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30 June 2022


Health Safeguarding for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Welcome to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding website. We hope you will find this a useful ‘one stop shop’ for all your safeguarding needs, providing up to date information, learning, development and useful resources.

The safeguarding team is here to support staff to keep children and vulnerable adults safe and to make sure that the right steps are taken when there are concerns that a patient might be at risk of harm due to abuse or neglect.

This website provides access to free safeguarding training, lessons shared from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, news, national updates and links to our local safeguarding boards.

Please contact us if you need advice or guidance: 

Concerned about a child?

Staffordshire: 0300 111 8007 

Stoke-on-Trent: 01782 235100

Concerned about a child? Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board

Safeguarding Children Partnership

Concerned about an adult?

Staffordshire: 0345 604 2719

Stoke-on-Trent: 0800 561 0015

How to report abuse

Meet the Safeguarding Team

  • Paula Carr - Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
    Paula Carr - Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

    Hello my name is Paula Carr. I am the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB bringing a safeguarding strategic perspective to commissioning.

    I qualified as a registered General Nurse in 1982 and continued my career in health visiting, during which time I extended my safeguarding legal literacy by successfully achieving a Masters Degree in Childcare Law and Practice at the University of Keele. I specialised as a Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children in 2003, one of the first appointments following the recommendations of the Climbie Inquiry, and became Designated Nurse in 2008.

    My current role extends to being the representative of one of the key partners of the Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Board and its sub-committees of Quality Assurance, Performance, Training and Development and Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews.  I also am vice Chair of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Child Death Overview Panel.

    Myself and my colleagues lead on various local work streams including FGM, Domestic Abuse, Youth Violence, Tackling Child Exploitation and Neglect.

    I have always had a special interest with regards Looked after Children and, outside of my current role, am an independent member of Stoke-on-Trent’s Adoption Panel.

     

  • Stephanie Nightingale - Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children for South Staffordshire
    Stephanie Nightingale - Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children for South Staffordshire

    Hello my name is Stephanie Nightingale and I am the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB. My role also extends to chairing the Child Safeguarding Practice Review sub group and represent one of the key partners in the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB). I became a Registered Nurse in 1990 and continued my career into Midwifery and Health Visiting, completing a degree in Public Health and later in Advanced Child Protection. During my time working as a Health Visitor and Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children, I was fortunate to work across Europe as well as Wales, Scotland, Derby and Birmingham in acute and community settings where my experiences were extremely varied, challenging but also rewarding. I commenced working for the CCGs in 2017, providing an enhanced understanding of strategic safeguarding from a commissioning perspective. I currently lead on local work streams including Domestic Abuse, FGM and Serious Violence and support the sharing and embedding of learning from child safeguarding practice reviews across Staffordshire.

     

  • Hazel Edwards - Designated Nurse for Looked after Children and Safeguarding
    Hazel Edwards - Designated Nurse for Looked after Children and Safeguarding

    Hello my name is Hazel Edwards.  I am a Designated Nurse for Looked after Children and Safeguarding for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB, leading and supporting all activities necessary to ensure that the ICB meet their responsibilities in relation to Looked after Children.

    I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and worked on a general paediatric hospital ward.  I further qualified as a Registered Sick Childrens Nurse in 1990, and later obtained a Masters in Health Studies.  My NHS career has been with children and adolescents both in the acute hospital setting and then the community within Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. 

    I have a keen interest in vulnerable children and multi-agency partnership working, and was seconded to a Youth Offending Team for ten years working with children and families within the criminal justice system.

    I specialised as a Named Nurse for Looked after Children and then in 2017 became a Designated Nurse.  My current role works alongside the Designated Nurses for Safeguarding and the Designated Doctors for LAC to lead and support all activities necessary to ensure that organisations within the health community meet their responsibilities to support the health and wellbeing of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent’s population of Looked after Children.

