Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_4954

Internal Reference Number: FOI_4954

Date Request Received: 15/03/2019 14:55:17

Date Request Replied To: 08/04/2019 09:29:28

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Request Summary: Violence and abuse against NHS staff

Request Category: Private Individuals

 
Question Number 1:
The total number of physical assaults on staff for the following time periods:

• 2017-2018
• 2018-2019, or up until the most recent month available

By physical assaults on staff I refer to the definition used in the NHS Protect 2016 Guidance: “the intentional application of force against the person without lawful justification resulting in physical injury or personal discomfort. Spitting is included in the definition of a physical assault.”

If available, please also release the relevant data sets for these time periods
 
Answer To Question 1:
Year Physical Assaults on staff
17-18 67
18-19 108
 
Question Number 2:
The total number of non-physical assaults on staff for the following time periods:

• 2017-2018
• 2018-2019, or up until the most recent month available

By non-physical assaults on staff I refer to the definition used in the NHS Protect 2016 Guidance: “the use of inappropriate words or behaviour causing distress and/or constituting harassment. Non-physical assault includes: offensive or obscene language; verbal abuse and swearing; brandishing weapons, or objects which could be used as weapons; attempted assaults; offensive gestures; threats; intimidation; harassment or stalking; damage to buildings equipment or vehicles which causes fear for personal safety; offensive language or behaviour related to a person’s, race, gender, nationality, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation; inappropriate sexual language or behaviour.”

If available, please also release the relevant data sets for these time periods.
 
Answer To Question 2:
Year Non- Physical Assaults on staff
17-18 69
18-19 112
 
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