Chelle Farnan, Designated Nurse Safeguarding Adults

What made you decide to study the MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice?

As a Safeguarding Adult lead in the NHS it seemed a perfectly natural step to continue my professional education with a dedicated safeguarding qualification and as I already held a BSc, an MA was logical. This MA was the only one of its kind that was exclusively focused on all things safeguarding adults.

What did you find/have you found to be the most interesting aspect of the course’s content?

The genesis of safeguarding adults was an excellent place to form the foundation of safeguarding adult knowledge. Though for me, this course sparked a love affair with the Mental Capacity Act specifically and Human Rights legislation generally.

What other aspects to the course have you particularly appreciated or enjoyed?

The structure of the course into modules with dedicated teaching weeks worked well for me as a busy working mum who doesn’t live anywhere near Keele (I’m in Essex) – I was able to block-book childcare and the time off work and really focus on the course content for the week. I’ve also made friends for life and we’re still in contact via social media.

Has the course been useful for you professionally?

Having a strong grounding in the legal context that safeguarding adults operates has stood me in excellent stead both within the NHS and with wider stakeholders in cross government, public sector and third sector organisations. The pace of change has been unprecedented in this respect and this course enabled me to play a role at the forefront of developments.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of applying for the course?

Be prepared to have to prioritise completion of the workload and don’t be discouraged if you fail initially – I had to resubmit my dissertation!

What have you done since completing the course?

As I said earlier, thanks to this course, I have become something of an MCA anorak/geek-girl and this has afforded me many opportunities. Not least of which was a wonderfully enjoyable secondment with the National Safeguarding Team at NHS England and NHS Improvement to work on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 from a national perspective. On Twitter I was able to launch the #MCA_LPS, I share important developments via @chelleefarnan and post guidance via FutureNHS Safeguarding Collaborative Platform and support the work of the National Mental Capacity Forum.