September 24th, 2016

Number of attacks on NHS staff rise in the county

Number of attacks on NHS staff rise in the county Number of attacks on NHS staff rise in the county
Updated: 2:08 pm, Apr 15, 2016

HARD pressed health staff say they are facing increasing levels of physical violence from patients and members of the public.

The shock findings were revealed in a survey at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) which brought responses from 372 members of staff.

The survey showed an eight per cent increase in the number of physically violent cases, rising from 14 per cent in 2014 to 22 per cent in 2015.

It also highlighted a breakdown in communication between staff and senior management – with 28 per cent reporting good communication in 2014, dropping to 19 per cent in 2015.

Equal opportunities to career progression and promotion was another area of concern, declining from 90 per cent in 2014 to 80 per cent in 2015.

Staff satisfaction is an issue for WAHT which has been struggling to recruit – and retain – trained staff.

A WAHT spokesperson said: “We recognise we have a great deal to do to improve how our staff feel about working at the trust.

“We are committed to make this a great place to work.”

WAHT is also in the process of launching a ‘Listening into Action’ strategy – a nationally recognised technique for enabling organisations to change the way they work.

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