CSP welcomes new NHS anti-violence measures

Thursday 1st November 2018
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has welcomed the new measures designed to curb attacks on physiotherapists and other NHS staff.
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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) has welcomed new measures announced by the government to curb violence against NHS staff, something that could make life much easier for physios. 

It noted that according to the latest NHS staff survey in England, 16 per cent of staff have been attacked on the past year.

The NHS violence reduction strategy comprises a range of new measures to improve the protection of staff, which include closer links between the NHS, police and the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure offenders are dealt with correctly. The CSP and health unions have been actively campaigning for the creation and implementation of the strategy.

Commenting on the announcement, director of employment relations and union services at the CSP Clare Sullivan,said: "We welcome the announcement today, which sets out how NHS staff will be better protected against deliberate attacks and abuse from patients.

"The levels of violence faced by our members and other NHS staff who are simply trying their best to deliver care to patients is shocking, and on the rise."

She added that the CSP is "pleased" to have been able to work with other unions in developing the plan, but lamented the fact that it should be necessary to have it at all. 

Ms Sullivan stated that the "partnership" between the NHS and the legal services would be "crucial" in ensuring the initiative would be successful and emphasised how senior leaders in all relevant fields would be "held to account" on how well staff are protected. 

Launching the strategy, health secretary Matt Hancock said the key aim was to create a "zero tolerance" attitude towards violence. 

In a speech last week, he paid tribute to the private member's bill introduced by Labour MP Chris Bryant that has led to the passing of the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act.

He said it was a demonstration of how there is support right across parliament for measures to protect health workers.

Written by Matthew Horton

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