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Violence against NHS staff in England reaches five-year high

Violence towards NHS staff continues to rise

Violence towards NHS staff continues to rise with results from the latest survey, worryingly revealing that 15.2% of have been the victim of physical violence from patients, relatives, or the public in 2017.

Nurses, ambulance workers, and doctors were those who reported being subject to violence while working.

A recent article, published by the BBC, offered a shocking insight into the type of serious assaults that NHS staff have endured. Incidents included being beaten unconscious, head-butted, and being held against their will. The effects of some of these attacks resulted not only in physical harm, but with some also experiencing psychological trauma.

Due to the ongoing violence endured by NHS staff new measures are to be introduced to improve safety and reduce the thousands of assaults reported each year.

Steps taken to protect staff will include:

  • A new partnership between Police, NHS, and Crown Prosecution Service will allow for quicker prosecution of offenders.
  • NHS Trusts will face strenuous care inspections on the quality of their plans to reduce violence against staff.
  • Staff will receive improved training on how to deal with violent situations, including challenging circumstances such as dealing with patients who suffer with dementia or mental health issues.
  • Implementation of a new system that gives staff the ability to record assaults more easily.

Further information on this NHS violence reduction strategy can be found here.

References: 

1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46029884

2. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/31/violence-against-nhs-staff-in-england-reaches-five-year-high

3. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/stronger-protection-from-violence-for-nhs-staff 

Article Published 1.11.2018