Case Number 6623
Request Date 18/03/2019
Completion Date 10/04/2019

 

Details of the Request

The numbers of assaults on NHS staff. Please answer the following questions in order, until the time or cost limit has been reached:

  1. If your trust runs one or more A&E departments, could you please provide the total number of physical assaults on staff for each of the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or up until the most recent month), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets for these time periods.
  2. If your trust runs one or more A&E departments, could you please provide the total number of non-physical assaults on staff for each of the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or up until the most recent month), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets.
  3. If available, please provide a breakdown of the data for your whole trust, for the total number of physical assaults on staff by their profession (see below) for the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or until the most recent month available), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets.
  4. If recorded, please provide a breakdown of the data for your whole trust, the total number of physical assaults on staff across the trust by aggravating factors (see below) for the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or until the most recent month available), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets.
  5. Could you please provide the amount of money spent on private security guards for each of the following years 2018-2019 (or until the most recent month available).

 

Details of the Response

1. If your trust runs one or more A&E departments, could you please provide the total number of physical assaults on staff for each of the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or up until the most recent month), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets for these time periods.

  • 2019 onwards = 1
  • 2018/19 = 85
  • 2017/18 = 62
  • 2016/17 = 101
  • 2015/16 = 73
  • 2014/15 = 86

 

2. If your trust runs one or more A&E departments, could you please provide the total number of non-physical assaults on staff for each of the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or up until the most recent month), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets.

  • 2019 onwards = 1
  • 2018/19 = 111
  • 2017/18 = 81
  • 2016/17 = 62
  • 2015/16 = 61
  • 2014/15 = 55

 

3. If available, please provide a breakdown of the data for your whole trust, for the total number of physical assaults on staff by their profession (see below) for the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or until the most recent month available), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets.

Please note: the field for ‘Profession’ is not mandatory and therefore the figures provided are not a definitive number and in some cases there is more than one profession for each record.

 

2014

The Trust had 60 reports of physical abuse to staff, broken down to profession:

  • 1 Supervisor
  • 1 Staff grade
  • 8 Staff nurses
  • 7 Senior nurses
  • 4 Security Staff
  • 1 radiographer
  • 2 Police
  • 6 Nurses
  • 4 Other
  • 10 HCA’s
  • 1 Deputy Sister
  • 2 CNSP’s
  • 2 Charge nurses
  • 2 bank staff
  • 2 Agency Staff

 

2015

The Trust had 70 reports of physical abuse to staff, broken down to profession:

  • 13 Staff nurses
  • 4 Sister’s
  • 1 Senior registrar
  • 1 Security Officer
  • 2 Porters
  • 2 Police
  • 5 Other
  • 9 Nurse
  • 18 HCA’s
  • 2 Deputy Sisters
  • 1 Consultant
  • 1 clinical specialist
  • 1 CSNP
  • 4 Bank HCA
  • 6 Agency Staff

 

2016

The Trust had 73 reports of physical abuse to staff, broken down to profession:

  • 2 Supervisors
  • 17 staff Nurses
  • 5 senior nurses
  • 1 Sister
  • 3 Security Officers
  • 1 receptionist
  • 5 Police
  • 4 Other
  • 9 Nurses
  • 11 HCA’s
  • 1 Estates & facilities Staff
  • 1 Enrolled Nurse
  • 2 doctors
  • 1 Deputy Sister
  • 1 Consultant
  • 2 Bank HCA’s
  • 4 Agency Staff
  • 1 Admin Staff

 

2017

The Trust had 97 reports of physical abuse to staff, broken down to profession:

  • 1 Supervisor
  • 16 Staff Nurses
  • 5 sisters
  • 1 Senior Nurse
  • 1 Security Officer
  • 1 Porter
  • 3 Police
  • 1 Pharmacist
  • 1 Patient
  • 5 Other
  • 12 Nurses
  • 2 midwives
  • 1 Manager
  • 19 HCA’s
  • 2 Enrolled nurses
  • 1 Doctor
  • 2 Deputy Sisters
  • 1 Clinical specialist
  • 1 CNSP
  • 4 Charge nurses
  • 2 Bank HCA’s
  • 1 Audiologist

 

2018

The Trust had 78 reports of physical abuse to staff, broken down to profession:

  • 1 Student nurse
  • 3 Staff nurses
  • 1 Sister
  • 1 Security nurse
  • 2 Registered Mental Health nurses
  • 1 Porter
  • 3 Physiotherapists
  • 1 Occupational therapistx
  • 25 nurses
  • 30 HCA’s
  • 2 Doctors
  • 2 Deputy Sisters
  • 1 Contractor
  • 1 Consultant
  • 1 CSNP
  • 1 Clinical nurse leader
  • 1 Agency Staff

 

2019

The Trust has had 12 reports of physical abuse to staff to date, broken down to profession:

  • 7 nurses
  • 2 Senior nurses
  • 1 ward manager
  • 1 Staff nurse
  • 1 Clinical nurse leader
  • 1 HCA

 

4. If recorded, please provide a breakdown of the data for your whole trust, the total number of physical assaults on staff across the trust by aggravating factors (see below) for the following time periods: 2018-2019 (or until the most recent month available), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets.

The Trust holds the requested information, but considers it is exempt under section 12 of the Act, as the cost of compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit.

 

5. Could you please provide the amount of money spent on private security guards for each of the following years 2018-2019 (or until the most recent month available), 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 and 2014-2015. Please release any readily available data-sets.

For the period requested: £0 spent on private security guards.

 

Could you also provide the amount of money total money spent on security measures (including but not exclusive to body cameras, CCTV, re-designing clinical environments, security staff, campaigns) for each of the following years: 2017-2018, (or until the most recent month available), 2017-2018, 2016-2017.

The Data is available for 2017 onwards only:

In the years 17/18 & 18/19 the Trust spent approx. £17,000 per year on CCTV

In the years 17/18 & 18/19 the Trust spent approx. £4,000 on security staff and security accredited porters Conflict resolution and Compliance training

Further enhancements for compliance training and CCTV are programmed for the 2019/20 budget

Portering / security is a combined role and it is not split between responsibilities. Therefore the Trust cannot provide this figure.