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Nurse-led team transforms care of vulnerable adults in the emergency department

A Vulnerable Adult Support Team’s service has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

A Vulnerable Adult Support Team’s service has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

A pioneering team of assistant practitioners created and led by a nurse consultant has been trained to meet the psychosocial needs of vulnerable adult patients attending the emergency department (ED) of Southampton General Hospital.

The Vulnerable Adult Support Team (VAST) is providing interventions for a wide range of issues – including substance use, homelessness, sexual violence and human trafficking – in a service recognised as 'outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

‘It can take significant time to unravel the complex situations our patients find themselves in and this is time well spent’

Chris Hill, consultant

‘Southampton's VAST provides a cohort of specialist support staff (Agenda for

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