POVA complications – more questions than answers

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By MARTIN WIGG, Independent care consultant, Tel: 020 83861126 Email: mcewigg@aol.com| The reality of operating the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) scheme has now begun and some care homes have had experience of the system to the point of reporting staff to the Secretary of State. These problems seem to centre around the fact that the Department of Health (DoH) Guidance was not published until July of this year and the local authority adult protection procedures were drafted earlier and are based on the DoH No Secrets document published in 2001. The July Guidance is radically different from No Secrets. Conflicting requirements Hertfordshire registered providers/managers have been concerned that they have been instructed by the local authority¹s Adult Protection Team (APT) not to carry out an investigation when they have notified it of an alleged abuse. To follow such an instruction to the letter would place the registered provider at variance with the Employment Act requirements to follow a disciplin

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