedwani
01872 252596

Named Midwife for Child Protection

Bernie Dolan / Suzie Williams
01872 255748

Medical Advice Community Paediatrics or Duty Doctor for Child Protection

01872 254552
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4pm

The Community Paediatrician for Safeguarding will be able to provide advice during office hours on 01872 254552. The on-call paediatric registrar will be able to provide advice out of hours. If necessary, discuss with the Named Nurse or Named Doctor (contact via switchboard).

To refer to social care

Contact the Children, Schools and Families (Children Social Care) Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 1231 116, Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.30pm

Out of hours, on weekends and Bank Holidays call 01208 251300 and ask for the duty social worker for children’s services.

Please send referrals to writing [encrypt] in the subject box”

Please record all discussions regarding safeguarding children carefully.

Mental Health and Capacity

Lerryn Hogg is our Specialist Nurse for Mental Health and Wellbeing and leads on the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and manages the use of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).

Our team can provide support and advice on the application of the Mental Capacity Act including:

  • The assessment of Mental Capacity
  • Making a ‘Best Interests’ decision
  • The application and monitoring of the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards within Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Lerryn and the specialist mental health team:

    • Provide specialist mental health advice and education to non psychiatric staff, to enable them to deal effectively with a range of mental health problems encountered in their clinical areas.
    • Provide support for staff in caring for patients experiencing acute mental distress or who have an enduring mental illness.
    • Build relationships with the patients to encourage trust, whilst listening to and interpreting their needs and concerns.
    • Evaluate and develop documentation, addressing the issues of standards of practice, quality of communication, and effective management of care.
Specialist Nurse for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Lerryn Hogg

Assistant Practitioner for Mental Health

Ben Gregg-Waller

Hospital Advocate / IMCA

Kim Lees

Safeguarding Adults
Pendragon House
Royal Cornwall Hospital
01872 255741
07789 876247

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