Now we are two ! Indeed yes there are now two of us contributing to this blog and quite likely a third to join us soon . The PCCSF continues to thrive an contribute to various National consultations . Safeguarding is once again in a state of flux . The forth coming Consortia need to be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat and all Named folk need to be deciding how they will convince their colleagues that their role remains a necessity . Very much on the plus side is the long awaited publication of the Intercollegiate Competency Document . This provides guidance which we hope in turn will be adopted by the Care Quality Commission when it comes to setting standards for Registration . There is even the possible that those who seek to revalidate us will take heed . The good news is that we have support now for 2 hours of training in the Safeguarding realm per year per GP . Interesting times indeed .
PCCSF is an independent professional organisation set up to
support doctors with an interest or involvement in protecting
and safeguarding children. At present, it is funded by membership subscription, run as a not-for-profit company. PCCSF is affiliated to the Alliance of Primary Care Societies from the Royal College of General Practitioners.
We welcome members from all four UK jurisdictions, representing doctors from Primary Care with an interest in
the protection and promotion of welfare of children and young people. Our membership is predominantly GPs but we welcome doctors from other specialties interested in this work.
The benefits of membership include:
· A secure email discussion group;
· A regular newsletter;
· An annual conference ( The 7th is at RCGP in 2014)
A special seminar was held in 2013 to help define the role on Named GPs for Safeguarding Children and prepare a position statement on primary care safeguarding. Membership has grown year by year from 24 in 2007 to 70 in 2014.
For details of membership contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair, PCCSF