Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_7156

Date Request Received: 02/05/2023 00:00:00

Date Request Replied To: 12/05/2023 00:00:00

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Request Summary: Patient-on-staff sexual harassment reports 2022

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
Please tell me how many times your Trust has logged an incident of alleged sexual harassment from patients towards staff in 2022.
Answer To Question 1:
Question Number 2:
For the five most recent cases, please tell me

a) the job title of the member of staff against whom the behaviour was levelled

b) a brief summary of the content of the complaint (patient said "you can warm your hands up on me" during a physical examination, patient wolf-whistled at nurse, etc.)

c) the action taken by the Trust.
Answer To Question 2:

A2 1 a Health Care assistant
b Patient made an inappropriate comment, directed at the staff member. Patient was under DOLs - (Deprivation of Liberty)
c Escalated to Ward Nurse, Datix incident reported.
2 a Nursing assistant
b Patient inappropriately touched the staff member several times and asked the staff member if they would touch the patient in an inappropriate manner. Patient was under DOLs.
c Documented in patient notes, Datix incident reported. Escalated to Ward Manager & Matron, going forwards the patient had security present at all times when a staff member was tending to them.
3 a Physiotherapist
b Patient made an inappropriate comment, kissed a staff member's forearm. Patient capacity unclear.
c Incident escalated to Nurse in Charge, Datix incident reported. Discussion was held with patient making it clear that these kind of comments and actions would not be tolerated.
4 a Physiotherapist
b Patient made an inappropriate comment.
c Patient immediately informed that these comments are not tolerated by the staff. No further issues arose.
5 a Physiotherapist
b Patient inappropriately touched the staff member and then made inappropriate comments. Patient capacity unclear.
c Escalated to Nurse in Charge, who had discussions with the patient regarding inappropriate behaviour.
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