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A total of 433 physical assaults were reported across the trust during 2015/16, compared to 1,100 back in 2011/12, a reduction of more 61%.  Over the same period the number of assaults reported by NHS staff nationally increased by almost 19%.

Our experienced Security Management Specialists have been instrumental in this achievement through the identification of assault patterns and the examination of causal factors.

The team also introduced new staff training programmes, reviewed lone working arrangements, and strengthened liaison with Dorset Police.  A bi-monthly security advisory group was also established to analyse incident reports, looking at sites where the most incidents occur, persistent aggressors and the possible causes of violent behaviour.

Roger Ringham, head of SAFE, said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to make significant reductions in assaults against staff. Violence against staff is simply unacceptable, however we realise there is still work to be done.

“Although the majority of cases that arise can be dealt with by other means, we want to make it clear that violence against staff will not be tolerated and we will prosecute if necessary.”

Dorset Healthcare bucks the national trend of rising numbers of assaults on staff…
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