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Hospital security beefed up to stop the violence

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Hospital security beefed up to stop the violenceOn 15 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Hospitals in Bristol are issuing security staff with handcuffs and slashresistant uniforms as part of a major safety review to prevent violence againststaff. As well as the additional equipment, security staff are also undergoing atraining programme to help them deal with the threat of aggression and to learnconflict-management techniques. The training includes regular updates every three months and was introducedafter 66 violent episodes at the city’s hospitals earlier this year. Anne Couts, HR director at United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, said themove was part of a £200,000 programme to improve safety and reassure hospitalstaff. “Staff have raised a lot of concerns about security and we hope thesemeasures will deal with that,” she explained. The trust, which runs nine hospitals, has also opened a police liaison unit,upgraded CCTV, improved lighting and issued staff with personal alarms. Couts dismissed claims that the new uniforms, which include hard hats andbody armour, would create a daunting atmosphere in hospitals and said othertrusts suffering violence should introduce similar schemes. “The handcuffs are just a small part of the package and we’ve talked tostaff and the unions about why we’re doing this. We’ve had very good feedbackabout this response to violence. “Patients and staff at the hospitals will see that security has visiblyimproved. Security in the NHS has traditionally been low key but I’m sure othertrusts will follow us,” she said. last_img read more