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Violence against nurses: how workplaces can help to protect staff

What your workplace can do to help prevent and manage aggressive behaviour from patients

What your workplace can do to help prevent and manage aggressive behaviour from patients

  • How one trust is leading the way on conflict resolution training for staff, after a violent attack on an emergency department team member
  • Charity Stand Against Violence calls for a ‘public health approach’ to deal with the causes of violence and its long-term consequences
  • Training for healthcare professionals can potentially prevent violence, the charity argues, benefiting the NHS and the wider community

In 2019, a member of the nursing team working in the emergency department at Newham Hospital in London was stabbed multiple times with a pair of scissors.

Understandably, the incident prompted Barts Health NHS Trust to review its security arrangements.

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