NHS: Staff

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered am ar 19 Gorffennaf 2023.

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Photo of Lord Turnberg Lord Turnberg Llafur

To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the extent of abuse of NHS staff.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We do not currently have a national mechanism to capture and report incidents of violence and aggression in the National Health Service. Data is held at a local level.

At a national level, data on self-reported violent incidents is gathered through the NHS Staff Survey. Results from the 2022 NHS Staff Survey indicated that 14.7% of NHS staff have self-reported that they have experienced at least one incident of physical violence from patients, service users, relatives or other members of the public in the last 12 months.

27.8% of NHS staff who completed the NHS Staff Survey experienced at least one incident of harassment, bullying or abuse in the last 12 months from patients or service users, their relatives or members of the public. This figure is similar to previous years’ NHS Staff Survey data.

NHS England has commissioned a number of data insight workstreams to better understand the current landscape of statistics, data reporting and associated challenges. This includes a national review of all available data and intelligence sources, an analysis of the costs of violence to the health care system in England and a review of the impact on the safety and wellbeing of NHS staff.

The Ministry of Justice collects data on prosecution, conviction and sentences for the offence of assault on an emergency worker, although it does not identify the type of emergency worker. This data is available in the Criminal Justice Statistics Quarterly and the Outcomes of Offence Tool and Offence Group Classification: Criminal Justice System Statistics Quarterly: December 2022, a copy of which is attached.

Criminal Justice statistics (pdf, 545.8KB)

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