Is it time for greater use of specialised security provision in the NHS acute hospital sector?

Simpson, Jonathan (2013) Is it time for greater use of specialised security provision in the NHS acute hospital sector? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Using comparative data published by the National Health Service (NHS) this dissertation highlights the problem of intentional violence and aggression perpetrated by service users on NHS staff working in the NHS acute sector. Insight and analysis is also made on the type and effectiveness of existing control measures used by the NHS and partners like the police, to address the problem.
    Argument is made as to why these measures may no longer be sufficient or may have reached their ceiling in terms of impact and how wider issues, such as future shortfalls in the public police service may mean that relying on such in the future will no longer be an acceptable or reliable way of dealing with the issue.
    Therefore the case is made that it is now time for the provision of more specialist security measures in the NHS acute sector in order to see greater and permanent decreases in levels of violence and aggression. This includes the introduction of a Security Industry Authority (SIA) 'healthcare security' licence supported by the 'extension' of the police family directly into the hospital environment through use of Community Safety Accreditation Schemes (CSAS) and a nationally funded program to see the introduction of Body Worn Surveillance (BWV) surveillance cameras, which have a proven impact in lowering levels of violent and aggression.
    In due course the experiences gained may allow for the introduction of the suggested measures, subject to development and refinement, into other NHS sectors and may help to address the issue of non-intentional or clinical aggression.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:29
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:29
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16896

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