Health Staff safer as number of attacks falls by 40%

Nurses The number of physical assaults on staff at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust fell by 40% last year.

New statistics from the NHS Security Management Service show that there were 38 attacks in 2006/07, compared to 63 during 2005/06.

Across England, the figures show there were 55,709 physical assaults against NHS staff. This was 2,986 fewer than in 2005/06 – a fall of 5%.

The announcement comes as NHS trusts, including Northern Devon Healthcare, are taking part in Security Awareness Month throughout November – a campaign aimed at making NHS staff aware of how they can help to protect themselves and their colleagues from violence and abuse.

The message that violence and abuse against healthcare workers is unacceptable is being underlined through presentations, talks, newsletters and the internet.

Local measures in North Devon also include the appointment of a security-management specialist to lead work on the prevention of all types of crime, and the training of frontline staff in defusing and handling violent situations.

Jac Kelly, Trust Chief executive, said: “NHS staff do critical work to help the public and it is completely unacceptable that they should face any violence or aggression in the course of their job.

“We’re pleased that there were fewer assaults than the previous year, which shows we’re beginning to see success in our attempts to tackle violence. But even a single attack is one attack too many, so we’ll be continuing our work to reduce violence and to make sure that anyone who assaults a member of staff is dealt with by the courts.”

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Last updated: March 6, 2018