There has been a staggering increase in the number of NHS ambulance staff that were attacked whilst on duty in the last five years. At the start of the pandemic, assaults including kicking, slapping, headbutting and verbal abuse jumped up by 23 per cent in 2020 compared to the year before, the most significant increase we have seen yet.
In response, the #WorkWithoutFear campaign was launched to raise awareness, show support for the front-line staff in the ambulance service and promote a no-violence culture. It is about recognising the incredible work they do, and calling for a safe work-environment for all staff members.
Dr Layla McCay, director of policy at the NHS Confederation said:
“For health leaders across the country the safety of NHS staff from paramedics to primary care, mental health to hospitals and community services is non-negotiable.
“All health service staff should be able to go to work without the fear that they might be attacked or assaulted when they are on duty.
“Ambulance staff are very often the first point of contact for patients facing serious conditions in emergencies and make up a core part of the NHS workforce. It is simply not acceptable that they should have to face violence and intimidation."
We have a number of resources to help support the wellbeing of staff working in the ambulance service. Here are some you may find useful: