Archive for April 30th, 2012

April 30, 2012

Developing our MARAC thinking – what is the role of GPs?

Some of you will have read in our e-News about the work that is going on in relation to supporting MARACs around the country.  The joy of having a blog is that I can sometimes sneak out information about what we are doing before it is 100% official.  It is a habit that makes me universally popular with my colleagues!

As you will know by now, we see working more effectively with health practitioners as a key way of helping to address domestic abuse and achieving our goals of halving the number of high risk victims from 100,000 to 50,000 and halving the time it takes to get effective help from 5 to 2.5 years. Lots of people ask us about how they can be engaging GPs with their local MARAC as a way to reach just about everyone who experiences DV.  We were really fortunate to be able to hold a small workshop last week with some of the dedicated MARAC practitioners who faithfully advise on these sorts of practical issues as well as the IRIS team who have done such great work engaging with GPs in relation to DV.

The short answer is that there is a huge range of practice occurring from no contact at all with the local MARAC in most areas, to regular GP referrals in a handful of areas.  Some safeguarding nurses are actively liaising with GPs ensuring that relevant information is shared both with the MARAC and from the MARAC.

Our plan is to hold another similar event in Bristol in a few weeks and then draft a toolkit which will give a few different care pathways – hopefully offering everyone something realistic and helpful for their area.

Do you have any practical ideas to share?  If so, do let me know – either via the blog comments, or to our help desk at marac@caada.org.uk – thank you.