Peter Warburton – Lead Nurse Safeguarding Adults, Kingston CCG
“I’m a dual registered (learning disability and mental health) nurse and have worked in the NHS for 34 years. I started my first nurse training in 1984 for people with a learning disability, in what was Croydon Area Health Authority.
“Currently, I am working in the area of adult safeguarding. One of the ways my colleagues and I are working to improve care for people in South West London is by going out to meet people in the community to inform them about the meaning of adult safeguarding.
“We’ve been meeting with different community groups and giving informal presentations on how people can keep themselves and others safe from abuse, and how to get support. We have been focusing on older people but we want all ages and groups to know about safeguarding.
“The thing I like most about working within healthcare in south west London is direct interaction with the people we support, and with colleagues in all organisations. I love meeting people and listening to their stories, making things safer for people who use our health services and re-evaluating the ways in which we work.
“One of the most memorable things in my career, was watching a play put on by the Baked Bean Theatre company where many of the cast in the play were people who I had worked with and supported over the years. They wrote the plays themselves and starred in them, and they were all fantastic – I think it did wonders for their self-esteem and breaking down stigmas and stereotypes. I felt very proud of all of those people.”