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Current Challenges with Assessing Risk & Adult Safeguarding during a Pandemic

September 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar Video  YouTube Link 

Deirdre Connelly Presentation HIQA

Social Care Ireland had to postpone this conference, which was scheduled for April, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. We are now going to run a zoom/webinar on the 22nd September from 12- 13:30. We will have a number of speakers with a panel discussion at the end, questions for the panel discussion can be sent in beforehand. The main aim of this webinar is to have an open discussion around the current challenges with assessing risk & safeguarding vulnerable adults, practitioners face when applying these principles safely into their current job role, during Covid-19. These are unprecedented times with infection control being the highest risk to everyone’s health. How do Health & Social Care Professional’s balance the risk, positive risk taking, person centered planning with safeguarding during and after a pandemic. What is the impact on the long term health of persons with disabilities? This is a complex labyrinth of policy and legislation underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,  and consideration needs to be given to many different areas that each carry there own significance.

Chaired by:  Mary McCarron, PhD, MA, RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Professor of Ageing   and Intellectual Disability and Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. She has had many senior leadership roles with Trinity College including Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery from 2009-2011,  and has served on the Senior Management Executive of the University from 2011 – 2019 as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Professor McCarron is a committed ageing research leader and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability & ageing, dementia, and end of life care.  She is the founder and Principal Investigator for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA) to be conducted in Ireland or internationally.

Mary will chair the questions relevant to the discussion, to each panel speaker. During the webinar we have a Q&A box that you can send you questions into, either using your name or anomalously.

We will have one Key note Speaker, which is Deirdre Connolly who will also join in the panel discussion after her keynote.  

Deirdre Connelly, HIQA will open up the discussion with a 15 minute presentation on, ‘Supporting  the implementation of the National Standards for Adult Safeguarding’

Biography: Deirdre works with HIQA, developing national standards and guidance for health and social care services. She led on the development of the National Standards for Adult Safeguarding, a joint set of standards with the Mental Health Commission, published in 2019, as well as the National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres. Deirdre is currently leading the development of new standards focused the care and support of children across the health and social care system. Before joining HIQA, Deirdre worked for the housing and homeless charity, Focus Ireland, as a frontline staff member and later in the area of quality standards and service user participation. Deirdre has a keen interest in the area of participation and co-production and how it can influence and shape quality health and social care services. She is a qualified social care practitioner and recently completed her Masters in Social Care Leadership and Management with TUDublin.

Patricia Rickard-Clarke, SAGE, ‘Why we need a legal framework for Adult Safeguarding legislation’

Biography: Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission.  She is the Independent Chair of Safeguarding Ireland clg and Chair of SAGE Advocacy clg.  She was a member of the HSE’s National Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act Steering Group preparing for the implementation of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Group appointed by the Minister for Health to draft a code of practice for Advance Healthcare Directives and was also a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group that developed the non-health care codes of practice for the 2015 Act.  She is author of the Irish section on the International Protection of Adults published by Oxford University Press and has contributed to a number of publications on topics related to decision-making capacity and rights of older and vulnerable adults, the latest being Changing Horizons in the 21st Century – Perspectives on Ageing published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2020.

Tim Hanley,  HSE Safeguarding team, ‘Adult Safeguarding in a times of Covid-19′

Biography: Tim studied as a Social Science undergraduate at UCC and qualified as a social worker from the University of Warwick in 1991. He completed a MA at Warwick with a dissertation on the self-organisation of people with Disabilities. Tim worked as a social worker in Glasgow between 1991 and 1995 as part of a Community Care Team. Since returning to Ireland in 1995 Tim has occupied various management positions within Child Care services in both the North East and Mid-West Areas.  Tim has a particular interest in the foster care and after care provision and would have played a key role in developing practice and policy within the HSE and TUSLA in these areas. Tim commenced as Principal Social Worker in HSE National Safeguarding Office in September 2015 and is currently General Manager of the Office. He plays a key role in supporting the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse policy

Louise McLoughlin, National Advocacy Services, ‘Remote Advocacy in a Pandemic- Balancing Risk & Safeguarding’

Biography: In overseeing NAS, Louise also oversees the Patient Advocacy Service which is delivered by NAS on behalf of the Department of Health. Louise has worked with NAS since 2011, and has been national manager since 2016. Louise is a Qualified Solicitor in Scots law and has expertise in the areas of advocacy and the rights of people with disabilities across three jurisdictions. Louise has a particular interest in capacity issues and safeguarding.

Louise is a member of the National Care Experience Survey Programme Steering Group, the HSE Disability Consultative Forum, Mental Health Commission’s Assurance Oversight Group for the Decision Support Service, the National Safeguarding Committee, and the Oversight Group for the Implementation of the Price Report into Women’s health care at Letterkenny hospital.

Marie Tighe, Project Manager, HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy, ‘Using policy to support people to make decisions in a pandemic- applying a human rights lens to advance care planning’

Marie’s areas of responsibility include the revision and oversight of the HSE National Consent Policy, the Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) Policy, Advance Care Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives. Marie held a number of senior management posts both at General Management, Director of Nursing and Programme Management Level in both general and children’s Acute Teaching Hospitals. She has extensive experience of the health and social care system. While working in the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Marie was a member of Council, Finance Committee, Quality and Risk Committee from 2002 to 2013, the Research and Ethics Committee from 2002 to 2015 and was a Director of the Research Foundation from 2012 to 2015.

Please send in any questions you would like to ask the panelist into cpd@socialcareireland.ie

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September 22, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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