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Who are our Faculty leads?

Kim Bezzant

Main role: adult field lead for BN programme

Faculty lead role: Safeguarding

 

Kim’s role in safeguarding spans all areas of the Faculty and concerns all programmes. Her job is a mixture of proactive activities, such as raising the profile of the Faculty’s work and its development of policies and procedures in this area; and reactive activities, which include responding to safeguarding concerns. 

 

Kim is also involved in in reviewing the University’s safeguarding policy; monitoring the quality of our placements in respect of safeguarding procedures, pathways for complaints and reporting mechanisms; and in monitoring the Care Quality Commission (CQC) results too.

 

Kim Bezzant

Connecting expertise

Safeguarding involves liaising with other agencies such as local authorities, the Police, local health services, the University’s central safeguarding team, student services and other Faculty team members with relevant expertise.

 

Speaking out

Kim is regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars about safeguarding issues, particularly with regards to how the Faculty responds to, and deals with, these concerns. A recent public appearance at a Westminster briefing, along with Health Sciences colleague Diane Gow, included explaining how our Faculty is helping its students raise concerns in practice.

 

Providing confidence

Kim says: “I believe that students are in a unique position to be able to raise concerns, where others may not feel able to.  This is still a difficult job for a student to do so it’s absolutely key that we provide them with the confidence to be able to do it – particularly in light of the Francis report which highlighted the increasing importance of the issue.”

 

Through her role Kim has been able to develop the opportunity for some students on their last clinical placement to spend time with the safeguarding team in the local Clinical Commissioning Group, and experience how cases are dealt with at a more senior level. At the moment this is offered to BN students who are placed on medicine for older people at Southampton General Hospital, but Kim hopes to be able to offer it to PG Dip students too.

 

Plans afoot

 

Kim’s future plans for her role are to develop study sessions on safeguarding for academics, and putting a more formal safeguarding procedure for the Faculty in place. There are also plans for a safeguarding conference in 2015.

 

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