     

  • Lisa Bates - Designated Nurse for Adult Safeguarding
    Lisa Bates - Designated Nurse for Adult Safeguarding

    I am a qualified Adult Nurse and have enjoyed a very varied and interesting career across acute and secondary care working on acute medical wards and within community nursing teams prior to going into a Specialist Tissue Viability Role. My interest in safeguarding developed through my role within a specialist multi-agency team supporting failing care homes. This led to a job offer as the first Adult Nurse within Staffordshire & Stoke to work in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding hub in 2012. 

    My role of Clinical Advanced Practitioner broadened my understanding of the challenges of ensuring adults with care and support needs are protected from harm. It made me appreciate the sheer volume of concerns raised with the local authority and fired my ambition to ensure those most vulnerable who don’t have a voice are represented and their concerns heard and responded to.

    I moved into commissioning in 2014 and took the post of Designated Nurse for Adults covering the South of Staffordshire. In 2019, I took on the role covering both North and South Staffordshire including Stoke-on-Trent and also the role of Vice Chair to the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Board. I also Chair the Adult Safeguarding Board Executive sub-committee and Vice Chair the Safeguarding Adult Review sub-group.

    I have extensive involvement in adult multi-agency case reviews, both statutory and non-statutory in the area including a number of Domestic Homicide Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews.

    I also ensure all health commissioned services are delivering the requirements of the Prevent Agenda and represent the Health Partnership at both Staffordshire & Stoke Prevent Boards.

    I work within a small team who complete enquiries for health funded patients where there are clinical neglect concerns and this feeds into the multi-agency partnership work providing scrutiny to failing services to ensure those in receipt of services are protected from harm and neglect.

    I work with NHS England on local, regional and national networks and completed the NHSE Clinical Leadership in Safeguarding.

    During my time in commissioning, I have received the Accountable Officers award and an Innovation award for work I did implementing an MCA toolkit within an App for front line practice.

  • Heidi Watts - Deputy Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults
    Heidi Watts - Deputy Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults

    My name is Heidi Watts – I am the Deputy Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults.

    I’ve been a qualified nurse for 22 years, with a background in Accident and emergency, district nursing, health coaching, continuing health care, and safeguarding adults. I have worked in NHS commissioning for over 10 years now and I enjoy the strategic work that we do, looking at the whole health economy and working in partnership with other agencies to improve quality and safety for our patients.

    My role involves working closely with other partners on the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. safeguarding adults partnership board and acting as a specialist within my organisation for safeguarding adults. 

    Our work in the safeguarding adults team involves being a strong advocate for adults with care and support needs who are, or are at risk of being abused.

    We also find ways to improve quality within the health system and promote and disseminate learning from safeguarding adults reviews and domestic homicide reviews.  We hold ourselves and our health partners to account for our safeguarding systems and processes.   

  • Dr Janey Merron - Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding
    Dr Janey Merron - Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding

    Hi, my name is Janey Merron and I am Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding Children for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB. 

    I have been an NHS GP for the last 18 years, spending the first 12 years as a GP Principal and the latter 6 years as a Sessional GP. During my postgraduate training, I undertook Paediatric training at Sandwell Hospital in Birmingham.

    When I was appointed as Named GP for Child Safeguarding in 2010, one of my primary areas of focus was to extensively develop my legal literacy around relevant legal frameworks to support and drive safeguarding strategy.

    I was recruited as Designated Doctor In January 2021. This is a strategic role, working with police, social care and education to promote the highest standards of safeguarding practice.

    My overriding belief is that safeguarding is the ‘golden thread’ which runs through all aspects of working with families.

    I have a full understanding of what safeguarding means within the sustainability and transformation plans, in line with the Care Act 2014, Making Safeguarding Personal, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018). I have achieved these competencies by studying for a Masters in Childcare Law and Practice at Keele University (120 credits/Diploma level attained to date), attending a 2-day Clinical Leadership in Safeguarding course run by NHS England, and more recently attending the Executive Leadership in Safeguarding course, all of which have strengthened my knowledge and skills regarding operational accountability for safeguarding.

    The highlight of my safeguarding career was to be awarded the Midlands region ‘Safeguarding Star’ award, for work towards developing an innovative health safeguarding website, supporting development of ICB and also for contributions to safeguarding at a regional and national level.

