Vulnerable Adults & Children

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Vulnerable Adult Training – provided by Judi Barham

Judi Barham is a general dental practitioner who has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years. More recently she also qualified in Law and has a Masters Degree in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice. Her special interest and dissertation topic was the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).

As Dental Professionals we all have responsibilities to recognise, raise and refer as appropriate any concerns regarding those members of society who cannot protect themselves against neglect and abuse and this includes vulnerable adults. This responsibility has been recognised by the GDC which now includes Safeguarding as recommended CPD for all registrants.

Vulnerable adults require careful consideration regarding consent for a proposed course of treatment.  You need to be able to apply the provisions of the MCA 2005 practically to assess the capacity of vulnerable adults and whether they have the necessary capacity to consent to a particular treatment and what to do if they do not.

The new style CQC inspections have recently focused on both Safeguarding and capacity & consent and this training session/workshop will equip your team with the knowledge expected at such inspections. Whistleblowing and the duty of candour are also covered in this session.

Learning goals Safeguarding Adults

  • Recognise vulnerable adults potentially in need of safeguarding
  • Understand/recognise the different types of abuse
  • Clarify our roles and responsibilities and when action is appropriate
  • Understand the referral pathways in cases of concern
  • Acknowledge and understand the local and national policies, procedures and legislation which support safeguarding
  • Apply principles of patient confidentiality and information sharing
  • Understand what is meant by “whistleblowing” and the requirements for us
  • gain insight into the challenges of treating vulnerable adults and what help and support is available to us

The combined Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Mental Capacity Act training lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours and is practice based (the recommended group size is no more than 24).

The cost is £250 for the combined training (if more than 24 in the session costs will be slightly more to cover the cost of additional handouts).

Training for just Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults or Mental Capacity Act can also be provided independently and these sessions lasts approximately 2 hours each and cost £150 each (subject to numbers).  A certificate will be provided at the end for all to satisfy the CQC/Area Team and CPD requirements.

To arrange training contact Judi at  or by mobile telephone on 07731695943