Readers panel: Should nurses wear body cameras at work?
Staff at a psychiatric unit in Northamptonshire took part in a trial of body-worn cameras, with the results showing a significant decrease in the number of violent incidents and use of emergency restraint. Nursing Standard readers have their say
Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London @drew_london
I work in the community and would refuse to wear a body camera. My concern is that it would affect my relationships with patients, who might feel I was spying on them and breaching confidentiality. We already have CCTV in many parts of the NHS. Is making nurses wear body cameras really the way forward? What we need is a real zero tolerance approach to all attacks on NHS staff, instead of just paying lip service to it.
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