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09 November 2007 at 15:15

Figures released this week by the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service (CFSMS), have shown a very slight reduction in the number of reported physical assaults against staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. There was just 1 fewer than the previous year, with 60 physical assaults being reported during 01/04/06 to 31/03/07.

Alan Lee, Risk Manager said, "We find it very disturbing that on 60 occasions, members of our staff were physically assaulted, while they were just trying to do their job, which is to provide care for people who are sick or injured.

"For too long violence and aggression has been seen as just a hazard of the job, but the Trust and its staff have had enough of being abused. The Trust's staff are continually encouraged to report abuse, which in the past they may have shrugged off. This means that the Trust is able to identify offenders and will when possible, in liaison with the Police, pursue prosecution of offenders.”

Sometimes there are clinical factors, which contribute towards violent and aggressive behaviour, however all physical assaults are reported to the NHS CFSMS, who may issue national alerts regarding persistently violent patients.

Some examples of the types of physical assaults that the Trust's staff have to deal with are: -

• Verbal abuse escalating to physical assaults
• Staff being punched / scratched / kicked by confused patients

The Trust will continue to provide it's staff with training, to equip them to manage and avoid violent situation, while working with the Police and NHS CFSMS to ensure that as many cases as possible result in prosecution of offenders.


Notes to Editors
Pictured are some examples of a recent poster campaign.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714