Increased violence against Humber NHS staff

Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by KCFM

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There’s been an increase in acts of verbal and physical abuse towards staff at Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

The latest figures for the Trust show there’s been a significant rise in verbal abuse, with 40 incidents over the last twelve months compared to just 10 in the previous year.

The number of acts of physical violence have also slightly increased, with 109 recorded incidents in 2014 compared to 105 in 2013.

Across the UK, there were 68,000 assaults against NHS workers in 2014, an increase of 5,000 on the previous year.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Humber NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Sadly, violence against NHS workers is not uncommon. Our staff have a right to work, as our patients have a right to be treated, in an environment that is properly safe and secure and this is an area we continually monitor to identify patterns that can help us improve our healthcare settings.”

“The percentage of our staff that have experienced harassment, bullying, physical violence or abuse from patients, relatives or the public is lower than the national average figure for mental health and learning disability trusts according to the recently published NHS National staff survey.”

“Some of this increase can be attributed to staff feeling increasingly well supported to bring to their team leader’s attention to any incident where they feel harassed or distressed by inappropriate words or behaviour. The way we actively monitor all incidents (verbal and otherwise) also means we can link a higher than usual number of incidents towards the end of last year with the fact the Trust was also caring for a small number of more challenging clients during that time.”

“We are committed to continually developing our positive and proactive approach to preventing and managing challenging behaviour and aggression and any adverse events that result from it.”

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Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by KCFM

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