NHS Staff safe campaign

Guy’s and St Thomas’ have joined forces with the Metropolitan Police to encourage more staff to report violent and abusive behaviour by patients and visitors as part of Operation Cavell.

The move comes as the Trust revealed there had been 219 physical assaults on nurses and other frontline staff from April to September 2018.

It marks the next phase of the Keep our staff safe campaign which has seen Guy’s and St Thomas’ roll out body worn cameras for security staff earlier in 2018 after successfully trialling them throughout 2017.

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The latest figures from Guy’s and St Thomas’ show the number of physical assaults has decreased from 274 in the same period in 2017 to 219. This has been attributed to the increased use of body worn security cameras and the support and guidance given to staff about de-escalating situations.

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Jayne King, Head of Security at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “Being attacked should never just be part of the job for our staff. Whilst the number of incidents is still far too high I’m pleased to see the body cameras worn by the security team are acting as a deterrent and helping us to issue more sanctions to offenders.”

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“My security officers feel safer”

David Clark, Head of Security at The Francis Crick Institute, shares his feedback with us:

“I would like to thank B-Cam who have supplied the body worn video solution for our security team at The Francis Crick Institute. Their product enhances our security operation both night and day – not only does BWV support their work but the camera looks good too! Feedback from the team has been excellent. They feel better equipped to perform their role with the ability to capture footage if appropriate to do so. My security officers feel safer – body worn video is an effective tool in the prevention of incident escalation, resulting in a safer environment for our staff and visitors, and also the crucial protection of our security team, which is vital. 

I have no hesitation in recommending B-Cam to provide body worn video. Their service and support has been excellent ”