A project set up following the murder of a vulnerable man in Cornwall five years ago has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
The safeguarding initiative resulted from a serious case review into the killing of Steven Hoskin from St Austell. Mr Hoskin, who had severe learning difficulties, was tortured and murdered in July 2005 when he was forced to jump from a 100ft railway viaduct in the town.
Despite Mr Hoskin regularly being in contact with police, health and care services, information was held separately within each agency and not shared – a common theme identified in serious case reviews both nationally and locally.
NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust set up a local central database to enable information regarding vulnerable individuals to be shared as appropriate.
Now the project is in the running for a “patient safety improvement award” in the Nursing Times awards, which recognise the innovation and excellence across the UK.
Carol Williams, the trust’s director of nursing, said: “I am delighted that the safeguarding adults team has been shortlisted for such a highly regarded national award.”
Winners will be announced at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on October 31.
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