Case Number 6620
Request Date 15/03/2019
Completion Date 17/04/2019

 

Details of the Request

Physical and non-physical assaults against NHS Staff.

This is a follow-up to the data previously released to and published by Unison and the Health Service Journal for the year 2016-2017, so please release the data I am requesting with the same parameters used in this previous data for the year 2017-2018.

 

1) The total number of physical assaults on staff for the following time periods:

  • 2017-2018
  • 2018-2019, or up until the most recent month available

By physical assaults on staff I refer to the definition used in the NHS Protect 2016 Guidance:

"the intentional application of force against the person without lawful justification resulting in physical injury or personal discomfort. Spitting is included in the definition of a physical assault.”

 

2) If available, please also release the relevant data sets for these time periods. The total number of non-physical assaults on staff for the following time periods: as above

By non-physical assaults on staff I refer to the definition used in the NHS Protect 2016 Guidance:

"the use of inappropriate words or behaviour causing distress and/or constituting harassment. Non-physical assault includes: offensive or obscene language; verbal abuse and swearing; brandishing weapons, or objects which could be used as weapons; attempted assaults; offensive gestures; threats; intimidation; harassment or stalking; damage to buildings equipment or vehicles which causes fear for personal safety; offensive language or behaviour related to a person’s, race, gender, nationality, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation; inappropriate sexual language or behaviour.”

If available, please also release the relevant data sets for these time periods.

 

Details of the Response

1) The total number of physical assaults on staff for the following time periods:

  • 2017 - 2018 = 146
  • 2018 - 2019 = 112
  • 2019 - date = 10

 

If available, please also release the relevant data sets for these time periods.

Data sets are not available in the time available.

 

2) The total number of non-physical assaults on staff for the following time periods:

  • 2017 - 2018 = 84
  • 2018 - 2019 = 102
  • 2019 - date = 6

 

If available, please also release the relevant data sets for these time periods.

Data sets are not available in the time available.