Violence & Aggression (NG10)
Violence and aggression are relatively common and serious occurrences in health and social care settings. Between 2013 and 2014 there were 68,683 assaults reported against NHS staff in England: 69% in mental health or learning disability settings, 27% against ambulance staff, 25% involving primary care staff and 26% involving acute hospital staff.
Violence and aggression in mental health settings occur most frequently in inpatient psychiatric units and most acute hospital assaults take place in emergency departments.
The guideline covers anticipating and reducing the risk of violence and aggression, prevention methods, restrictive interventions, staff training, and post-incident debrief and review.
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