From 9 April 2015, St Christopher’s End of Life Journal will be published and hosted online by BMJ
All journal articles will be transferred to the new BMJ journal website and our current journal website will close
Existing journal subscribers will need to sign up to the new BMJ site in order to access journal articles as we are unable to share subscriber details due to data protection. We will email all subscribers on 9 April with a quick link to sign up.
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Penny Hansford, Editor in Chief, St Christopher’s End of Life Journal
Safeguarding of vulnerable adults at the end of life
All palliative care patients are defined as vulnerable people. It is the responsibility of healthcare practitioners to be aware of vulnerable adults in their care, whatever the care setting, and to develop and utilise strategies to respond where that vulnerability leads to abuse of people’s human rights. Healthcare practitioners must also develop practical means by which vulnerable adults may be protected from neglect or abuse. It is important that healthcare practitioners acknowledge that vulnerable adults may be at risk of being harmed or neglected by another carer. The most common forms of abuse are neglect and financial abuse. This article will define key terms relating to the protection of vulnerable adults and make suggestions, based on current legislation and policy documents, to assist practitioners to recognise vulnerable, neglected or abused adults in their care and to respond appropriately.