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Date: 30 September 2023

Time: 18:06


At University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) we are committed to keeping our patients – both children and adults – and visitors safe.

All staff receive training to enable them to identify a safeguarding concern and respond appropriately.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham routinely admits patients aged 16 or over. However, patients still classed as children until they are 18 years old.

The Trust's executive board lead for safeguarding is Philip Norman, Chief Nurse.

The Trust's safeguarding team consists of:

  • Trust lead for safeguarding adults and named nurse for safeguarding children: Ruth O’Leary
  • Named doctor for safeguarding children: Dr Ashish Singal
  • Clinical nurse specialists for safeguarding: Jane Lovell, Sarah Dempsey, Sam Collins and Genine Williams
  • Safeguarding practitioners for children: Lucy Chadwick and Becca Cooke

The safeguarding team provides the following services to UHB and Umbrella sexual health services:

  • Advice, support and guidance to staff with regard to safeguarding
  • Advice, support and guidance to staff with regard to mental capacity and best interests
  • Advice, support and guidance to staff with regard to Prevent, the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy
  • Safeguarding training
  • Safeguarding supervision
  • Audit

The team is also actively involved in local and national initiatives, and in Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board and Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board. 

If you have immediate concerns for a person’s safety, please call the police on 999.

If you have concerns about safeguarding for an adult, please call 0121 303 1234 to refer to the Adult Community Access Point.

If you have concerns about a child, please call 0121 303 1888 (0121 675 4806 out of hours) to refer to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

You can also contact NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or visit their website.

If you are a child and you are concerned about your own safety please call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit their website.

You can contact the hospital safeguarding team to discuss safeguarding issues or provide feedback on our service.

Telephone: 07500 850633

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