    In my personal time I am a passionate outdoors enthusiast and am happiest camping with my family, running, hiking, skiing and sailing. I also have a growing menagerie of pets!

     

  • Dr Hassan Zoaka - Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding South Staffordshire
    Dr Hassan Zoaka - Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding South Staffordshire

    Hi, I am Dr Hassan Zoaka a member of the Children’s Staffordshire Safeguarding Team. My role in the team is that of Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB and I started this role in 2016

    My primary job role is that of Consultant Community Paediatrician for Lichfield and its environment. However, I will soon move to cover Stafford and its environment from January 2022.

    I have worked in Staffordshire for the last 20 years and held other responsibilities within the vulnerable children services including Medical Adviser for Adoption and I have intermittently covered the role of Designated Doctor for Look after Children (LAC). I have also worked as a general paediatrician in both Queen’s Hospital Burton and Stafford County Hospital.

     

  • Dr Lorna MacColl - Named GP for Safeguarding Children and Adults
    Dr Lorna MacColl - Named GP for Safeguarding Children and Adults

    My name is Dr Lorna MacColl.  I work for the ICB Safeguarding Team as a ‘Named GP’ primarily in the south and east of Staffordshire.  I also work as a GP. 

    A large part of my role is bridging between primary care (general practice) and the many other safeguarding partners to ensure our children and families are kept safe.   I work at partnership level with police, social care, housing, commissioned providers amongst many others.  I support child case review processes and work to develop primary care safeguarding practice in line with learning from these reviews and other priority areas.    

    As a team of 3, we provide advice and guidance to primary care colleagues, a programme of safeguarding development, support the ICB statutory safeguarding obligations, offer guidance to safeguarding partners in relation to health matters and support the safeguarding board in their duties and priorities.

     

  • Dr Ulka Choudhary - Named GP for Safeguarding Children for South Staffordshire
    Dr Ulka Choudhary - Named GP for Safeguarding Children for South Staffordshire

    Hello, my name is Ulka. I am Named GP for Children safeguarding for South Staffordshire.

    My background is that I am a trained radiologist but changed my career to become general practitioner after coming to UK. I did my GP vocational training from North Staffs Royal Infirmary (now UHNM). I am GP Principal for last 20 Years.

    I joined as Named GP in 2014, I do one session of named GP and my role keeps me connected with the safeguarding and General Practice. I do feel my role as a Named GP helps me to give advice to my local team/PCN.

    In my spare time I enjoy doing Indian classical dance (Kathak), cooking, gardening and tidying house.

     

  • Dr Rachael Jolley - Named GP for Safeguarding Children for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
    Dr Rachael Jolley - Named GP for Safeguarding Children for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

    My name is Rachael Jolley and I am the Named GP for Child Safeguarding for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB.

    I have been an NHS GP for just over 3 years.  I’ve had an interesting journey getting to this point, after initially training as a paediatric nurse, I then went on to study medicine, working as a paediatric nurse at the Royal Stoke University Hospital alongside my studies. After qualifying as a doctor, I went on to do my GP training.

    My background in paediatrics provided me with links, knowledge and skills that I have been keen not to lose.  I have worked as one of the on-call GPs for the Donna Louise Hospice and was keen to pursue my interest in child safeguarding.

    I was recruited as the Named GP for Child Safeguarding in March 2021 and started the role in September. I am excited about my role and working with proactive teams and my colleagues in health and social care to make a positive difference to children in our local communities and safeguarding pathways and protocols.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, baking and if I get chance – painting!

     

  • Sue Lloyd - Nurse Practitioner for the Child Death Overview Process for South Staffordshire
    Sue Lloyd - Nurse Practitioner for the Child Death Overview Process for South Staffordshire

    Hello, my name is Sue Lloyd, I am Nurse Practitioner for the Child Death Overview Process for South Staffordshire. My role involves responding to child deaths and being involved throughout the process of reviewing the death and identifying learning from these, including supporting families and providing multi-disciplinary training.

