Implementing the NHS Violence Reduction Strategy

Implementing the NHS Violence Reduction Strategy

24/04/2019

The NHS violence reduction strategy was launched in October last year and includes measures to better protect staff and prosecute offenders more easily. This followed the most recent NHS staff survey which showed that more than 15% of NHS employees have experienced violence from patients, their relatives or the public in the last 12 months – the highest figure for 5 years.

Today, MPs and NHS Chiefs are meeting to discuss how to implement the violence reduction strategy at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, which include a “No Force First” approach aimed at finding alternatives to physical restraints as a means of supporting people who become distressed.

£2m has been earmarked by the government especially for programmes to reduce violence, bullying and harassment against NHS staff, and Trusts around the country are introducing body cameras as a tool to help achieve this.

In a published study, Calla body cameras were shown to reduce the level of violent incidents and instances of use of emergency restraint at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. There were also no complaints regarding restraints during the study period compared to two, in the same period a year earlier.

With £8m already pledged from the government for paramedics to trial body cameras, the technology looks set to play a central part in the success of the NHS Violence Reduction Strategy.

Learn more about how body cameras can help NHS Trusts here

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