Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: guidance for General Practice

Revised guidance to reflect developments in policy, practice and legislation both in the overall context of adult support and protection and in day-to-day activity. It provides information and detail to support practical application of the 2007 Act for GPs and staff in General Practice.

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Flowchart showing the journey from consultation to referral

First the patient consults with the GP or medical practitioner; the GP believes the patient may be at risk of harm; then from what the GP hears and sees from the patient, they identify the type of harm present; the professional then assess whether they believe the patient is able to safeguard themselves or if they are experiencing coercion, trauma or other outside pressures which may prevent them being able to safeguard theselves;  GP explores the situation more fully with the patient and discusses options; patient at risk of harm is informed that the GP needs to share relevant information about them and patient's response to this must be recorded; the GP should discuss the situation with their colleague or seek further guidance as appropriate; if required the GP may decide to contact their local Adult Support and Protection team/APC lead for advice; GP makes the decision whether to make an ASP referral or not; if the patient is believed to be at risk of harm a referral should be made and/or other support services cconsidered.

* To note: GP = General Practice staff member or individual GP



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