    I qualified as a children’s nurse in 1997 and began my career at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where I worked in general paediatrics as well as on neonatal and paediatric surgical wards for several years. I also have experience working as nurse for a children’s charity.

    I went on to do further study gaining my Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) degree and professional qualification in 2008, I undertook the postgraduate Transfer of Fields (School Nursing) module in 2018. I worked for many years in Stafford as a Health Visitor and Strengthening Families’ Practitioner before staring my current role in June 2021.

    Losing a child is the worst heartbreak a parent can experience. Therefore, I am keen to learn from these tragic deaths and identify anything that might prevent it happening again and to another family. My experience in acute nursing and family health enables me to have a broad and holistic view of children’s lives.

     

  • Lynda Whitfield - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse
    Lynda Whitfield - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse

    My name is Lynda Whitfield and my role is Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse.

    Prior to joining the Adult Safeguarding Team in 2016, I worked as a District and Diabetes Nurse Staffordshire. I found both roles rewarding and challenging, but particularly enjoyed managing the District Nursing team on a daily basis and acting as a role module to set standards to ensure patients achieved high quality evidenced based care.   

    The main aspect of my current role is to undertake safeguarding enquiries relating to clinical neglect or omissions in care, and quality assurance assessments of nursing home providers whose compliance has been identified as inadequate or under the scrutiny or Large Scale Enquiry process.

    Working within the safeguarding team has given me the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge in regards to Adult Safeguarding procedures and inter–agency working.

    An aspect of the role that I enjoy is sharing the knowledge I have gained throughout my career to support other professionals.

     

  • Steve Orme - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse
    Steve Orme - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse

    Hi my name is Steve, and I’m one of the Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurses.

    We work with the wider Safeguarding Team in order to investigate any allegations of clinical neglect to ensure the safety of our clients and improve their quality of life.

    We also work closely with care homes across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in order to improve their services and ensure the safety of their residents.

  • Katy Dewick - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse
    Katy Dewick - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse

    Hi my name is Katy, I’m one of the Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurses.

    We work with the wider Safeguarding Team in order to investigate any allegations of clinical neglect to ensure the safety of our clients and improve their quality of life.

    We also work closely with care homes across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent in order to improve their service and ensure the safety of their residents.

  • Kathy Feltham - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse
    Kathy Feltham - Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurse

    Hi my name is Kathy Feltham, I am one of the Adult Safeguarding and Nursing Home Support Nurses in the Adult Safeguarding Team.  I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse by profession and have worked in the NHS for almost 40 years.  I have worked more specifically in the field of safeguarding in the last few years of my career.  I have a passion for the care of older people. My current role in the ICB involves completing safeguarding enquiries where an individual is in receipt of continuing health care funding, supporting and advising care homes as part of this process.  I also have an interest in the Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice.

     

  • Jane Mullock - Safeguarding Support Officer for Children and Adults, North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
    Jane Mullock - Safeguarding Support Officer for Children and Adults, North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

    Hello my name is Jane Mullock and I am the Safeguarding Support Officer for Children and Adults covering North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (Mandy Broda covers South Staffordshire).  I support the Designated Doctor and Designated Nurses for Safeguarding Children and Adults, along with the Designated Nurse for Looked after Children (LAC).

    I joined the ICB 8 years ago working within commissioning; in 2015 I began working as the Project Support Officer in the primary care team and I have been in my current role within the safeguarding team since 2018.

    If you have any Safeguarding or LAC queries and not sure who the best person to approach, please contact me in the first instance, as they say ‘always happy to help’.

     

     

  • Mandy Broda - Safeguarding Support Officer for Adults and Children for South Staffordshire
    Mandy Broda - Safeguarding Support Officer for Adults and Children for South Staffordshire

    Hi my name is Mandy Broda, I am the Safeguarding Support Officer for Adults and Children in the South of the County, working alongside Jane Mullock who covers the North of the County.  We support the Designated Professionals for Safeguarding Adults and Children assisting them in all areas of their work.  I joined the ICB in 2019, having previously worked in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub as a Researcher for Safeguarding Adults.

    I am happy to be the first point of contact for any safeguarding queries.

     

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