Child and Adult protection work will continue to be a priority for NHS Shetland.
This is a time when Children and Vulnerable Adults will be at greater risk due to the impacts of Early Learning, Childcare, School, Community support and business closures.
Family confinement and isolation alongside physical and psychological health impacts could be a trigger for abuse and neglect.
High stress home environment will increase the likelihood of domestic abuse.
The pandemic may be used by individuals or groups as an opportunity for criminal or sexual exploitation of children and Vulnerable Adults.
The ongoing support of a named person or first point of contact will be significant in supporting families and identifying risk, especially if the customary named person is not available.
For all children who are seen in A&E and are on Child Protection Register or Looked After Children and are told to self isolate, the relevant Social Worker will be informed of this situation by the Nurse Advisor Child and Adult Protection or appropriate staff member if out of hours. This will ensure our multi agency colleagues are aware of situation that vulnerable children are in.
Child and Adult Protection referrals will be submitted and processed as normal.
Information sharing protocols will not change. Health background information will continue to be required when requested.
This year the Scottish Government are introducing a national Everyone Matters Pulse Survey as the staff experience measurement for 2020, and NHS Shetland and the SCI are keen for as many staff as possible to take part to represent Shetland's Health and Social Care staff experience to let the Scottish Government know how we are doing, but also to produce meaningful feedback for us to act on locally to try and make things better.
The survey takes around 10 minutes and is open from 1st to 22nd September.
A message from Podiatry Manager, Chris Hamer:
NHS Shetland Podiatry Services are commencing a phased return to service provision from Monday 10th August 2020.
All previous service users and newly referred patients will be contacted by letter inviting them to telephone the service to arrange a mutually agreed appointment date and time.