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Charity supports hospitals to take action for staff safety

NWAnglia Foundation Trust, who run Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals, held a week-long event  in collaboration with local Police and other community services, to provide advice, information and support on different elements of safety & security.

Kate Hodge, Non-Clinical Health, Safety & Security Manager, commented: “A recent NHS staff survey showed that an alarming increase in the number of NHS staff who have experienced at least one incident of physical violence from patients, service users, relatives or other members of the public in the last 12 months. We have used this week to highlight the importance of protecting our staff and really want to send a message out that it won’t be tolerated.” 

The theme of the security week was ‘Not Part of the Job’ and the team has been giving out pens, post-it-notes and badges and personal safety alarms, funded by the North West Anglia Hospitals' Charity, for the benefit of staff. 

Louise Tibbert, Chief People Officer, added: “All of our staff are entitled to work in an environment where they feel safe and free from aggression or abuse. The majority of patients that are treated by our staff are grateful for the care they receive but it isn’t always the case. Abuse takes many forms and can take a huge toll on someone's wellbeing. We are working hard as a Trust to ensure that our staff feel safe and supported in the workplace with incentives such as the personal safety and security information week.” 

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