Figures for 2015/16 recently published by NHS Protect, which leads on work to identify and tackle crime across the health service, show there were 82 physical assaults reported by Isle of Wight NHS Trust in 2015/16 on NHS staff working across all health sectors. Of the 82 assaults reported by the Trust, 80 of them were as a result of the medical condition of the patient involved. This is a 9% reduction compared to 2014/15.
Connie Wendes, Assistant Director, Health & Safety and Security said:
“As an organisation we work hard to ensure a safe and secure environment for our staff. Given the national rise in the number of assaults against healthcare staff and the sheer volume of patients that our staff on the Island have been caring for in the last year and the tremendous pressure on services, it is encouraging to see a decline. However, we are not complacent. Any attack against NHS staff should be, and is, taken extremely seriously. The Trust does not tolerate violent or abusive behaviour towards its staff and each incident will be reported and acted on.
“Two criminal offences prosecuted by the Trust this year were successful in ensuring that there is a zero tolerance to criminal activity. ”
The large majority of violence against staff came about due to the medical condition of the patients involved. Connie Wendes continued:
“We are working hard to improve care plans, particularly for those living with dementia, to try and reduce the circumstances that result in attacks.”
Over the last 12 months conflict resolution, breakaway and physical intervention training has continued to be delivered to hospital and community services with over 1,500 number of staff trained in one or more of these areas.
The full report is available on the NHS Protect website at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/3645.aspx.