A joint inspection of adult support and protection measures in Moray has found some clear strengths in ensuring adults at risk of harm are safe, protected and supported.

The key strengths included:

Partnership staff were committed to improving the safety, health, and wellbeing of adults at risk of harm.The partnership supported the adult at risk’s involvement in adult support and protection processes. The collaborative work with advocacy was strong.The partnership’s approach to assessments of capacity was timely and effective.

However, inspectors also identified important areas of improvement in the partnership’s key processes for adult support and protection. These included:

Prior to December 2021, Moray Health and Social Care Partnership did not have operational adult support and protection guidance. As a result, it is not clear how strategic and operational management could be confident that practice was being delivered in line with statutory duties.The partnership should ensure that full adult support and protection investigations are carried out for all adults at risk of harm who require them.The partnership should seek to improve the quality of chronologies, risk assessments, and protection plans. This will impact positively on the management of risk for adults at risk of harm.Strategic leaders should strengthen governance of adult support and protection practice. There should be robust measures in place to identify concerns early and promptly implement remedial action.

Edith Macintosh, interim Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate, said: “The partnership started implementing its improvement plan at a challenging time. The improvements made resulted in new adult protection operational guidance and improvements to access arrangements. There was evidence of early progress, however a lack of resources adversely impacted on progressing change.

“We have asked the Moray partnership to develop their improvement plan to address the priority areas for improvement we have identified. The Care Inspectorate, through its link inspector, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate Constabulary in Scotland will monitor progress implementing this plan.”

The full report can be read here.

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