Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust declarations on single sex accomodation and safeguarding children.
Single Sex Accommodation Declaration
We are committed to ensuring our patients receive care in environments that support their privacy and dignity. It’s important we offer the best possible experience to our patients.
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice.
We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure patients who are admitted to our hospitals have access to same sex accommodation. This means, all patients who stay in our hospital facilities will have their own single bedroom, with an ensuite bathroom.
If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of that audit at our Board meeting.
What is mixed sex accommodation?
Mixed sex accommodation is where patients of opposite gender have to share either sleeping accommodation, toilets or washing facilities.
What do we mean by same sex accommodation?
Same sex accommodation can be provided in:
• single sex wards, where the whole ward is occupied by men or women only in single rooms
• mixed wards, where men and women are in separate bays or rooms.
Separate toilet and washing facilities for men and women should also be provided, preferably within or next to the bay or room. Patients should not need to pass through opposite sex accommodation or toilet and washing facilities to access their own.
Safeguarding Children Declaration
The Board of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is assured that the following requirements are in place in line with the recommendations of the Care Quality Commission to ensure that systems and processes are in place to safeguard children and young people:
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust meets all statutory requirements in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service;
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has a child protection policy in place that meets with the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children;
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has a process in place that meets with the standards agreed by NHS South to ensure all children who miss an outpatient appointment about whom there are safeguarding concerns are flagged with the safeguarding team;
All eligible staff within Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have undertaken Level 1 Child Protection Training;
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has undertaken an audit of safeguarding training needs and outcomes and all recommendations are being delivered;
The Named Nurse for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Jenny Harmston is in place to fulfill the requirements as detailed in Working Together to Safeguard Children and the named Doctor is Dr. Ellen Wilkinson.
The Board level Executive Lead with the responsibility for safeguarding in Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is Sharon Linter, Director of Nursing.
The Board of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust reviewed Children’s and Young People’s Safeguarding systems and processes in June 2016. These will be monitored by our Safeguarding Group which reports to the Quality and Governance Committee at least annually.
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Trade Union (Facility Time)
As part of its commitment to ensuring the views of staff are represented, the Trust has a number of union representatives. These are either full-time roles or are undertaken in addition to the individual’s full-time (equivalent) role in the organisation. Full details are set out in the following tables: