Published: 13 January 2014 at 13:29
Dr Forge to discuss work on improving A&E records during Anglia Ruskin talk
The role of how Accident and Emergency records can be used to safeguard children at risk will be discussed during a special public lecture at Anglia Ruskin University on Wednesday, 29 January (5pm).
The issue of ineffective documentation and information sharing was thrown into the spotlight by the cases of Victoria Climbié, Peter Connelly, Daniel Pelka and, most recently, Hamzah Khan, whose decomposed body was found in a cot at his home.
Dr Joyce Forge will present work from her six-year PhD research programme ‘Safeguarding Children: Child Records in Accident and Emergency – The Perspectives of Staff’ during the free public talk at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus.
When every child attends A&E, a form is completed containing personal details, a description of the injury, how the injury occurred, and the course of action taken. Dr Forge’s research, carried out within a Primary Care Trust, found that staff believe that written records are a good tool for communication, but existing records failed to focus satisfactorily on the child and therefore risks factors were not always recognised.
Dr Forge, who had worked as a general nurse, a community midwife and a health visitor before studying for her PhD at Anglia Ruskin, said: