Support during ASP activity
In General Practice you may require support around these issues (and indeed in all aspects of Adult Support and Protection), e.g., making a referral; information sharing; attending a Case Conference; any other ASP-related activity. If appropriate, seek guidance (from the person making the request / local practice policy / local HSCP Primary Care team etc.) and discuss the situation and intended actions confidentially.
If applicable, you may also wish to seek assistance from your local Caldicott Guardian. A Caldicott Guardian is a senior role for an organisation which processes health and social care personal data. They make sure that the personal information about those who use the organisation's services is used legally, ethically and appropriately, and that confidentiality is maintained.
Working with patients who are at risk of harm, and making decisions to protect them, can be stressful and have an emotional impact on the practitioner. Within your practice, it may be beneficial to establish an adult protection lead or champion who can advise as issues arise, and also assist with team debriefs as necessary.
Your Health Board will be able to signpost you to a range of wellbeing resources, alongside services such as occupational health if needed.
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